Edraw MindMaster Review: Free Mind Map Software for Mac, Windows and LinuxCindy
Released in October 2017, Edraw MindMaster suddenly rises as a new force in mind mapping software. At first it was taken as a nobody and now has raised the attention of some well-known mind mappers. The free version has already received good reputation from users all over the world.
- Windows: Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10
- Mac: Mac OS X 10.8 and later
- Linux: Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora
Edraw MindMaster offers free version and pro version. The free version is powerful enough to meet common demands of mind map users. The pro version offers advanced functionalities for heavy users – export mind maps into editable Word, PPT, Excel and PDF files, generate Gantt Chart from the mind map, set rainbow color, traverse topics in presentation mode, export and print slides, numerous clip arts, more theme types and hand-drawn style. The pricing plans of Pro version are as follow:
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$5 for 1 month, $28 for 6 months, $48 for 12 months.
The UI of MindMaster is similar to that of MS Office software, making it easy for beginners to start mind mapping in no time. Besides, different from traditional mind mapping tools that have monotonous skin, MindMaster have three interface themes so that you can switch between white, light gray and dark gray. One more sweet functionality in its UI is that a quick color strip is placed below the canvas so that you can set the fill color and line color in a quick action.
Exciting news came that Edraw MindMaster is not only available for Mac and Windows users but also perfectly compatible with Linux system. Linux users don’t need to worry about the real effect. It’s totally the same as that in Mac and Windows.
Abundant Built-in Resources
It has to be mentioned that Edraw MindMaster Pro offers massive fine built-in vector templates and clip arts covering various fields such as animal, business, education, fashion, festival, food, nature, people, social life, media, sports technology, transportation, and social life etc. These premade clip arts save you much time searching the Internet for suitable visual elements. Mindmap beginners can make full use of these resources to gain inspirations and mapping skills in layout and color matching.
Advanced Presentation Modes
The functionality of auto-creating slides in one click is convenient for users who are not good at making slides and save them much time. This software auto-creates slides by disassembling your mind map into separate branches. If you hope to display the whole picture at any time, you can choose the traverse presentation mode to highlight certain parts- either traverse topics or traverse branches.
Professional Gantt View
For people in the role of project planning and task management, Gantt chart is a necessary and essential tool in displaying the work breakdown structure. With Edraw MindMaster, after adding tasks in a mind map, you can switch to Gantt view to track task progress. Task information is also editable in Gantt mode.
Pros & Cons
- Perfectly compatible with Mac, Windows and Linux.
- Massive fine built-in mind map templates and clip art libraries.
- Offer free version.
- Import files of MindManager and Xmind.
- Nice options in theme, design and presentation.
- Can’t grab the map (using the mouse) to move it around as a means of navigating the content.
- Not available for mobile devices.