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Giveaway of the day — ConceptDraw MINDMAP Personal

ConceptDraw MINDMAP: Mind Mapping, Brainstorming and Project Planning.
$119 EXPIRED
User rating: 481 (90%) 52 (10%) 209 comments

ConceptDraw MINDMAP Personal was available as a giveaway on March 6, 2007!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$19.95
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Large collection of Excel editing functions.

ConceptDraw MINDMAP 4 is a mind-mapping and team brainstorming tool with extended drawing capabilities.

Use it to efficiently organize your ideas and tasks with the help of Mind Mapping technique. ConceptDraw MINDMAP 4 supports extra file formats, multi-page documents. It offers a rich collection of pre-drawn shapes. ConceptDraw MINDMAP 4 has extended capabilities for creating web sites and PowerPoint presentations.

System Requirements:

Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, Pentium or higher processor, 256 MB of RAM, 100 MB of free hard drive space

Publisher:

Computer Systems Odessa

Homepage:

http://www.conceptdraw.com/en/products/mindmap/main.php

File Size:

26.7 MB

Price:

$119

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Great,Thank for u job!

Reply   |   Comment by bumdek  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I tried this software before, good, but the download file is too large and the memory consumation is pretty..., I have an old computer... fortunately recently I found a light-weight-but-powerful and easy-to-use mind mapping software, MindVisualizer, it is a commercial software however it's worth to have a try.

Reply   |   Comment by Flyingbird  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

If you don't like the software could you give me your serial #?

Reply   |   Comment by YawningDog  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Free special today? I need some free serious idea mapping.

Reply   |   Comment by America Wins  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Good show! It is about time they get deleted. Kudos!

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... There’s nothing stopping you from starting a website consisting of your exhaustive 6-hour reviews of software offered here.


Why? That is what this comment section is for. Why take it elsewhere?

Contrary to your latest false assertion, BladedThoth frequently praises software offered on GOTD. The fact he isn’t a blatant shill such as yourself is to his credit.


Really? I only recall only one in the last week. Have you documented your claims? If so, can we see them? Or are we supposed to just take your word for it?

When people point out certain GOTD offerings are for older versions with known bugs, you attack them and claim older versions are the best.


No they are sometimes the best. Not always. You smart people sure have strange logic, I must say. As you people ignore many problems in the past with newer versions. Like the following examples:

MS Bob
Windows ME
Windows XP SP2 (upgrading caused problems with many)
IE7 (also caused problems with many)
Vista, etc.

There are some whom like me don't trust v1 of anything very much. I suppose all of you smart people have already upgraded to Vista. Not me though. I waited till 2006 just to upgrade to Windows XP SP2 from Windows 2000. And I don't see me running Vista until around 2010 or 2011. When they had enough time to work out most of the bugs and the hardware by then should be able to run it just fine. But you smart people can do whatever you want too, don't let dummies like me make you change your mind.

And you completely glossed over about the whiners that were complaining that they didn't get Aston 1.9.3x, but the 7 month older 1.9.2. And when I mentioned that this 1.9.2 might be a good thing. You know-it-alls attacked me for even thinking this.

Yet later I learned, that many in the Aston forum also thought 1.9.2 was also the best stable version. And that Aston themselves had made 1.9.2 available once again for those that wanted to go back. Could you imagine what would have happened if the whiners here got there way and ended up with the buggier 1.9.3x version of Aston?

When GOTD offers the “latest, greatest version,” you’re strangely silent. What’s up with that? Why aren’t you complaining about not receiving an older version replete with bugs? Yet you accuse other people of not being consistent.


I am just a dummy who doesn't believe things are just black and white. Sometimes older versions are better and sometimes newer versions are better. Maybe to you smart people feel this spells inconsistent. But for us dummies, it makes a lot of sense.

You claim to be an electrical engineer, former rocket scientist, and computer expert yet you posted absurd, inaccurate statements regarding imaging backup software. Now, you allege your information came from experiences several years ago (without citing any specific programs).


for starters, I said from the very beginning that people believing that rocket scientists are very smart, is highly overrated. But why should you listen to a dummy like me?

And secondly, I am sorry I didn't explain my past experiences with backup software. I will take the time now to explain my experiences with them. As I didn't really have the time before. Back in the DOS and CP/M days, it was really simple. PIP/Copy was all you needed to make backups. Later it become more complicated. As starting with Windows 95, you couldn't very easy and drop back to DOS to use copy to make backups anymore.

