What people are saying about Thortspace

I am starting this article as a way of keeping track of articles and reviews about thortspace written or published by third parties.

If you looking more for things that are like case studies contrasted with things that are more like endorsements (this article) see this article instead:

Doug Morrison — Mardinet.org, 6w2x.com

Pair Mentoring and Team Mentoring Using Novel Thought Processor 03

We use a novel thought-processor called Thortspace. Thortspace overview: 3D thought-processor. Non-hierarchical. Ideas placed in groups on spheres. Category sets. Paths. Several presentation modes.

The slide show from the presentation is accessible here on SlideShare.

The slide show from the presentation is accessible here on SlideShare.

Swim To The Light

“Thortspace — a simple, graphically rich mind mapping tool. Easy to use for collaborative brainstorming on ideas and direction.”


“Creating a physical representation of these networks allows us to get more strategic about how we navigate them, as well as helping us to define where we need to expand them as we evolve in our practices. Mind mapping is a great way to do this, either by hand or using tools like Xmind or Thortspace. This is an often overlooked practice in self-directed learning.” [from Learning and Unlearning into an Uncertain Future, by Tom Palmer, page 16]

Kathryn Best

Kathryn Best, Research professor, Author (Design Management: Managing Design Strategy, Process and Implementation).Leader of industry and education initiatives in design, business, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.

“Thortspace builds a roadmap of what you have.

Thortspace has many different possible applications; however for me the great potential is to help those individuals or organisations in the formative stages of getting their thoughts together. It’s sharable, collaborative, intuitive and the best part — it begins to build a roadmap of what you have, to help you realise that a few initial, raw ideas can stimulate more new ideas and shared conversations, and take things much further in a short space of time.”

David Keighley

David Keighley, Previously a BBC producer and the controller of public affairs at TV-am,David advises broadcasters at board level on communication issues.Now MD of the Mindful Policy Group, a Judge on the Central Sussex Family Bench and a practising psychotherapist.

“From the moment I saw Thortspace on my screen, I sensed excitement…

I have been lucky enough to have been using Thortspace for almost two years now. From the moment I saw Thortspace on my screen, I sensed excitement, and I was not disappointed. My first task was writing a complex, multi-tiered report about whether or not the BBC was meeting requirements for impartiality. This was familiar territory for me, but transferring data on to Thortspace immediately opened up new dimensions. The 3-D linkages generated by the spheres facilitated both new insights and new lines of data management, and — almost magically — I could ‘see’ the key issues much more clearly. For the future, I know that in my professional domain there will be dozens of applications relating to the human mind in all its astonishing complexity. The only problem is knowing where to start!”

Joe Kay

Founder of Team Intelligence startup Enswarm — https://enswarm.com/ says:

“[Thortspace] is an application that allows a group to map out their collective thoughts in 3D”.

Gregory Tasonis

Gregory Tasonis says:

Take a look at “Thortspace” as an example. IMHO, MM will become a freely available educational and engineering methodolgy and solution space…not a commercial success story.

Pierre Mongin

Pierre Mongin is author of numerous books on how to benefit from mind-mapping and visual thinking.

Pierre says:

Mercredi 18 mai 2016 sort un nouveau logiciel qui permet de faire du mind mapping en trois dimensions. De fait, ce serait plutôt du concept mapping puisque les connexions se font dans les trois dimensions alors que le mind mapping est le plus souvent limité aux deux dimensions largeur/longueur.

Volker-Christian Lehmann mindundmap-Coach & Fachhandel

Volker-Christian Lehmann includes thortspace in the list of mind-mapping software he supports.

Eddie Capstick from makesense.org

We’re examining technologies e.g. Thortspace etc and also some of the existing maps.

