List of concept- and mind-mapping software

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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 and study efficiency up to 15% over conventional note-taking.[1] Many software packages and websites allow creating, or otherwise supporting, mind maps.

File format[edit]

Using a standard file format allows interchange of files between various programs. Many programs listed below support the mm format used by FreeMind, which is an XML text format of tagged objects.

See also: graphml

Free and open source[edit]

The following tools comply with the Free Software Foundation's (FSF) definition of free software. As such, they are also open-source software.

Software License Genre Platforms Online visualization Online editing Online real-time collaboration Notes
Compendium GNU GPL Social science Cross-platform No No No
  • Written in Java
  • An email address is required to receive a download link
Compendium.v1.5.2-Screenshot.png
Docear GNU GPL Research Cross-platform Yes No No
  • Written in Java
  • Special features for students and researchers (reference and literature management)
FreeMind GNU GPL Project management Cross-platform Yes No No

Written in Java

Freemind-0.9x Screenshoot.png
Freeplane GNU GPL v2+ Mind mapping Cross-platform Yes No No

Written in Java

Screenshot of Freeplane v.1.1.3.png
PGF/TikZ GNU GPL or LPPL Mind mapping Cross-platform Yes, needs ShareLaTeX Yes, needs ShareLaTeX Yes, needs ShareLaTeX
  • Set of TeX macros. TikZ library: mindmap
LighthouseMap.pdf
SciPlore MindMapping, extinct, Docear listed as successor GNU GPL Mind mapping Windows, OS X, Linux No No No
  • Docear listed as successor
  • 100% compatible file format with FreeMind
  • Special features for researchers and students: PDF bookmark import, adding BibTeX keys
  • Written in Java
SciPlore MindMapping screenshot large.png
TiddlyMap BSD 2-clause Concept mapping Cross-platform Yes Yes No
TiddlyMap Demo Site - 0.7.24.png
Visual Understanding Environment (VUE) Educational Community Concept mapping Cross-platform No No No
  • Written in Java
  • Needs account created to download from its website
  • Can also be used to build presentations
VUE 2.0 User Interface on a Mac.jpg
View Your Mind (vym)[3] GPL Concept mapping Cross-platform No No No
Vym ui windows.jpg
WikkaWiki GNU GPL Wiki software Cross-platform Yes Yes No
  • Written in PHP
  • Uses MySQL
  • Native support for FreeMind maps
  • Based on FreeMind
Screenshot mindmap.jpg
WiseMapping[g 1] WiseMapping[4] Mind mapping Cross-platform Yes Yes No
  • Written in Java.
  • Supported databases MySQL, HyperSQL, PostgreSQL
  • style="background: #9FF; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="free table-free"|Free
  • WebBased HTML 5, SVG
  • LDAP and OpenId authentication
  • Export to IMG, PDF, SVG, text, Excel
  • Import from FreeMind 0.9
Wisemapping-screenshot.png

Freeware[edit]

The following is a list of notable concept mapping and mind mapping applications which are freeware, and available at no cost. Some are open source, and others are proprietary software.

Software License Genre Platforms Online visualizing Online editing Online real-time collaborating Notes
CmapTools RAND-RF Concept mapping Cross-platform Yes, needs CmapServer, Cmaps on servers generate urls-webpages Yes, needs CmapServer Yes, needs CmapServer
Coggle Proprietary, freeware, freemium Mind mapping Cross-platform Yes Yes Yes
  • Programming language(s) unknown
  • Google account needed to log in
Screenshot of coggle.it webapp
Edraw Mind Map Proprietary, freeware, freemium Mind mapping Cross-platform No No No
  • Written in C++
  • Designed with advanced functions like auto-generating and -connecting shapes
Brainstorming-diagram-software.png
MindMup Custom license[6] Mind mapping Web browser Yes Yes Yes
  • Freemind import-export
  • Browser-based, HTML5 features automatically adjust to mobile (touch) or keyboard interfaces
  • Integrates with Google Drive and GitHub to provide cloud storage and sharing control
  • Written in JavaScript and Ruby
MindMup screenshot.png
Qiqqa Proprietary, freeware, freemium Concept mapping Windows Yes No No
  • Mind maps for academics based on their research papers, notes, and annotations
  • Can export mind maps to the web and share by social media
XMind Proprietary, freeware, freemium Project management, knowledge management Windows, OS X, Linux No No No
  • Mind maps, spreadsheets, fishbone diagrams, tree charts, org charts.
  • Online sharing
  • Compatible with Freemind
  • Formerly proprietary
  • Written in Java.
XMind Screenshot TDias.png
yEd Proprietary, yEd[7] Cmap tool Windows, OS X, Linux, cross-platform  ?  ?  ?

