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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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"FreeMind is upside down"

February 09, 2015  |  By mpwaren

2015-02-09 20:38:06  |  By mpwaren

 |  Version: FreeMind 1.0.1


It fails on its basic premise, so I can't list a pro.


FreeMind, like all the other mind mapping apps I've tried out, has mind mapping upside down. The purpose of mind mapping is to brainstorm ideas, free associate among those ideas, then begin building an organizational structure as you figure out linkages. However, as soon as you open FreeMind you're locked immediately into making organizational decisions long before your creativity has even kicked in. If I already know the relationships among my ideas, i don't need mind mapping software.


Updated on Feb 9, 2015

Since I submitted this review, I've discovered that XMind has been upgraded since the last time I tried it to include a "floating topic" option, which does indeed allow you to brainstorm. I also found yEd, a generic graph editor, which can be used to create unconstrained mind maps. Both are free.

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Publisher FreeMind Team
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Release Date April 25, 2014
Date Added April 25, 2014
Version 1.0.1
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Teaching Tools
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Operating Systems Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP
Additional Requirements Java Runtime Environment 1.2
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File Size 35.93MB
File Name FreeMind-Windows-Installer-1.0.1-max.exe
Total Downloads 274,055
Downloads Last Week 20
License Model Free
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Price Free

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