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Last updated: February 01, 2019

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The Most Popular Mind Mapping Tool. Millions of people use XMind to clarify thinking, manage complex information, run brainstorming and get work organized. Unlike most alternatives XMind is an open source project, which means it's free to download and free to use forever. XMind Plus/Pro with more professional features are also available.

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Recent XMind news:

01.02.19. XMind adds audio-notes

Taking notes in meeting or lecture can be a bit of challenge, not mention making mind maps. XMind's new Audio Note for sure is an effective way to solve this task. Different from images, context, Audio Note consists of Recordings. It can be any topic to sync with text on mind maps, elaborating further on correspondent topics. The input efficiency is the key for making mind maps, especially on mobile devices. Inspiration is always fleeting, and an instant capture is a cure. XMind developers added Audio Note on XMind for iOS, and improved input efficiency greatly. Later on, Apple also implements similar interaction on iOS 12.

2018. XMind ZEN features new engine and new designed themes

The new version XMind ZEN is built on a new engine which possesses powerful extending functions and graphics performance that truly stand out. By the rendering from SVG, all the elements in a mind map go to perfects, including lines, themes, diagrams. XMind ZEN has 30 all new designed themes, fully satisfied various kinds of scenarios no matter you are a student or a businessman. With these artful themes, you can create beautiful and professional mind maps with ease. Also, 89 original stickers will bring more elements and vivid expression for your map. The new ZEN Mode helps you stay focused on what matters most, your thoughts. In this mode, the only thing you can do is focusing on what is on your mind and draw it. The interface is clear and simple, without any distractions and interference. We believe, focusing is about saying no, when you really need concentration, less is more.

2017. XMind Cloud gets a new look and feel

XMind Cloud, the online mind mapping tool, which allows you to access, view, and edit your mind maps wherever you go, gets a major update with great new features and huge improvements.  With a simple click you can add markers, notes and hyperlinks. With a new simple and intuitive UI, you should find it simple and efficient to do what you want. With greatly improved performance this new release speeds up the file loading time, thus increases your work efficiency and improves your mind mapping experience enormously. The new Trash folder allows to recover deleted files easily.

2016. XMind 8 adds a slide-based presentation

The new version of mind-mapping software XMind. XMind 8 has a new look and feel. When editing, you can quickly open, close and switch views with just one click. This option increases your work efficiency and improves your mind mapping experience enormously. With the new slide-based presentation, creating, presenting and sharing presentations become easier than ever before. Just select the target topic and click the plus button and a new slide will be created automatically. With the new clip arts, you can make a more intuitive mind map. The developers also added an assortment of ready-made and useful mind map templates. It’s easy for anyone to create beautiful mind maps using XMind.

2016. XMind launches mind-mapping Cloud

The new version of popular mind-mapping software XMind 7.5 comes with XMind Cloud. XMind Cloud makes it easier than ever to automatically sync files across multiple Mac/PCs. According to the developers, it's fast, secure, and easy-to-use. Online viewing and editing in browser is also awesome (according to them). And you get 1 GB of cloud storage space. In order to simplify the sharing process, XMind 7.5 offers an improved sharing feature which enables you to share your mind maps directly on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

2015. XMind 7 gets a brand new UI and new features

Mind mapping software XMind 7 brings dozens of powerful new features and significant improvements. A new Home Panel and toolbar with modified large icons, a clearer style of windows, a fresher form of Properties view, re-designed tab bars, and refined markers and clip art library, are a few of the many features that constitute the powerful XMind. It features an intuitive and unique way to show detailed information, where the Information Card under every topic allows you to show or hide labels, notes, hyperlinks and tasks. Timeline, a new structure, is introduced in XMind 7 allows to display a list of events in chronological order and a variety of trends for a subject.  Now you can also add/modify task info directly in Gantt Chart view, including start/end date, assignee, priority and progress. You may send your inspirations within an XMind file to colleagues or friends to ask for their comments.

2014. XMind adds Brainstorming Mode

XMind released the new version of its mind mapping software XMind 6. The most important new feature is Brainstorming Mode that allows to focuse on the quantity, not the quality. The tool called Idea Factory allows to record and collect inspirations further and faster. A timer stays to let us control the session time. The night mode decreases light and protects your eyes in a dark room. Full-screen and a stress-free scene, here, makes you take all attention on capturing the inspiration and sparkles in your mind. Now, you can also save XMind files into Evernote, export tasks  to Microsoft Project, ODF, list your topics by markers and by labels, edit themes in the advanced Theme Editor.

2013. XMind allows local network sharing of mind-maps

XMind 2013 official version is finally ready now. It added 10 new templates, like Six Thinking Hats, Travel Plan, Negotiation of Sales, and etc. The new feature - local network sharing allows to share mind maps by one clicking, review teammates’ mind maps in one place and download the selected XMind files for further editing. Brand new Export feature allows to export XMind file to SVG (in vector) and spreadsheet. The files can now be organized and managed in a better way. Also, you can use the “reduce file size” feature to delete the revisions and preview images quickly.

2010. XMind adds new mind-map views

XMind today announced the new version of its mind-mapping tool XMind 2010, packed with great new features including New TaskInfo view, Home Map setting, Overview View, French language support, Spanish language support, Office 2010 support on Windows, Unlisted Sharing, Fit Map and Brand new Gallery — all combined in this most powerful XMind. This new version also features up to the most stable XMind and brings hundreds of improvements and fixed bugs.

2009. XMind gets powerful search and sorting tools

XMind, a leader in mind mapping, visual thinking and collaboration software, today announced XMind 3.1, a major release of its award-winning product. New XMind will be more accessible to a broader audience and more powerful for professional users. Default Theme, now makes it easy to use your favorite theme and even your own designed theme in new maps. Brainstorming Mode, help you get sparkles easily and save more time. Powerful Search, now works among all workbooks, which means you can fast find out useful information in all open XMind files. Relative Link, lets XMind be able to your assistant to manage files better. Export to PDF(Map), offers another option to share our maps with the world. Sorting Topics, helps us review the whole plan handily. Enhanced spellchecker, could be our great assistant in work. It not only tell us which is wrong, but also what the right is. Another good news is that we can add our own dictionary file(.dict) into XMind.