[edit]

The table below lists pieces of paid commercial software that allow creating mind and concept maps.

Software Publisher, license Platforms Notes, features
3D Topicscape 3D-Scape Limited 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 Windows Tools for working with ideas and concepts rather than words.
Buzan's iMindMap ThinkBuzan Ltd Windows, OS X, Linux Desktop application that provides organic mind mapping methods to create maps for brainstorming, organising, creative thinking, project managing, and planning. Integrates with Microsoft Office, OpenOffice.org and iWork.
ConceptDraw MINDMAP CS Odessa LLC Windows, OS X Desktop mind mapping and brainstorming software, for business, education, or personal activities. Integrates with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Project, MindManager, FreeMind, and XMind. Compatible with Twitter, Skype, and Evernote services.
Creately Cinergix Pty Ltd Cross-platform Online Adobe Flash-based diagramming and visual thinking tool for collaboration; diagramming software with mind map ability.
Debategraph Debategraph Web application Concept and argument mapping tool
iMindQ Seavus Windows, OS X, Web application, Android, iOS
LucidChart LucidChart, LLC Web application HTML5-based collaborative diagramming tool that can be used to map minds and concepts
Microsoft Visio Microsoft Windows Part of Microsoft Office product family, draws static diagrams including block diagrams, organization charts, maps, plans or workflows
Mind42 IRIAN Solutions Web application
  • Browser-based collaborative web application
  • Real-time collaborative editing; the name Mind42 is intended to be read as Mind for two
  • Free to use with no function limits
  • Limited support by developer
MindGenius MindGenius Windows First released in 2001, now certified for Windows 7 and Vista and available in both business and academic versions.
  • Type and return functions
  • Different mapping views for brainstorming, planning, project management, and presentations
  • Integrated Gantt chart view
  • Exports to MS Office and Adobe applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, and PDF
Mindjet Mindjet Windows, OS X, Android 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. Windows Used as a general business tool mainly to manage projects, brain storm and share ideas, manage schedules, create visual presentations
  • Mind map with drawing Interface
  • Visual task information
  • Export mind map to other sources
  • Add extra information
MindMapper SimTech Systems Windows
  • Mind mapping, idea visualizing, brainstorming
  • Process flow, org charts, fishbone diagrams
  • Concept maps and flowcharts
  • Project management with built-in Gantt charts
  • Built-in presentation
  • Post it style memo notes
  • Integrates with Microsoft Office
MindMeister MeisterLabs GmbH Windows, OS X, Linux
  • Browser-based collaborative web application
  • Android, iPhone, iPad applications, providing access to online mind maps
  • Built-in chat
  • Subscription based, also offering a free limited access option
Mindomo Expert Software Applications Windows, OS X, Linux
  • Browser-based
  • Realtime collaboration, built-in chat, revision history
  • Built-in presentation mode
  • Desktop application
  • Android and iPad applications work both offline and in sync with the cloud
  • Offers a free limited option
MindView MatchWare Windows, OS X
  • Professional Microsoft Office Integration (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Project)
  • 6 Interchangeable views: includes Gantt chart and timeline
  • Calculation feature and Excel integration
  • Optimized for project management
  • Advanced filter function
NovaMind NovaMind OS X, Windows
  • Mind mapping, presenting, screenwriting
OmniGraffle The Omni Group OS X, iOS
PersonalBrain TheBrain Technologies Windows, OS X, Unix, Unix-like Graphically intensive and customizable GUI, extremely cross-platform. Notes, calendar, Microsoft Outlook features. Multiple parent node ability.
Prezi Prezi Inc. Web application, Windows Presentation software that supports free form placement and zooming on a single sheet.
Qiqqa Quantisle Ltd. Windows Minds maps for academics oriented around their research papers, notes, and annotations.
Semantica Semantic Research OS X, Windows Family of software to create, view, store, and share knowledge structures
SmartDraw SmartDraw Software, LLC Windows Visual processor used to create flowcharts, organization charts, mind maps, gantt charts, and other visuals
Solina Mind Mapping Software Insoft Oy Windows organic mind maps and activity maps
SpicyNodes IDEA.org Adobe Flash radial maps, viewer can move from node to node
Tinderbox Eastgate Systems OS X Content management system with concept and mind map abilities
Visual Mind Mind Technologies Windows Supports collaboration (client–server) mode.
XMind Pro XMind Ltd. Windows, OS X, Linux

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Farrand, Paul; Hussain, Fearzana; Hennessy, Enid (May 2002). "The efficacy of the 'mind map' study technique". Medical Education 36 (5): 426–431. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2923.2002.01205.x. PMID 12028392. 
  2. ^ Vis.js library
  3. ^ http://www.insilmaril.de/vym/
  4. ^ WiseMapping License
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ yEd Software License Agreement

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