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Type of site
Mind mapping
Available inEnglish
OwnerIRIAN Solutions
Current statusActive
Content license

Mind42 is an online mind mapping application that allows users to visualize their thinking using the proven[1] mind mapping method. The name refers to the collaborative features of the product, and is intended to be pronounced like "mind for two."[2] It has been recommended by Freelance Weekly as one of their favorite time-management and organization tools.[3]


The developer provides the full feature set of Mind42 free of charge, including:[4]

  • Ability to insert images from URLs (i.e. images hosted at another site, such as ImageShack or Picasa Web Albums);
  • URL links to external websites;
  • Real-time collaboration and editing, utilizing the Google Talk gadget;[5]
  • Mind map size limited only by available RAM and processing power;
  • The optional ability to publicly publish mind maps or keep them private;
  • The ability to add notes to branches;[6]
  • Export to Freemind, Mindmanager, Mind42 XML, PDF, image and rich text;[6]
  • Import from Freemind, Mindmanager, Mind42 XML.[6]


Criticisms of Mind42 include the lack of offline editing ability, the lack of a mobile version and the limitation that only creators of mind maps, but not collaborators, can view and restore previous revisions of a mind map.[7]

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  1. ^ "The efficacy of the 'mind map' study technique". Med Educ. 36 (5): 426–31. May 2002. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2923.2002.01205.x. PMID 12028392.
  2. ^ http://mind42.com/about
  3. ^ "Time Management Tools". Freelance Weekly. 2010-07-14. Archived from the original on 2010-09-22. Retrieved 2010-09-23.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-25. Retrieved 2010-09-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) "Mind42 Help". IRIAN Solutions. Archived from the original on 2010-07-25. Retrieved 2010-09-23.
  5. ^ Brown, Tiffany B. (2007-07-02). "Review: The online mind map smackdown". Archived from the original on 2010-12-02. Retrieved 2010-09-23.
  6. ^ a b c "The online mind map smackdown" (PDF). The Mind Mapping Software Weblog. 2008-05-13. Retrieved 2010-09-23.
  7. ^ Garber, Adrienne (2010-06-29). "EdLab Review- Mind42". EdLab. Retrieved 2010-09-23.

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