They are similar looking, but fundamentally quite different. For instance, Treehouse is much more used by the modeller, while the assembly in a MindMap is geared to other people in the company who want intelligence from the assembly. In an assembly of 200-1000 parts, only in CAD format, that information can be otherwise really inefficient to get at.
Filtering and searching is a big thing. For instance, a manager can sit down with a designer and filter the 800-part map to show 16 of 'Bob's models (green flag) that are less than half done (blue square) and at Pre-Release (yellow tag) status"
- project manager (Task Information & Gantt Chart view)
- senior engineer (quickly checking & rearranging the structure)
- purchaser (descriptions, counts, other metadata)
- technical illustrators/writers (understanding the structure)
- production (a visual building guide)
- presenting clearly to upper management. (Map/List/Gantt chart views)
What costs/prices are involved?
it's $890 for ProjectSchema, and approximately $300 for a MindManager 9 license. Both have 30-day trials. The Contact Us is here
Here you can see the Gantt chart view. In MindManager 8 you export to another application to get this, but now in V.9 it's just another view of the information. I wouldn't classify this as full-fledged project management, but it certainly is a better, faster way of moving the information around.