FreeMind
FreeMind
1.1.0_Beta_2

4.6

FreeMind free download for Mac

FreeMind

1.1.0_Beta_2
22 April 2016

Mind-mapping software (beta).

Overview

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 Mind Manager because of one-click "fold/unfold" and "follow link" operations.

Features:
  • Fully functional following of HTML links stored in the nodes, be it www links or links to local files.
  • From very early versions, Freemind supports folding which is its essential property.
  • Fast one-click navigation, including folding / unfolding on one click and following links on one click at the same time (you don't have to make choice between fast following of links and fast fold/unfold). You can move the map by dragging the map's background as well as using mouse wheel.
  • Undo
  • Smart Drag'n Drop, including the possibility to copy nodes or copy style of nodes; dragging and dropping of multiple selected nodes; dropping of texts or list of files from outside
  • Smart copying and pasting into, including pasting of links from HTML or structuring the pasted content on the basis of the number of leading spaces in a line; pasting of lists of selected files
  • Smart copying and pasting from, including plain text and RTF (MS Wordpad, MS Word, MS Outlook messages).
  • Export of map to HTML, with folding (see example)
  • Find facility, where found items are shown one by one as you do "find next", and the map is unfolded only for the current item.
  • Possibility to use and edit long multiline nodes; even with newlines
  • Possibility to decorate nodes with built-in icons, colors and different fonts.
  • Low costs of risk of switching away to another mind mapping tool, because FreeMind stores maps in XML format. If you have a lot of maps created by FreeMind and you want to switch to another program, writing a conversion program should be easy, especially if that program features Visual Basic scripting facility. Christoph Rissner describes in his article at IICM site his implementation of data exchange between FreeMind and MindManager.
  • File mode enables you to browse the files on your computer, seeing the folder structure as mind map.

What's new in FreeMind

Version 1.1.0_Beta_2:
Big New Features:
  • HiDPI support (for windows and linux, mac was already there)
  • Look into the properties under Appearance -> Scale
  • New method to create graphical and local links: copy nodes and then paste them as graphical or local links
  • Paste of structured (HTML) data recognizes the structure and reconstructs it as hierarchical nodes
  • Format dialog has example nodes that demonstrate the changes
Smaller Features:
  • Font color combo box
  • Re-developed lots of the attribute functionality
  • Search dialog on geographical maps accepts coordinates in the form "lat lon" or "lat lon;lat2 lon2;..."
  • A reverse lookup is then performed unless you set do_reverse_lookup_on_lat_lon_search to false
  • New search-and-replace dialog shows tooltips of the node and note text
  • Enhanced the calendar widget to show 12 month at once
  • Standalone map server created
  • Icon toolbar can have multiple columns (see properties->appearance)
  • On save, thumbnails are created and displayed as tooltip on mindmap links to other mm-files
  • Added node statistics to the status bar (inclusive sums of node contents)
  • New Export as HTML page with a single clickable image containing only the links (URLs) or the map
  • Clones can be deactivated by menu
  • Strikethrough
  • Sorting in both directions by repeating the command
  • Markings in calendars

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Steven-Goodheart
23 October 2009

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This program has a hell of a lot of horsepower and features for a free program. I own and use Mindjet MindManager for mind mapping, and this free program has an amazing amount of the same advanced features, like filtering, notes, hot links to the web and docs, and customizable icons that allow you filter. Plus, the program is quite zippy (on my Intel iMac with Snow Leopard) even though its Java-based. (Maybe I shouldn't expect it to be slow -- Personal Brain mind mapper is also Java-based and it totally responsive with its live links and way-cool animated navigation.) The biggest difference between this free program and something like MindManager is the overall refinement of the user interface, the look and feel, and navigation. For example, unless I missed it, I didn't see a way in FreeMind to hoist a node, or hide other nodes so I could just see a node I wanted to focus on, and I missed MindManager's nifty ability to "Fit Selection" to your screen. (In a huge mind map, being able to select a node and its children, and then hide others, and then have your selected node expanded or shrunk to "fit to screen" is a huge aid in working with your data. Again, FreeMind may do these things, but I couldn't find out how, if it does. I found the bazillion icons all around the FreeMind window hard to interpret, though each icon did have a hover pop-up -- after a while, I guess you'd get to know what the icons meant. That said, of course one might expect a paid program of the price of MindManager to be way more refined and visually appealing, but in terms of pure functionality, FreeMind has the majority of features even a hard-core mind mapper would want. If I didn't own MindManager, I think FreeMind would definitely be my program of choice. Kudos to the open source community for making a remarkably powerful and useful program.
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Version 0.9rc6
great and informative post. http://www.mindmappingsite.com/sw-tool-reviews/software-reviews
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Version 1.0.0_RC_4
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Funjoy
Funjoy
17 September 2016
Link dead, and the sitemap doesn't show Freemind as one of its reviewed products.

