FreeMind
FreeMind
1.1.0_Beta_2

4.6

FreeMind

FreeMind

1.1.0_Beta_222 April 2016

Mind-mapping software (beta).

FreeMind
Free
22 April 2016

4.6

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FreeMind

FreeMind

1.1.0_Beta_222 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

Requirements for FreeMind

  • Mac OS X 10.7.0 or later

34 Reviews

Rate this app:

23 October 2009

Most helpful

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.
Like (4)
Version 0.9rc6
10 January 2014
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Version 1.0.0
21 October 2013
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Version 1.0.0
13 September 2013
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Version 1.0.0_RC_5
11 September 2013
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Version 1.0.0_RC_5
19 August 2013
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Version 1.0.0_RC_4
great and informative post. http://www.mindmappingsite.com/sw-tool-reviews/software-reviews
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Version 1.0.0_RC_4
1 answer(s)
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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18 April 2013
Download link does not work.
Like
Version 1.0.0_Beta_6
1 answer(s)
Regular-Warren
18 April 2013
Thanks! I've corrected this listing.
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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!
Like
Version 1.0.0_Beta_6
1 answer(s)
suzaiinwatsongmailcom3940
25 July 2013
very informative post. http://www.mindmappingsite.com/sw-tool-reviews/software-reviews
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30 December 2012
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Version 1.0.0_Beta_6
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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34 Reviews

Rate this app:

23 October 2009

Most helpful

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.
Like (4)
Version 0.9rc6
10 January 2014
Like
Version 1.0.0
21 October 2013
Like
Version 1.0.0
13 September 2013
Like
Version 1.0.0_RC_5
11 September 2013
Like
Version 1.0.0_RC_5
19 August 2013
Like
Version 1.0.0_RC_4
great and informative post. http://www.mindmappingsite.com/sw-tool-reviews/software-reviews
Like
Version 1.0.0_RC_4
1 answer(s)
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.
Like
18 April 2013
Download link does not work.
Like
Version 1.0.0_Beta_6
1 answer(s)
Regular-Warren
18 April 2013
Thanks! I've corrected this listing.
Like
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!
Like
Version 1.0.0_Beta_6
1 answer(s)
suzaiinwatsongmailcom3940
25 July 2013
very informative post. http://www.mindmappingsite.com/sw-tool-reviews/software-reviews
Like
30 December 2012
Like
Version 1.0.0_Beta_6
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!
Like (3)
Version 1.0.0_Beta_3