This is the one that Pete uses. Its free and simple. You can't spend loads of time making it pretty, but you can export the content as set of numbered points in word, which is brilliant.
View Your Mind
It's free, so it's worth giving a go.
Not cheap, but it is a flexible product creating mind maps, concept maps, gantt charges, outlines and timelines. Has Windows and Mac versions.
VUE - Visual Understanding Environment
Looks good, and participants have recommended it.
Many universities have site licences for this mindmapping tool.
One of the first on the scene. Comes in a variety of degrees of complexity. Make sure that the version you get can export text to the clipboard.
|Poster creation software|
Color Schemer Online
This site lets you enter a colour code and then shows use a set of matching colours.
This is a top of the range design and publishing package that sits at the centre of much commercial publishing. It will do all you could ever want, but you could spend most of the year getting it under control
Adobe Creative Suite CS4
Adobe provide arguably the most versatile sets of software solutions - and they don't come cheap. There are Mac and Windows versions.
New to the field this is a great way of creating neat posters. It gives lots of tips and takes away much of the hassle. Not sure whether it will boost or cramp imagination, but the free trial is worth trying out.
|Reference management software|
This lets you keep a copy of your database on your local machine as well as holding a synchronised copy on a central server. It's got some great features and is definitely an exciting new entrant to the scene.
Would love to hear from anyone who has used this software...
Both Endnote and Reference Manager are owned by the same company. My hunch is that Endnote will survive into the future, while I anticipate that they will phase out Reference Manager - they seem to be developing more tools for Endnote. Have a look at EndNoteWeb - but make sure you have a physical copy of a backup in your possession. I would not want to risk losing all my data if they decide to turn the service off one day.
Dragon naturally speaking
It WORKS! - It really does! Early versions of speech-to-text software were expensive and hopeless (unless you slaved away with them for hours). The latest offering from Nuance is GREAT. It takes 5-10 mins to set up, and then just works. You speak - it types. Simple.
A great way to record lectures and talks, and create spoken drafts of your own work. FREE 30-day TRIAL available. As you record speech a bar appears on the screen. With each pause a new bar starts. Click on a bar to play that bit back. Delete bars you don't want. Rearrange those you do.
Penfriend is very similar to WordQ. One option, however, extends the idea a bit further. Penfriend portable puts the software on a USB stick so that you can plug it in at any computer you use and take advantage of its predictive word finding and text reading.
|Time management - workflow|
VARCHART X Gantt
Versatile and has a free trial download option.
A simple-to-use, free downloadable gantt chart creating programme - sweet!
Workrave is a program that assists in the recovery and prevention of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). The program frequently alerts you to take micro-pauses, rest breaks and restricts you to your daily limit.
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