FreeMind

Mind mapping software for the education and other sectors

About FreeMind

FreeMind is a mind mapping software designed to help businesses in the education, government, and other sectors visualize concepts, projects, ideas, and more using keyboard shortcuts. Key features include folding branches, graphical links connecting nodes, built-in icons, and file & web hyperlinks for nodes.

Managers can edit documents in XML or HTML formats and link different ideas on a unified interface. FreeMind allows teams to utilize one-click fold & unfold and follow link operations to navigate across different pages. Supervisors can also link documents and websites with mind maps via hyperlinks.

FreeMind lets businesses export documents in multiple formats such as HTML, JPEG, PDF, and more.


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4,3 /5
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Value for Money
5/5
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4,2/5
Ease of Use
4,6/5
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Ken
Ken
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  • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Easy way to quickly capture concepts and plan projects, activity

Reviewed on 2019/12/09

I use FreeMind to first brainstorm, then document and systematize various processes related to my...

I use FreeMind to first brainstorm, then document and systematize various processes related to my business activities. You can be as general or as granular as you choose, linking to websites, documents etc., to implement or collaborate on them.

The various graphic icons available allow you to create industry-standard flows which everyone can recognize and understand.

It's also very easy to import the most common mind-mapping file types, so finding cool mindmaps and editing for your own processes is a breeze. Plus, the price is right so if you're just getting your feet wet it's the perfect solution. Highly recommend.

Pros

I love the simplicity and clean graphic style which translates into easy-to-follow conceptualizations of processes and activities.

Cons

There's really nothing to dislike about FreeMind. It works exactly as advertised, the price is right and it's very easy to use.

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  • Industry: Education Management
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

It may look a bit basic, but actually it is the only thing you need for mindmapping.

Reviewed on 2019/10/17

I use a lot of mindmapping in my work for planning and ideation, especially when developing new...

I use a lot of mindmapping in my work for planning and ideation, especially when developing new projects/products with education non-profits. I used to do all my mindmaps in Freemind and also to track the progress of some projects (not on daily basis as a to-do list, but for tracking deliverables, milestones, making sure something is not forgotten or missed). Recently I have been using online mindmaps for some of these, as I usually share some of the maps with other colleagues/clients, but actually if you combine Freemind with OneDrive or Drobpox and just put the mm file in the folder that you share with the client/colleague you get the same result. And since the app is free, works on various platforms and is easy to use, with clean interface it makes it easy to do mindmapping on the same file together. Furthermore, it does not ask to open any accounts, you can have unlimited number of maps, etc. which is really an advantage over the online mindmaps.

Pros

The app is really great for making mind maps, especially if you are doing it as the planning or ideation tool, and not as a child doing a homework etc. since it looks really professional and clean, has adequate tagging options and allows you to have multiple maps. It is written in Java so it works on various platforms wherever you have the runtime which is another benefit. And the best thing is that it is not only good tool, but a free one as well, which is very important for me as I work with non-profits, educational organizations etc.

Cons

Although it should run without problems on all platforms as it is written in Java, the Mac version has been a challenge to have working properly. When I changed from Windows to Mac I found the process a bit problematic and actually that was the time when I started doing my mindmapping primarily online. This has more to do with Apple than Freemind itself, but it is worth noting for mac users.

Ben
Ben
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  • Industry: Publishing
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Monthly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 2.0 /10

Wasted potential, now abandonware

Reviewed on 2023/06/03

My overall experience is quite negative. It's abandonware with little prospect of further developmen...

My overall experience is quite negative. It's abandonware with little prospect of further development which means that this isn't a safe platform to rely upon for any core part of your workflow.

Pros

FreeMind is serviceable for organizing thoughts and ideas. It provides a nice free-of-charge entry into the world of mind mapping.

Cons

FreeMind is a difficult program to use and understand. The interface is clunky and unintuitive, and the documentation is sparse and unhelpful. It's also slow and buggy, and I've had a lot of trouble getting it to work properly. Furthermore, it's abandonware and has been without an update for several years as of 2023. Overall, I would not recommend FreeMind to anyone. Instead, take a look at its fork, FreePlane.

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Reasons for Switching to FreeMind

I actually chose MindNode as my mind mapping platform of choice as I'm Mac/iOS/iPadOS exclusive. If I needed a cross platform tool I'd have probably chosen Xmind.
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  • Industry: Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing
  • Company size: 501–1 000 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Top mind mapping SW

Reviewed on 2020/02/27

I've tried many mind mapping apps, also tried swithing from FreeMind to others, but each time I...

I've tried many mind mapping apps, also tried swithing from FreeMind to others, but each time I ended up using FreeMind. Simply the best mind mapping SW I've came accross.

Pros

It allows users create mind map, associate nodes with each other, insert links, icons, colors, images... It allows me not only to map my thoughts, but also manage complex projects and tasks. The app is also very fast! Ultra productive using keyboard short-cuts for working with nodes.

Cons

It would be great if one could chose from a library of other icons or create his own icons that would better fit specific purposes, e.g. project management, thoughts mind mapping, learning, etc.
Also calendar/timer/notifications need more development (not really user friendly).

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  • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Get Your Ideas Out Of Your Head

Reviewed on 2019/11/02

Overall it was helpful when I initially started writing books to get the ideas out of my head and...

Overall it was helpful when I initially started writing books to get the ideas out of my head and into a format where I could see them coming together as 1 big idea. I used it for quite a while before using a different method that flowed easier for me while writing books.

Pros

FreeMind is incredibly simple to use, but powerful for getting ideas out of your head and into a format where you can use them. We all have a million ideas in our head, FreeMind helps you sort them by creating primary ideas and then branching other ideas off of them.

Cons

In this case, the simplicity of the software means it lacks the pretty touch we've all grown accustomed to in modern software. It's a no frills experience for the most part, which is ok if you're looking at it from the functionality perspective, which it does very well.

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2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500, 501–1 000

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