BTW, GRASP is a good book if you are interested in thinking process. I am enjoying it.
Also, I am constantly trying to improve my ability to develop mind maps that summarize and manage information effectively. I mind map a summary of most nonfiction books that I read. Obviously, this is time-consuming compared to just reading the book. I am always looking for ways to use this time effectively. One word topics/subtopics do save time in a way. However, like Windy, at first I spend some time trying to figure out the word that best does the job. When I return to a map, I want to be able to quickly understand the content by looking at the map. Using one word topics is an art that takes time to master. Comparing my one word maps with the experts shows me how far I still have to go.
Mind mapping GRASP is a good exercise. I say this because Griffiths provides a mind map summary at the end of each chapter. I mind map the chapter and then compare my work with his. Usually I conclude that his way of mind mapping the content is better than mine. Sometimes I conclude mine is better. Mind mapping is a very individual thing. Words that I would use to capture, and then recall, a topic would be different than others. I also use lots of pictures, which are, for me, even more effective at triggering recall than words. Using too many pictures, however, clutters the map.
Unfortunately, when I use one word and a picture for a topic, creating that topic becomes even more time- consuming. Finding just the right image for a topic takes time plus the time to capture and imbed. If I want to store and reuse the image..even more time. To me, the very best mind mapping software will provide a very fast and efficient way to find and embed images in a map. Novamind handles the process well, but there needs to be a way to have quick access to tens(hundreds?) of thousands of icons and images to make this process ideal. I know storing lots and lots of images/icons within the program is very hard to do, as Gideon explained in another thread. I hope that this capability is available at some point. When images/icons can be quickly accessed and added to a map, without time consuming searches, my ideal mind mapping program will have been achieved. One word, and just the right image for some of the topics, is what I am shooting for.
Maybe a relationship between Novamind and one of the icon websites like iClipart.com, which stores millions of images, could help make this many images quickly available from within the program.
I have noticed that, even in maps developed by experts, the images are not always quite right. I guess this is a testimonial to how difficult the imaging problem is to master.