FreeMind Review – Totally Free Open Source Brainstorming ToolSubrina
FreeMind is an amazing brainstorming and open source based free mind map tool. Programmed in Java for cross-platform portability, FreeMind is licensed under GNU General Public License so that you have an option of using Microsoft Windows, Linux and Mac OS systems with Java Runtime Environment. It owns users from almost all fields including business, education, government, etc. who can create idea generation, language learning, presentation making, brainstorming, task management based mind maps.
FreeMind is designed to operate with Mac OS, Windows, and Linux systems.
Totally free software without any further fees for licensing.
- Fast one-click navigation
- Export of map to HTML
- Smart copying and pasting
- Compatible with Windows, Linux, and Mac
- Folding branches
- Graphical links connecting nodes
- Basic icons on nodes
Simple Style Ribbon
FreeMind has quite an intuitive interface with a simple style ribbon. You can see it clearly that each function has a drop-down menu which contains basic file function under File, Edit, View, Insert, Format, Navigate, Tool, Maps, and Helps menus. Under Map menu, there are three unique modes – Browse mode, MindMap mode and File mode which can be shifted quickly to each other. Many fundamental operating functions are shown under those menus appearing with visual icons.
Left Sidebar – Emoticons
When opening the software, you can see emoticons which are listing on the left sidebar. Those emoticons include categories of punctuation marks, numbers, emotions, flags, and other representative symbols.
Bottom of FreeMind shows two views of this mind, you can click to shift to different views. The default view is layout view which can be shown while in HTML code view, you can see the detailed codes.
Pros & Cons
Every coin has two sides, so does FreeMind. Now let us check the advantages and disadvantages of FreeMind.
- Maps can be published on a website.
- It is totally free.
- Fast operating speed.
- Simple user interface.
- Lack emoticon materials.
- Not easy to change the format.
- No theme plan and layout plan.
- Do not allow you to import graphics.
Frankly speaking, we think FreeMind is proper for a green hand of mind mapping and users who do not pay more attention to the design of maps. It is easy to note down ideas and organize them into mind maps. However, if you are an expert, you could not use FreeMind for drawing a more exquisite map.