So I bought one of those QIC tape backup. What a disaster! Slow and very time consuming. Worse it crashed a lot and it had taken all day and you had to keep changing tapes. But everything was backed up right? WRONG! The tapes had a nasty habit of stretching and recovery became a game of chance. Sometimes it worked, sometimes you had to try 10 times and just settle for the one with the least amount of errors. It was just terrible.

The trick I used back then was to install another copy of a barebones version of Windows 95. It was small like 25MB in total size. And you could boot this second copy to copy files to another source and avoiding any files in use problem. This seemed to work well for me for a time.

Later the best reliable backups was using partition cloners, like Partition Magic. This was sweet at the time. As you would end up with another hard drive you could just swap out. This was also time consuming though and if you cloned the OS partition, you had to shutdown Windows. And if it was another partition, Windows was locked out from accessing them until it was finished. This is pretty much where I left my experience with backup software. I still believe (probably wrongly) that this is the best that one can do as far as reliable backups.

Although I don't do this anymore either. Although sometimes I feel I should. As since '81, I believed if one computer was good, then more is even better. And I continue believing this to this very day. Thus if one computer either has a hardware or software failure, I just hit the power switch on another computer and I am back up running again. No big deal.

I still backup my data. And I have installs for my favorite applications and OS, so no problems there. As I don't bother backing them up, because it isn't critical at all, when you have other computers that can immediately take it's place.

And I don't like or condone the idea of formatting and reinstalling from scratch either (doing it just once is enough for me). One guy told me he does it monthly. LOL Although I admit that under some rare conditions, one maybe stuck and may have to use this as a last resort. And the last time I had to do this, was back in 2002. So things are going really well for me nowadays and I only backup my data and my Windows Registry using folder/files comparers like Power Desk v5 has. And I haven't had the need or the will for using backup software, like you smart people use.

If BladedThoth had made such false assertions, you’d crucify him.


No I wouldn't. I stayed silent for over a month and I didn't say a word. I just watched to see if his reviews were going to be all of the same or not. And I only said a few things about him off and on just recently. Nor do I see me mentioning too much in the future.

I’ve used various immediate system recovery and drive imaging programs for years and NONE of them are “very time consuming” in making backups, especially updates, and none require a user to stop using his PC for other purposes. Rollback Rx creates snapshots of entire hard drives in 3 seconds or less; other programs take a matter of minutes. ISR software restores hard drives simply by rebooting. What could be easier? And unlike Windows System Restore, ISR programs are utterly reliable and protect everything on a system. Such technology has been around for years and information about it is readily available on many websites and discussion boards. When confronted with your inaccurate posts, you cited inexcusable ignorance as your defense and labeled a person cognizant of reality as a “know-it-all.”


Good for you! And yes I am ignorant of modern backup software and I admit it. But like you smart people, my plan works very well for me. As I like to know what is going on with my backups. And I like my plan that I am up and running again with a flick of a switch. While your plan only protects you for software problems, while my plan protects me against both. But since I am just a dummy, how would I know which plan is better?

You’re don’t behave like any engineer I’ve encountered,


Because I am not! I was the engineer who others recognized if anybody could figure it out, Bill could. Thus I ended up solving engineering problems not only in the US, but worldwide. Then I realized showing people your potential was a big major mistake! I hated sleeping in motels and flying everywhere. And other engineers could call me for help. But there was nobody I could call for help. That just sucked! The buck always stopped with me whether I liked it or not. And I had no choice but to solve any problem that came up. And now I understand what Albert Einstein meant when he said: "I should've been a plumber".

but you surely remind me of many ethically-impaired attorneys.


Surely you jest!

"Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance." ~ Albert Einstein

Reply   |   Comment by BillW50  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Oh boy, we dummies have to listen to know-it-all 2-SHEDS once again. Go figure! :(

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Reply   |   Comment by AnnoLiberatis  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#72 Mind Mapping is Awesome. Better than Corel draw and the links previously posted for other options. I like this little ditty. THX GOTD and developers. $119 WOW! Sweet! for free! -- 2-SHEDS


I am just a dummy... but what did know-it-all 2-SHEDS mean above? Is Corel Draw a mind mapping program? Or is Mindmap a drawing program? I don't understand?

