There are many free mind mapping resources on the
web, which is why I have tried and tested them to find you the best free tools
1. Freemind.Sourceforge.net – Probably the best option for
absolute beginners, this free mind mapping software download is written in
Java, and has some of the best support online. From webinars to forums, there
are thousands of people out there using it and sharing advice and interesting
new ideas for mind mapping with the tool.
2. Mindomo.com – This freemium mind mapping tool does
have its limits, as you can only create 3 private mind maps, and you can’t use
the sharing options. However, the mobile app is free, and so for a light user
it’s a great free tool, and for a heavier user the investment in the premium
version is well worth while.
3. Labyrinth – This
mind mapping tool is a very basic, software download. It’s available for
Windows/Linux (sorry Mac users!), and although it may not look anything fancy,
it does what it says on the tin. It auto-saves work, it’s very easy to add
images to your maps, and one of its biggest selling points is that you can also
add notes to the map, which is not something a lot of paid tools offer, let
alone free ones!
4. WiseMapping.com – This open source tool is a web app, meaning you aren’t tied down
to one computer and can easily work on a mind map wherever you are. There are
also no limitations on what you can do for free, and the user interface is very
user-friendly so it’s great for those who are new to mind mapping and want to
have a play around.
5. TheBrain.com – Another software download and another freemium product, this
mind mapping tool is available on Windows/Linux/Mac and is said by reviews to
be one of the most intuitive mind mapping softwares on the market.
What do you use? Let me know @annmariehanlon
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