Xmind is a multi-lingual and portable Open Source mind mapping software for various operating systems including Microsoft Windows, Linux and Apple Macintosh. The mind mapping software comes with an impressive set of features that enables you to produce professional looking mind maps in short time. Here is a short explanation of the mind mapping concept if you never came into contact with it before. A mind map is a diagram representing ideas and related words that center around one core idea or phrase.
It is widely used to write down all aspects of a research topic and put those aspects into relation. It could be about a company and all of its products, a website and its category or a tv series and its cast. Xmind can be used to create basic mind maps in minutes. It does come with advanced features that allow you to include images, relations, attachments, hyperlinks, notes, boundaries and structures in order to create advanced mind maps that can be used for presentations.
Xmind comes with the possibilities to share the mind map online but also enough options to export the mind map into another format like images, html or text. It is also possible to save the mind map as a template to reuse it for future projects.
There is only one negative aspect that has to be mentioned. The mind mapping software cannot be downloaded before the user creates an account on the website or uses OpenId to log in. Bugmenot lists two accounts (bugger/bugger) that can be used to download the software. Users who plan to upload their mind maps should create their own account to avoid running into troubles. If you only want to use the software locally you can use the bugger/bugger account to download the software.
Xmind is the right choice if you are looking for a professional mind mapping software. Chance is that your operating system and language is supported by this highly flexible software program.
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