Once you get past the obvious charm of this program, you discover a remarkable depth of potential. I have been using Cmaps for some years now as a problem visualisation and solutions conceptualisation tool (got that!). My most remarkable discovery was the a??linkinga?? statement. I have used many mind mapping tools, but this is the first one to really force me to think about the relationships between concepts rather than using it to map discrete ideas. Using it as intended imposes a remarkable degree of discipline on my ideas maps and forces me to challenge assumptions about the issue or problem under examination.
I have also begun experimenting with it as a knowledge mapping tool a?? something that its originators have already explored. The results so far are very promising.
The other great feature of this application is being able to use it as a display/presentation tool. It exports to html and produces an output that I have used to successfully present at conferences and workshops.
Its capacity for enhancing teaching and learning experiences is excellent. I have used it with colleagues as a planning tool and can see its potential in the classroom for collaborative learning and assessment.
One of the strengths of this program is that the features do not get in the way of its prime purpose. It is simple to use and I hope it stays that way.
Very easy to instal and set up. Tends to run a little slow on lower-end machines, but this is managed by keeping number of concurrent applications open to a minimum.