Alternatives to FreeMind
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To achieve that which FreeMind offers, you can use variety of tools.
Mind mapping software
Free-as-in-freedom mind mapping programs:
Freeware though not free-as-in-freedom mind mapping programs:
Commercial mind mapping programs:
An alternative to FreeMind are note editors, especially tabbed ones and those featuring a tree-navigation for the notes in a left pane of the main window. Where note editors support rich text formatting, they do so much better than FreeMind 0.8.1, yet FreeMind 0.9.0 is trying to close the gap with its rich text editor.
Some note editors:
See also Category:Notetaking software at Wikipedia.
Text editor with Outline mode
Some text editors with an outline mode:
Outline mode enables you to fold headings and move complete "nodes" (chapters, sections, subsection) around, as well as changing the levels of the nodes. The convenience and speed of operation in the areas of restructuring, organizing, overviewing and adding items does not reach that of FreeMind, but on the other hand: if you already use one of these editors, you can avoid the extravagance of installing and learning to use a new tool and gain part of what FreeMind offers that way.
Text editor with Folding mode
Some text editors with a folding mode:
Folding mode achieves information hiding, but the overheads of using folding mode when compared to FreeMind are considerable.
See also Folding editor at Wikipedia.
Outliner is a program that enables editing of hierarchical bullet-formatted outlines. Some outliners allow attachment of notes to the items of the outline.
Compared to FreeMind, the two programs are rather rudimentary.
See also Outliner at Wikipedia.
Concept map editor
Unlike mind maps, concept maps are general graphs rather than trees. See also Concept mapping.
Presentation software can be used for drawing concept maps using boxes and connectors; compared to specialized software for concept maps, its edge is that it helps you keep low the number of pieces of software you have to learn to use.
See also Presentation program at Wikipedia.
Graphs, networks and a plethora of other types of diagrams can be drawn in diagramming software. Some instances follow.
See also free diagramming software.
See also diagramming software.