XMind Software

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About XMind

XMind is an idea management and mind mapping solution that helps businesses streamline operations related to brainstorming, data filtering, organization charting and more on a centralized platform. It lets team members utilize the built-in templates and clip arts to create custom mind maps based on individual preferences and requirements. XMind enables team members to collaborate on tasks by adding topic summaries, generating labels, creating annotations and leaving comments across specific mind maps. The Gantt chart functionality lets supervisors track start date, end date and overall progress across multiple projects. Additionally, it lets staff members record audio notes, filter data, merge specific maps, set up password protection and export data in SVG file fo...

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XMind User Reviews

OVERALL RATING

SECONDARY RATINGS

Ease-of-use

4.5

Value for money

4.5

Customer support

4

Functionality

4.5

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Michael

Company size: 2 - 10 employees

Time used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.

January 2022

Excellent if you don't need all the bells and whistles of top end mind mapping tools

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Julian

Verified reviewer

Company size: 2-10 employees

Industry: Publishing

Time used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
5

Ease-of-use

out of 5
5

Value for money

out of 5
5

Functionality

out of 5

June 2019

Great package for mind-mapping and planning your work

I use it for mind-mapping my articles, presentations, and books. It's a powerful simple tool for that. And can form the basis of a great Prezi layout if you use the clip art. Mostly I like that it's a fast way for me to scope and think about an article or book. I typically use the 4MAT model (as originally developed by Bernice McCarthy in 1980) which creates a 4 way mind-map, starting with WHY in the top right quadrant then WHAT in the lower right, HOW in the lower left and continuing clockwise to create a branch about IF? in the top left quadrant. The WHY is all about "Why should people read/know/care about this?", then WHAT is it that I want them to know/do/feel, and HOW do they do this, then finally the IF? is all about What if? What if I (the reader) do this and it works or doesn't work? What if the next step is ... ? What if it everyone knew/did/felt this? 'What if?' is designed to stimulate the thinking processes based on the Why, What, How of the article/book/presentation. 4MAT is a good process and worth learning more about. I start with these 4 trees on the mind-map but the results can cover hundreds of branches as each branch stimulates new ideas. Sometimes I also use it for building models for presentations. Other times for organizational charts or taxonomies. And sometimes I just data-dump a brainstorm of ideas for whatever I'm working on. The clip art and ability to use straight or curved lines, and format text as I like helps for communication also.

Pros

I've trialled or used a lot of mind mapping software and this is the one that I stick with. Mostly because it has two big criteria that I look for: 1. Ease of use - fast and intuitive 2. Flexibility - I can use a range of shapes and even the included clip art or my own images. I love that it's also available on IOS devices but so far, have been content to use it mostly on my Mac. I'm using XMind 8 Update 8 Pro via a license with Setapp (a subscription service that aggregates 200+ apps for $10/mth). I use enough of the Setapp utilities and apps that Xmind is basically free for me and that's just another big plus.

Cons

Nothing to dislike really. It ticks all the boxes for me. If anything, my main gripe would be that it's not as well known as some other software so it took me a while to find it. It was via the Setapp subscription that I first found it but it is now also in the Apple App Store.

Debbie

Company size: 1 employee

Industry: Marketing and Advertising

Time used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
5

Ease-of-use

out of 5
5

Functionality

out of 5

October 2021

Fabulous for Capturing and Organizing Ideas and Processes

XMind is where I keep all my strategic plans in mind map format. It's hugely helpful for me to have a visual record of what I'm planning and how far I've got with the implementation. My mind maps include several which detail action steps, as well as different ones for specific strategies and tactics. Once I have a mind map, I have a route to follow, and it helps me to avoid spending time on distractions. Mind maps keep me focused and XMind is so easy to use that I don't resist making plans, writing them down, and getting them done.

Pros

I love that XMind is so easy to use and yet so powerful. I remember thinking that it was very intuitive when I first tried it out, and as I use it more and more, I'm discovering that it's also surprisingly powerful. I like that it's very quick to jot down my ideas and move them around to make them fit more logically into a sequence. I use the XMind Pro version which also offers a brainstorming feature which I use for catching all my thoughts before I know exactly how I want to organize them. Once I've figured that out, it's easy to move my ideas into the mind map. This is great for the way I work because I have so many thoughts and ideas and now I have a way to corral them until I can use them. The presentation mode is very helpful, too, when I want to showcase only a part of the mind map for a client meeting, for instance. I can turn various sections of my mind map into slides which makes a large mind map much more manageable when it comes to explaining what I've been working on. I also love that it comes with a Gantt Chart display which I can use to assign all the tasks on my mind map to team members, complete with deadlines and priorities.

Cons

There are two versions of XMind - the Pro which is desktop-based, and XMind 2021 which also includes a mobile version. The two versions are slightly different in their functions and which one you choose depends very much on your needs. In my case, I wanted various aspects of both versions - the presentation mode, the brainstorming mode and the mobile mode and that combination means that I would have needed to buy both versions which is frustrating. In the end I went for XMind 8 Pro and am happy with it.

Benoit

Company size: 5,001-10,000 employees

Industry: Luxury Goods & Jewelry

Review Source: Capterra

This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
3

Ease-of-use

out of 5
1

Value for money

out of 5
1

Customer support

out of 5
4

Functionality

out of 5

June 2021

Très mauvais logiciel !!! NE PAS TELECHARGER !

Exécrable !

Pros

A un très gros potentiel, c'est vraiment dommage qu'il soit impossible de sauvegarder ses informations.

Cons

Beaucoup trop d'instabilité (perte de sauvegardes, de données, d'images, etc) ! Ce logiciel ne permet pas de créer de véritable carte mentale professionnelle comme indiqué dans les publicités. Je déconseille très très fortement ! Impossible de l'utiliser de manière correct ! C'est une vraie honte que de vendre ce logiciel comme étant un outil de travail alors que sa capacité d'utilisation véritable ne dépasse pas Paint !

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Clarwin

Verified reviewer

Time used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra

This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
4

Ease-of-use

out of 5
5

Value for money

out of 5
4

Customer support

out of 5
5

Functionality

out of 5

April 2018

Perfect for Brainstorming and Organizing Ideas

xMind is a very useful application for brainstorming, organizing, and connecting ideas. Great ideas happen all the time inside your marvelous brain. But often and rather very quickly, these ideas fly away and are forgotten. Pen and paper works, but a digital version of mindmapping will help a lot with extra features (e.g., auto-arrange, backup, themes, gantt-chart view, presentation, easy sharing, etc.)

Pros

Mindmapping helps me to be creative, to organize and connect my ideas into an easily readable format. xMind has been my go-to mindmapping software for this. I'm using version 8, and it has a much better UI (than other similar apps). The Pro features like Gantt-Chart helps me to use it for Project Implementations. The Walk-through (Presentation Mode) is great for presentation during meetings. It also allows to export to multiple formats like Jpg, pdf, etc. Also, backup using xMind Cloud works great for backup and easy sharing. There are many pre-installed themes to make your mindmaps look formal or fun, or colorful, etc. There are similar apps which are Cloud-based, but I prefer to have xMind, which is installed locally and available for use offline (since I'm not always connected to the Internet).

Cons

I'm using xMind on a Macbook, but it seems that up to now, smooth scrolling is not yet fixed by their devs. This has been brought up since 2014 (you may Google it) but still not supported. It's a shame because for me, Mac has the best touch pad/scrolling. On the other hand, I've used xMind in Windows and it scrolls smoothly using the trackpad/mouse with no problems.

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