MindGenius Review

MindGenius Ltd.
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MindGenius 2018
MindGenius Ltd.
2008
East Kilbride, Scotland
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600,000
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MindGenius 2018 At A Glance

Good: Dynamic view functionality so users can view project statuses in different ways, mind-mapping tool for organizing ideas, sleek and intuitive interface.
Bad: Not intended for managing complex projects, phone support is not offered.
Bottom Line: MindGenius 2018 has a unique focus on combining project management functionality with a mind-mapping tool that's designed to capture and visualize ideas about the project.

Product Overview

MindGenius 2018 is a standalone desktop project management solution that helps teams manage small-to-medium-sized projects. It has a unique feature that most project management solutions don’t: a mind-mapping tool, where teams can hash out ideas surrounding a particular project or event. For example, if a team is planning an event, they can use the mind-mapping tool to discuss details, such as the number of attendees.

The mind-mapping tool includes a built-in template and image library, but users can create their own templates and upload their own images. Users can also create individual branches, connectors or shapes to further organize their ideas, and analyze those ideas with categories and filters. Maps can be saved as images or within a Microsoft Office program.

With the mind-mapping tool, project managers can create and assign individual tasks, along with the specific deadlines for each tasks. Once they have all the details of the project together, they can simply create Gantt charts for these tasks with a touch of a button.

Features

MindGenius 2018 is the newest version of the MindGenius platform. It includes enhanced features, such as a sleeker user interface, viewing resource task allocation via Task Cards, and improved Gantt chart functionality (up to 10 snapshots of date and duration of each task).

MindGenius 2018 introduces two new features: dynamic view functionality and Solution Finder. The dynamic view allows project managers to switch visualizations, such as maps, tasks, Gantt or Kanban, so project managers can explore different perspectives within a project.

The Solution Finder is a guided brainstorming tool that helps teams find solutions to a problem. For example, businesses could use this feature to come up with ideas to help increase sales. The tool has eight scenarios that aid team members in laying out the facts regarding the problem. Team members can then relay their feelings about specific issues, talk out any worst-case scenarios or come up with possible solutions. Project managers can then create mind maps to come up with the tasks associated with the solution.

Other project management features include:

  • Ability to identify task dependencies and set milestones and critical paths
  • Resource management
  • Ability to present project updates using built-in presentation view

  • Budget & Expense Management?
  • Collaboration?
  • File Sharing?
  • Gantt Charts?
  • Mobile?
  • Task Management?
  • Time Tracking?

Target Market

MindGenius 2018 is ideal for small teams (up to 10 members).

We’ve listed 10 of its clients below:

  • TNT
  • Speedo
  • Scottish Sea Farms
  • Pz Cussons
  • Milliken
  • Baker Hughes
  • British Council
  • EDF Energy
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Honeywell

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Implementation/Integration

Clients can sign up for a 14-day free trial that provides guidance to the user on best practices of MindGenius 2018. They can purchase either the perpetual license or subscription license via the MindGenius site (please refer to our Pricing section below for specific prices).

MindGenius 2018 integrates to Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint).

Customer Service & Support

The MindGenius Academy includes free how-to video guides on various features, and online courses (that range from one hour to two hours) on best practices.

Users can contact the MindGenius support team by email during regular business hours, or by referring to the in-product help documentation.

Pricing

MindGenius 2018 is available as a perpetual license or as a subscription license. The perpetual license costs $392, while the subscription license costs $232 for the first year. After the first year of the subscription, there’s an annual charge of $56.

For users that want to upgrade to MindGenius 2018 from an earlier version, there’s an $80 charge.

For schools that want to purchase the perpetual license for MindGenius 6 Education, the price is $91.

MindGenius offers a 20% discount for non-profits.

Shortcomings

MindGenius 2018 is not intended for managing complex projects. It also doesn’t include budgeting and expense features.

MindGenius doesn’t offer phone support, only email and online support.

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About

MindGenius Ltd has been producing business productivity software since 2001 and was formally spun out of Gael Limited in 2008. Its aim is to allows users to capture, visualize and use the information within their businesses to deliver successful projects and get things done. For the second year in a row, MindGenius has been recognized as the 12th best company for software in Metis Partners’ Intellectual Property League IP100 table rankings.

In addition to MindGenius 2018, there’s MindGenius Education, which is aimed at students and teachers to help them in lesson planning, note taking, exam preparation and assignment completion.

Headquartered in Scotland, MindGenius has sold over 600,000 licenses to clients in over 130 countries.

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