Tool for creation of mind maps.
is a free as well as open source software application that supports thinking, sharing information and getting things done at work, in school and at home.
The program can be used for mind mapping and analyzing the information included in mind maps. Freeplane
runs on any operating system that has a current version of Java installed. It can be run locally or portably from removable storage like a USB drive.
supports much more than classic static mind mapping. This really is illustrated by the mind map Application areas on the right which summarizes the kind of jobs supported by Freeplane
. Click on the hyperlink below the image to navigate the map. Read the node called Caption to find out the best way to navigate the map and unhide hidden information. And click the node Demonstration creating a map to see how easy it's to make a map.
In the center of the map Application areas you see an elliptical form which contains the essential topic (root node) of the map. Extending from it are branches with subtopics (child nodes). At the border you see free topics which are independent of the root-tree. All topics may be formatted or styled and can include text, hyperlinks, pictures and more; and might be connected with labelled lines or arrows. Additionally a issue (node) can signify hidden information which reveals when the user desires it or can be automatically executed (formula). Or content can be password protected or connected to a particular time or filter.
It's possible to define your own add-ons to Freeplane
using the built in scripting language Groovy. Check page Add-ons_(install) for programs other users have made and are sharing with you. The user can be downloaded and installed with a simple mouse click. Instructons are available in case you'd like to make your own addons. With Freeplane
and groovy it's more easy than you might imagine.
As soon as you have a mind map you might need to use and present it. RoAn-Presentation provides a mixture of mind mapping with Powerpoint- and Prezi like presentation, using automatic filtering and zooming. Stepping the presentation not only unfolds nodes, but in addition displays hidden details, centers the current node and much more. In short it supports traversing a mind map, taking over abundant clicking from the user.
The maps that you've created can be exported in PNG, JPEG, PDF, SVG, MILLIMETER, HTML, XHTML and XSLT format
Creating mind maps is free with Freeplane
, plus it's very simple.
Download and install Freeplane
safely and without concerns.
Freeplane highlights and features:
Note taking with freely positionable, unconnected nodes (post-its)
Ordering ideas (nodes) into a hierarchy connected by lines (borders)
Classifying nodes with metadata (attributes) and style types (system styles, user defined styles, degree styles)
Grouping nodes with visual containers (clouds) and accolade (summary node)
Connecting nodes with dynamic links, free lines (connectors) and labels
Automatically styling nodes (with a bubble, color, border type, etc.) according to hierarchical degree and content (conditional designs, automatic border color, level designs)
Structuring nodes in regard to content (text, scientific formula, calculation, icon, image and hyperlink) and presentation area (core, details, notes, attributes, images and tooltip)
Changing perspectives by hiding content (folding branches, filtering, roll-up of details and hiding extensions in tooltip), finding, scrolling and navigating
Tasking with calendar and reminders
Password protecting of whole map and of individual nodes with DES encryption
Ease of use with inline- and dialog editors, object oriented main menu, context menus, multi-language support, spell checker, properties panel, drag& drop functionality, hot keys, options for batch execution, publishing, sharing and selectable preferences
Approximate Search (similarity search) which allows to find search terms in a text, even if there isn't any precise match (e.g. "set up" = "set up" or "flie" = "file")
Support for LaTeX formulae underneath/in nodes
Simple extension of functionality with add-ons and home made script.