Brainstorming Software

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Unleash your creative genius with SmartDraw... the world's most intuitive brainstorming solution.

The Secret to Unleashing Your Creative Genius

Scientific research shows that our brains like to work using association and visual patterns. So it only makes sense to allow our minds to use these natural methods in the most efficient manner possible.

Mind maps are an ideal tool for brainstorming. They encourage our minds to use the natural process of association. Ideas develop in a more free-form manner; unlike the restrictive linear "laundry list" system most of us have been taught to use.

Mind maps and concept maps for brainstorming

Fast, Automated Mind Maps Free You to Capture Your Creativity in Real Time

SmartDraw gives you fast, automated mind maps that are the perfect tool for brainstorming, planning, and managing information.

You can build a mind map three ways:

  • Use the "Add Right" and other directional buttons on the SmartPanel
  • Use the keyboard: hold down the "Ctrl" key and one of the directional arrows to add a new shape in that direction
  • Move your cursor over one of the shapes to see a gold outline of four arrows and click on any arrow to add a shape in that direction
Build your brainstorm mind map easily with automatic tools that help you format

Formatting Made Easy

With our one-click compact formatting control, your mind map will fit into a small space and look more attractive—no matter the size or scale.

You can get compact formatting with just a click

Connect Your Mind Map to Trello®

Brainstorm freely and if you want to make an idea actionable, you can easily connect your visual to any existing Trello board for your tream and create a Trello card. Updates from Trello will be automatically reflected on your mind map too.

Connect any item from your brainstorm to Trello to make it actionable

View Your Mind Map as a Gantt Chart

Project planning is often best done using a mind map. Brainstorm a to do list and arrange them into related groups. When you're ready, convert the fruits of your brainstorm into a functional project plan with assignments and due dates in just a single click. Changes made in one view will be automatically reflected in the other.

View your mind map as a gantt chart

Effortless Collaboration

You and your team can work on the same mind map by sharing it on your included online account or by using your favorite file sharing apps like Dropbox®, Google Drive, Box® or OneDrive®. You can also share files with non SmartDraw users by simply emailing them a link.

Collaborate with your team

Smart Integration

Insert your mind map into Microsoft Word®, Excel®, PowerPoint® or Google Docs and Google Sheets in just a few clicks.

SmartDraw also works with with the Atlassian® stack including Confluence, Jira, and Trello.

You can save files to your online account or use any common file sharing service like Dropbox®, Box®, OneDrive®, or Google Drive.

SmartDraw works the way you work with the tools you already use.

SmartDraw has smart integrations to help you share your brainstorm

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Go ahead... unleash your creative genius with SmartDraw brainstorming software.