Free mind map software – FreeMind

Mind mapping is a process of exploring and structuring one’s thoughts on a particular subject. The mind map is a visual diagram, representing the subject’s domain of concepts, thoughts and ideas, their relationships and structure. It is a very powerful tool for brainstorming, capturing ideas and requirements, creating and visualizing structure and building hierarchies.

There are many commercially available software tools for creating and manipulating mindmaps. The premier free and open source alternative is called FreeMind. It is a high productivity tool, written in Java (runs on any platform that has Java – Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.) and provides all needed functionality for creating, editing and printing mindmaps:

So you want to write a completely new metaphysics? Why don’t you use FreeMind? You have a tool at hand that remarkably resembles the tray slips of Robert Pirsig, described in his sequel to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance called Lila. Do you want to refactor your essays in a similar way you would refactor software? Or do you want to keep personal knowledge base, which is easy to manage? Why don’t you try FreeMind? Do you want to prioritize, know where you are, where you’ve been and where you are heading, as Stephen Covey would advise you? Have you tried FreeMind to keep track of all the things that are needed for that?

Here is a nice overview/tutorial on FreeMind‘s main features:

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3 Responses to “Free mind map software – FreeMind”

  1. Michel says:

    I was wondering these days, if I should try some mind map application to organize my ideas, and when I’m planning something. I’ll give FreeMind a go right away — let me just check if I have JAVA installed… 😉

  2. Michel says:

    (5 minutes later and after update to Java 1.4) FreeMind (or is it a JAVA limitation?) cannot “read” the TrackPoint/TouchPad driver events, so horizontal scrolling is very hard on a ThinkPad machine…

    Apart from that, FreeMind installed successfully and I’ll give it a try 🙂

  3. Michel says:

    Btw, FreePlane is a port of FreeMind, looks also interesting! 🙂

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