Cmap Tools is a powerful software package that allows you to create “mind maps” or concept maps — graphical representations of interrelated data, items or abstract concepts. A concept map consists of “bubbles”, each containing a specific item, with each bubble connected to related concepts by a line. Concept maps can be very useful for teaching; they also make an excellent planning strategy. They’re ideal for many different situations — great for groups and organizations and also perfect for individual planning, project development and decision making. Whether you’re introducing a subject to a class of young children, coming up with a new product, organizing lecture notes, deciding on the decor for your home or writing a novel, concept maps offer a way of structuring information so as to aid comprehension and inspire new ideas.
Cmap Tools gives you everything you need to translate your idea, approach or topic into a graphical format that’s easy to understand. The software comes with pre-made graphics templates, tools for drawing, editing, linking and adding concepts. This versatile software is suitable for virtually any organization — schools, universities, large and small businesses, and charities. Cmap tools has powerful sharing and collaborative features. You can synchronize maps, allowing a group of maps to be edited at the same time. You can link maps together and share maps you’ve made with others. Cmap Tools lets you export your completed maps in web format, ready to upload onto the Internet. You can also distribute maps made with Cmap Tools via Cmap Servers.