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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?
Did FreeMind make you angry? Write a complaint.
The version 0.8.0 of FreeMind released in 2005 does not work with Java 6; please use Java 1.4.2 or Java 5.
To run FreeMind, do one of the following.
Getting a taste of FreeMind
You can view maps created with FreeMind now, the only thing you need is Java 1.4 installed; just click one of the following links:
If you wonder how the maps exported by FreeMind into HTML look like, follow:
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 a free software, licenced under GPL - GNU General Public License. Basically, that means that you are free to use FreeMind to whatever you want without paying for that, and that any code derived from current FreeMind's code must also be licenced under GPL. FreeMind is also open source software.
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.
Rich, 14.4.2004: First off, congratulations on a truly awesome application with a fantastically intuitive interface... I thought I'd spend 10 minutes evaluating it but I had so much fun I ended up playing for hours - I even missed lunch!
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.
See more of positive reactions on Thank you for the music forum.
So you want to know what electronic press has to say about FreeMind? FreeMind has been reviewed in the following articles and blogs.
See more at marketing page.
This website also features the following pages.
Forums ~ Requests for enhancements ~ Import and export to other applications ~ Flash browser ~ FreeMindPDA ~ Freemind Win Collab ~ Sandbox ~ Documentation efforts ~ Plugins ~ Short patches ~ Tutorial effort ~ User.properties