Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 29, 2012

If you've ever drawn a circle around an idea and then linked it to a bunch of other circles with related ideas, you've created a mind map, which is actually a catch-all term for a wide range of diagrams, charts, and graphical representations that you can use to conceptualize everything from a dinner party to a billion-dollar project. Edraw Mind Map's templates and examples make it easy to create high-quality mind maps and similar diagrams suitable for any use. It's free for noncommercial and home users.

Edraw Mind Map's interface takes its visual clues from Office rather than the Explorer-style layout that is typical of modern graphics app, and it gives Edraw a familiar feel. We could quickly change the layout's color via the Style button. The main window displayed a Getting Started page with all the available templates categorized under Mind Map, Clip Art, and More Templates. The free version provides one Template, a Mind Mapping Diagram, but many Examples to go with it, including Decision Making, Life Planner, Marketing Strategy, and even PEST Analysis. We could also choose US, Metric, or Custom units when creating a new map. We chose a Decision Making template, which opened with a finished diagram populated with Process Steps we could click to configure and a left-hand Libraries panel offering a wide variety of Symbols, Mind Shapes, and Clip Art to choose from, plus the ability to add more from our system. We made good use of the Dynamic Help button on the right side of the interface. Holding our cursor over it produced an expanding panel with a detailed explanation of whatever step or process we were dealing with. Edraw has all the little touches of a well-configured tool, such as the spectrally arranged color buttons along the bottom edge for superfast changes.

Right-clicking any element in our map brought up a menu configuring everything from its Shape and Geometry to its Topics, Groupings, and Hyperlinks. While we found Edraw very easy to use at every stage, there is a lot to this tool, and it takes some time to learn all its features. But Edraw Mind Map is well worth the effort.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 7.2.2

Version 7.2.2 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.

General

Release February 13, 2020
Date Added February 12, 2020
Version 7.2.2

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 10, Windows 2003, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None

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Developer's Description

MindMaster is a cross-platform and multi-functional mind mapping software newly released by Edrawsoft. It provides effective mind mapping solutions for problem-solving, brainstorming, knowledge management, business planning, note-taking, and project management. Users can enjoy from a wide range of impressive features including user-friendly interface, abundant layout options, exquisite icons and cliparts, high quality preset themes, import and export, and a large variety of templates. The program also focuses on collaboration capabilities such as task assignment, Gantt view, comment and cloud teamwork.

What's more, its presentation function is fantastic. You can choose to turn the map branches into slideshows automatically, or present the whole map in a big picture and traverse topics one by one. MindMaster offers a free version which is already good enough for most people's needs, and the Pro version allows uses to access more advanced functions like high DPI support, cloud collaboration. MindMaster has been well received by worldwide fans since release, and it aims to be a superior and competent mind mapping tool with cutting edge functions and high user experience.