MindMeister

Cloud-based mind mapping tool for organizations of all sizes

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MindMeister Overview

What is MindMeister?

MindMeister is a cloud-based mind mapping solution designed to help organizations of all sizes manage brainstorming, collaboration, note-taking and project planning. MindMeister enables users to graphically represent information using videos, comments and PDFs or spreadsheets.

MindMeister allows users to create roadmaps using custom themes, colors and multiple layouts, including free, left/right aligned or organizational charts. Features include image libraries, information backup and restore, custom branding, data import/export, role-based access, real-time sessions, and more. Collaboration functionality comes with an integrated chat system for members to share ideas across teams, add notes or discuss changes. The project management module includes a drag-and-drop interface, which lets users assign tasks, set start and due dates, define priorities, indicate progress, and create email reminders.

MindMeister’s built-in presentation tool enables users to create slideshows and export them as PNG images, embed to websites or broadcast to online members. The platform integrates with various third-party applications such as G Suite, Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, Confluence, and Microsoft Teams.

MindMeister Overview

Pricing

Starting from
€4,99/month

Pricing options

Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Personal - €4.99 per month
Pro - €8.25 per month
Business - €12.49 per month


MindMeister Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
United States, Canada, Australia, China, India and 3 others, Japan, Germany, Brazil
Supported Languages
English

Media

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MindMeister Reviews

MindMeister Reviews

Overall rating
4,8
/
5
Excellent
104

Very good
20

Average
4

Poor
0

Terrible
0

Value for Money
4,5
Features
4,6
Ease of Use
4,7
Customer Support
4,5
97% recommended this app
Fraser N.

Still the gold standard of mind map software

Great piece of kit - helps me layout my plans in simple yet powerful graphical formats


Verified Reviewer

A complete mindmapping solution for all of us who prefer visual organization of information

As a predominantly visual person I need to see "the whole picture" when designing a new project and I do a lot of mindmapping on almost daily basis. I have the master mindmap with the key projects I am working on that branch out to smaller activities, tasks and deliverables and most of my notes related to the development are within the mindmap. As MindMeister offers a good number of icons to tag the individual branches I could clearly keep track of whole scope of the project and use the same space to add any ideas/notes I might have at the moment. Since you can easily collapse all the branches you are not using at the moment it really gives clarity and at the same time it helps me not to lose track of some processes or smaller deliverables that I could easily overlook in the task manager software I use. It also offers the integration with Meister Task so you can easily turn any branch into a task with deadlines and all. For me personally, the best use of mind maps is for brainstorming and planning stages of a project and I usually start by creating a map myself, adding ideas, processes and deliverables into it, and then sharing it with my colleagues at a meeting, which is usually followed by our joint work on the same map if the idea is chosen for the development. The app itself allows for all these, it has good visual interface, so after finding it and using it for a month I did not search for any other alternatives anymore.


Matthias B.

Beautiful but severe issues

I had to leave this software behind with my whole company after putting many hours in implementation because of 2 major bugs that were not even recognized or understood by the support team. One was a severe issue with privacy changes which is a disaster for sensitive content, the other a problem with their handling of free accounts when people just want to browse your public mindmaps. Very sad, since it is otherwise beautiful and has promising features - but for pro users who need stuff to really work it can be a huge waste of time. Disappointing the total lack of comprehension by the support staff.


Christina L.

Great Curriculum and NGSS Tool

Reworking curricula and developing y ideas was a lot easier when I didn't first have to spend two days learning how to use the software. At school right now we are being forced to use platforms the district already bought and they are clunky and do not have comparable features. It's taking me weeks to learn and wasting the time I need to plan out the actual lessons and develop materials.


Quai F.

Mindmeister - Useful for Many Purposes

Mindmeister has been really helpful with story and song planning, mapping out the recording process, keeping track of characters, locations, objects, and their relationships. It's been a lovely experience.


