Quickly plan information
- Freeplane is very suited for rapid and easy note taking during meetings. In fact Freeplane can support the whole meeting process. This process starts with designing and distributing the topics of the agenda, keeping the attendants list, adding notes to the topics of the agenda and finally producing the decisions and action list of the meeting.
- Freeplane Tutorial for my HR Mgmt Class.
- Freeplane is a free and open source software application that supports thinking, sharing information and getting things done at work, in school and at home. The software can be used for mind mapping and analysing the information contained in mind maps. Freeplane runs on any operating system that has a current version of Java installed.
Freeplane is free software for building mind maps. It is a redesigned version of the well known FreeMind, and is created by one of FreeMind's key developers.
Freeplane is a mind-mapping software that enables the quick creation of detailed plans and idea-layouts. The software provides customization and formats for you to begin working immediately.
Your ideas come to life
Freeplane allows you to quickly build up mind-maps and chart your ideas, stories, or plans and share it with the world.
Freeplane is an extremely efficient way to plot digital mind-maps due to its simplistic style and interface. This makes the software a great way to plot out and plan your ideas for novels, essays, school projects, business projects, goals, and much more.
The software has various templates that are ideal for starting a mind-map. After choosing one of these to begin with, filling in the details on each section is easy thanks to the intuitive interface.
Once you have the basis for the mind-map you want, you can customize it by adding in idea-related pictures or keys, such as a lightbulb. You can also change the background color, add hyperlinks, and a password to protect the file.
The completed file can be formatted into common file types such as JPEG, PNG, HTML, SVG, MM, MMAP, XHTML, PDF, and XSLT. The conversion to any of these formats is automatic, making it extremely simple to share a file as an image or PDF.
However, the primary concern while using this software is its high resource usage. On low-end computers, this will cause lag and freezing in the mapping software. This happens especially when using a browser to find images.
Where can you run this program?
Freeplane is available for Windows 7 to 10, as well as Mac OS X 10.6.8 and up.
Is there a better alternative?
Yes. Freeplane is a great application that does its job well. However, Freemind does it with an even easier-to-use layout.
Freeplane is a decent way to make mind-maps, but can’t replace the physical product’s customizability.
Should you download it?
Yes. If you’re looking for a way to make mind-maps digitally, then this is a great solution.
Concept mapping and mind mapping software is used to create diagrams of relationships between concepts, ideas, or other pieces of information. It has been suggested that the mind mapping technique can improve learning and study efficiency up to 15% over conventional note-taking. Many software packages and websites allow creating, or otherwise supporting, mind maps.
Using a standard file format allows interchange of files between various programs. Many programs listed below support the mm format used by FreeMind, which is an XML text format of tagged objects.
Free and open-source
The following tools comply with the Free Software Foundation's (FSF) definition of free software. As such, they are also open-source software.
|Software||License||Genre||Platforms||Online visualization||Online editing||Online real-time collaboration||Notes|
|Compendium||GNU GPL||Social science||Cross-platform||No||No||No|
|Dia||GNU General Public License||General purpose||Cross-platform||No||No||No||Written in C (programming language).|
|FreeMind||GNU GPL||Project management||Cross-platform||Yes||No||No|
Written in Java
|Freeplane||GNU GPL v2+||Mind mapping||Cross-platform||Yes||No||No|
Written in Java
|PGF/TikZ||GNU GPL or LPPL||Mind mapping||Cross-platform||Yes, needs ShareLaTeX||Yes, needs ShareLaTeX||Yes, needs ShareLaTeX|
|Visual Understanding Environment (VUE)||Educational Community||Concept mapping||Cross-platform||No||No||No|
|View Your Mind (vym)||GPL||Concept mapping||Cross-platform||No||No||No|
The following is a list of notable concept mapping and mind mapping applications which are freeware, and available at no cost. Some are open source, and others are proprietary software.
|Software||License||Genre||Platforms||Online visualizing||Online editing||Online real-time collaborating||Notes|
|CmapTools||RAND-RF||Concept mapping||Cross-platform||Yes, needs CmapServer, Cmaps on servers generate urls-webpages||Yes, needs CmapServer||Yes, needs CmapServer|
Screenshot of Cmap tool
|Coggle||Proprietary, freeware, freemium||Mind mapping||Cross-platform||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Screenshot of coggle.it webapp
|MindMup||Custom license||Mind mapping||Web browser||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Qiqqa||Proprietary, freeware, freemium||Concept mapping||Windows||Yes||No||No|
|XMind||Proprietary, freeware, freemium||Project management, knowledge management||Windows, OS X, Linux||No||No||No|
|yEd||Proprietary, yEd||Concept mapping, Mind mapping||Windows, OS X, Linux, cross-platform||?||?||?|
The table below lists pieces of proprietary commercial software that allow creating mind and concept maps.
|Software||Publisher, license||Platforms||Notes, features|
|3D Topicscape||3D-Scape Limited||Windows||Desktop application that presents mind maps as a 3d scene where each node is a cone. Imports MindManager, Personal Brain, FreeMind, text and folders.|
|ConceptDraw MINDMAP||CS Odessa LLC||Windows, OS X||Desktop mind mapping and brainstorming software, for business, education, or personal activities. Integrates with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Project, MindManager, FreeMind, and XMind. Compatible with Twitter, Skype, and Evernote services.|
|Creately||Cinergix Pvt. Ltd.||Windows, OS X, Linux|
|Debategraph||Debategraph||Web application||Concept and argument mapping tool|
|Edraw Max||EdrawSoft||Windows, OS X, Linux|
|LucidChart||LucidChart, LLC||Web application|
|Microsoft Visio||Microsoft||Windows||Part of Microsoft Office product family, draws static diagrams including block diagrams, organization charts, maps, plans or workflows|
|Mind42||IRIAN Solutions||Web application|
|MindManager||Mindjet||Windows, OS X, Android||Desktop application comes in basic and pro versions; integrated with Microsoft Office, available Gantt chart add-in, built-in spreadsheet, Fluent UI, Current Version: MindManager 2018|
|MindMeister||MeisterLabs GmbH||Windows, OS X, Linux|
|Mindomo||Expert Software Applications||Windows, OS X, Linux|
|MindView||MatchWare||Windows, OS X, Web application|
|OmniGraffle||The Omni Group||OS X, iOS|
|Prezi||Prezi Inc.||Web application, Windows|
|Qiqqa||Quantisle Ltd.||Windows||Minds maps for academics oriented around their research papers, notes, and annotations.|
|Semantica||Semantic Research||OS X, Windows||Family of software to create, view, store, and share knowledge structures|
|SmartDraw||SmartDraw Software, LLC||Windows||Visual processor used to create flowcharts, organization charts, mind maps, gantt charts, and other visuals|
|SpicyNodes||IDEA.org||Adobe Flash||radial maps, viewer can move from node to node|
|Tinderbox||Eastgate Systems||OS X||Content management system with concept and mind map abilities|
|TheBrain||TheBrain Technologies||Windows, OS X, Unix, Unix-like||Graphically intensive and customizable GUI, extremely cross-platform. Notes, calendar, Microsoft Outlook features. Multiple parent node ability.|
|Visual Mind||Mind Technologies||Windows||Supports collaboration (client–server) mode.|
|XMind Pro||XMind Ltd.||Windows, OS X, Linux|
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- ^yEd Software License Agreement