February 27, 2009

Thinkfold – Real-Time Thinking. For Groups.


ThinkFold organizes people’s thoughts, ideas, tasks, and projects using a simple and straight-forward outline format. Much like desktop software, users can drag and drop information to adjust and organize tasks. However, the best feature of ThinkFold is not its drag and drop simplicity, but its real-time updating of information. As an example, if you reposition an item on your screen, your co-worker will see the changes made immediately. This can make project management more efficient and in effect turns outlining into a type of instant messaging platform for collaborating ideas in real-time.

As with other project management programs, you can assign tasks to other team members and they will be instantly notified within the outline itself. Assigned tasks can be moved into the recipient’s “To-Do” section if desired. As a simple and streamlined outlining program, ThinkFold is quite solid, offering a great solution for users who are easily overwhelmed by surplus features.

Practical Uses:

  • Work on the launch of a new website with a number of outsourced workers – and keep everyone on the same page
  • Trade ideas in a more-organized form than email while working with your co-author on your book
  • Develop your PhD thesis outline and notes
  • Experiment with new cooking recipes and capture your progress in outline format that can be shared with friends and family

Insider Tips:

  • Use the arrow buttons to denote tasks that you do not need to do yourself – useful for lengthy outlines
  • Consider incorporating images within the outline using the file upload feature – these can be dragged, dropped, and moved around as well

What we liked:

  • Nice, clean design – a good workspace
  • No hiccups in the real-time display of new additions/edits to an outline
  • Intuitive interface makes working with all outline functions quite easy

What we didn’t like:

  • ThinkFold is not all that feature-rich
  • Could have a better update notification process beyond the real-time edits within the application


Company Info:

  • Launched: 2008
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Manchester, U.K.
  • Founded by: Guy Dickinson
  • Web site:


  • Free

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