XMind Ltd. began developing its flagship mind mapping software as an open-source project in November, 2008. At the time, the idea of offering fully functional mind mapping program for free was a radical idea. But it turned out to be a very popular and easy way for people who were curious about mind mapping software to try it out.
For years, this blog has praised the program for its ease of use, which makes it a perfect program for first-time mind mappers to try.
Today, its developer is regarded as a leading supplier of mind mapping and brainstorming software, focused on delivering great user experiences. Its mission is to create the leading international mind mapping and brainstorming software that will run on all major platforms and raise users’ work efficiency.
XMind offers multiple types of map structures, for handling a wide variety of tasks. They include:
- Fishbone chart,
- Organizational chart,
- Logic chart, and
- Several creative map styles.
With these structures, you can visually organize causal relationships among complex ideas and events, make the in-depth comparative analysis possible and track milestones and schedules in chronological order. You can also combine multiple types of structures within a single map.
The product line
Today, XMind has millions of users worldwide, using four products:
XMind: The free open source version that offers basic functionality.
XMind Pro: A paid version that offers more features and functionality, including presentation mode and GANTT view. It also offers the Idea Factory, a brainstorming tool that helps users to record, collect and organize ideas.
Xmind: ZEN: A new product that represents a complete rewriting of the program’s code base. It offers improved font rendering, beautiful map themes, export to PDF, Evernote, Word and Excel, support for markdown and ZEN Mode, in which all the extra panels will automatically hide. This helps users concentrate on their mind maps.
XMind for iOS: This recently-launched app supports 16 diagram types, keyboard shortcuts, cross-platform synchronization and much more. An Android version is now undergoing beta testing.
Key product features
- Customize the map style
- 14 different map structures
- Brainstorming mode
- Presentation mode
- ZEN Mode (Only in XMind: ZEN)
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- Making work plans
- Taking notes
- Managing projects
- Delivering a presentation
XMind: ZEN: Subscription – US$27.99 for 6 months or US$129 for single-user license
XMind Pro 8: Single-user license – US$129
XMind Pro 8 + iOS: US$29.99 for 6 months
XMind iOS: US$9.99 for 6 months
Where can you learn more?
Welcome to the new developer profile article series from the Mind Mapping Software Blog. Its purpose is to give you a closer look at the companies that offer innovative visual thinking tools that can help you be more productive, creative and effective in your work. This is a sponsored blog post; it has been edited to ensure that it adheres to the high editorial standards of this blog and provides you with the greatest possible value.