XMind

Create and share mind maps with ease

If you've never tried mind mapping, then you might be surprised at what it can do for you. You'll make connections and see opportunities that you may not have considered before. View full description

PROS

  • Easy to use
  • Free
  • Easy to share online

CONS

  • Lacks some of the more advanced mind mapping features
  • Not possible to add video

Very good
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If you've never tried mind mapping, then you might be surprised at what it can do for you. You'll make connections and see opportunities that you may not have considered before.

There's plenty of software out there to help you do the job and XMind is definitely one of the better ones with the huge added bonus that it's absolutely free. To get started, you'll have to sign up for an XMind account which is quick and painless. Once you've done so, you have an online space where you can easily collaborate on projects and share them with others.

Using XMind is simple. Just add a central topic and then right-click on it to add subtopics, labels, notes, and much more. Editing the boxes is easy and you can select from a number of styles and fonts. You can also change the structure at any time by right-clicking or dragging and dropping different elements. You can even add audio (although not video) and fishbone charts. XMind is much neater and far more logical than trying to draw a mind map on a piece of paper due to the way it adds elements in a structured order.

XMind is an excellent free mind mapping application that may not be the most sophisticated out there but in terms of ease of use, it can't be beat.

Changes

  • Brandnew dictionary management in Preferences page lets spell check work better
  • The special XMind version for Japan serves Japanese users
  • Improved French and Spanish UI translation is waiting for French or Spanish speaking users
  • XMind Pro can work offline now
  • The signin process in XMind is enhanced much
  • Fix a shortcut bug (Ctrl+Alt+N)
  • Fix a paste bug on Mac OS X. Now, paste multiple-line content into XMind, and every line would be a topic
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XMind 3.3.1

— User reviews — about XMind

  • Ravinder Dang

    by Ravinder Dang

    "X mind helps you organise"

    X mind is a great start-up software for mind mapping. It's basic and very easy to use. For more than 80% of mind mapping... More.

    reviewed on January 26, 2012