XMind Review – Open Source Mind Mapping TechniqueSubrina
XMind, put forward by XMind Ltd in 2006, performs well in mind mapping field. It has a big crowd of users all over the world. Not only does it provide users functions in creating mind mapping but also offers open source. XMind aims to be the top cross-platform idea generation and brainstorming mind map software for Windows, Mac, and Linux to help users boost efficiency. It is widely used for project management, brainstorming, concept management, meeting minutes taking, and business management and so on.
XMind Pro is a cross-platform software which supports operating on Mac, Windows, Linux, and iOS system. There is a new beta version named XMind Zen which is compatible with Windows 7+ (64-bit) system.
For XMind new product XMind Zen, it is a freeware which can now be used under Windows system. The latest XMind 8 is still free for users to have basic functions. As for XMind 8 Plus, it adds functions of customizing theme and export to image and MS Office integration so that it costs $79. While XMind 8 Pro has the full version for powerful functions like more resources and presentation mode, task management mode, audio notes, 60,000+ icons, etc. It is 20 dollars higher than 8 Plus version with a discount.
Two special discounts are set for academia usage and non-profit government usage. For academic users, you only need to pay $59 to get an XMind 8 Pro version while for government and non-profit uses, only $64.5 can help you get an 8 Pro version.
- Classify inspirations in Idea Factory by groups.
- Convert Mind Maps to Gantt Charts.
- Decorate mind maps with new clip art library.
- Office Integration.
- Offer powerful inserting toolbox.
- Walk Through and Slide-based presentation modes.
- Collaborate with Evernote.
- Support Local Network Sharing.
- Offer four structures including Fishbone chart, Matrix, Timeline, and Org chart.
The interface of XMind is quite different from the main free mind map tool trend – MS Office style. There are not several detailed icons on the ribbon but on the top drop-down menu and right side panel. The right-side panelists 8 functions, outline view, formatting, image libraries, markers, theme, notes, comments, and task information respectively. Except for the right side panel, almost all the detailed functions are under the top drop-down menu. The markers function is available for XMind 8 free version which contains several exquisite task-based icons. It makes your mind map attractive.
Pros & Cons
XMind is a great software as it is open source with different plans of usage. But we still need to dig out the obvious advantages and disadvantages of your reference.
- Support open source mind mapping freeware.
- Fresh user interface.
- Functions are powerful.
- Support cloud sync between devices.
- Bad experience with Mac system.
- Very slow in operation.
- It takes a long time to get used to because of its complexity.
- Cloud synchronization is buggy.
- Lack of team collaboration function.
XMind is certainly the outstanding mind mapping software in mind mapping fields. More improvements on programming will contribute to gain more market shares. For people who are fond of designing mind maps with software, you can have a try to judge whether it is suitable or not.