FreeMind - free mind mapping software
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 MindManager because of one-click "fold / unfold" and "follow link" operations.
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?
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Getting a taste of FreeMind
You can view mind maps created with FreeMind now in your web browser, if you have Java 1.4 installed.
Uses of FreeMind
Current users of FreeMind use it for the following purposes:
Apart from other things, this release of FreeMind features:
Weak spots include:
FreeMind is free software and open source software, licensed under GNU GPL V2+ (GNU General Public License), where "V2+" means "version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version". Basically, that means that you are free to use FreeMind to whatever purpose you want without paying for that, and that any code derived from current FreeMind's code must also be licensed under GPL V2+. See also Licensing.
Get help from other users
Ask a question on FreeMind's Help forum. Also, consider looking at the collection of asked questions, using the search function of your browser. If you're unlike most of computer users, you may also consider reading the documentation, accessible from the menu Help > Documentation; press Ctrl + F to search through the documentation. For Linux users, FreeMind on Linux page may be helpful.
Documentation available includes the following.
Alternatives to using FreeMind
To achieve that which FreeMind offers, you can use variety of tools.
Authors and contributors
Several people have substantially contributed to the development of FreeMind, including the following.
Many other people have contributed.
FreeMind team uses:
Drop us a line saying that you like FreeMind. You can do it on our Thank you for the music forum - just start a new thread and click "Post commment"; it's really easy. We are always glad to read that someone finds FreeMind useful. This definitely increases our motivation. Also, we appreciate to read what attracts you on FreeMind, and what is your most important case of use of FreeMind.
Please, address any questions with problems to the Help forum.
What users say about FreeMind includes the following.
Krishna Teja, 24.3.2011: For about 6 years I have only been [i]dreaming[/i] of organizing my life in some manner. There are far too many variables and unknowns, and I never knew [b]how or where to begin organizing[/b]. After 6 years of procrastination and a catastrophic crash in life, I hit mind maps and FreeMind. It looks like the search is over, I can now organize my thoughts in one place and get a clear picture of my own life. The flexibility of the software is only limited by one's imagination. [b]Hats off to the team[/b] for contributing this gem to the open source world. After only days of using this software I can say its the best thing since sliced bread. My joy is boundless. I hope to stick to FreeMind throughout my life to organize stuff.
Krishna Teja, Hyderabad INDIA
Subject: my second brain
did not know i have second one... until i've found freemind. no more feeling like an idiot on morning company meeting after a big hangover - just ten minutes long look on mindmap and you're back in saddle, ready to go champion! not even mentioning other pluses it has in ordinary work situations, of course :) what i want is to say big THANK YOU
How could he be doing this?
I just asked: mind mapping software was the response. He made a big mind map of the whole proposal and checked all the nodes one by one. As easy as this.
Well, I was fascinated, after passing the tender review (YESSSSSSS!!!) I just browsed my PC where freemind was sitting quiet since a couple of years. I just launched it and applied it to my current project: a BIG software system delivery to an important bank.
Guys, in 3 days I made a perfect job in tracking activities, preparing project status meeting, todo lists, reports, software test result diagrams... I'm just amazed.
>From now on I'll use it for everything.
Thanks for this precious piece of software.
Daniel, 1.2.2003: How do I know that FreeMind is a high productivity tool? The answer is I don't. I am using FreeMind on daily basis and am very satisfied with the benefits it brings me. What I really consider important is that when I use FreeMind, most of the time I don't have to ask myself "how do I do this thing in FreeMind", but I rather just do what I need without thinking about it. FreeMind makes my task of collecting, organizing and analyzing information on a given topic much easier.
James, 14.10.2002: Now, having tried out the new release, I can tell you: It's brilliant! Well done!
Henning, 21.11.2002: I recently started using FreeMind and I'm rather delightet. After getting to known it, it immediately became one of my every-day-use-tools.
Joe, 20.1.2003: I downloaded Freemind several months ago and it has become a vital part of my daily activites. I am enormously grateful for the program.
Paul, 9.2.2003: What a splendid piece of work!
Tom, 13.2.2003: I appreciate version 6.1 very much. Having the DnD capability into and out of my emails has now made Freemind the source document for my management work. 6.1 is stable, simple and elegant in text, lines, and manipulation. I prefer such elegance to commercial versions because I have work to do, not time to make things look better. This is a superb complexity organizer.
I also use it at home to capture my martial arts learning as I head towards a black belt. I put in the basic movements and the katas or arranged groups of movements. I use that when I practice at home.
Perry, 10.4.2003: I have been using FreeMind for two or three months now, and find it totally indispensable! I simply can't say enough good things about how it has helped me get on top of an overwhelming workload. I've tried task managers and project managers ad-nauseam, and they are either too simplistic or too cumbersome.
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So you want to know what electronic press has to say about FreeMind? FreeMind has been reviewed in the following articles and blogs.
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This website also features the following pages.
Forums ~ Requests for enhancements ~ Import and export ~ Flash browser ~ FreeMindPDA ~ Freemind Win Collab ~ Sandbox ~ Documentation efforts ~ Plugins ~ Short patches ~ Tutorial effort ~ User.properties