Reply   |   Comment by BillW50  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#197 BillW50, that was cute how you (once again) avoided responding to Karen’s cogent comments about the overt lies you recently posted regarding immediate system recovery software such as FirstDefense-ISR, Rollback Rx, etc. and you branding BladedThoth as “dishonest.” -- AbnInfantry


Really AbnInfantry? Then why am I posting this after I got a good night sleep for? Am I supposed to be here and stay awake 24 hours a day answering questions? So how do I do that? How do you explain your own absence? Or do you always appear to have double standards?

Maybe you missed The Advanced Specialist post explaining to me that backup software has improved in the last few years. Thus you don't have to take your system down like you had to in the past. That satisfied me. It didn't for you?

So know-it-all AbnInfantry, tell me how this backup software works? You don't notice any slow downs whatsoever whenever it is working? That would be truly amazing to me. Because when I just move DVR files created from my TV tuner card and it loads my system down. I think this is just awful and I came up with a better system. So what do you know-it-alls do about this?

I am just a dummy and I am not as smart as you people, but as for BladedThoth reviews... since he only spends 15 minutes or there abouts with it. Wouldn't that be like judging a book from its cover? Wouldn't that also mean things that were said to not work, would? Also wouldn't it also be true that features he claims are missing might actually be there? Yes of course this would be true because we have already seen examples of such. Thus his reviews are based on many misconceptions. So how honest would that be?

And as for my previously made comment that he rarely likes any GAOTD offering. This is based on a dummy like me reading them everyday. As he often says he can't recommend this one or offers other software that he feels is much better. It is a truly a rare event for him to say this software is great and he highly recommends it.

Yes I am just a dummy and I shouldn't address any misconceptions at all. Isn't that so know-it-all AbnInfantry?

Reply   |   Comment by BillW50  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#171, The Advanced Specialist, so if a person uses a "chatster phrase" like ROTFL then it constitutes evidence they’re an adolescent? Really? So BillW50 is actually a child and not an electrical engineer? That would explain the content of many of his posts. Good luck grasping the distinction between a phrase and an acronym. Also, since this is the Personal version of MINDMAP, how is it “CORPORATE LEVEL Software” as you alleged? Businesses would be using the Professional version.

#177, BillW50, that was cute how you (once again) avoided responding to Karen’s cogent comments about the overt lies you recently posted regarding immediate system recovery software such as FirstDefense-ISR, Rollback Rx, etc. and you branding BladedThoth as “dishonest.”

#179, john1999, as far as folks’ “lack of gratefullness,” isn’t GOTD running a business here? Is GOTD a charity or non-profit organization?

#181, Keilaron, MINDMAP doesn't attempt to open Opera when I use it. You were able to download a 27 MB file using a 56K modem in a quarter of an hour? What type of magic wand did you use? As far as what you told chrisa, there’s no connection between following today’s readme instructions and the fact MINDMAP doesn’t show up as being registered to GOTD as GOTD offerings commonly do.

#192, pauloparra, I installed MINDMAP using the program’s defaults and have no trouble accessing help or the tutorial.

#193, Lee, posts in these threads are delayed and subject to screening by GOTD staff. GOTD administrators are quite capable of removing/editing any posts they object to. If you’re the same Lee who serves as GOTD’s forum moderator, I think you’d know that. It’s unreasonable to expect people not to respond to attacks and/or misinformation posted here.

Reply   |   Comment by AbnInfantry  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thanks GOTD and Odessa! Useful software!

Reply   |   Comment by hSky  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This is great! I used to use Visio, but can't really afford it for my own business now, and this kind of software is useful for anyone wanting to organize ideas - web developers, software engineers, project managers, teachers, ...

It may not appeal to the masses, but it's VERY appealing to a significant percentage of us.

Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by MikeyLikesIt  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

WOW..... It is awesome

Reply   |   Comment by Dan  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I have read most of the comments 'not' related to the software.

If you wish to bitch each other go into the forums and create a thread called 'lets bitch'.

The flames seem to get larger each day.

Not good.

