That goal may make the software seem far more esoteric than Microsoft Officebut MindManager finds itself in a similar predicament to How much is MindManager 9? ubiquitous productivity suite. As with Office, most of the basic functionality in MindManager hasn't changed in years. So what is Mindjet doing to persuade people continue paying for a function they could how much is MindManager 9? for free? The latest version adds automatic Gantt charts to diagram tasks in your maps, and it doubles down on its integration with that other embattled category leader, Office. MindManager is perhaps the most powerful mind-mapping program available. But the upgrades in this version are less than compelling. The Gantt map functionality works smoothly and should be a boon to serious project managers, but many of the other additions are of limited value. You can also suck information--e-mail messages, tasks, appointments, and contacts--directly from Outlook into MindManager. As technology, this is powerful and impressive.