Mind/Idea Mapping Software
From Wikipedia, the
Mind Mapping software is used to create diagrams of
relationships between ideas or other pieces of information. It has been
suggested that mind mapping software can improve learning/study efficiency up
to 15% over conventional note taking (Farrand et al,2002).
Some Mindmapping software is 3-D, though full 3-D functionality
is difficult to achieve with the forms of interface devices readily available
to users. Some Mapping programs incorporate other learning optimization
techniques including electronic flashcard style testing.
The following is a list of Mind Mapping software.
There are many pieces of software (in alphabetical order) that allow
the creation of mind maps.
3D Topicscape produces 3D
mindmaps and can import and export FreeMind, structured text and other 2D
3D takes mind mapping and concept mapping into 3D
with flying and zooming.
- Aibase maps combine colorful trees,
concept maps, tables and more.
web-based text/semantic thinking tool using Semantic Web technology.
Thought Mapper is a cross-platform Java-based mind-mapping tool.
On Windows it integrates with Microsoft Office.
Idea Processor is a visual diagramming tool that includes support
for mind mapping.
- BrainMine's major advantages come from an
extensive graphics (icon/image) package, a convenient overview map, and an
object attribute panel. The final products can be visually impressive, but
the interface can be overwhelming (even distracting) for basic idea
iMindMap - Tony Buzan's official Mind Mapping software
product that allows you to create fully organic freehand drawn mind maps.
A cross platform Java-based tool.
- ConceptDraw MINDMAP is Mind Mapping, Brainstorming and Project
Planning software that works both on Windows and Mac OS X
- Comapping is a collaborative web-based mind mapping tool
with an added twist- Brainstorming and Project Planning software that
works both on PC and Mac
- Cornerstone is a visual thinking tool that
supports a variety of visual styles.
- EDraw Mind Mapping Software is a vector-based mind mapping software with some
examples and templates.
- eminec MYmap is a mind mapping tool (including a dedicated
brainstorming mode) for Windows.
- HeadCase. First to comply with Buzan's
Mind Mapping Laws and create "hand-drawn" Mind Maps. Windows-only.
- i2Brain takes the next step - away from a
flat tree to a network of ideas with depth. Multi-platform.
KnowledgeMap achieves some of the same MindMap type
organization, but is constructed to seem more like an outline.
- Inspiration is a cross-platform Mac OS X,
Windows and Palm visual learning application which recently (version 8)
introduced true mind-mapping support.
- I-Navigation is a focus+context mind-mapping application.
Incubator is a visual thinking tool for Mac OS X
featuring multiple worksheets and the ability to link to external desktop
documents and web pages.
- MindGenius is proprietary mind-mapping
software for Windows with export capability.
MindVisualizer Standard is a
Productive visual mind Mapping software
- MindVisualizer is a productive mind mapping
software that allows you to capture, visualize, manage and share
idea/information easily, it can also output mind map to other document
- MyMind is a mind mapper with built-in
outlining functionality. It is "donationware" for Mac OS X.
- Modelmaker is a visual CASE tool which
supports UML diagrams and mindmaps.
KOS is a 3d mind mapping tool.
is a proprietary mind-map application for Mac OS X
and Microsoft Windows. Features include flexible
branch shapes, a branch proposal system, integrated screenplay support,
and OPML export
- OmniGraffle is an outlining program that also
diagrams. Mac OS X only.
- OpenMind is software used by British
- PAUX is a software to develop, manage and publicize
dynamic individualized content by linking reusable semantic
content objects semantically. These objects are to make knowledge
available as filterable content for websites, Semantic
Wiki, detailed-evaluated eLearning and individualized print
media. The data model is a multidimensional
- PersonalBrain Offers free linking of 'thoughts'
(no hierarchy / tree). Currently v3 for Windows, v4 will include Mac and
Mindmap is mobile mind-mapping on the Pocket PC.
- SmartDraw, a Visio-like product.
Ideas is another visual diagramming tool with a unique
"big picture" view.
- Spark-Space comes in various editions for enterprise or
education. Available on Windows, MacOS/X, Linux in English, French,
Spanish, German and Dutch.
- Thinkmap uses a Java based SDK kit in an
XML-based configuration language scripting toolset with syntax similar to
that used for Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and other scripting languages.
Pre-configured building blocks include: Spider, Hierarchy, Clustering, and
Chronology. The VisualThesauras product is an example of the use of this
- Thinkgraph is a currently free mind-mapping program for Windows
with Pictures is a visual thinking tool designed for children.
 is a Windows based mindmapping program with
intuitive entry and a wealth of both text and graphic export functions.
Concept touts itself as a mind mapping program. The final
product is more like Visio, but seems to emphasize hexagon shaped maps.
Mind is another mind-mapping application. This program
allows several users to work together on the same map.
Knowledge Base is a good tool for mind mapping. It has the
ability to create unlimited categories, and sub categories, attach
unlimited topics and connect a topic to multiple categories. Search, sort,
and filter features make it ideal to find things that are hard to
helps users visualize their thinking, daily planning, and decision-making
and collaboration activities by providing them with an easy way of drawing
mind maps. Based on the concept of "Whole Brain Thinking" the
technique uses both sides of the brain, linking left brain ( logic, text and numbers) and right brain thinking (colors,
music, and spatial sensation). Mind maps allow people to, therefore,
freely and quickly reorganize ideas and to create logical relationships
linking their ideas in a holistic, relational, rather than linear way.
Available on Windows, MacOS/X, Linux in Chinese and English.