Fraser N.
Industry: Marketing & Advertising
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Still the gold standard of mind map software

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2020/01/10
Review Source: Capterra

Great piece of kit - helps me layout my plans in simple yet powerful graphical formats

Pros

It is so easy to use and gets great results every time

Cons

The output is limited even on the paid version so I need to pay extra for e.g. PPT output

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Verified Reviewer
Industry: Education Management
Company size: Self Employed

A complete mindmapping solution for all of us who prefer visual organization of information

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/10/01
Review Source: Capterra

As a predominantly visual person I need to see "the whole picture" when designing a new project and I do a lot of mindmapping on almost daily basis. I have the master mindmap with the key projects I am working on that branch out to smaller activities, tasks and deliverables and most of my notes related to the development are within the mindmap. As MindMeister offers a good number of icons to tag the individual branches I could clearly keep track of whole scope of the project and use the same space to add any ideas/notes I might have at the moment. Since you can easily collapse all the branches you are not using at the moment it really gives clarity and at the same time it helps me not to lose track of some processes or smaller deliverables that I could easily overlook in the task manager software I use. It also offers the integration with Meister Task so you can easily turn any branch into a task with deadlines and all. For me personally, the best use of mind maps is for brainstorming and planning stages of a project and I usually start by creating a map myself, adding ideas, processes and deliverables into it, and then sharing it with my colleagues at a meeting, which is usually followed by our joint work on the same map if the idea is chosen for the development. The app itself allows for all these, it has good visual interface, so after finding it and using it for a month I did not search for any other alternatives anymore.

Pros

As I use mind maps a lot I love to be able to have them available everywhere I go and to share them with my colleagues so we can work together on the same mind map. It offers everything mindmapping software should offer and it does it online (or through mobile app) so the only thing I need is the internet connection. The maps look very nice, there is a good number of templates and options (both map structures and design templates) so if you need a good mindmapping software I that is platform independent I could really recommend this one as I tried a couple of others before finding it. When you share the mind map with colleagues things get really great, especially during the ideation and planning stage of a project as everyone can add branches, expand on ideas which really helps make meetings more effective later.

Cons

This app also has the presentation mode that I have not found so useful. I see how it might be great to be able to present your mindmap to others instead of boring them with a slideshow, but I did not use it, so this would be the only thing that I am not really 'digging 100%. In essence, there is nothing bad about the app that I would highlight as it does its core function (mindmapping) really well. Of course, the free version has some limitations in terms of number of maps you can make and the export formats, but even the basic version can be enough for most users' needs.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Matthias B.
Industry: Education Management
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Beautiful but severe issues

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2019/07/05
Review Source: Capterra

I had to leave this software behind with my whole company after putting many hours in implementation because of 2 major bugs that were not even recognized or understood by the support team. One was a severe issue with privacy changes which is a disaster for sensitive content, the other a problem with their handling of free accounts when people just want to browse your public mindmaps. Very sad, since it is otherwise beautiful and has promising features - but for pro users who need stuff to really work it can be a huge waste of time. Disappointing the total lack of comprehension by the support staff.

Pros

Beautiful Design
amazing search
linking to points in different maps possible (the only one I know who can do that)

Cons

Huge banner to sign up on (paid) public maps that occupies too much space
Sorting and organizing maps quite confusing
severe issue with privacy changes which is a disaster for sensitive content
handling of free accounts when people just want to browse your public mindmaps
impossible to set privacy for several maps (or a folder) at once

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 0.0/10

Christina L.
Industry: E-Learning
Company size: 1 001-5 000 Employees

Great Curriculum and NGSS Tool

Used Daily for Free Trial
Reviewed on 2020/09/07
Review Source: Capterra

Reworking curricula and developing y ideas was a lot easier when I didn't first have to spend two days learning how to use the software. At school right now we are being forced to use platforms the district already bought and they are clunky and do not have comparable features. It's taking me weeks to learn and wasting the time I need to plan out the actual lessons and develop materials.

