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  • FreeMind

  • FreeMind is a premier free mind-mapping software written in Java. The recent development has hopefully turned it into high productivity tool. We are proud that the operation and navigation of FreeMind is faster than that of MindManager because of one-click "fold / unfold" and "follow link" operations.

    tags: brainstorming java-based knowledge-management mind-mapping minimap
    platform: Mac OS X Windows Linux
  • yEd Graph Editor

  • yEd is a powerful diagram editor that can be used to quickly create diagrams manually or import external data for analysis and auto-magically arrange even large data sets by just pressing a button. You can use yEd to quickly create flow charts, BPMN and UML diagrams, organization charts, mind maps, and many other kinds of diagrams, graphs, and networks. Choose from a wide range of highly sophisticated layout algorithms to automatically arrange diagrams in no time. An intuitive and visually appealing user interface makes creating diagrams fun. Once a diagram has been created, it’s easy to save, print, or export it to popular formats like PDF, SWF, EMF, SVG, JPEG, GIF, PNG, or HTML image maps. »

    tags: Portable auto-layout chart diagram-editor diagramming
    platform: Mac OS X Windows Linux Online BSD
  • Freeplane

  • Freeplane is a powerful and free software for building mind maps. It is a redesigned version of the well known FreeMind , and is created by one of FreeMind's key developers. The software is written in Java, and supports any platform capable of running current versions of Java.

    tags: Portable conditional-styles freemind graphics knowledge-management
    platform: Mac OS X Windows Linux BSD
  • Mindomo

  • Mindomo is the easiest online software for creating mind maps, concept maps, outlines and various other types of diagrams. The following features make it the perfect choice both for business and education:* real-time collaboration* you can work on maps even if your internet connection is down, and your changes will be automatically synchronized when the connection is restored* playback mode that shows you how a map was built* maps can be turned into presentations or real-time editable outlines* Google Apps and various LTI integrations (Canvas, Moodle, Blackboard, Desire2Learn, itslearning)* great variety of exports (PDF, RTF, PPT, TXT, OPML, MPX, HTML, ZIP, PNG, XLS, MOM, MM, MMAP)* Google Drive, Dropbox, FTP and ZIP backups »

    tags: backup-to-google-drive blackboard brainstorming built-in-note-taker canvas
    platform: Mac OS X Windows Linux Online Android Android Tablet iPad Google Chrome Safari Firefox
  • MindMeister

  • MindMeister is the market-leader in online mind mapping. Unlike traditional mind mapping tools, MindMeister allows for real-time brainstorming sessions between an unlimited number of users and requires only a standard web browser.MindMeister's intuitive editor is perfect for taking notes, brainstorming ideas, planning projects and outlining all sorts of texts. Users can choose between the classical mind map layout and org chart mode, and can export their mind maps into various formats like MS Word, PowerPoint, PDF, PNG etc. With its built-in presentation mode, users can also turn their mind maps into slideshows within seconds, and present them on the big screen or broadcast them to their collaborators. »

    tags: brainstorming collaborative-writing meeting-minutes mind-mapping note-taking
    platform: Online Android iPhone
  • PlantUML

  • PlantUML is an open-source tool that uses simple textual descriptions to draw UML diagrams. The generator can be run anywhere within JVM and integrated with various application such as wiki, text editor, IDE, programming language, documentation generator, and others. Mostly based on Graphviz. Can render various diagram syntax such as PlantUML, Dot, and Ditaa.

    tags: Portable chart create-uml-entities flowchart java-based
    platform: Mac OS X Windows Linux Online Android Chrome OS
  • Docear

  • Docear is a unique solution to academic literature management, which helps you organizing, creating, and discovering academic literature. The 3 most distinct features are:

    tags: Portable bibtex citations educational file-management
    platform: Mac OS X Windows Linux Online
  • MindNode

  • MindNode Pro and MindNode are elegant and simple-to-use mindmapping applications for the Macintosh that help to visually.

    tags: mind-mapping brainstorming brainstorm
    platform: Mac OS X iPhone iPad
  • WizNote

  • WizNote is a Note software, which is especially designed for Internet users and mobile Internet users. WizNote focuses more on notes of rapid collection, management, reading and sharing. WizNote is smaller, more stable, and more suitable for computers, phones and mobile devices. It has a more abundant notes organization and rapid fulltext retrieval. Using associated online service, you can synchronise the notes between your computer and your cell phone.

    tags: Portable journal markdown note-taking notepad
    platform: Mac OS X Windows Linux Online Android iPhone Windows RT Android Tablet iPad
  • Visual Understanding Environment

  • The Visual Understanding Environment or VUE is a free, open source concept mapping application written in Java.

    tags: Discontinued concept-mapping java-ide mind-mapping non-linear-presentation
    platform: Mac OS X Windows Linux Discontinued
  • Coggle

  • Coggle is a simple, beautiful, powerful way of structuring information. It's designed to help you understand things, and then share your knowledge by arranging your document in the same way that your mind works. This way of working is called mind-mapping, and is a very powerful way of learning, storing and sharing information.

    tags: brainstorming creativity latex markdown mind-mapping
    platform: Online
  • Gingko

  • Write and organize your ideas in Gingko tree documents.

    tags: brainstorming collaborative-writing document-organizing latex-support note-taking
    platform: Online
  • MindManager

  • PRODUCTIVITY & CREATIVITY MEET IN MIND MAPSMindManager’s flexible mind maps promote freeform thinking and quick organization of ideas, so creativity and productivity can live in harmony. Capture ideas. Manage meetings. Create strategic plans. Organize anything. Watch the video to see how you can do more with MindManager.

    tags: project-management mind-mapping brainstorming knowledge-management office-productivity
    platform: Mac OS X Windows Online Android iPhone iPad
  • ThinkComposer

  • Create deep visual documents, adaptable and multi-level diagrams, flowcharts, concept maps, mind maps and models.Users can:- Define their own types of nodes and connectors, to reuse nomenclature, symbols, details structure.- Add Details to your Ideas (attachments, links, custom-fields, tables)- Ideas can have a whole new diagram inside (multilevel/composable)- Can generate a report for the whole Composition document.- Reports are exportable as PDF/XPS and to HTML.- Collapse/Expande supertrees or subtrees of connected ideas.- Add Markers to your ideas (predefinables).- Include rich descriptions, versioning, complements (stamps, regions/boundaries, call-outs, notes, legends, cards). »

    tags: concept-map extensible ideas mind-mapping modeling
    platform: Windows
  • WiseMapping

  • Wise Mapping is the web mind mapping tool that leverages the power of Mind Maps HTML5 and SVG. Users will be able to create and read their mind maps from everywhere whenever its needed. Once you have your mind map created the features that distinguish WiseMapping appears: Embed it in your own web page, blog or post, "Wise it" linking documents to it, "Share it" to anyone in the world. To do all this we have a powerful yet simple and intuitive editor to build the maps and lots of features (and upcoming ones) that will help you use WiseMapping. »

    tags: mind-mapping mind-mapping-solution
    platform: Online Self-Hosted Java