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FreeMind

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Like all mind maps, FreeMind gives you the flexibility to organize thoughts on a page as they connect to each other and to the larger picture. After all, not all minds reason in subheadings and bullet points. You shape, place, and name that master idea (the root node), then create child or sibling spokes that relate to it.

FreeMind encompasses a fine range of features, including scads of icons and color formatting options to help you visually organize concepts. It also supports hyperlinks, which allow you to link Web sites and even documents to a map. In addition, you'll be able to export your landscape of thoughts in a variety of formats, including HTML, PDF, and JPEG. As flexible as it lets your mind be, FreeMind works within an older-style logical structure that could get frustrating for some. For instance, you must insert nodes by hand or using a hot key; you can't click and drag to create them (a shame).

It's evident how mind maps like FreeMind can hasten note-taking, or help you visualize a project, paper, or process. However, a revamped interface with more intuitive drag-and-drop functionality and versioning for collaborators wouldn't hurt, either.

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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "no bloat, no adware"

    February 7, 2014  |  

    Version: FreeMind 0.9

    Pros

    Does exactly what I wanted. Create mind maps quickly and easily.

    Cons

    Haven't found any yet.

    Summary

    If you want to create a mind map, use this!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy flowing Mind-Mapping program. I Love it!"

    February 19, 2012  |   By curkendall1

    Version: FreeMind 0.9

    Pros

    I found I can change the order of bubbled items using the CTRL + Cursor (Up/Down)!

    The ease of entering new thoughts and creating mind maps is great!

    The program shows when it has been changed with an "*" in the title and no "*" when 'Saved'... so I have a visual confirmation that the computer actually saved my latest mind-map changes. I like that!

    I can easily expand and collapse nodes, with a double-click.

    Cons

    I haven't figured out any way to make the bubbles/circles change sides from left to right, however, the program does have 'handles' on the circles which I can readily reposition on 'that' side.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fast, Flexible, Pretty"

    December 12, 2011  |   By cwuester

    Version: FreeMind 0.9

    Pros

    the one software that can capture the train of your thought, even when it seems you can't, or when there doesn't seem to be a train at all - what often starts as a simply collection of notes is swiftly organised and re-organised as patterns emerge, entries appear and disappear - the layout is strongly reminiscent of hand-drawn mind-maps, 'images' are therefore powerful, easy to remember and literally 'food for thought' - perfect for developing a plan of action, the points of a negotiation or due diligence process or the clauses of contracts - and keep such lists 'alife' as projects evolve

    Cons

    none worth mentioning

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A good first experience."

    July 12, 2011  |   By BNL1811

    Version: FreeMind 0.9

    Pros

    Fairly intuitive. Lots of options. Fun to play with, but is very useful at the same time.

    Cons

    Have not figured out how to move nodes around. They shift but stay in their original order.

    Summary

    My first mind mapping software experience, and a good one.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good for personal project mangement"

    June 18, 2011  |   By fdiness

    Version: FreeMind 0.9

    Pros

    Flexible and easy to use

    Cons

    Notes can't be converted to new seperate mind maps

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Excellent program. Compare with Freeplane. Use both"

    April 20, 2011  |   By considal

    Version: FreeMind 0.9

    Pros

    Easy to use. Immediately helps one visualize the organization of ones thoughts. Horizontal organization is easier to use than vertical organization (outline) schemes used in word processors.

    Cons

    Too easy. One may have a tendency to create too many new idea lines and then it becomes difficult find the idea line one made some time ago. One's own personal organization a must. Too easy to lose track.

    Summary

    I recommend this program highly to help one clarify ones ideas, organize projects, writing, etc. It should be given to every student starting as soon as they can type. I suggest one also download Freeplane and compare. Both are excellent choices. I am not sure which is better.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great free mind map"

    April 13, 2011  |   By AdrianToo

    Version: FreeMind 0.9

    Pros

    Very easy to use

    Cons

    Lacks colour to group similar items

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I use this program every day."

    March 21, 2011  |   By SacramentoRob

    Version: FreeMind 0.9

    Pros

    intuitive, low overhead, robust

    Cons

    could use a simple way to change storage paths on a branch of info. I moved some things to a different hard drive and had to re-enter the addresses for the links. There might be a search and replace that I wasn't patient

    Summary

    This is a really great program. When you are tired of looking for stuff on your hard drives and tired of trying to sort out all the details of your life, give this a try. It has sure helped me.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A major improvement in utility"

    March 7, 2011  |   By Arguilios

    Version: FreeMind 0.9

    Pros

    WYSIWYG textual note attachments.

    Cons

    I'm still looking...

    Summary

    FreeMind has grown up to make irrelevant the commercial-class mindmapping software that I once spent hundreds of dollars to buy.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Usable and simple program."

    February 20, 2011  |   By jkizer

    Version: FreeMind 0.8.1

    Pros

    Usable and simple program. Easy to learn.

    Cons

    None at this time.

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