BigHairyGoal — mindmap and task checklist

Developer: Berbie Software

Current Version: 1.8.1525

Last Updated: 2 months ago

Download Size: 3.6 MB - Download


BigHaryGoal is a mindmapping, brainstorming and progress tracking tool for creatives and software developers. It's build to be simple and effective to use, so you can just let go your flow of creativity.

** What is Big Hairy Goal?
Big Hairy Goal is an easy-to-use tool for getting your ideas down and to arrange them in a way that gives you more insight. The approach is much like a mindmap, but connections between cards can be non linear. It's more like a brainstorming whiteboard you attach note cards to and connect them with lines or reorder them. Big Hairy Goal automatically moves cards aside if you insert a new one somewhere. So when your paper notes ever required a total rewrite because things have gotten too crowded and no space is left to add new notes, you can imagine what Big Hairy Goal does.

** Creative Thinking
Big Hairy Goal does not require you to connect notes, you can easily just add them to the board, move them, group them and later connect them in any sequence that leads towards your goal. Big Hairy Goal is also about to pin ideas down fast. It's loaded with interaction minimizing gestures and shortcuts to support your flow of creativity.

** Visual Investigation
If you are a researcher or programmer, you may often need a picture on what is going on, how things stand to each other or things flow and interact. That's normally done using drawing apps and visualized with flowcharts, UML or organizational diagrams. But many of them are cumbersome to use and stand in your way to achieve the most important goal of the task: that you get the idea of what a system is about and to achieve the insight over a hidden cause or solution. And therefore don't bother with complex drawing tools but use BigHairyGoal to create a rough sketch on what's going on.

** Visual Thinking
Big Hairy Goal supports three different types of cards: text, image and url. Drag resources from any location like Finder and Safari or paste a screenshot into your workspace.

Create mood boards, inspiration boards or lightboxes on the fly. Move lesser attractive candidates aside and create groups. Zoom into images by selecting any and pressing the space key, just like what you are accustomed to in Finder.

** Getting things done
Big Hairy Goal is a very small progress tracking board. To design your approach and to measure your progress, cards have attributes like status, size, importance, dependencies, relations and grouping. To keep you focused, all attributes are visualized in clear colors, without distracting visual styles.

Big Hairy Goal supports your creative thinking process on what to do, what natural approaches may exist and finally getting things done.


Release Notes:

Fixed issue purchasing the matrix feature.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.5.53
Review by G. Huba

Important for use as a Visual Thinking Environment UPDATED - Original: I have made a number of blog posts about this program. It is one of just a very few that I highly recommend for use as a Visual Thinking Environment on the Mac. The blog posts include many examples of the program’s use. Updated to Current Version and After Use for 9 Months: This is an exceptional thinking environment. I find it extremely valuable as a first (and sometimes final) step in organizing huge amounts of information extremely rapidly, accurately, and in a format extremely easy to think about. This program supports the following process better than anything else I have yet to find of the several dozen similar visual information environment, mind mapping, and concept mapping programs I have used extensively. Process for information evaluation and drawing conclusions: a) draw information sources (quotes, web links, data, images) onto an unlimited canvas b) draw relationships among the information items c) rearrange the information items to build clusters (manually or automatically forming neat clusters of information “cards”) d) color code e) break cards apart into several cards and rearrange f) sort in various ways The old analogy is placing many (hundreds, thousands) of pieces of information on file cards and then arranging them into “models” of information and conclusions. This program is light years ahead of that analog and makes extensively use of modern web-based methods of retrieving information as text, images, and links. Scapple is an alternative program with similar goals. While similarly excellent, I prefer BigHairyGoal because it is easier to use, includes a few more bells and whistles, and makes it really simple to create compelling summary images showing models of information.

Found helpful by 5 out of 5 people
Version 1.7.85
Review by the_real_bpo

Forces you to review - This app annoys you until you post a review for it. Very frustrating and distracting!

Found helpful by 1 out of 3 people