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Cayra

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.2 stars

    out of 17 votes

    • 5 star: 9
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 0
  • Current version:

    4.3 stars

    out of 15 votes

    • 5 star: 8
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 2.0 stars

    "Couldn't install"

    October 24, 2011  |   By lazykate

    Version: Cayra 0.9.5

    Pros

    The screenshots look good.

    Cons

    It won't install on my Windows 7 - asks for .NET 3.0 which I cannot install (I tried) because I have a more recent version.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "very nice tool !"

    November 1, 2010  |   By Fredcl

    Version: Cayra 0.9.5

    Pros

    nice tool for mindmapping

    Cons

    window7 support is missing
    looks to be abondoned by the designer, a pity

    Summary

    very nice tool for mindmapping and knowledge storage. Unfortunate it does not install rightaway on Windows7. A workaround is to install it on a XP/Vista PC and copy the Intalev directory (from the Program directory) to a USB stick. After transferring to the Program directory on the windows7 system, jus create a link the the file Cayra and it works (compatability mode needs to be changed on 'updater' and 'cayra' executables).
    Works flawless....

    Why is the source code not transferred to the open source area ? Or is thi snot possible ?

    Updated on Nov 2, 2010

    small update : you can also link to webpages, link to files and automate sending of emails. Just use the HLINK parameter. A description is given in the help menu. Works fine.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Looks great, but doesn't work properly"

    September 10, 2010  |   By suckingspider

    Version: Cayra 0.9.5

    Pros

    Good overview, nice graphical environment, seems to have all features you need and not more (you won't use anyway).

    Cons

    Unlogical usage, slows down rapidly when working with 20 nodes+, input fields disappear often if you just move the mouse about some pixels away, not able to re-type links between nodes once they are linked, note-nodes don't pop up, no zoom function.

    Summary

    All in all it seems to be a quite good piece of software and it could be nice when creating simple maps, but if you like do work professionally: forget it! Even if it's free.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great Quality, Mediocrity in Speed, Genius in Design"

    June 22, 2010  |   By jakeisdead

    Version: Cayra 0.9.5

    Pros

    Color Coded
    Way, Way Simpler than other Mind Mappers you'll try
    It just works
    Great for all uses, not focused on a specific category

    Cons

    Mind Map can get tangled in "free view"
    Sometimes lags because of intensity of graphics
    Company who made it gone, No hope of updates

    Summary

    Perfect for the beginning scatterbrain. I use it personally to organize my business clients ideas and files. I keep contacts, meeting notes and all other related things in the map.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Nice and simple "thought shower" program"

    April 2, 2010  |   By FoxIX

    Version: Cayra 0.9.5

    Pros

    Easy to use
    Plenty of options and features
    Templates are very handy
    Great for laying out previously hand scribbled notes

    Cons

    Not good if you just want to get a lot of ideas down quickly - the main reason for brainstorming.

    Summary

    Very useful if you need a professional looking diagram that other people can view.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great for adults with ADHD! Easily organize chaos."

    March 8, 2010  |   By urbonterrain

    Version: Cayra 0.9.5

    Pros

    Easy to learn.

    Cons

    my 1gb ram notebook slows down with large brain map.

    Summary

    Loved the product. one improvement would be a print mode that would let user choose which parent/child groups to print on seperate pages, as well as an option to include all side notes and info for each bubble. Great job with this product overall. It has great potential!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great to work with and free!"

    December 31, 2009  |   By joncatling

    Version: Cayra 0.9.5

    Pros

    Great to work with; the best feature a mindmapper can have. Free too!
    Not too much clutter (see above).

    Cons

    Seems to be offline as a project.
    Win7 not supported in standard package (see summary).
    Link editing would be nice and file attachment, and layers (link-able).

    Summary

    A small edit of the msi with Orca and it installs fine on Win7
    [ "VsdLaunchCondition -> (FRMWRK3 AND VersionNT<600) OR VersionNT=600" - make "600" > "601" ]
    It is a shame Cayra has gone (except for a few download sites, e.g. here) Perhaps it will reappear as a commercial app... but I think it would spread like wildfire as donation-ware, just tell your mates.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best looking Mind Mapping freeware!"

    October 11, 2009  |   By Cantabcop

    Version: Cayra 0.9.5

    Pros

    It works really well and it's easy to use. The layout is the best looking amongst others, making it easier to remember thoughts. Just the layout I wanted!

    Cons

    Nil - couldn't ask for more fro a freeware.

    Summary

    Compared all the Mind Mapping freeware on CNet. This is definately the best looking. What more can one ask for?

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good balance between usability and completeness"

    August 14, 2009  |   By oscamo

    Version: Cayra 0.9.5

    Pros

    Solid & intuitive interface provides low threshold to use, which essential to capture fleeting thoughts. Categorization, clouds and excellent searchability means that information can be easily retrieved even in very large and complex mindmaps.

    Cons

    - Large mindmaps can make interaction really slow.
    - Would be nice if clouds could overlap
    - I'd like the ability to lock a subset of nodes. Static mode always shows the entire map.
    - A function to "disentangle" static mode would be very useful!

    Summary

    Really efficient, fun and useful way to build a personal knowledge base and to clarify one's own conception of a subject matter. Only needs a few boosts (se "cons") to become revolutionizingly good!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It works wonders.. I'm loving it ;)"

    June 6, 2009  |   By petzki

    Version: Cayra 0.9.5

    Pros

    easy to use, easy to search help, beautiful, simple and well working

    Cons

    the program isn't always doing things the logical way, but it works

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