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Highlights

MindManager and MindGenius are both mind mapping platforms with built-in project management capabilities. On TrustRadius, they live in the diagramming and project management software categories. 

Both products aim to help organizations with project ideation, organization, tracking, and execution. A key difference between these two products is that MindManager offers desktop applications while MindGenius offers both desktop and web-based applications. 

Features

Both products offer mind mapping features with embedded project management capabilities. These include various mindmap templates, the ability to export maps into Microsoft Office applications (.e.g Word, PowerPoint, SharePoint), and the ability to view map information in a Gantt chart. Each product also has a user-interface made to mimic the look and feel of Microsoft Word. 

Compared to MindManager, MindGenius has a wider range of use-case specific map templates (e.g. employee performance reviews, coursework preparation, dissertation planning, etc.). It also allows users to apply formatting/styling to the full map or all topics on one branch and set a default template type. Users have the option of creating a mindmap, Gantt chart, or Kanban board at the beginning of their workflow creation process. 

MindManager offers a wider variety of non-use-case specific map styles than MindGenius. These include ven diagrams, funnels, and onion charts. It also has a set of project planning and management features such as adding resources and priority markers to topics, topics task tags, start & end dates, task duration and effort levels, and the ability to assign tasks to other users. 

Limitations 

Compared to MindManager, MindGenius has a few limitations such as it’s web-based application lacking certain capabilities included in the desktop applications. For example, mindmaps created in MindGenius Online cannot be downloaded to PCs or to Microsoft Office applications. Users also can’t create project reports using the online application, though they can by using MindGenius20 desktop applications. 

MindManager also has a few limitations when compared to MindGenius. These include the lack of an online application and the real-time collaboration capabilities that web-based applications make possible. For example, users don’t have the freedom of using the program on any PC with an internet connection or do multi-user editing.

Pricing

Both products provide a free trial, though MindGenius offers a 14-day trial while MindManager offers a 30-day trial. MindGenius offers both subscription and perpetual licensing for its desktop applications, and subscription pricing for its online version. The one-time license fee for the desktop application is $256 and subscription prices start at $16 per month for the web application. 

MindManager has a one-time license fee of $349 for Windows and Mac desktop applications. It also has a ‘special licensing program’ for enterprise and government users, though prices for these plans are not disclosed on MindManager’s website.

Community Pulse

Feature Set Ratings

    Project Management

    8.0

    MindGenius

    80%

    MindManager

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    MindGenius ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Task Management

    9.0
    90%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Resource Management

    9.0
    90%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Team Collaboration

    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Mobile Access

    6.0
    60%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Professional Services Automation

    10.0

    MindGenius

    100%

    MindManager

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    MindGenius ranks higher in 1/1 features

    Project & financial reporting

    10.0
    100%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • MindManager is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.0

    MindGenius

    90%
    1 Rating
    9.4

    MindManager

    94%
    167 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    MindGenius

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1

    MindManager

    91%
    20 Ratings

    Usability

    MindGenius

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4

    MindManager

    84%
    13 Ratings

    Availability

    MindGenius

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1

    MindManager

    91%
    7 Ratings

    Performance

    MindGenius

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1

    MindManager

    91%
    5 Ratings

    Support Rating

    MindGenius

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    MindManager

    80%
    17 Ratings

    Online Training

    MindGenius

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.4

    MindManager

    64%
    1 Rating

    Implementation Rating

    MindGenius

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1

    MindManager

    91%
    6 Ratings

    Configurability

    MindGenius

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1

    MindManager

    91%
    2 Ratings

    Ease of integration

    MindGenius

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1

    MindManager

    91%
    1 Rating

    Product Scalability

    MindGenius

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.3

    MindManager

    73%
    3 Ratings

    Vendor post-sale

    MindGenius

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1

    MindManager

    91%
    2 Ratings

    Vendor pre-sale

    MindGenius

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1

    MindManager

    91%
    2 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    MindGenius Ltd.

    [It's] Wonderful for small group or individual planning, brainstorming, explaining, projecting etc. It is also great for reporting or sharing findings of outcomes whether research or business related. It has a free viewer so that if you are presenting on a different computer, the viewer will allow the visuals to be shared. It is not ideal for collaboration unless everyone has this software.
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    Corel Corporation

    This is the single best tool to help visual learners express themselves on complex matters in my opinion. I have tried and used other programs that have certain elements, but this is far and away from the best option for me. The more complex the problem, the more that using this pays off. I tend to start in almost brainstorming mode and then move to group items and either arrange them in terms of process flow or simply organizationally.
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    Pros

    MindGenius Ltd.

    • GOAL SETTING: Because of the available templates, it is easy to set goals and then revisit them for revision or follow through. I like to brainstorm while I set goals and then come back and annotate my goals with changes, improvements, or add/substract them as needed.
    • STRATEGIC PLANNING: MindGenius is terrific for working through ideas and parameters. I can either use a freelance screen or a template and brainstorm through the goals that I need to meet. Then I can branch out from each objective with the required facets of each one. I am visual so color coding and using shapes to organize the parts of the objective (i.e. the resources needed, people/stakeholders that are involved, missing pieces etc.). When organizing a project or research, I find it invaluable.
    • BRAINSTORMING: MindGenius is a wonderful visual to use in a small group or classroom to brainstorm or record ideas. I also adjunct teach and I find MG a wonderful visual for planning a paper or demonstrating how to support ideas in a paper or to verify that research is completed properly. it is a teacher's must-have.
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    Corel Corporation

    • Great to segment things out (projects, organizational charts, processes, workloads, etc) and gives you a full picture of the job.
    • It is user friendly, simple to use, and powerful.
    • MS Office and Teams integration is great. Allows for easy collaboration.
    • Great GUI and visuals
    • Excellent method for project planning and brainstorming
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    Cons

    MindGenius Ltd.

