What is the best tool for making mind maps?

I'm looking for an mind map maker with the ability to attach notes and documents.
Lawrence NingCo-founder, Data Scientist · Edited

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MindMeister

Create and share mind maps on mobile devices or the Web

James BrouardFounder & Entrepreneur · Written
It's super-easy and fast for creating mind maps of any sort, plus it has probably one of the nicest UI's I've seen on Mind mapping software.
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tahatayyabDiscover360 →Search Engine for Instagram · Written
Using this for two years and it is a very good product.
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Ruth Walker BiggerplateCommunity Manager at Biggerplate.com · Edited
Great for online, collaborative work. My company has been using it for years, it's easy to use and a smart tool, aesthetically pleasing, too. Our experience in events, meetings,webinars and other activities in 2016 suggests that MindMeister is one of the most highly regarded applications available, and one that seems certain to occupy at least a Top 5 place in our Annual Survey results for the foreseeable future.
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Radoslav StankovTech @ Product Hunt / AngelList · Written
I really like this mind mapping application. It has sync, clients for macOS/iOS. Really simple and intuitive interface.
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Excellent stuff
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I'm mind mapping with XMind's free version. Love it. :)
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Ruth Walker BiggerplateCommunity Manager at Biggerplate.com · Written
Agreed, as a free tool there are a lot of great features and it is easy to use. Voted 3rd in our Annual Mind Map Survey.
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Simplemind

Tracy MarshallConnecting One Dot at A Time · Written
I have been a mindmap user since the mid-2000s. I have tried dozens of them, but the one I keep coming back to is Simplemind. A number of things set it apart: 1) Multiplatform: Windows, iOS, MAC and Android. 2) Lots of keyboard shortcuts 3) Allows you to have multiple separate mindmaps on "one sheet. 4) Responsive text support. 5) Easy to copy and past outlines from other apps and convert them to Mindmaps One thing I wish it had was the ability to create mindmaps within an email and send them to Simplemind. Interesting and relevant to James Brouard's recommendation of Mindmeister, is that I've been in contact with o… See more
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Mindjet MindManager

LyondhurSM UX/IxD Designer ProdDev & Scrum Coach · Written
First, most complete and still the best in the game.
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ConceptDraw MindMap

Easy tool for mind mapping and data structuring (Mac/ PC)

LOLOfreelancer · Written
It is a nifty cross-platform tool with the best export/import capabilities.
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Coggle

Produce beautiful notes, quickly and easily. (Mindmaps)

Kavir KayceeCo-founder, Quantum Careers · Written
Simplistic, web-based mindmaps tool.
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It syncs flawlessly between all my devices. I use a Mac, iPhone and iPad and I can start a map on one device and pick it up on another. It's also available on Windows too. I have never had a problem or bug with this software and I've used it for years, so that tells you everything.
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Ruth Walker BiggerplateCommunity Manager at Biggerplate.com · Written
Claiming the top spot for the second year running in our Annual Mind Map Survey is the hugely impressive iMindMap! This represents a continuation of successful rankings for iMindMap, having featured in the Top 3 every year since 2014.Participants praised the software for its ease of use, flexibility, creativity, and visual impact, among many other things. We could not agree more, and congratulate Chris Griffiths and his team for another fantastic year of growth and continued product innovation (including an amazing integration with the Biggerplate mind map library!).
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Proper Channel

samAssistant Principal. Father of twins. · Written
Create amazing mind maps or flow charts. Embed media, share maps via url. One of my favorites.
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Sketchboard

Collaborative brainstorming & problem solving whiteboard

The best-looking style for mind maps I've seen to date
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Text 2 Mind Map

Make a dynamic mind map from a plaintext nested list

The least sophisticated, yet the fastest for creating mind maps from plain text
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WiseMapping

Basic look, yet totally free
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MindMup

Free online mindmapping

It's biggest perk is the integration with Google Drive for saving free, unlimited (so far) maps
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Biggerplate

Ruth Walker BiggerplateCommunity Manager at Biggerplate.com · Written
We provide the best mind map content and learning based on our global mind mapping community!
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