Mindmeister is an excellent online mind-mapping tool which allows users to brainstorm and organise plans and ideas.

Mindmeister homepage 

Mindmeister provides users with the ability to create a mind map by dragging and dropping elements around the screen, adding and deleting new branches, while the finished maps can be shared with others. Very intuitive it is - nicely executed.

Launched earlier this year, Mindmeister is free to use, though it does have a number of subscription options. The paid-for packages unlock advanced features for subscribers, such as the ability to collaborate. Subs start from about $50 a year.

Mind map

There is of course some competition. Bubbl.us is another, similar mind mapping tool which is completely free to use, though it lacks some of the premium features of Mindmeister, and the latter is slightly easier to pick up. Mashable has a list of around 30 other competitors

Mindmeister, based in Germany, has also launched an offline version of the tool (still in beta) that allows you to create maps anywhere and update changes onto your account when you are back online.

Graham Charlton

Published 14 November, 2007 by Graham Charlton

Graham Charlton is the former Editor-in-Chief at Econsultancy. Follow him on Twitter or connect via Linkedin or Google+

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Comments (2)


Vornamen Tommy

The whole idea of a mind map is, that you take the time to design it yourself. Thus, using a software tool to simplify and shorten the process, contradicts the basic idea.
(BTW, your Captchas are REALLy hard to read...)

over 10 years ago


Tim Leighton-Boyce, Analyst at CxFocus

I use the free version for collaborating with clients. We've never tried this in real time, but we're certainly able to view and edit maps (and track the changes, of course -- very useful) with the free one. There is a tight limit on the number of maps, though. That's the main incentive to upgrade for me.

over 10 years ago

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