Popular brainstorming and mind mapping tool,Eclipse Community Award 2008 winner,often used for capture ideas,knowledge/project management and GTD,supporting fishbones/org-charts/tree charts/spreadsheets,compatible with Freemind/Mindmanager,easy-to-use.
- Fishbone Structure
- default theme
- Spreadsheet Structure
- brainstorming mode
- Drilldown(F6) to help you concentrate easily
- presentation mode
- Multiple Sheets for one file
- powerful search
- show Attachments as subtopics
- use Boundary to highlight multiple topics
- Summary helps you summrize some branches
This is the most professional looking mind mapping tool. The styles are designed very well. I use this as a presentation tool instead of PowerPoint now.
There are some rough edges yet, but in general it's ok. Usability is also good, especially that you can navigate your graphs using the keyboard only.
I have never used XMind and I really want to like it. But you make it very difficult. First of all, it is so difficult to change the language. This is usually something people do first before even using the software. So it should be easy. You describe how to change the language in "xmind.ini" on "www.xmind.net/faq/". Instead of helpfully giving the directory, you say it is in some directory. OK, I can accept that. So I use the "find" command for "xmind.ini". It does not work. Why? Because the file is called "XMind.ini". So either you don't know that operating systems other than Windows might be case sensitive, or you are not as diligent as you should be. Either way it is quite unintuitive and unhelpful. Please fix "xmind.ini" -> "XMind.ini" on the faq and add a language change option to the gui. Also, a search function in your Help Desk would be quite useful. Anyways, the reason I wanted to change the language from German to English was, that the templates for new files are strangely described in some mix between German and another Scandinavian language like Swedish (I have Ubuntu 12.04 32bit and downloaded xmind-linux-18.104.22.168208102038_i386.deb). After I switched to English that problem disappeared. So please check your German translation as well. I will give XMind another chance but please improve your usability.