Reply   |   Comment by Lee  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#169,

I had the exact same problem as you and I am sure everybody else has it too, because the default installation goes to 'C:\Program Files\CS Odessa\ConceptDraw MINDMAP', yet all help files and internal files are supposed to be in 'C:\Program Files\CS Odessa\ConceptDraw MINDMAP Personal'.

So if anybody has installed the program using defaults, it seems it works ok until you try to get help or run the tutorials.
I fixed it in a different way. I uninstalled it, installed in 'C:\Program Files\CS Odessa\ConceptDraw MINDMAP Personal' and ran the activation program again. I am not sure the last step was necessary, but i did it anyway.

-pauloparra

Reply   |   Comment by  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#181 Keilaron, yep in fact did "read what it says on the very page" linked to and read it before before linking to the very page.

That's why post #133 also stated "although they found all downloads to be Green.". ;>

Nice of you to write about the details of the emailed virus SiteAdvisor claimed to have gotten from giving an email addy to the app's site, for anyone who was too lazy to go read it themselves. But I hesitate to even use the word "virus" here, tends to make the rumors fly and instill needless panic especially if some toolbox got a false positive.

Reply   |   Comment by Site Seer  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Result of attempted dial-up download >> Netzero ISP "kicked off" at 79% download after 1.25 hrs+/-. Leechget Download Manager tried ReStarting Download, but download server wouldn't ReStart download. Total waste of time.

Downloaded FreeMind, as a consolation, and primer to this software genre.

Can't help wondering what folks who can afford a fast connection even are doing looking for givaways? :-)

GOTD, are "torrent downloads" (I've no idea what I just wrote) really no improvement for dial-ups, as a previous Poster commented? Thanks, and a great day.

Reply   |   Comment by Antonio  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

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Reply   |   Comment by el fabuloso  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

My friend and I have learning disabilities and this helps us in our college classes a great bit. Being we took a study strategies class, this program fits right in! Thank you giveawayoftheday!

Reply   |   Comment by daniel kolowalchuk  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Mind Mapping is a marketing term period. Call it what you want, but this software is flow chart tool plain and simple...useful but nothing as revolutionary as these software developers would have you believe. A $120? $19.95 maybe. This is exactly the type of over-priced software targeted to government and businesses that purchase as a result of mindless group-think.

Useful - not necessary software.

Reply   |   Comment by G  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Being retired, this isn't the package for me, but i have really enjoyed the posts for this software. My favorite was the guy wanting to organize his thoughts on dating. I'm not being mean but my husband and I just got the nicest chuckle out of that post. Best of luck Ken (#116), and I always did like a guy that really planned his dates with me rather than "what you want ta do?" kind of guy.

Reply   |   Comment by Ultra_Sunshine  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This is a wonderful program! I've been searching for a program such as this one that will assist me in elevating my thought procceses. I have already installed and begun to use this tool and I am thrilled that a website such as Giveawayoftheday is offering such a program for free! I heartily recommend this program for anyone who wishes to elevate their thinking.

Reply   |   Comment by Matthew B. Howell  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I've used mindmapping for years, both on a computer and on paper - sometime one is more appropriate, sometimes the other. It's a very useful way of thinking about new projects, and then organizing the information you may need for the project later. ConceptDraw has been around for a while but I haven't had a chance to try it before because I'd already sunk my money into the awesomely expensive MindManager ( http://www.mindjet.com/ ) and tried Freemind, ( http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page ) so it'll be good to try another one. I also use 3D Topicscape which does mindmapping in 3D (http://www.topicscape.com ). Flying through my mindmaps is fun!

Reply   |   Comment by Roy  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Oy, my double-quotes aren't working, above. That'll teach me...

Reply   |   Comment by Keilaron  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

The Advanced Specialist (#171) - So's this one, and much longer. If you're so much better than him, please, don't sink down to his level.
(#173) - And as I told BillW50, please, please use <blockquote>!

Reply   |   Comment by Keilaron  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

My only comment on this software that hasn't been addressed already is...
...why did this program default to trying to launch Opera when I don't have that browser installed?
I have no problems with it suggesting (or even promoting) the browser, but it's kinda useless to force me to change the setting before any related features will work.

BeCool (#19) said:

Well, when u do brainstorming in a team, then u absolutely dont need it. It is faster and more creative to do it just on a paper. 119 DOllar is just a waste.

