List of concept- and mind-mapping software
Concept-mapping and mind-mapping software are used to create diagrams of relationships between concepts, ideas or other pieces of information. It has been suggested that the mind mapping technique can improve learning/study efficiency up to 15% over conventional note taking.
Using a standard file format allows interchange of files between various programs. Many of the programs listed below support the mm format used by FreeMind. The mm format is an XML text format consisting of tagged objects.
There are a number of software packages and websites that allow the creation of, or otherwise support mind maps. The following is a list of notable concept mapping and mind mapping applications which are available without cost.
|Software||License||Genre||Platforms||Online visualization||Online editing||Online real-time collaboration||Notes|
|CMAP Tools||RAND-RF (not free software)||Concept mapping||Cross-platform||Yes (requires Cmap Server, Cmaps on servers generate urls/webpages)||Yes (requires Cmap Server)||Yes (requires Cmap Server)|
|Coggle||Free webapp||Mind mapping||Cross-Platform||Yes||Yes||Yes||
Written in Java
Written in Java
|MindMup||Free webapp||Mind mapping||Web Browser||Yes||Yes||Yes||
|SciPlore MindMapping||GPL||Mind mapping||Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux||No||No||No||
|PGF/TikZ||Dual: GPL or LPPL||Mind mapping||Cross-platform||Yes (requires ShareLaTeX)||Yes (requires ShareLaTeX)||Yes (requires ShareLaTeX)||
|VUE||Educational Community License||Concept mapping||Cross-platform||No||No||No||
|XMIND||EPL and LGPL||Project management and Knowledge management||Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux||No||No||No||
|yEd||yEd Software License Agreement||cmap tool||Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Cross-platform||?||?||?|
|WiseMapping||WiseMapping License||Mind mapping||Cross-platform||Yes||Yes||No|
There are many pieces of commercial software that allow the creation of mind maps and concept maps.
|3D Topicscape||3D-Scape Limited||Microsoft Windows||Desktop application that presents mind maps as a 3d scene where each node is a cone. Imports MindManager, Personal Brain, FreeMind, text and folders.|
|Axon Idea Processor||Axon Research||Microsoft Windows||Axon also provides a variety of tools for working with ideas and concepts rather than words. Analyze and solve more complex problems.|
|Buzan's iMindMap||ThinkBuzan Ltd||Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux||Desktop application that provides organic Mind Mapping methods to create Maps for brainstorming, organising, creative thinking, project management and planning. Integrates with Microsoft Office, OpenOffice.org and iWork.|
|Cacoo||NuLab Inc.||Web application||A Flash-based real-time collaborative drawing tool with stencils for mind mapping|
|Creately||Cinergix Pty Ltd||Cross-platform||Online Adobe Flash-based diagramming and visual thinking tool for collaboration. Diagramming software with mind map capability.|
|Debategraph||Debategraph||Web application||Concept- and argument-mapping tool|
|Flying Logic||Sciral||Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux||Desktop application for thinking process maps inspired by the Theory of constraints supporting constrain management.|
|Inspiration||Inspiration Software||Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Palm||Visual Learning, Mind Mapping|
|Kidspiration||Inspiration Software||Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows||A visual learning and mind mapping software application for students in kindergarten through 5th grade|
|LucidChart||LucidChart, LLC||Web application||An HTML5-based collaborative diagramming tool that can be used for both mind mapping and concept mapping|
|Microsoft Visio||Microsoft||Microsoft Windows||Part of Microsoft Office family of products, it can draw nearly any static diagram including block diagrams, organizational charts, maps, plans or workflows.|
|Mind42||IRIAN Solutions||Web application||
|MindGenius||MindGenius||Microsoft Windows||First released in 2001, now certified for Windows 7 and Vista and available in both business and academic versions.
|Mindjet||Mindjet||Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X||Desktop application comes in Basic and Pro versions. Integrated with Microsoft Office, available Gantt chart add-in, built-in spreadsheet, Fluent UI. Formerly named MindManager.|
|MindMaple||MindMaple Inc.||Microsoft Windows||MindMaple is generally used as a business tool mainly for Project management, Brain storming and sharing ideas, Managing schedules, Creating visual presentations.
|MindMapper||SimTech Systems||Microsoft Windows||
|MindMeister||MeisterLabs GmbH||Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux|
|Mindly||Dripgrind||iOS||Mindly is used to give give a structure to thoughts, capture ideas, plan a speech, take notes. The user interface mimics the way nature has organized things. Imagine a universe with multiple solar systems, planets around the sun, moons around the planets.
|Mindomo||Expert Software Applications||Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux||Online/Offline Flash-based mind mapping tool with free and paid versions.|
|MindView||MatchWare||Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X|
|NovaMind||NovaMind||Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows||
|OmniGraffle||The Omni Group||Mac OS X|
|PersonalBrain||TheBrain Technologies||Windows, Mac OS X, Unix, Unix-like||Graphically intensive and customizable GUI, extremely cross-platform. Notes, calendar, Microsoft Outlook features. Multiple parent node capability.|
|Prezi||Prezi Inc||Web application, Windows,||Presentation software that supports free form placement and zooming on a single sheet.|
|Qiqqa||Quantisle Ltd.||Microsoft Windows||Minds maps for academics oriented around their research papers, notes and annotations.|
|Semantica .||Semantic Research||Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows||A family of software for creating, viewing, storing and sharing of knowledge structures|
|SmartDraw||SmartDraw Software, LLC||Microsoft Windows||SmartDraw is a visual processor used to create flowcharts, organization charts, mind maps, gantt charts, and other visuals.|
|Solina Mind Mapping Software||Insoft Oy||Microsoft Windows||organic mind maps and activity maps|
|SpicyNodes||IDEA.org||Adobe Flash||radial maps, viewer can move from node to node|
|Tinderbox||Eastgate Systems||Mac OS and Mac OS X||A content management system with concept mapping and mind mapping capabilities|
|Visual Mind||Mind Technologies||Microsoft Windows||Supports collaboration (client/server) mode.|
|XMind Pro||XMind Ltd.||Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux|
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