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Highlights

MindManager and MindMeister are both diagramming software products that provide mind mapping capabilities. They help users organize their thoughts, workflows, and processes. However, a key difference between these two platforms is that MindManager offers desktop applications while MindMeister offers web-based and mobile applications. 

Features

Both products include features such as various mindmap templates (e.g. fishbone, org charts, matrix, timeline), map exporting, map customization capabilities, and the ability to add links to map topics. However, each has a few unique capabilities as well. 

As a cloud-based application, MindMeister supports real-time collaboration for mindmaps. This includes the ability to chat within maps, set up user-access permissions for maps, create groups within your team, and access to map collaboration histories. Users can also import maps from other mind mapping software (eg. Text, Freemind, XMind, MindMeister, MindManager). Customizable product branding is also available on MindMeister’s highest-priced plan. 

MindManager does not offer a native cloud-based application. However, it offers a wider variety of mindmap templates, including ven diagrams, funnels, onion charts, and Kanban-style charts. It also has a set of project planning and management features such as adding resources and priority markers to topics, Gantt charts, topics task tags, start & end dates, task duration and effort levels, and the ability to assign tasks to other users

Limitations 

Compared to MindManager, the biggest limitations of MindMeister are that it requires an internet connection in order to use, has limited functionality on its free plan, and is not well suited for complex project management. For example, only three maps can be created and saved on MindMeister’s free plan. 

Conversely, MindManager has a few key limitations when compared with MindMeister. These include the lack of a web application, which means the software needs to be downloaded on a specific device in order to be used. MindManager also does not offer a free plan.

Pricing 

MindMeister offers a free version and has subscription-based pricing starting at $4.99 per month and going up to $12.49 per month. However, the free plan has limited functionality, including ability to create fewer mind maps, limited customization options, fewer collaboration features, and fewer export options. 

MindManager doesn’t have a forever free version but does have a 30-day free trial. After that, it 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. 

Which Is Right For You?

MindMeister is a good fit for small creative teams looking for an online mind mapping tool that will allow them to collaborate online. It’s also ideal for individuals that plan on using MindMeister for personal use and want a cloud-based software they can use anywhere they have an internet connection. 

In contrast, MindManager is better suited for businesses that need software to help them ideate, manage, track, and execute projects. It can also handle complex topics mapping and visualize relationships between topics, tasks, and processes. But MindManager is not ideal for users looking for a free or cloud-based mind mapping software for personal use.

Attribute Ratings

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

Likelihood to Recommend

9.4

MindManager

94%
167 Ratings
6.4

MindMeister

64%
15 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.1

MindManager

91%
20 Ratings

MindMeister

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

8.4

MindManager

84%
13 Ratings

MindMeister

N/A
0 Ratings

Availability

9.1

MindManager

91%
7 Ratings

MindMeister

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

9.1

MindManager

91%
5 Ratings

MindMeister

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.0

MindManager

80%
17 Ratings
10.0

MindMeister

100%
2 Ratings

Online Training

6.4

MindManager

64%
1 Rating

MindMeister

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

9.1

MindManager

91%
6 Ratings

MindMeister

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

7.3

MindManager

73%
3 Ratings

MindMeister

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

MindManager

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.
Dan Ryan | TrustRadius Reviewer

MindMeister

MindMeister is ideally suited for building mind maps, site maps, or similar types of data maps in the cloud without needing to install extra software. I find that it isn't quite as ideal for other types of diagrams (ERDs, flowcharts, etc) as some other tools, though it definitely can handle those things as well.
Ben McClure | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

MindManager

  • 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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

MindMeister

  • The UI is well laid out and easy to use. The workflow makes perfect sense and makes creating tasks a breeze.
  • The collaboration features make brainstorming not only easy but fun! Everyone enjoys using the tool, which was not the case with other collaboration software we used.
  • I love being able to get all of my thoughts and ideas on the screen to see them and then be able to connect them in a logical way.
Gary Shouldis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

MindManager

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

MindMeister

  • I think that the free plan should offer a bit more terms of features to make the testing experience more engaging.
  • My experience using the App version was not so good when compared to the web version of it. I feel more comfortable using it in my notebook.
  • Paid plans could be more flexible to support small or temporary demands.
Luciano Gardesani Marques | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

MindManager

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

$0

MindManager Editions & Modules

Edition
One-Time Cost$3491
Annual Subscription$1692
OrganizationsContact sales team
  1. per perpetual license
  2. per year
  3. none
Additional Pricing Details

MindMeister

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

$5.49 per month

MindMeister Editions & Modules

Edition
Personal4.991
Pro8.251
Business12.491
  1. per user per month
Additional Pricing Details
MindMeister offers 6-monthly and yearly subscriptions. Discounts for educational users and non-profit organizations are also available.

Likelihood to Renew

MindManager

MindManager 9.1
Based on 20 answers
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!
Thomas Kleinschmidt, CIM(R) | TrustRadius Reviewer

MindMeister

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

MindManager

MindManager 8.4
Based on 13 answers
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.
Robert Gates | TrustRadius Reviewer

MindMeister

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Reliability and Availability

MindManager

MindManager 9.1
Based on 7 answers
Never had any errors.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

MindMeister

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

MindManager

MindManager 9.1
Based on 5 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

MindMeister

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

MindManager

MindManager 8.0
Based on 17 answers
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
Scott E. Miller | TrustRadius Reviewer

MindMeister

MindMeister 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Never had an issue with customer support, though we never really needed anything major as far as technical help. I do not believe they offer 24 hour customer support but we don't need it as MindMeister is not the type of tool we need need 24 hour a day support for. Overall, very happy with the level of support.
Gary Shouldis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

MindManager

MindManager 6.4
Based on 1 answer
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.
Thomas Kleinschmidt, CIM(R) | TrustRadius Reviewer

MindMeister

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

MindManager

MindManager 9.1
Based on 6 answers
Not applicable
Robert DuPuy, MBA, PMP, RMP, CSM, CCBA | TrustRadius Reviewer

MindMeister

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

MindManager

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

MindMeister

I have also used LucidChart and Google Draw to create mind maps and concept maps in the past. I think that MindMeister is by far the cleanest and most user friendly of the three. Google Draw does not have anywhere near the same functionality. LucidChart tends to be clunky and the options to create your map are not always clear and intuitive.
Sarah Ciras Rousseau | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

MindManager

MindManager 7.3
Based on 3 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

MindMeister

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

MindManager

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

MindMeister

  • The most positive result of using MindMeister is a visualization of each step in work and connections between different nodes(ideas, steps).
  • This greatly simplifies the work, especially collaborative work, since it is easier to show it once than to explain things many times.
  • Negative impact: lack of offline desktop version.
Miroslav Bobryshev | TrustRadius Reviewer

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