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Editors' Review


Freeplane is a versatile program for creating mind maps and other diagrams to help you express your ideas and share them with colleagues. All features are clearly accessible through the app's intuitive interface, meaning that even inexperienced users can use the program with ease.


Password protection: This program gives you the option of entering a password to protect your files. In many cases, you may feel there is no need to take a precaution like this, but it's always a nice option to have.

Tabbed interface: You can have multiple mind maps open at once when you're using this program. Moving between them is quite easy as well, because each page is represented by a labeled tab running across the bottom of the interface.

Searchable node lists: Mind maps can get pretty large and unwieldy at times, which can make it hard to find exactly the information you're looking for. That's why the search feature in this program is so nice. It presents all of the nodes of your current map in a searchable list, and there are even filters you can enable to make finding what you want even easier.


Help format: The Help document that comes with this program is in the form of a mind map. While this is a nice way to display the features of the program, it's not necessarily the easiest way for everyone to navigate and absorb information. This is especially true in the case of users who have no experience with this type of program and who need the Help file the most.

Bottom Line

Freeplane is an efficient free program that gives you the tools to outline your ideas in whatever way you see fit. It offers a lot of nice features, and it ran smoothly all during testing.

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5 stars

"I use it every day at home and work."

June 26, 2016  |  By kenfhill84083

2016-06-26 19:56:46  |  By kenfhill84083

 |  Version: Freeplane 1.2.23


Free. Fast. Flexible. Fun. Customizable. Robust. Holds lots of data but is easy to search and filter. Stable - has never crashed. See relationships with connectors, colors, icons, summary nodes. Hold extra information in notes, node details, attributes -- visibility of all can be toggled. Advanced scripting lets you do amazing things (check https://******/rECw0t). Active development and user community. Great for notetaking, planning, sermon prep, Bible study, daily dashboard, writing. Mostly text based - fast text entry and manipulation. Use keyboard and/or mouse with ease.


Mostly text based - modest support for graphics.


I couldn't do without Freeplane. I highly recommend it.

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4 stars

"Freeplane is Good! (NOT Malware)"

April 01, 2014  |  By Imogen7Ryan

2014-04-01 23:23:21  |  By Imogen7Ryan

 |  Version: Freeplane 1.2.23


Lots of space to create the MM's. Several Icons to use to indicate what each segment/node is and represents. Compatible with Win 8 & 8.1. It is much simpler to use than the leading software.


Takes a bit of time to get used to.


Please ignore the other reviewers - it's standard for CNet to make 'offers' when downloading software (that's how they try to make their money) and all you need to do is 'Decline' or choose Custom/Advanced installation to not get these offers.


I do not work for them, it's just a great MM software and the other reviews do not does it justice or is fair to FreePlane. It is very good.

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2 stars

"app grt, but cnet d'load has malware attached"

August 12, 2013  |  By darcange

2013-08-12 01:25:29  |  By darcange

 |  Version: Freeplane 1.2.23


software awesome


problem with cnet download

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2 stars

"Came with at least 3 pieces of malware"

May 24, 2013  |  By Real Economies

2013-05-24 03:49:05  |  By Real Economies

 |  Version: Freeplane 1.2.23


not sure - had to clean and uninstall malware


still cleaning


cnet, please fix

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.2.23
Version 1.2.23 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
Publisher Dimitry Polivaev
Publisher web site
Release Date March 24, 2013
Date Added April 08, 2013
Version 1.2.23
Category Productivity Software
Subcategory Brainstorming and Mind-Mapping Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 21.67MB
File Name Freeplane-Setup-1.2.23_01.exe
Total Downloads 37,056
Downloads Last Week 19
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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