    • MindGenius is not as intuitive as I would like it to be. Although there is a quick-key stroke or movement that will replicate a shape or field if I want to make a parent or child block, I never remember what it is. I always use the manual insert by clicking with the mouse and it takes longer. If CONTROL ENTER created a new shape field like "the last one" or the one where the cursor is blinking, that would help considerably.
    • Changing the default visuals for a template or making a new template is overly time-consuming. Although I understand these details may only matter to someone as ULTRA-VISUAL a I am, if the font is too small or the shapes need to be visually altered, there is not a way to quickly grab those boxes and change the settings in one fell swoop. Although there is a way they can be changed, I have to navigate inside this and then inside this to get to the screen and then I have to figure out which changes the lines or the inside color of the shape etc. These details are a little overwhelming.
    • It would be great if I could make one shape in the font and layout I want and then replicate that pattern to other shapes or apply a different color scheme to it entirely. If these features already exist, i cannot find them and I consider myself to be rather tech savvy.
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    Corel Corporation

    • I find formatting a challenge. Example, make all the boxes the same format and fonts so when you add a box, it understands the format of the top level box.
    • I have played around with some of the templates but find creating my own each time is better route. The project plan template is very good but I find myself deleting boxes and again, takes more time than creating a new map every time.
    • I try to get colleagues to use MM but they are intimidated by the UI. I am really comfortable with it but to them it can look more complex than it really is.
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    Pricing Details

    MindGenius

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    MindGenius editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      MindManager

      Starting Price

      $0

      Editions & Modules

      MindManager editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules
      One-Time Cost$3491
      Annual Subscription$1692
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      Footnotes

      1. per perpetual license
      2. per year
      3. none

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

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      Likelihood to Renew

      MindGenius Ltd.

      No answers on this topic

      Corel Corporation

      I feel the main issues of the old Mindjet seem to be gone with the
      Corel purchase. With the huge advance of sharing via browser HTML even 1
      user can affect many. And, actually, using MM kind of forced my rigid
      brain to rethink how I categorize and classify information/projects.
      The
      idea of paying $69USD for an annual cost is more than fair and a great
      model for Corel/Mindjet to keep rolling out improvements!
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      Usability

      MindGenius Ltd.

      No answers on this topic

      Corel Corporation

      MindManager is very intuitive. The user interface is not cluttered and the ribbon icons are easy to understand. Several excellent "how-to" videos are available on the MindManager site as well as on YouTube. MindManager starts quickly and the user interface is very responsive. Launching other programs from MindManager such as Excel is very fast and issue free. The browsing feature is lightning fast. The drag-and-drop capability is also very fast and reliable.
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      Reliability and Availability

      MindGenius Ltd.

      No answers on this topic

      Corel Corporation

      Never had any errors.
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      Performance

      MindGenius Ltd.

      No answers on this topic

      Corel Corporation

      The application is quick and responsive. We are able to produce mindmaps and reports with ease. The program is not complicated at all and integrates well with software and programs like Microsoft Outlook and Teams, which we truly appreciate.
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      Support Rating

      MindGenius Ltd.

      No answers on this topic

      Corel Corporation

      I have called technical support a few times. During the COVID Crisis, I called a few times repeatedly due to a rush request. The technical support guy called me back in minutes. He somehow knew that I had called repeatedly and wanted to make sure my issue was resolved immediately
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      Online Training

      MindGenius Ltd.

      No answers on this topic

      Corel Corporation

      The videos are not well categorized...I had to do a bit of digging to get what I wanted and many videos on older versions. If Mindjet was to improve the titles used that would help.
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      Implementation Rating

      Alternatives Considered

      MindGenius Ltd.

      I have not used another product like MindGenius. Although I use Microsoft One Note for sometimes making lists that sync across my PC and my devices, I do not have another mind-mapping programming. MindGenius only has an app for iPad and without accessibility on iOS, I have not been able to use it for my daily TO DO lists etc that I would otherwise do. I use One Note for that role since MG does not have a phone app
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      Corel Corporation

      Both are equally good. Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is used to get the models in a more technical format in comparison to the MindManager. MindManager is easier to use in comparison to Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect. MindManager makes collaboration easy and can be understood by a layman and does not need to have specific software training.
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      Scalability

      MindGenius Ltd.

      No answers on this topic

      Corel Corporation

      A team can collaborate on the same project but cannot create a shared project file. It would be helpful for that feature to be added.
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      Return on Investment

      MindGenius Ltd.

      • I have not tracked the positive or negative impact of MG on my overall business objectives. I have successfully used it in the aspects of my personal and professional management.
      • MG helps me stay on track with my research and personal editing. It keeps me accountable so that I meet my deadlines. Although I have not applied a dollar value to it, it helps me signficantly.
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      Corel Corporation

      • When scope planning before I was introduced to this tool, I needed to make one master Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) for the entire project and move on. With MindMapper, I typically generate about 20 WBS-like charts throughout the project, which encouraged conversation with staff members. The major key in such ease of use has been some well thought out and very intuitive keystroke planning that allows me to keep up with the free flow of ideas.
      • This software's cross-functional capability allowed 10 engineers to create their projects directly within their own environment without use of a virtual machine.
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