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Whimsical Mind Maps: In-Page Interactive Demo

5 months ago from , Co-Founder at Whimsical

Hey Everyone,

We just launched a new product today and I'd love for you all to check it out! One of the fun things that we did was we integrated the actual product into the external product page. You can essentially mind map on our website – it just won't save ;)

https://whimsical.com/mind-maps/

–Steve

6 comments

  • Anthony Irwin, 5 months ago

    What's the difference between the flowchart tool and the mind maps tool? It seems like both uses would generally benefit from the same functionality.

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    • Steve Schoeffel, 5 months ago

      Hey Anthony, they have some commonalities but here's how I think about it:

      Flowcharts are more freeform and less structured. You can layer things on top of each other, place groups of items inside of others, basically do anything you want. Some flowcharts may have a directional flow or logic to them but our Flowcharts are flexible enough to handle lots of nuance and complexity. The layout is more manual (although we do have quick add buttons to make it easier) but the benefit is more flexibility. Example: https://whimsical.com/5cuRgnqsm5qxSKiLEpyZ9s

      Mind Maps, on the other hand, are quite structured and hierarchical. They operate more like an outline or bullet list. There are parents, and children, and siblings, and everything fits into this ordered format. The layout is automated and this makes reordering and rearranging very efficient but also comes with layout constraints. Example: https://whimsical.com/PUnnCq2HHr2F5h6ZLqHzeY

      Hope that helps!

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  • James Nicklaus, 5 months ago

    Hey! I used to work a lot with wireframes probably a year or so ago. But ultimately, I dropped the tool due to its limitation. Have you guys upgraded the wireframe portion of your tool?

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    • Steve Schoeffel, 5 months ago

      Hey James, we've added a handful of new features to Wireframes within the last year but generally smaller things like grouping, more elements, etc. Is there anything in particular that you remember feeling limited by?

      Now that we've launched Mind Maps, we will be working on a number of significant new features for Wireframes coming up pretty soon so the tool should get more powerful before long!

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  • Michael RurkaMichael Rurka, 5 months ago

    Hi Steve,

    Big fan of Whimsical for the flow charts and UI design functions. Excited to try out the mind map on our next project. Great work!

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