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Online mind mapping tools

Online mind mapping tools

I’ve been using mind mapping tools for years for creating plans or elaborating ideas. So far, my favorite offline software was FreeMind. It hasn’t been updated for years, but it is open source and has impressive features, like formatting nodes, icons, good keyboard support, adding links, colorful clouds for branches, and much more. Just take a look at the screenshot in Wikipedia. Today I decided to look for some online alternative for easier access on any device (also mobile) and simplified sharing.

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My favorite graphing tool – Graphviz

My favorite graphing tool – Graphviz

I used to create many graphs, usually the kind of dependency/hierarchy (see the previous post about Programming paradigms in JavaScript).

A long time ago I discovered a perfect tool for a developer to create and maintain various graphs – Graphviz. You can download it and use offline, but there are also online interpreters for quick experiments, for example:

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My favorite bookmarklets

My favorite bookmarklets

Bookmarklets are an “ancient” idea to execute custom scripts on arbitrary pages. I haven’t really heard people using it nowadays, but there still seem to be present several interesting scripts to improve browsing. A few years ago I created several scripts to add custom formatting and features to Jira board and issue pages and recently I created an “add-on” to Trello and I discovered some bookmarklets created by others, which I list below.

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Trello Power-Up to hide labels and fields from card covers

Trello Power-Up to hide labels and fields from card covers

I had an ingenious idea to show a clutterless view of a Trello board. Sometimes it is beneficial to have an overview of card names without all the details like labels, assignments, photos, dates, custom fields, and so on.

For instance, instead of displaying a board with tens of cards with labels, due dates and custom fields like this:

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Trello – Blogging Editorial Workflow and Calendar

Trello – Blogging Editorial Workflow and Calendar

I can’t live without two tools: Excel and Trello. There are some WordPress plugins that help manage the editorial calendar and publishing workflow (CoSchedule at $80 a month, PublishPress at $77 a year), but… they cost a lot!

On the other hand, I don’t say Trello is the best place to keep posts’ workflow, because you have to duplicate some information between WordPress and Trello. In my case, it’s the title, link, basic category and some statuses.

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