Some dyslexics find it hard to organize on paper the ideas and information in their head. The linear nature of paper or a word document might not be the right thought process representation for some. Mindjet Maps is an application that allows for a visual approach to organizing information. Users can construct ‘mind maps,’ creating branches and subbranches of any topic, icon, or image inserted onto a blank map space. Text and images can be dragged, dropped, cut, and placed anywhere on the space. Font style and color can also be modified, so each individual thought can be marked and formatted independently. If the user has a newer tablet model, the application will have text-to-speech keyboard abilities as well, so the user doesn’t even have to type out their ideas-- they can simply dictate it orally. There is even a shortcut feature on the application, where a user can make a motion on the screen and the corresponding menu will appear so the user can jot down their ideas quickly and efficiently. Once a mind map is complete, it can be saved and tagged with keywords, so when the user wants to go back to it later they can just type or dictate the keywords and the mind map file will appear.

All of these features of Mindjet Maps are designed to help the user visually organize and view any kind of information-- whether it’s brainstorming, to-do lists, or academic paper outlines. Mindjet Maps is available at the Google Play store or AppStore, for an Android tablet or iPad (respectively).