Welcome to the internet. Hope you enjoy it!
Seriously, though: You've obviously never had to do this over the internet, or even a network at work. Such programs can be very, very valuable. And there's something to be said about a paperless office... it's not a pipe dream. ;>

BeCool (#31) - I don't know where you saw 87 MB in use (and it's memory, not resources - there's a difference). On average use, I had 40 MB in use.

Charlie Hes (#32) - I can tell you with almost complete certainty that no, there are NO free upgrades. A few people here say they've upgraded, but this seems to be "mysteriously" followed by "Where's my serial number?". (If anyone HAS upgraded without issues, however, do correct me!)

mike (#52) - Seems to me you ARE asking about activation - in which case, read #71, #79, ... #122 ...
Otherwise, you're looking for Help -> Register Now.

Troglo (#65) - This is easily fixable, though you'd think the setup program would fix this automatically... Just go to Edit -> Preferences and edit the five-or-so paths shown there to where you installed the program. Then restart the program and the tutorial will work just fine. :>

Schop (#69) - Well said and quite amusing :> I'll note, though, that if someone simply says that they don't have a use for it, it actually is a useful comment: It gives GotD a hint of what software to look for.
Though, obviously, it's easier for them to go "Hey, we should offer this software" if someone gives them a specific title to look for...
...which is exactly why they offered this software. Kudos to GotD for paying attention. Anyone who says otherwise has just been proven wrong. :>

Antonio (#76), BladedThoth (#84) - I'd normally be all for torrents, but...
Get real. Remember the kind of comments you see here. Do you really think it would be that much better? ;/ As for reducing the load on GotD's connection - that depends just how many people stay around to seed. Otherwise, it may only be worse for them.
Also, 27 MB isn't that much for 56k - I used to download that in about a quarter of an hour. Seriously... don't whine about download sizes - get yourself a bigger pipe. If you can't, we can't help you - nobody really can except for ISPs - and it doesn't help to complain. Sadly, things are getting larger and larger these days. :<


George F Bush (#77) - Registry pollution where? Everything appears to be properly contained in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Computer Systems\CD MINDMAP4, where it belongs, as far as I can tell with Regmonitor. It would be easy to remove, even if the uninstaller doesn't remove it itself. Care to elaborate on your claim?
(#79) -
If after activation you install and the program still is not registered, it means that Activate.exe was not allowed to write to your registry. Probably because you had no administrator rights.

False. They are not required - See above comment.

CyberGranny (#92) - About the help files not being accessible, see my reply to comment #65 above.

Part of this comment was deleted for using a personal insult against another commenter.

chrisa (#111) -
for pete’s sake GOTD, get your documentation straight and stick with one procedure!

Yes! Please do! Because reading a very short, to-the-point and clearly written readme.txt file is so very hard!

BillW50 (#128) -
Mind Mapping is Awesome.

I wouldn’t know.

So why're you bothering to comment on that?

Site Seer (#133) - If you read what it says on the very page you linked to, the only reason they didn't like ConceptDraw's site is because they apparently received spam after giving their e-mail address there, as well as receiving one (1) e-mail with a virus in it. Thus, the downloads are okay (as the page says), but giving your e-mail address may not be such a hot idea. ;>

Charles Barnard (#144) - YES! Because Linux prevents your harddrive from dying.
*headdesk*
Linux has it's own issues... please don't hold it as a God above Windows. Neither is better than the other. (Exception: Vista and ME. Please, don't mention them to me >_>)

Reply   |   Comment by Keilaron  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Awesome piece of software. Unfortunately, I personally have no use for it besides to mess around with.

Reply   |   Comment by aximgeinus  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

The most disturbing thing about the feedback is the lack of gratefullness that some folks post. Even if i actually have a use for 1 in 100 of the items featured here, i am still very appreciative of the effort the fine people behind the scenes are putting in, on this site. Thanks GOTD TEAM!!

Reply   |   Comment by john1999  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

VERY COOL PROGRAM!!! Could be made smaller, but it is ver coo still! I put it on my Jump Drive! I like the website VERY MUCH!!! Keeep it up!

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Reply   |   Comment by BillW50  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thanks to everyone - I needed to download again and it worked. Thanks GOTD!!! I'm new to the site and this is my first download. I've used other mind mapping programs but this looks pretty "friendly".

