Favorite tool for sitemapping?

9 Mar 2009 - 10:53am
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tdellaringa
2006

Morning,

It's been quite awhile since I've had to actually do any sitemaps. I'm
wondering what your tool of choice is these days. I've got one to create
myself and I'm faced with a myriad of tools at my disposal: Axure,
Illustrator, InDesign and even Visio (ugh) to name four.

I like Axure, but I don't have the wireframes in that tool. Sitemaps have
always been such a manual labor type thing and hard to update. Templates
make it easier but I'm wondering if I've missed any new techniques or tools
in the last year or so.

Thanks!

Tom

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9 Mar 2009 - 11:13am
tdellaringa
2006

On Mon, Mar 9, 2009 at 10:06 AM, Catriona Lohan-Conway <clohanconway at mac.com
> wrote:

> Mac or pc? I use Omnigraffle on my mac and I much prefer it to Visio!!!
> http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omnigraffle/
>
> Not to mention it's so much cheaper than Visio...
>
> Axure is nice and $ but you should be able to get a prototype out of it
> too... if you can make it sing ;-)
>

Sorry, PC. I've done prototypes with Axure, it's good for certain things.
Right now I have wireframes I built in Illustrator and composed as a
document in InDesign. I need to take that and make a sitemap from it.

9 Mar 2009 - 11:15am
Greg Bosque
2009

I personally use MindJet Mindmanager (http://www.mindjet.com/) for
handling sitemaps. This software runs on both PC's and Mac's (I am
using the Mac version) and allows the creation organizational
structures in a mind map style.

I prefer this style over linear based site maps due to the fact that
it is easier to visually express the relationships between areas and
content then traditional site maps. Also this tool makes it very easy
to edit quickly.

I use it to brainstorm organizational concepts and to demonstrate
these ideas to clients and then when we have finalized our decisions
I tend to move back to Omnigraffle or illustrator to make a more
formal version as the final deliverable. This last step isn't
necessarily needed, its just the way I have been doing it for our
clients. This gives me more control over the final look and feel of
the deliverable.

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9 Mar 2009 - 11:27am
Jason Young
2008

I have to agree that Omnigraffle is much preferable to Visio, though I
spend a fair bit of time going between platforms and end up using
Visio about as much as I am using Omnigraffle at the moment. Just
depends on what the clients want. Omnigraffle is, in my opinion,
easier and has a slicker final product, but Visio can get the job
done as well.

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9 Mar 2009 - 12:26pm
Mike Padgett
2008

Hi Tom,

I'm an Information Designer and I use Cmap Tools for sitemapping and all my other ontology/taxonomy tasks.

Plus:
- It's very easy to use
- Ontology version boasts OWL/XML export
- Cross-platform, 17 languages
- Free for commercial and non-commercial use
- Great documentation

Minus:
- Fairly low-tech output
- Hefty Java back-end (included, just a bit big!)

I've used Cmap Tools extensively in the last 18 months for sitemapping, content migration and even card sorting exercises (albeit with pretty tech-aware users).

And it's free for personal use!

My overview:

http://www.mikepadgett.com/technology/technical/cmaptools-for-concept-mapping-and-owl-authoring/

All the links are in there. If you're interested in zooming over there right away:

http://cmap.ihmc.us/conceptmap.html

Don't be put off by the evil homepage, these are not UX people! The homepage was actually made with the software, though, just out of interest.

Good luck!

Mike
-------------------
www.mikepadgett.com
-------------------

>Morning,
>
>It's been quite awhile since I've had to actually do any sitemaps. I'm
>wondering what your tool of choice is these days. I've got one to create
>myself and I'm faced with a myriad of tools at my disposal: Axure,
>Illustrator, InDesign and even Visio (ugh) to name four.
>
>I like Axure, but I don't have the wireframes in that tool. Sitemaps have
>always been such a manual labor type thing and hard to update. Templates
>make it easier but I'm wondering if I've missed any new techniques or tools
>in the last year or so.
>
>Thanks!
>
>Tom
>
>--
>Marooned - A Space Opera in the Wrong Key!
>http://www.maroonedcomic.com
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10 Mar 2009 - 5:52am
Brian Mclaughlin
2008

If you need to only do site maps you might want to check out http://writemaps.com/
It is not an Omnigraffle or Visio -- it is not intended to be - but it
has a lot of features. You can add info, save versions, share, etc.

It is a project created by a guy named Scott Jehl who is doing some
great work for the jQuery community.

It is free but I am sure Scott would appreciate a donation.

Brian McLaughlin

On Mar 9, 2009, at 1:26 PM, Mike Padgett wrote:

> Hi Tom,
>
> I'm an Information Designer and I use Cmap Tools for sitemapping and
> all my other ontology/taxonomy tasks.
>
> Plus:
> - It's very easy to use
> - Ontology version boasts OWL/XML export
> - Cross-platform, 17 languages
> - Free for commercial and non-commercial use
> - Great documentation
>
> Minus:
> - Fairly low-tech output
> - Hefty Java back-end (included, just a bit big!)
>
> I've used Cmap Tools extensively in the last 18 months for
> sitemapping, content migration and even card sorting exercises
> (albeit with pretty tech-aware users).
>
> And it's free for personal use!
>
> My overview:
>
> http://www.mikepadgett.com/technology/technical/cmaptools-for-concept-mapping-and-owl-authoring/
>
> All the links are in there. If you're interested in zooming over
> there right away:
>
> http://cmap.ihmc.us/conceptmap.html
>
> Don't be put off by the evil homepage, these are not UX people! The
> homepage was actually made with the software, though, just out of
> interest.
>
> Good luck!
>
> Mike
> -------------------
> www.mikepadgett.com
> -------------------
>
>
>> Morning,
>>
>> It's been quite awhile since I've had to actually do any sitemaps.
>> I'm
>> wondering what your tool of choice is these days. I've got one to
>> create
>> myself and I'm faced with a myriad of tools at my disposal: Axure,
>> Illustrator, InDesign and even Visio (ugh) to name four.
>>
>> I like Axure, but I don't have the wireframes in that tool.
>> Sitemaps have
>> always been such a manual labor type thing and hard to update.
>> Templates
>> make it easier but I'm wondering if I've missed any new techniques
>> or tools
>> in the last year or so.
>>
>> Thanks!
>>
>> Tom
>>
>> --
>> Marooned - A Space Opera in the Wrong Key!
>> http://www.maroonedcomic.com
>> ________________________________________________________________
>> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
>> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
>> Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
>> List Guidelines ............ http://www.ixda.org/guidelines
>> List Help .................. http://www.ixda.org/help
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
> Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
> List Guidelines ............ http://www.ixda.org/guidelines
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