How to Choose the Best Mind Map SoftwareCindy
Do you apply mind mapping into your life? What mind map software do you use? At present, a number of mind map software are on the application market, covering free and paid ones. What functions do you want? Which platform do you need? Where are the mind maps saved? Before making a final decision of your choice, think twice about your original needs, budgets, and objectives. Read this blog to see how to choose the mind map software that suits you best.
Free Mind Map Software
There are many free mind map software available on the application market. However, like girls may spend days shopping for a suitable dress, it takes time and patience to choose the best mind map software.
Online or Desktop
In addition to figuring out operating systems the software supports, it’s essential to confirm that you want to create mind maps online or on the desktop. This is an important factor in filtering mind map software of your preference. Online mind map tools are web-based and are convenient to make, store, collaborate and share mind maps. The blemish is that if the Internet speed is not fast, it may work slow in loading images, symbols and clip arts or response tardily to some commands.
Some free mind map software does work well such as Edraw MindMaster is a good choice to make basic mind maps. However, to attract more software buyers, some mind map software claims to be free while luring you to pay. To make sharing and collaboration convenient, mind map software would provide users with cloud service. Some cloud solutions attract you in with free basic versions but charge for advanced functions you may use later. With monthly subscription fee accumulated, it’s more cost-effective to buy a lifetime license at one-off payment. Edraw MindMaster offers perpetual license buyers lifetime support and upgrades.
Device & Operating System
As the saying goes, “Cut your coat according to your cloth.” Some mind map software claims to support iPad and tablet PC, even mobile phones. However, such solutions are not far enough to satisfy the criteria of standard computer applications when putting into use. Making mind maps is a thing that displays various items in the whole picture. When it comes to overview a mind map in full screen, iPad and tablet PC are not big enough for average-sized mind maps, not even mention mobile phones. This can definitely hurt your feeling and result in disappointment when making mind maps on these devices. In addition, if your computer runs on Mac system, then add “for Mac” in your keywords when searching the Internet. Figure out operating system support you need at the beginning can save much time.
Needs and Objectives
In my view, it’s not 100% wise to choose tablets as a platform making mind maps. However, a piece of good news is that some mind map software provides users with iPad, tablet PC and cellphone solutions where they can open mind map documents made by desktop applications. Think clear whether you truly need this function or not. Notice that some iPad and tablet PC mind mapping applications are not seriously developed but simply wrapped from online versions. Few of such apps work well because of unwell-matched screen proportion and shortcuts.
Paid Mind Map Software
If you need to collaborate with others in using mind maps, then a paid mind mapping tool can certainly work out. Compare not only the price but comprehensive factors. For example, it costs $376.92 to buy a perpetual license of MindManager 2018 for Windows, but only $193.32 for Mac. Have you ever considered why? The reason is MindManager works better on Windows than on Mac. The same happens to cracked software. Think over when prices of the same product differ greatly.
If you’ve decided to pay, stay patient to test the mind map software you’ve downloaded in the trial. Here is a useful checklist when evaluating mind mapping software: