Mind Mapping Tools :: Definitive Guide

In simple words…Mind mapping or Concept mapping is the process of representation of of the data generated during a brainstorming session in a graphical fashion. Mind-mapping software are used to create diagrams of relationships between concepts, ideas or other pieces of information

Tools for Mind Mapping

Two free online mind mapping tools which are not only easy but also comprehensive.

1.Coggle – Requires you to sign-in using your Google account and you are ready to start making your mind map. Very easy to use and provides a vey clean and clutter less user experience.

2.MindMup – An Java powered online tool to create mind map and has is more comprehensive than Coggle,  and is powered by an MIT License.

Using a standard file format allows interchange of files between various programs. Many of the programs listed below support the mm format used by FreeMind. The mm format is an XML text format consisting of tagged objects.

The following is are some notable concept mapping and mind mapping tools which are available without any cost.These are a some of freely available cross platform software packages that allow the creation of, or otherwise support mind maps:

CAM editor, CMAP Tools, Compendium, Docear, FreeMind, Freeplane, MindMup, SciPlore MindMapping, WikkaWiki, VUE, XMIND, yEd

The above tools not only help you to create mind maps but also help you to share and collaborate users. More users simply implies more diverse ideas and more complex the mind map becomes and you can easily read a mind map because it’s graphical and more appealing to eyes, so you should always prefer these min mapping tools when you go for a brain storming sessions.

  • Collaboration of users is indispensable part of Brainstorming session and the above  mind mapping online tools take care of that as they have support for collaboration.
  • More you have the facility to share your created mind map, Print it or save to your computer as an image.

Alternatively, If you wish for paid software, for additional support they provide you may look at these one’s:

For Windows(ONLY) : 3D Topicscape, Axon Idea Processor, Microsoft Visio, MindGenius, MindMaple, MindMapper, Qiqqa, SmartDraw, VisualMind

Cross Platform : XMind Pro, Semantica, Personal Brain, Mind View, Mindomo, MindMeister, Mindjet, Inspiration, Flying Logic, Buzan’s iMindMap, NovaMind, Kidspiration, creately,

Web Application : Cacoo, Debategraph, Lucid Chart, Mind42, Prezi,

Adobe Flash Based: SpicyNodes

For Mac Os X(ONLY) : Tinderbox, Omnigraffe

Also See : Uses Of Mind Map’s and How Wikipedia’s Describes it.

So now go on and make mind maps while you brainstorm creatively. 


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