Note: This review addresses v3.2 of the
Mindmapping is still a bit of a niche activity. It’s a way of
organizing your thoughts visually, with multiple ideas branching
off of one main concept and additional subjects shooting off from
your individual ideas. It can be helpful for situations where your
thoughts aren’t organized enough yet to fit into a hierarchical
You can spend upwards of $350 for mindmapping apps like
Mindjet’s MindManager. But if
all you need is basic mindmapping capability, or you want to check
out the idea to see if it’ll work for you, XMind’s free version is
a great alternative.
There are versions of the app for Windows machines, Macs and
various distributions of Linux. You can also store your maps on
XMind’s site with a free membership.
XMind lets you create mindmaps in numerous different templates,
like organization charts, flow charts and project management
outlines. You can add icons and markers to help you visually
identify different parts of your map. And you can insert notes with
more detail about a certain point.
The paid version of the XMind software ($49 for a one-year
subscription) adds support for detailed task info and Gantt charts,
along with the ability to record audio notes and other
–Edward N. Albro