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Editors' Review

Open Mind is an intuitively laid-out program that lets you create mind maps to help organize your ideas for your own projects or to share with others. With tons of options and tools included, this program offers a complete package, and it allows you to integrate various types of multimedia, as well.


Clean interface: This program offers tons of options for bubble shapes, connecting lines, colors, and more, all easily accessible from the tools and controls laid out around the main viewing window. There are multiple ways to add a new bubble to your chart, and each bubble has its own control window where you can add text and adjust other bubble properties. Hovering your mouse at the top of the viewing window brings up another set of tools, and there are also options available from the drop-down menus at the top of the screen.

Charts and lists: Integrating charts and lists into your mind maps is straightforward and convenient with this program. In fact, all you have to do is enter in the data that you want to include, and then choose the type of output format you'd like. Options include pie, bar, and horizontal bar charts, as well as line graphs and scatter graphs.


One at a time: The program only allows you to work on one mind map at a time. This makes it hard to compare ideas and findings, and many similar apps offer a tabbed interface that lets you move back and forth from one document to another.

Bottom Line

Open Mind is a convenient and intuitive program. It's free to try for seven days, but you can't save or export any of your work during that time. The full version costs $19.95 to buy.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Open Mind 3.0.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.1
Version 3.0 is a complete rewrite in Java. New features include: advanced exporting, chart wizard, zoom, new interface.
Publisher Open Mind
Publisher web site
Release Date September 19, 2015
Date Added September 21, 2015
Version 3.1
Category Productivity Software
Subcategory Brainstorming and Mind-Mapping Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8/10
Additional Requirements Java 1.6/1.7
Download Information
File Size 21.68MB
File Name Open_Mind_Installer.exe
Total Downloads 44,241
Downloads Last Week 11
License Model Free to try
Limitations 7-day trial with saving and exporting limitations
Price $19.99
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