Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Top 5 Mind Mapping Tools

I really enjoyed mind mapping done on the white paper but now you can do the mind mapping using the tools. I have tried to give very high level comparison of some of the good tools. Hope it will help you to make the choice.

FREEMIND:

Pros:
Keyboard Shortcuts are awesome.
Images can be added.
User interface is quite simple.

Cons:
Consume lots of your RAM.
Limited Node customization options.
Java Runtime needed.


XMIND:

Pros:
Hyperlink Support
Can import the FREEMIND and MIND MANAGER maps.

Cons:
Spreadsheet format is useless.
100MB for installation


VUE:

Pros:
Images can be added.
Convert Mindmap into video or presentation.

Cons:
Java Runtime needed.
Consume lots of your RAM.
Complex Configuration.


EDRAW MIND MAP:

Pros:
Lots of clipboards
Can download more images from online help

Cons:
Format is not flexible


MINDGENIUS:

Pros:
Export to PDF, Image, MS Word, Powerpoint and MS Project.
Readily available tempaltes.

Cons:
Too high on price.
Can not import Mindgenius map into other freely available tools.



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