Pros

I already love concept mapping and I was looking for a computer tool that was reasonable and easy to use to help me conceptualize organizing my curriculum, particularly to start to adapt to NYS adopting the NGSS and to make the content more engaging now that we are educating online because of COVID. This was so easy to learn to use, and the help and opening tutorial were super straightforward. Will probably end up paying fro this for sometime to see more features and continue to use it as a planning tool and to generate study guide for students.

Cons

Not sure if I can change to a different type of map when I've already started the map and Don't want to begin again from scratch, figuring it out.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Quai F.
Industry: Entertainment
Company size: Self Employed

Mindmeister - Useful for Many Purposes

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2020/01/21
Review Source: Capterra

Mindmeister has been really helpful with story and song planning, mapping out the recording process, keeping track of characters, locations, objects, and their relationships. It's been a lovely experience.

Pros

I'm a visual thinker, creator, and planner. As such Mindmeister is extremely useful in realizing visual imagery and information, pretty much effortlessly. It comes with lots of templates to get you started if you find them more convenient. But it's also really easy to get a mind map started from a blank canvass. After you begin building the map, it is easy to apply global styles or to style individual elements.

Another great feature is the ability to take a portion of a map and create a new map out of it, optionally leaving a link in the originating map. Highly convenient.

Cons

There aren't many cons. I wish it were easier to capture ideas quickly for working with later using the mobile app. Also on my wish list would be a way to text search for icons.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

User recommendation
9,2/10
Based on 128 user ratings
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MindMeister Pricing

MindMeister Pricing

Starting from
€4,99/month
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Personal - €4.99 per month
Pro - €8.25 per month
Business - €12.49 per month

Personal - €4.99 per month
Pro - €8.25 per month
Business - €12.49 per month

Value for Money
4,5/5
Based on 128 user ratings
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MindMeister Features

MindMeister Features

API
Access Control
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Chat
Collaboration Tools
Collaborative Workspace
Commenting
Customizable Branding
Document Management
Document Storage
Drag & Drop Interface
File Management
File Transfer
Permission Management
Reporting & Statistics
Search Functionality
Third Party Integration
Workflow Management
Features
4,6/5
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Additional information for MindMeister

Additional information for MindMeister

Key features of MindMeister

  • Brainstorming
  • Content Management
  • Cooperative Writing
  • Deadline Tracking
  • Document Management
  • Email Integration
  • Idea Ranking
  • Ideation
  • Meeting Management
  • Project Management
  • Project Planning
  • Status Tracking
  • Task Management
  • Version Control
  • Workflow Management

MindMeister FAQs

MindMeister FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for MindMeister.

Q. What type of pricing plans does MindMeister offer?

MindMeister offers the following pricing plans:

Starting from: €4,99/month

Pricing model: Subscription

Free Trial: Available

Personal - €4.99 per month Pro - €8.25 per month Business - €12.49 per month

Q. What are the main features of MindMeister?

MindMeister offers the following features:

  • Brainstorming
  • Content Management
  • Cooperative Writing
  • Deadline Tracking
  • Document Management
  • Email Integration
  • Idea Ranking
  • Ideation
  • Meeting Management
  • Project Management
  • Project Planning
  • Status Tracking
  • Task Management
  • Version Control
  • Workflow Management

Q. Who are the typical users of MindMeister?

MindMeister has the following typical customers:

Small Business, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business

Q. What languages does MindMeister support?

MindMeister supports the following languages:

English

Q. What type of pricing plans does MindMeister offer?

MindMeister has the following pricing plans:

Subscription

Q. Does MindMeister support mobile devices?

MindMeister supports the following devices:

Android, iPhone, iPad

Q. What other apps does MindMeister integrate with?

MindMeister integrates with the following applications:

Dropbox Business, Evernote, Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Workspace, MeisterTask, Microsoft Teams

Q. What level of support does MindMeister offer?

MindMeister offers the following support options:

Phone Support, Online Support