Bubbl.us cloud based mind mapping app is a commercial application based on Flash. It has two paid subscription services, Basic and Premium, as well as free accounts, limited to 3 saved maps. Though not a feature-rich application, it impresses by its simplicity and the freedom provided by its layout. In fact, that is probably the best feature in Bubbl.us: there is absolutely no limit to what you can do once you start creating the bubbles. You can, for example, move them freely around the screen, change their parent bubble or connect bubbles from any level. The only limit is the size of the screen.
The application is very fast and responsive, even when maps start to get crowded. As you start developing a map, the bubbles on each new sub-level appear with a slightly different colour from the previous, creating visually appealing and easy to interpret maps.
The interface of Bubbl.us cloud based mind mapping app is simple and stays out of the user’s way. There is only a minimal toolbar with basic options and an account sidebar that can be minimized to increase the screen space available for work. As most mind mapping web-based applications, it allows collaborative real-time work, as well as chat within the application. It is possible to export maps to HTML and image formats and also embed into websites.
Bubbl.us really impresses with its simplicity and ease of use; the controls are simple and intuitive and it won’t take anyone more than 5 minutes to know how to use it. The freedom provided by its layout is its strongest feature. It’s only a shame that the feature set is so limited, especially when it comes to visual and import/export options.
|Very loose layout||Limited set of features|
|Fast and responsive||Lack of import/export features|
|Easy to learn|