|Developer(s)||Dimitry Polivaev, et al.|
|Stable release||1.3.15 (February 7, 2015[±])|
|Preview release||1.3.16_pre02 (April 26, 2015[±])|
|License||GPL version 2 or later|
Freeplane is a free, open source software application for creating mind maps (diagrams of connections between ideas), and electronic outlines. Written in Java, Freeplane is supported on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, and is licensed under the GNU GPL version "2 or later".
In 2007, Freeplane was forked from the FreeMind project. Freeplane maintains partial file format compatibility with FreeMind - Freeplane fully supports the FreeMind file format, but adds features and tags not supported by FreeMind which are ignored on loading.
New features of Freeplane stable release (June, 2010) include:
The first stable Freeplane 1.2.x was 1.2.20 released on October 20, 2012. The current version is 1.3.15 (February 7, 2015[±]. It includes the following new features:)
- Text processor like node styles
- Conditional node styles
- Map templates for new maps
- Formatting panel
- Add-ons: Installable enhancements
- Hyperlinks for menu items
- Keyboard shortcut documentation: Map and HTML table generation added for the documentation map
- Check for newer auto save files on opening of a map
- Single instance mode: open files in existing program instance instead of opening a new one.
- Node level dependent filters
- Improvement in search and replace functions
- Different cloud shapes
- New icons for rating
- Automatic Edge Color
- "Grid" for moving of nodes (Preferences->Behaviour->Grid gap size)
- Copy and paste attributes
- Named filter conditions
- Different shapes, line types, width and transparency for connectors
- Freeplane portable version (download and install file named FreeplanePortable_xxx.paf.exe)
- File -> Properties... dialog showing facts about the map such as total nodes, branches and leaf nodes
- New icons added to facilitate speedy use of main and contextual menus
- Formulas: Use of formulas as node text and attributes (like in spread sheet processors)
- Node numbering and Formats/templates as style attributes
- Added progress icons to show incremental completion in 10% or 25% steps
- Summaries: Create graphical and textual summaries by "bracketing" nodes. See example map
- Menu and command structure refactored both to integrate new features and to make Freeplane more intuitive and easier to learn
- Dates and numbers: Parsing and formatting improved
- Digital post-its: free positionable and free floating nodes.
- Dates and numbers: Improved scripting support
New features of Freeplane preview release 1.3.16_pre02 (April 26, 2015[±] include:)
One feature of Freeplane is the support for installable enhancements. Add-ons are a way to extend and customize Freeplane similar to how plug-ins and extensions can be used to extend and customize well-known applications like Firefox or LibreOffice. Freeplane add-ons can be used to provide a single function, a bundle of multiple functions, bind those functions to a menu item, etc.
Available add-ons include :
See more on the add-ons page.
- June 2014, Project of the Month – Freeplane sourceforge.net interview with Dimitry Polivaev
- Node styles
- Conditional node styles
- Map templates
- Add-ons such as Freeplane|GTD. Study Planner and Add-on Developer Tools.
- Example map of nodes summarized by "bracketing"
- Menus and commands
- Input & format of dates and numbers
- Free positionable and free floating nodes
- LaTeX in Freeplane
- OpenStreetMap Plugin
- use freeplane for GTD
- collaborative mind-mapping and map versioning
- add-ons page
- Official website
- Freeplane on SourceForge.net
- FreeMind By Example (French) covers usage of FreeMind and Freeplane