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SimpleMind Desktop

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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Aug 11, 2014

SimpleMind Desktop is a versatile mind map creation program that makes generating diagrams of your ideas straightforward and intuitive. As soon as you download this program, you can begin mapping out your plans and outlining new projects.


Adding mechanics: Adding a node to a mind map in this program is quite convenient, as you can do it straight from the map or by using the buttons located across the top of the screen. Unlike some other mind mapping programs that we've tested, this one doesn't make you search for its very basic features.

Lots of options: This program features all kinds of options for color schemes and styles and for the types of content you can add. Hyperlinks are supported, and you can also include notes for each node that are quickly accessible at any time, straight from the map.


No templates: There are no templates in this program, so it's entirely up to you what form your mind map takes. This isn't necessarily a big drawback, but if you're looking for a program that can help you outline different types of diagrams, you won't find what you're looking for here. There are also no options when it comes to node shape, and the list of icons that comes with the program is limited compared to those found in other similar programs.

Bottom Line

SimpleMind Desktop is a useful program with intuitive controls. As long as you're not looking for a bunch of extra features, you'll be quite happy with the way this program works. But if you're a fan of the add-ons, templates, and other advanced options, you may be disappointed. SimpleMind is free to try for 30 days with full functionality, and it costs $30.57 to purchase in full.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.6.5


Release November 8, 2012
Date Added November 9, 2012
Version 1.6.5

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None


Total Downloads 28,843
Downloads Last Week 24
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Developer's Description

SimpleMind Desktop is a great Mind Mapper with focus on simplicity and ease of use. It allows Viewing and Editing Mind Maps created with SimpleMind for iOS (iPhone/iPad) and SimpleMind for Android. SimpleMind automatically stores Mind Maps as files in a special Mind Map Store directory. It organizes Mind Maps in folders, search in mind maps on title or topics, create new mind map from selected topic and branch, apply build-in visual styles for maximum presentation impact, and copies the map as bitmap image to the clipboard.
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