Hi, I've been use (not frequently) FreeMind for, I think, around 10 years, if it's possible (I don't remember). What I find in current version:
-At first of all, an Android/mobile client is desperately needed, at least for reading mindmaps. The best solution would be something similar to that of Anki, a learning supporting program (open source). They have a web service with some storage apace, and through this You can sync Your desktop-edited stuff with Your smartphone. This would be the ideal minimum.
-The whole program focuses too much on formatting notes, not to organizing them, a feature that makes the whole thing a bit messy. Physical styles is the best example: this could be much more embedded, not just the surface.
Filtering though now starts to work, is also a problematic feature, because:
-You can't set up a default filtering applied right at the opening of the file
-By changing an element, if it's filtered out, You can't see it disappearing immediately
-Filtering panel can't be seen by default
-You can't filter to a physical style
I think a good filtering is very important, because, to see the simplest example, it's not wise to delete an idea or task that is done, because of a thousand reasons (You want t remember it there can be later todos abut is, and the like). But in order not to make too large mindmaps, You need them to disappear. (BTW, should there be an Android syncing, it would be ti beneficial to have an option not to include done task on mobile to reduce size).
thanks for your reply. First reaction: an android client is starting to be of value for me too. Isn't there a compatible viewer out there?
I've checked MindMeister and MindJet, just briefly. I think with some tinkering both are capable of limited use.
MindMeister is an online provider with an Android app and the capability of importing Freemind .mms, and I think the app is able to use the online stored stuff. But if I use then, I need no FreeMind.
MindJet seems to be s standalone product, again, with an Android app, but I haven't managed to import into it. Some reported that this app is loosing ability to import FreeMind .mms.
Anyway, both are commercial product and are far from being ideal for use with FreeMind.
do you think of a graphical android application? Another posibility would be to have a list of the root nodes, and when clicked, you see the children of the clicked node, etc. (like music selection goes).
What do you think?
Found compatible free program with first search.
Did you try to search Google Play at all?
Now I've checked MindJet and also Mind Map Memo.
Mind Map Memo couldn't open Dropbox-stored files, at least for me (I would have to find its storage in my device's FS), but MindJet worked surprisingly well, even the file associations worked: I double clicked in the Dropbox folder, MindJet opened it, and when I closed the program, saved it automatically, and Dropbox synced it, which was a perfect syncing.
The limitation that I noticed for the first run is that You can't filter MIndmaps, so it's not a wise idea to use very large maps (that Mindjet opened, anyway).