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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.

Likelihood to Recommend

MindManager

I like how user-friendly MindManager is for someone who has learned how to use the program. I've tried many mind mapping tools, both online and offline and I find MindManager does it right the first time without any issues. It is also visually perfect, very intuitive, and offers all features you might need. MindManager produces really sharp and professional maps that can be used on screen shares and presentations without any hesitation. It is suited well for organizing personal projects and tasks. I use it to manage most of my personal information when not doing departmental projects and tasks.
Anonymous | 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

  • Workshop capture and management: a fluid data capture tool that is unsurpassed for planning and recording information captured on the fly.
  • Content planning and organisation: the ability to develop large and complex output documents by beginning with an unstructured set of ideas that gradually take on shape and structure as you progress because of the ease in which you can reorganise your thoughts and information.
  • Ability to generate output in multiple formats: being able to generate output of maps in a range of formats including Word documents, drilldown maps, table-like structures, etc. means that there is always a way of disseminating the content of maps to any audience.
Ash Sharma | 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 wish collaborators could add comments without having to be given editor privileges. A "Reviewer" role would be helpful.
  • I would like to be able to toggle note visibility on and off. If there is a way to do it now, I haven't found it. As it is, I have to hover or use the sidebar to see notes.
  • Two or three times I have seen my nodes spontaneously reverse order in a big map (over their recommended limit). Even so, they are working on tracking the issue down.
Chip Nowacek | TrustRadius Reviewer

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 8.5
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
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Alternatives Considered

MindManager

Our network is fluid. Previously, we had used software that allowed us to make changes to a fiber route, ring diagram, etc. immediately. It was easy to maintain and update. It allowed the Planner/Engineer to be creative and tell a story with their Market Assignments. When we used Visio to show how equipment connects together, we found even an entry-level field tech could use this drawing and connect everything correctly the very first time. However, Visio is not available in MacOSX, I'm a Windows user but for some of my coworkers that means that they need a Virtual Machine to run Visio or not running Visio at all, making MindManager the obvious choice.
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 7.5
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

  • Productivity - Shortening my thinking time to an outcome - when I have a problem to think through, my first choice is MindManager. It gives me the space to simply get everything down on the page and then sort it all out.
  • Quality - The quality of our thinking is improved when we think together using MindManager - we never stop at first answers and MindManager allows us to think deeper and find connections that were not previously considered.
  • Control - Often we will use MindManager to maintain a list of client requirements and success factors in a single place. This has helped us out many times from an engagement management and control standpoint.
Stephen Davies | 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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Pricing Details

MindManager

General

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

MindManager Editions & Modules

Edition
One-Time Cost$3491
Annual Subscription$1692
OrganizationsContact sales team
  1. per perpetual license
  2. per year
Additional Pricing Details

MindMeister

General

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

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.

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