But the app is written in Java? Ugh. In 2016 I don't want to deal with that potential security hellhole.
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dabcca
18 April 2013
Download link does not work.
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Version 1.0.0_Beta_6
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Regular-Warren
Regular-Warren
18 April 2013
Thanks! I've corrected this listing.
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Neviller
26 January 2013
What a great little app! The documentation says to use the Insert key to insert a "child" node; on a Mac this was baffling, but a quick Google search gave the answer – use the Tab key. Some of the other keystrokes & functionality are not intuitive e.g. to insert line breaks, but it's all learnable. It does work, it's pretty quick to get started, and it's free!
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Version 1.0.0_Beta_6
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suzaiinwatsongmailcom3940
25 July 2013
very informative post. http://www.mindmappingsite.com/sw-tool-reviews/software-reviews
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Mikcila
31 May 2012
Brilliant app. No frills, no fuss. Easy to use and easy to learn. Can only imagine how awesome it would be if I really had learnt how to use it and not just messed around. Don't expect flying saucers and amazing Flash or Java capabilities - this is an application for people who want to work and get the work done, not bother around with fancy things that take up time. Give it a few years and it probably will have some flying saucers - not necessary in my opinion, but inevitable as a part of evolution. Congrats to the developers for creating this awesome app!
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Version 1.0.0_Beta_3
Doug-Engelbart
31 December 2011
When I open it, the app shows and empty doc and many tools, but all tools stay grey (unusable), so I have to search through the menu items to do something, but futile. The only usable item is "Help > Documentation" which closes (!) my empty doc and opens a mindmap explaining commands that simply do not work. One of the hardest-to-use and most user-unfriendly apps I've ever met. Should be called "UnfreeMind" instead! While so much great, self-explaining GUIs exist since the nineties, this 2012 app sux cog.
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Version 0.9.0
kbaxxx
30 August 2011
Well I guess you get what you pay for. The Java roots show through, and although there is some promise here, it is held back by technology choices (and with Apple backing away from Java in Lion, the future looks a bit questionable), and missing functionality. I tried all the apps and eventually went with NovaMind - not a free app, but certainly the best mind mapping app for Mac, and has all the features I need for both business and personal use.
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Version 0.9.0
Franck-GROSS
13 May 2011
As a French user, using accentuated characters, I noticed that (at least) the accents are not supported during the Mind Manager Map (Try out 8) import even if all works perfectly fine (even from MMP 8) It's too new for me to rate properly this product My bests
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Version 0.9.0
Joeshmoe200us
05 May 2011
I found Freemind to be a great program. Even better then the new MindNode Pro paid program (~$20-25), it's features are way more advanced then MindNodePro. With this new 0.9 version they added a feature called attributes, consider it a type of "tags" for nodes, allowing you to assign all sorts of "tags", then you can filter and show only the nodes that have the "tags/attributes" you want. This can be a very powerfull feature if used. The only big weakness is, that it is not as intuitive or user friendly as other programs, but it's also Free!!!! Look up videos on youtube on how to use it, and keep the keyboard shortcuts handy, this will speed things ups. There is an active opensource proggrammer base that have created all sorts of extra plugins that allow it to integrate with other programs like GTD, Microsoft Project, etc... It can also export into all sorts of different files including pdf, webpage, jpg, etc...
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Version 0.9.0
Kihoalu
01 March 2011
Not bad. Price of Free is nice. I've tried several. No ones got it exactly right yet. Freemind is OK. It feels a little restrictive in that its not totally freeform as it could be. It doesn't lend itself to slapping "Notecard" type of boxes all over the page & connecting & organizing them after-the-fact as well as it might. I was hoping for Inspiration on steroids. Haven't really found any mindmappers which aren't restrictive or without an involved learning curve, while having a rich feature set. Inspiration, ThinkingRock. There used to be a wiki-type of flow charter in the OS 8 days that had the right idea, but couldn't break away from scrollbars & claustrophobic page sizes. Pretty good for simple stuff. It can only get better.
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Version 0.9.0
SickTeddyBear
20 February 2011
FYI, this is a universal Intel/PowerPC application.
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Version 0.9.0
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SickTeddyBear
SickTeddyBear
20 February 2011
...and it works with 10.5 or later.
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