Lawrence NingCo-founder of Leeds Data Science Society

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.
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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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    Taha Maddam, CFADiscover360 →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 · Written
    I agree, great tool for online collaboration and also personal use. At Biggerplate we take advantage of the ease of use and access even if we are all in different places. MindMeister made the top 5 for Best Mind Mapping Software in our Annual Mind Map (2016) survey. 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 for the foreseeable future. Would recommend!
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    iMindQ

    Collaborative, creative and intuitive mind mapping

    Joel RobertsProject Manager · Written
    Excellent mind mapping solution for idea management. Best part: Interactive HTML mind maps that can be opened and edited with any browser. Also, you can create mind maps, concept maps and flowcharts too. Best value for money!
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    It offers the best value for money and has a great Mac OS X version which I currently use.
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    I love iMindQ software. It fits perfectly in my projects.
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  3. Radoslav StankovTech @ Product Hunt · Written
    I really like this mind mapping application. It has sync, clients for macOS/iOS. Really simple and intuitive interface.
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    Giacomo LawranceAuthor of thenerdystudent.com · Written
    Mindnode is an awesome Apple app that really looks great. It also works really well.
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    Excellent stuff
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  4. I'm mind mapping with XMind's free version. Love it. :)
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    Ruth Walker BiggerplateCommunity Manager at Biggerplate.com · Written
    I have been using Xmind for a few years now, and I find the tool very useful and easy to use. Continuing a 4 year climb up the annual rankings in the Biggerplate Annual Mind Map Survey, and gaining ground in vote %, XMind takes 3rd place for the first time this year. With the launch of XMind cloud in 2016 providing online editing and accessibility between devices, we expect XMind to continue challenging upwards during the rest of 2017.
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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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    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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    Ruth Walker BiggerplateCommunity Manager at Biggerplate.com · Written
    I see a lot more use of Concept Draw on the Biggerplate website! Despite being one of the least active/visible user groups and software formats on Biggerplate, ConceptDraw has maintained a consistent place in the Top 10 for four years in a row in our Annual Mind Map Survey (2016), and even moves up one place in the rankings this year! This suggests a strong core user group remains, despite the absence of mobile apps and web capabilities seemingly demanded by many of our survey participants!
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    RealtimeBoard 2.0

    Web-based whiteboarding & team collaboration tool

    I haven't used it myself but it looks like a very complete product, with mobile apps & all.
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    Harry KaczkaPro Poker Player, Coach, Human Sponge · Written
    Super robust product and I only just discovered it maybe a week ago, how?
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  8. 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 one of his staff and I understand that this functionality will soon show up on their platform. So I may give that a try.
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    Ruth Walker BiggerplateCommunity Manager at Biggerplate.com · Written
    SimpleMind now crops up in the Biggerplate Annual Survey results for Best Mind Mapping Software. The tool drops two places this year, but the team from the Netherlands should be pleased to retain their place in the Top 10 having entered for the first time only last year, and held off a number of other applications this year! As Tracy mentions, another developer working hard to successfully bridge the Windows/Mac/iOS/Android interface, we would expect to see SimpleMind in the Top 10 again next year, and potentially moving up a couple of places too!
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  9. 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
    I'm a fan of the mind maps I see which are created using iThoughts. The software us back up in 4th place this year in our Annual Survey Best Mind Map Software results, with 7% of the votes! We expect the newly launched Windows version of this application to act as a disruptive influence in 2017, and help build upon the already strong following for this application among the Mac/iOS community.
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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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  11. I have used Mindly before - Simple & Effective.
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    Iris

    Visual collaboration mind mapping tool for your ideas

    FarizaAdventurer of a lifetime 😎 · Written
    Fariza made this product
    I use it myself almost everyday. Simple UI, nice colors and free!
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  13. LyondhurSM UX/IxD Designer Agile/Scrum Coach · Written
    First, most complete and still the best in the game.
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    Ruth Walker BiggerplateCommunity Manager at Biggerplate.com · Written
    Mindjet MindManager is a very strong mind mapping tool particularly for project management- for which I would recommend! Maintaining incredible consistency in the top 2 positions over the 4 year period in our Annual Mind Map Survey results for Best Mind Mapping Software, MindManager holds 2nd place in 2017, with 25% of the vote (up from 23% in 2016). Acquired by Corel in 2016, it will be interesting to see what lies ahead for the MindManager product in 2017, but it's safe to say there is an extremely solid position from which the new owners can build and develop into the next era for this highly rated application.
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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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    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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    MindNode 2.0 for Mac

    Delightful mind mapping

    Because Simple and Fast
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  17. 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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  18. Nishadha SilvaOnline strategist who loves startups · Written
    It's a diagramming tool that supports mind maps. The mobile app is helpful when you want to view your diagrams on the go. The 1-click create feature will help you quickly come up with mind maps. For mind mapping specific features check out https://creately.com/Create-Mind... Disclaimer: I work for Cinergix, makers of Creately
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  19. BrainScrapBrainScrap: Connect Possibilities · Written
    Next generation mindmapping! By invitation-only but register and ask! By far the best mindmap technology. Don't Mindmap...BrainScrap!
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