rAPPido review: Coggle (mind mapping application)

Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 9.54.47 AMI was idly perusing my RSS feed as is my wont on a chilly Friday morning, and I came across a review of this little gem called Coggle. It is an online mind mapping software, one I suspect that is part of the google app village.

Price: free

What is it? First thing’s first: it is not an app that you will get from the iTunes store. It is web-based, so you need to access it via your browser. It is however, a mind-mapping app.

How does it work? As it turns out, pretty easily.

1. Sign in via your google account:

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I love it when it does that – that means one less password I have to remember.

2. Start creating!:

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Let me just mention that Coggle works on all platforms,whether you are using your laptop or the iPad. I am going to give you the iPad interface in this review.

3. I had a bit of difficulties getting started at the beginning. For some reason, the “tap here toy begin” toggle wasn’t working though I could create branches from it:

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I couldn’t edit the text in the default field.But I could add stuff:

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Another weird thing was that the first branch I created was larger than the others and I couldn’t figure out why:

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However, these are small glitches which I am sure will not be there every time. In fact, I worked it to my advantage by creating sub-branches:

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Pretty, isn’t it?

The branches are easy to move around, delete, zoom in and even change the colour:

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But that isn’t the best part of Coggle. Where it really shines is that it works like a google doc in terms of collaboration – you can invite people to your Coggle and everyone can edit in real time:

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You can download it as an image to your camera roll:

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Ot, if you choose the PDF option, you can open it in any app that accepts PDFs:

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As well, you can copy and paste the link (again, just like a google doc) and send it to your students. Or your students can easily share it with you:

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Oh! And you can also check out past revisions:

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Best of all? You can save your Coggles to Google drive! Just click on that minuscule text you see on your homepage:

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Just a warning, here – it took me a while to figure out that by clicking that link, it automatically added my Coggle to the Google drive. I got stuck in trying to create folders and getting a bit lost. But, when I thought to look in my drive, it was right there!

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This is a wonderful resources for group collaborations, brainstorming or even for note-taking for the more visual among us!

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