Freeplane is an off-shoot ( a ‘fork’ on software terms) of FreeMind. After a long period of working together to produce a great free mind mapping application, differences of view arose amongst the developers and Freeplane was born. It has since developed in a different way to FreeMind and is at present showing more activity, though FreeMind development continues.
Personally I prefer Freeplane and now use it in preference to FreeMind, I have this flagged as a “Fave” for that reason. But the differences are not great and I suggest anyone considering either should try both.
My experience so far is that Freeplane can open FreeMind (.mm) files and vice versa, though I have not done any stress testing and as this is an independent fork of FreeMind, there can be no guarantee that this will always be so.
Price: Free, open source
|This is flagged as a “Fave” because I use it from time to time, and appreciate the continued development.|
Top Picks are tools that are in the mainstream of mapping or are significant
because they have special attributes that you won’t easily find in other tools.