Reply   |   Comment by Rudder  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

For those of you who haven't figured out if this is something you could use or not, here's my suggestion:

1. Download it (many helpful hints in today's comments)
2. Open it.
3. Select "begin a new page" or the first topic (line 1).
4. Type in "Get Organized" and a box will pop up.
5. Write down the first thing you need to do to get organized.
6. Hit "enter" twice. A new box will pop up.
7. Type the next thing you need to do.
8. Repeat until you can't think of anything else.
9. Take a breath, sit back and look at what you have in front of you

That is as far as I've gotten and I'm hooked. If the rest of this program works as intuitively as this first part has (and I bet it does), this is a winner! Give it a try before you reject it, guys.

Thanks GOTD team; keep up the great work. You are much appreciated!!

To everyone who posts here: Do us all a favor and take a minute to proof-read what you write. If it makes no sense to you, chances are we won't be able to understand it either.

Reply   |   Comment by  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thank you for the heads up on this offer!

Reply   |   Comment by Craig Mische  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#168 MOCHA WROTE: "WOW! Thank you #166 The Advanced Specialist!
Thank you for taking the time to post all that very helpful information, YES, it has helped :-)

Great site, I’m glad I came across it (although by accident, now it is BOOKMARKED)I plan on coming back everyday.
Thanks again.
I will spread the word/link

Comment by Mocha — March 6th, 2007 at 7:24 pm "


Sure MOCHA! Glad to help. :-)

If you need the links to VMWare or VirtualPC I can provide them to you if you can't locate them on Google. VirtualPC is free. From Microsoft. Was written by a company called CONNECTIX who used to make windows emulators for macs. Microsoft bought them. And now provides it to you for free.

Reply   |   Comment by The Advanced Specialist  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hi,

Great software and thanks GOTD! I like it so much as it help you create a neat draft and later into pro looking chart or so. I get to gain more knowledge by knowing different softwares through you.

Hope to see more different stuffs more in future.


Luv

Jul

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Comment was deleted for using a personal insult against another commenter.

Reply   |   Comment by The Advanced Specialist  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

To Mocha...
Simply get on the mailing list,to find out daily what is being offered,also has a link to the site....Greg

Reply   |   Comment by Greg  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I was having problems accessing the Help files and the tutorial. I checked out the Edit>Preferences>Paths in the open program and saw that the paths were directed to C:\Program Files\CS Odessa\ConceptDraw MINDMAP Personal\Help\...etc. BUT - when the program installed itself, it omitted the word "Personal" in the file title. So the files the paths were pre-directed to didn't exist by those names. I had "C:\Program Files\CS Odessa\ConceptDraw MINDMAP \Help\..." showing in Windows Explorer, instead of "C:\Program Files\CS Odessa\ConceptDraw MINDMAP Personal\Help\..."

So I just edited each path in the Preferences section and removed the word "Personal" from the file name (Help path, Templates path, etc.). It seems to be working okay now.

Reply   |   Comment by DownTheShore  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

WOW! Thank you #166 The Advanced Specialist!
Thank you for taking the time to post all that very helpful information, YES, it has helped :-)

Great site, I'm glad I came across it (although by accident, now it is BOOKMARKED)I plan on coming back everyday.
Thanks again.
I will spread the word/link

Reply   |   Comment by Mocha  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thank you for a great program and an outstanding marketing medium for your suppliers in general. I appreciate both.

Reply   |   Comment by Dan  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#141 MOCHA WROTE: "I have a question before I download it. I think someone else asked it also but I didn’t see an answer.
If I download it, can I copy it to a disk in case my computer crashes and I would have to reinstall all my programs.
Is it possible to do that with the free software here?
Sorry, If this is a silly question! I’m new to this sort of stuff!
(ps- should I worry about spyware here)?
Thanks for any info :-)
Comment by Mocha — March 6th, 2007 at 3:29 pm "

HI MOCHA!

I can help you.

