Noda

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A VR mind mapping tool

Noda allows you to plan and create mind maps. If you are creating mind maps or presentations, then this tool is severely lacking when compared to desktop programs. However, if you are creating simple plans for personal use, then this tool offers an interesting way to create a plan.

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PROS

  • Creating simple plans is easy with this tool
  • Will keep you interested in your own planning process

CONS

  • The interface looks bland and cheap
  • Not great for mind mapping or presentations

Noda allows you to plan and create mind maps. If you are creating mind maps or presentations, then this tool is severely lacking when compared to desktop programs. However, if you are creating simple plans for personal use, then this tool offers an interesting way to create a plan.

Technology hasn't caught up to what Noda is attempting

Have you ever wanted to try that hologram technology that Tony Stark uses in the Marvel movies? This piece of VR technology was born because the developers thought you may like to try it. Sadly, the Noda version of that technology is rather cheap looking, even in a VR environment, and it doesn't have the responsiveness that the Tony Stark version has on the movies. This tool allows you to grab pieces of information and move them around, it allows you to add your own text and your own images. The sad part is that VR technology, aka the controllers, are not built for heavy data input, and most mind maps require images and text to be created on the spot as the mind-maps are being built. Adding large chunks of text or images that you just created is difficult unless you log off, create it on your desktop, and then import it in to your mind map or plan on Noda.

A nice try at virtual mind mapping and planning

It is obvious that the developers of Noda had their hearts in the right place when they designed this piece of software, but creating presentations or mind maps is too time-consuming, and Noda has a very limited range of tools and functions. Technology is going to have to catch up before programs like this one are useful. For example, an AI-powered speech recognition extension would make this program more usable, and the ability to select things without having to use the controllers to run down button/tabbed menus would also make this tool more usable. It is only useful for planning and not for presentations. If you need to make a plan and you want an unusual way to keep you motivated while you plan, then this tool may be the one for you.

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