What are the free / open source mind mapping softwares available
A mind map is a great tool to brainstorm, visualize and classify ideas or concepts. There are two kinds of mind-mapping software available – online and desktop application. I researched through the various online mind-mapping software but found them to be lacking and NOT free enough to be considered as a free solution for this blog. So until I find a mind-mapping online service which is as good as the desktop applications available out there, I will concentrate only with the desktop applications. Here is a list of alternative mind-mapping software:
Freemind: Freemind is my favorite mind-mapping software. Not because I have really compared it with others, but because I was introduced to this software a few years ago and am so used to it. The features it provides are probably the most I would ever need. It is written in java, hence it is cross-platform and is available on windows and any other ‘nix environment. Released under GPL
VYM (View Your Mind): VYM is written in java so is slated to be platform independent. However, currently it is not available for windows, but is available for MacOSX, Linux, OpenSuse etc. Released under GPL
VUE (Visual Understanding Environment): VUE, an open source project started at Tufts University is focused on providing tools for teaching, learning and research. Apart from standard mind-maps vue also offers extensive features such as – Arranging content inside a node for presentation, in-depth exploration, interactive zoom, tagging of nodes etc. This is a great tool for teachers/researchers and even presenters. Written in Java, the tool is cross-platform and available for download for windows and various ‘nix platforms. View is distributed under Educational Community License v2.0.
XMind: Xmind is another great open source software for creation of mind-maps. It comes with a great feature though, it offers the possibility to upload mind maps and then download them. So although you dont get the freedom to create the maps online on the fly, you may use it to keep your maps updated online. It is licensed under GPL.