Open Source Mind Mapping

Open Source Mind Mapping is an innovative new concept in mind mapping software development, integrating the very best in educational research with current trends in the development of web-based information technology.

While brainstorming sessions have proven useful in the past, they are pointless when the ideas shared are forgotten a week later. No one wants to waste their time; you need a tool that keeps your team’s concepts at the forefront. Open Source Mind Mapping makes it easy to create, edit and share brainstorming sessions online.

Compendium

Compendium is a free and open source mind mapping software that CogNexus developed for making large scale mind map structures. This software supports both individual and group workspace. The latest version of Compendium is 1.7.1.  Right from launching Compendium to completing a mind map, the user interface of this software is easy and interactive. It is available for free under GNU lesser general public license (LGPL). 

Compendium mind mapping sofwtare

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    Features:

  • Create mind maps in collaboration with team members with the option to editing each other’s input
  • Drag and drop documents and websites into a map
  • Users can  label the connections between concepts to illustrate links
  • Display links between everyone’s ideas in group projects through dialogue maps
  • Establish a link between idea and information
  • Create different types of nodes (topic box) by dragging the icon from the toolbar
  • Overlay a map on top of the image and add graphics and notes
  • Scribble pad to scribble on the workspace
  • Add comments, notes, annotations to the nodes.

Wisemapping

Wisemapping is a free and open source mind mapping software that can be used by individuals, professionals, businesses, and educators to make embeddable mind maps.  It can be installed on your local servers, and its license is completely free. It is a Java-based software that provides both private and public workspace. Users can have their own mind maps and the shared maps with teams separately. It supports Windows, Linux, Mac (Open source version) and can also be accessed online ( in its cloud version).

Wise mapping software

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    Features:

  • Topic creator and editor
  • Team collaboration on mind maps is allowed. Simultaneously you and your team can work on a single workspace.
  • Export in PDF, SVG, and other image formats
  • Drag and drop functionality for inserting images, icons, etc. to your map from the desktop
  • Recover map history to see all previous changes
  • Customize text size, formats and background style
  • Add and expand branches radially in various formats
  • Add color to the topic boxes 
  • Add borders and color borders
  • Add icons, emojis to the map to make it more engaging.

Bubbl.us (Web)

free mind mapping tools
  • It has a full change history feature so you can preview and edit your map anytime.
  • Can save to image or HTML.
  • For small businesses only.

Another tool that is a great resource to arrange your ideas is Bubbl.us. It has tabs ribbon that shows you the list of all the currently opened mind maps on the interface. With countless concepts, you’ll surely find the perfect visual aid for your idea. Moreover, its premium version offers unlimited mind maps, a real-time collaboration, history revision for your mind maps.

MINDMASTER

MindMaster is a versatile, user-friendly, and professional mind mapping tool. Available on multiple platforms, including PC, tablet, mobile, and web, you can create mind maps and access them from each platform. With this excellent collaborative mind mapping tool, working with teammates has never been easier.

 FREEMIND.SOURCEFORGE

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.

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  1. Semantik

Semantik is a free and open source mind mapping software application designed to help individuals and teams create effective mind maps. It was first developed in 2005 and was named Kdissert. Later the name was changed to Semantik. This further assists in making reports and presentations. Semantik is free under the GPL V3 license. It is an ideal mind mapping software tool for businesses, teachers, students, creative users, and project managers.

Semantik mind mapping software

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    Features:

  • Create mind maps using linear views
  • Simply and interactive UI
  • Covert mind maps into documents and presentations
  • Insert image, picture, table, and diagrams
  • Create UML diagrams and flowcharts
  • Supports HTML, LaTex, Openoffice document formats
  • Export the document in PNG or PDF format
  • Command-line tools for document export
  • In Semantik mind maps can be edited in 2D format or flat tree format
  • Add texts and attachments to the maps.

Coggle (Web, Android, iOS)

free mind map apps
  • Can add Mathematical formulae.
  • Can export .mm and text.
  • Cannot combine maps.

Coggle offers a structured and interactive way of making mind maps quickly and easily as its interface shows a list of handy shortcuts for editing purposes. One great point is you can share it with others to give different levels of access to your map. Moreover, you may also set permission to your collaborative group into an organization, by individuals, and on a private link.

 LUCIDCHART

Flowchart Maker & Online Diagram Software. Lucidchart is your solution for visual communication. Online flowcharts, diagrams, UML sketches, and ER models have never been easier. Start a free trial today!

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Mindmeister

Mindmeister is a free mind mapping software that comes with an advanced mind mapping editor. It is a web-based online mapping tool that can be used for brainstorming, project planning, and note-taking. It works with Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. Its free version has limited features with a maximum of 3 free mind maps allowed. For more features, one has to switch to its personal, pro, or business plan.

mindmeister mind mapping software

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     Features:

  • Create a structure for idea with notes and attachments
  • All maps safely get stored in the cloud
  • Choose map mode and chart layout from pre-built templates, and charts
  • Customize chart with beautiful themes, fonts, icons, background images, and format
  • Share and collaborate with other team members
  • Assign tasks on the workspace to collaborators and set deadlines
  • Convert map into a stunning presentation in one click 
  • Add notes, links, icons, images, and videos to map
  • See map building history and revert changes if required
  • Import and export text and images in various formats
  • Upload attachment from Google Drive and Dropbox platforms.

Conclusion

Open source Mapping is the best mind mapping software you will ever find on the Internet. Free, easy to use and flexible – it is a great place for ideas to grow.

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