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Average User Rating:
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Quick Specs

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  • Total Downloads:
  • Date Added:
    April 08, 2013
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  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8

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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User Reviews

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  • 4 stars

    "Freeplane is Good! (NOT Malware)"

    April 01, 2014   |   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

    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

    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 7, Windows Vista, Windows 2003, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows 8, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, Windows
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 21.67MB
    File Name Freeplane-Setup-1.2.23_01.exe
    Total Downloads 31,467
    Downloads Last Week 148
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

    Previous Versions:

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