Level39 — and the Lean Startup Summit

(where thortspace was voted in the top three exhibitors)

Phil Shepherd and Edward Hoare discuss thortspace with delegates at the Lean Startup Summit, May 2016


“ Pour les plus aguerris à la méthode, Thortspace propose même depuis mai 2016 des cartes mentales en 3D, permettant d’accentuer ou non les distances, les proportions, les relations aux autres items, de ne pas confondre les branches entre elles…”

LikeInMind.com Thortspace Criticism

Here is a list of Thortspace pros and cons that I created in response to someone’s question. As with any software, pros and cons, while Plectica is stronger in some important ways, the pros of Thortspace make this tool work better for us. I compare Plectica and Thortspace because these are the two I consider “rapid brainwriting tools.” kumu looks elegant but not for rapid brainwriting.
1. Node-link diagram can be viewed as table
2. Ease of transfer to Excel
3. Can easily re-arrange ideas into groups
4. Visually engaging — I share a lot in Facebook groups, people respond well to Thortspace
5.Circles rather than squares (will say more on this later)
6.Use of color. Ananth (our son) finds color useful in learning. A view such as the one below is very helpful for him. He also likes being able to pull one up, and I can easily create Excel version (see pictures below)
7. I can show journeys. I will make Anatomy sphere into journey and share soon.
8. Journeys means stories. I like Thortspace for storytelling.
9. Thortspace embeds well on my website. See https://www.addittogether.com/music-in-the-cloud for an example
10. Very important for me: Phil Shepherd and Andrew Bindon are very approachable, open to feedback, and highly engaged.
1. Cannot manipulate information on the web, desktop only
2. Support for modeling relationships needs to be strengthened
3. Should have choice of colors (specifying hex codes). I want to be able to use my brand colors.
4. Some features such as labeling maps that kumu does really well.
5. Would like to be able to store more data with each node — again kumu is very good at this

Outliner Software.com

A fairly damming critique of Thortspace on OutlineSoftware.com, although in fairness to Thortspace I don’t think many of the contributors to this discussion have actually tried Thortspace out all that much.

For example, one of the comments says that they aren’t going to try Thortspace because they don’t like subscription services and wouldn’t trust a company smaller than Google with their cloud data, which completely ignores that the vast majority of Thortspace functionality is currently available in the free stand-alone app which can work in “local-only” mode without any sign-in or subscription at all.

Another thing that I suppose is not obvious from our marketing materials and perhaps should be is that Thortspace cloud data is actually stored on Google cloud storage (Gooisoft pays Google for the privilege of storing customer data on Google’s cloud). So there is a certain amount of irony in saying they wouldn’t want to use a cloud service other than one of the big ones: Google or Amazon.

I have tried to address concerns about data privacy in this article:

Thortspace services are Powered by Google App Engine:

Thortspace Premium and Free services run on Google App Engine and your sphere data is stored on Google’s Cloud Data storage. Your data is as secure on our service as it is on any of Google’s native services.

AlternativeTo says:

Thortspace is an alternative to: Lucidchart, draw.io, Freemind, MS Visio, Mindmeister, Mindomo, Mindnode, Coggle, OmniGraffle, Edraw Max, ThinkComposer, SimpleMind, WiseMapping, Grafio, SmartDraw, Cacoo, M8!, Mindmapper, PathVisio, Bubbl.us, iMindMap, eDraw, Thinkwise, SpiderScribe, Creately, Seavus DropMind, Mind42, ConceptDraw Pro, and iMindQ (among others !)

See: https://alternativeto.net/software/thortspace/ — feel free to vote us up if you want to … :-)

José Ricardo de Oliveira Cândido Santos, UNIVERSIDADE ABERTA

“Quanto à ferramenta «Thortspace», distingue-se das restantes pelo aspeto visual, pois os mapas concetuais nela criados têm como desenho base o pensamento visual 3D.”

See: Thortspace, The world’s first collaborative 3D mind mapping software. Breakthrough thinking, whenever and wherever it is needed most.


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Cnet — Thortspace Collaboration Software

“In order to cope effectively with complex projects we need to be able to think systemically and dynamically; we need to be able to achieve a level of insight in respect of the whole system of interconnected aspects and relationships with which we are dealing.”

Jo Whiley talks about mind bubbles on Radio 2

Andrew is a Product Designer at Thortspace, the world’s first collaborative 3D mind mapping software. More stories here.