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What is the best Mind-Mapping application available for free and/or purchase?
Asked by MikeH
Posted Nov 24 2009 11:51 AM
I like to get ideas laid-out visually before I begin to fill in the details. So I am curious if anyone here has a great tool you would recommend for doing a useful MindMap. Useful to me means it has some exporting feature that will generate a list, or set of items. I'd love a tool that would let you attach action items to the map nodes, would be super cool.
Answered by Alces alces
Posted Nov 24 2009 01:03 PM
With the wide array of free available mind mapping and concept mapping applications available, it doesn't make sense to purchase one of the expensive mind mapping packages. I recommend VUE (http://vue.tufts.edu), the Visual Understanding Environment, an open source application available for Windows, Mac and Linux.
I find formal mind mapping to be limiting in allowing me to think through a problem, and so I shy away from tools that impose the rigid structure of a mind map with a central idea and spokes of nodes built off it, this is one of the reasons I like VUE. VUE does all the basics that most people are looking for but than also contains a bunch of neat features built around presenting from your map, and allowing you to manipulate data feeds from your favorite websites as nodes on a map. It also allows exporting of your map to a PDF outline, which may fulfill your requirement. VUE allows you to attach notes, tags, URLs, files to both nodes and links, and allows building hierarchical stacks of nodes each containing their own nodes and links which can be useful in many cases. It doesn't allow you to export your map to plain text, not sure if this is a blocker for your use case.
I've tried Freemind as well, another excellent mind mapping application, but VUE is just much prettier and easier to use. A long time ago, I tried Cmap but didn't get very far.
Answered by fat-hen
Posted Nov 25 2009 02:53 PM
I currently use XMind and have an old version of NovaMind, 1.7.
Answered by palmettobug
Posted Nov 26 2009 05:54 PM
You don't say what platform you are on, but I am using MindNode on the Mac. There is the free version which has all the capabilities I need. There is also a Pro version which adds things like constraints, cross connections, and hyperlinks. Finally there is even an iPhone / iPod Touch version. The free version is relatively basic, but it more than suits my needs. All of them are at http://www.mindnode.com