Ok, normally you only get a chance this one day to get the software for free. And that is why this site is called givawayoftheDAY.com - Most of the programs use an ACTIVATE.EXE program that will phone home and make sure that it's within the 24 hour time window. If your system crashes later, or you try to use the activate program later, after the giveaway period is over, the ones that phone home will NOT work. Those are the Terms of the site. And if anyone out there doesn't like it, well, remember that you are getting this software at No cost. And in the spirit that it gives one the opportunity to try it, in the hopes that people will BUY it later. This isn't a site where developers come to give away their software forever, to people who complain (not you mocha), and to provide free tech support and free lifetime upgrades to people who didn't pay anything for it. But it does give everyone a chance on 1 day to get a fun program, and those are the terms, and that's still pretty good. :)

Ok, so what can you do...
Well, as a couple people above already mentioned, if you can glean the information out of the bickering, you can do a clone or image backup. The reason why this works is that often the activation key is saved in the registry. That type of backup saves the registry, therefore the activation key is still in there. So when you restore, you'll still have an active key and all your programs will work. To do a clone or image backup, one backup program that is nice is called Acronis TrueImage. Or use whatever you prefer. But that's a good one.

Next, another one already mentioned that *some* of the programs here have a different than normal way of activating them. Some GIVE you the serial number. If you wrote it down or saved it, then there is a chance that you could install and use that again. I would add that if the serial number is 'generated' and there is a 'machine id' of some sort, then that will probably prevent one from moving the software to a new pc. But you could give it a try.

So that method may fail.

And the image/clone backup method could fail too if you try to move your hard disk to another machine and there is some sort of 'machine id' computed to uniquely identify the computer. (same idea as ms windows xp activation, knowing if the computer has changed.)

Ok, so what *I* would like to add to this, is that one method that may still WORK, is using virtualization. Meaning get a program called VirtualPC, or VMWARE. And that will make a pc inside your pc. In a file. And if you installed and activated the software inside that, you could probably back it up, move it, etc. and it would probably sitll work. You could also probably copy the virtual file to another pc and have the software on that pc IF you promised to DELETE the 1st copy in order to remain within the license agreement terms. If you only continue to run the 1 copy on 1 computer you are still fully on the up & up. Running the program inside a virtual machine might not be as fast as on the native cpu, so it might not be appropriate for all programs. But hey, it's an option. You could try it.

>> (ps- should I worry about spyware here)?

Well, you should Always be at least *aware* of spyware anywhere, but I would rate this site as being very reputable. And the software here is checked and scanned by this site's owners before it is given out.

So although it's 'possible' that something could slip by, this site's offerings should be fairly safe. At the very least, safer than some bad warez site where people try to get craks and stuff to get free software. This place is much better than that. And all authorized and straight up too. Which is the best.

Ok, hope that helps you MOCHA!

Reply   |   Comment by The Advanced Specialist  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#147, chrisa, today's GOTD offering is a bit different. Usually, after installation and activation the programs' will show as being registered to Giveawayoftheday (although you can register some in your own name). Once installed, if MINDMAP doesn't state it's a trial version then I think we're safe in assuming our programs are registered, although not "registered" in the sense of having a serial number recorded with ConceptDraw.

#154, BillW50, you referred to yourself as a "dummy." I merely agreed with you. Should you ever label yourself as an obnoxious buffoon, I'll be right there concurring with your opinion again.

BladedThoth (as he clearly states) only performs a cursory 15-minute review of GOTD offerings (and does a fine job for which many of us are appreciative). It's only reasonable he's not going to become intimately familiar with every aspect of each program he reviews in such a short time frame. The fact he missed a feature in no way makes him "dishonest" as you baselessly alleged.

You entered my life by posting condescending, ludicrous remarks when I couldn't get a GOTD offering to install (due to a corrupted file download). If a program isn't installed, there won't be a system tray icon and I don't require an electrical engineer to tell me where the system tray and clock are located on my PC. Did I miss your explanations for falsely asserting ISR/digital imaging software is "very time consuming" in making backup snapshots/images and PCs can't be used during this period? No, I didn't think so. If BladedThoth had made such fallacious statements in his reviews, you'd pitch a conniption fit.

Reply   |   Comment by Karen  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

How do I get a serial number? Will not let me use it without a serial number. It closes when I go to use it

Reply   |   Comment by kor914  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I just download «ConceptDraw MINDMAP Personal» and I don't receive the serial numbers for registration. ????

Reply   |   Comment by Jean  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Great program. I am the Pastor of a church and use mindmaps to structure my sermons. They keep me to the point and ensure that my central theme remains my central theme. Teachers could find this program invaluable in lesson planning.

Reply   |   Comment by Brian Chaplain  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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