Video: Freemind vs SimpleMind

Last updated: October 19, 2013

FreeMind is a premier free mind-mapping software written in Java. The recent development has hopefully turned it into high productivity tool. We are proud that the operation and navigation of FreeMind is faster than that of MindManager because of one-click "fold / unfold" and "follow link" operations.
SimpleMind is the world leader in cross platform Mind Mapping tools. Analyze your thoughts and structure them with SimpleMind. The unique free lay-out allows you to organize your ideas exactly how you want it.

SimpleMind was updated more recently than Freemind:

12.11.17. SimpleMind adds contact links and PDF bookmarks import



Mind mapping service SimpleMind announced some new improvements in its Pro version. First is Adding links to contacts that's available on iPad/ iPhone, Android and Mac. It allows to link mind map item to contact in you prone, email or other contact lists. Besides SimpleMind Pro can now import the table of contents of a .pdf on Dropbox on Google Drive. SimpleMind creates a new topic for each bookmark with a link back to that page in the .pdf. This requires an official Table of Contents in the .pdf.


2017. Freemind - free MindNode alternative



FreeMind is an open source mind-mapping software that competes with MindNode and other similar solutions. FreeMind uses the familiar system of points (or nodes, as they're known in FreeMind) branching out from a central topic, with further nodes splitting off each of these. However, FreeMind really comes into its own with its click-and-drag interface for quick editing, plus HTML support that makes sharing and navigating your maps a piece of cake. It's easy to use, with quick keyboard shortcuts for common tasks like creating new nodes and applying formatting to keep everything organized.  It looks a little dated, and its system of menus is cumbersome, but take a little time to master its shortcuts and you'll find that it's an extremely useful little tool for planning projects, revising for exams, or sparking new ideas.