Windows/Mac/Linux: Sometimes the easiest way to make sense of a big project is to get its details out of your brain to you can visualise it. Visual Understanding Environment (VUE) helps you map your ideas, then make presentations out of them.
Mind-mapping tools are great for corralling snippets of information and brainstorming details into one place so you can see how they fit together in the big picture. If this is your first foray into the world of mind-mapping apps, you'll find VUE easy to set up and use. (Our previous guide to mind mapping is a great resource to help you wrap your head around mind maps.)
You'll need to register at the app's website for a free account before you can download the Windows, Mac or Linux version of VUE at no cost. Once installed, you get get started right away setting up nodes containing ideas or concepts, then linking them with arrows to form relationships between them. You can also include clickable URLs, images, files and more. Want to include videos and documents? Just drag them over and drop them on your map.
Unlike many other mind-mapping tools, VUE can go a step beyond the mind map, turning your brainstorms into slide presentations so you can share them with others. They're laid out so viewers can walk through the information contained in your map in a way that helps them understand how the concepts are laid out. VUE has tons of features that are likely to appeal to novice and expert mind-mappers alike. Check out this demo video to get a better idea of what VUE can do for you.
VUE is a free download for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.