Reviewing 0.9.0 Beta 13 (Sep 9, 2007)
I think that there's a solid niche for free, simple Mind-Mapping software. I almost gave it a "3" but there's not a lot of half-decent free Mindmapping software around.
Not everybody needs fancy features. However, it's been my experience that anybody committed to learning and using Mindmapping in general is willing to pay a bit for good software. Mindmapping will continue to catch on and many students will use it at a basic level for brainstorming, essay outlining etc.
Speaking as someone who has read several books and done many maps, I highly recommend starting with the definitive Tony Buzan book, some markers and a large sketch pad. You can likely Google for some good info, but the Tony Buzan Mindmapping book is the very best way to get into this. The book (which includes amazing study time management techniques) was incredible and helped me achieve the highest recorded mark in the history of my school in Electronics. Again, all I needed was they Tony Buzan book; what helped for mys school work (and personal life) was time managment and creating simple Mind Maps for outlining courses.
Reviewing 0.9.0 Beta 13 (Sep 8, 2007)
Although in Beta this program has won my mind! Works great and simple to use and above all its free.
Reviewing 0.9.0 Beta 13 (Sep 5, 2007)
Really hard to complain, because it's free and only 0.9, but it could use a lot of additions/fixes:
- outline mode
- outline import/export (from rtf/doc/open office format)
- better layout algorithm (options to draw the map) for really big maps
- better GUI interaction (less clicks, more direct manipulation)
Also expansion to concept mapping capabilities would be great, but alas, it is a mind mapping software.
The best free option available, imho, but not perfect.
For pay options like Inspiration have gone much further along the path and it shows (freemind developers could learn a trick or two from them).
Reviewing 0.9.0 Beta 12 (Jul 24, 2007)
a good program that i use. it is simple and easy to run. ( i will rate 5 when it goes to a final release )
Reviewing 0.9.0 Beta 12 (Jul 23, 2007)
Nowhere as good as MindManager, but still decent. If you can afford MindManager, get it. If you can't afford it, then get this program.
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