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Likelihood to Recommend

MindManager

It's perfect for brainstorming, organizing and prioritizing when we are feeling overwhelmed. With MM I feel like the meeting is so much more productive for me everyone. When everyone has too much to do a meeting without it is a waste of time because we each state what we need to do and try to pay attention while listening to someone's long list and ramblings. With MM we focus better and prioritize on the fly. It's better for me to see what someone needs to do in a nice chart than to see a list. After the meeting we can print the images and mark them off when we're done
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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.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

MindManager
MindMeister
6.9
Task Management
MindManager
MindMeister
7.2
Scheduling
MindManager
MindMeister
3.6
Mobile Access
MindManager
MindMeister
8.1
Search
MindManager
MindMeister
6.4
Visual planning tools
MindManager
MindMeister
9.3

Communication

MindManager
MindMeister
6.4
Chat
MindManager
MindMeister
8.8
Notifications
MindManager
MindMeister
7.8
Discussions
MindManager
MindMeister
3.0
Internal knowledgebase
MindManager
MindMeister
5.0
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts
MindManager
MindMeister
7.4

File Sharing & Management

MindManager
MindMeister
7.9
Versioning
MindManager
MindMeister
8.0
Video files
MindManager
MindMeister
7.1
Document collaboration
MindManager
MindMeister
8.7
Access control
MindManager
MindMeister
8.3
Advanced security features
MindManager
MindMeister
7.0
Integrates with Google Drive
MindManager
MindMeister
8.7
Device sync
MindManager
MindMeister
7.7

Pros

MindManager

  • Easily facilitates organization of thoughts in a visual manner. The visual mapping triggers additional ideas and questions to be pursued to assist with creating a more holistic approach to strategy development or prioritization.
  • MindManager provides multiple avenues for quickly converting maps to different media such as powerpoint or word documents to best present the pertinent information to whatever audience necessary if map presentation itself is not the most effective approach.
  • Ability to link to other media/documents within the maps and apparently unlimited ability to "nest/link" to other maps allows management of fairly complex and intertwined strategic and tactical components in a logical fashion that allows whatever level of simplification is required for targeted audiences.
  • MindManager support personnel make themselves available for tech support and offer visits to your site to assist with making the most of the tool without being a nuisance by repeatedly contacting if you do not need the support. However they drop an email once a quarter or so to let you know they are available if needed. Good approach.
  • Able to save maps as a .PDF to minimize file size for sharing digitally.
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MindMeister

  • MindMeister is a very capable mind mapping tool, allowing you to create maps quickly with a wide variety of tools.
  • MindMeister offers great Google Drive integration, allowing you to open compatible formats very easily.
  • MindMeister allows importing XMind files which gives it an edge over much of the competition.
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Cons

MindManager

  • Dashboard Wizard - There is a bit of a skill set required and knowledge of conditional formatting. A wizard would help you set this up with examples and guided questions to get the content you want on the map.
  • New sheet from a topic - XMIND has the ability to have a topic open in another tab as a central topic. All the maps in XMIND are within the same file, no linking to external maps. MindManager allows you to import a map as a topic but with it you need to either import the content from the map which will be forced to take on the attributes of the parent map, or just link to the other map. Multi Tab maps in MM would be awesome. It is one of my most used features in XMIND and keeps everything in one place.
  • Re-Ordering of topics in a flowchart for presentation in HTML5/PowerPoint/Word export - One item, in particular, that would put this product over the top is being able to re-order the topics in a process flow so it can be used more effectively in a presentation. Process flows are constantly changing when you get new information. If you edit the map by adding or putting a topic in between two earlier topics the presentation mode will not focus on that topic until the end of the presentation. If you put a topic at the end of the flow the presentation will jump ahead and then go back. It would be nice to omit parts of the flowchart from the presentation as well. Additional export types for the output of a flowchart would also be handy. The export to HTML5 is excellent, and so long as you manually click from topic to topic it is functional and impressive. But it is lacking the fine-tuned polish and sub-features that would really put it over the top and make it useful for distribution to people other than those intimately familiar with the material.
  • More documentation on how to create Macros.
  • Outlook HTML formatting support without a plugin. The reformatting of email in MM can make things more confusing.
  • Record or attach audio to a topic. – Sometimes training or narration need to be a part of a map. Many tools implement this natively nowadays.
  • Play video from within a topic or in an integrated window. – Video is also commonly used now to eliminate the need for documentation. It would be nice to watch and add notes or just include in a map.
  • SnagIt Support – I thought I remembered this in earlier versions. I cannot seem to create a link between MM and SnagIt anymore.
  • Start with a truly blank map (a sandbox) and be able to place any type of topic on the screen and build anything. Xmind Zen is essentially doing this now.
  • Filter using images/icons.
  • Create image/tag/color legend on map. When legend item is clicked focus on the topics that have the Legend item properties. Would be great in HTML5 output.
  • Un-filter a filtered HTML5 export using a toggle on the HTML Map. When sending out a couple example maps to people unfamiliar with the usage they did not know that there was more content available and made assumptions based on only what they saw. An alert notifying the map is filtered would be nice on the output.
  • Flowchart to Visio Export
  • Exporting to Word/PowerPoint - If you could bring the same level of control to these exports that you did to your HTML5 exporter you would have all the bases covered. Unless I define my own word template the output from a map to work has a messy feel. I really like to do business analysis with maps. I bring in map parts when defining evidence types, scope statements, and requirements. I drag the map parts to the map and define all the info my branches ask for when I include evidence. I would love to be able to export my maps to Microsoft Word and have a great output for my Issue Analysis, Requirement Documents, Traceability Matrix, etc. While I have found ways to make this work and quicker for me I have talked to others that would like to see things perfectly laid out on export that do not have the time to do the tricks and tweaks I have become used to over the years with word templates. It would be nice to have strong export support for Word and PowerPoint documents. Something more visual perhaps that lets a user preview how their export will look before they execute it.
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MindMeister

  • The free plan is a bit limited compared to some tools that seem more generous with their free plan or are entirely free.
  • The XMind import option doesn't always work perfectly. Sometimes nodes overlap and often are oriented or positioned differently than they would be if opened with XMind. However, everything is there and the structure is still correct, and that's what matters.
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Likelihood to Renew

MindManager

MindManager 10.0
Based on 18 answers
MindJet has been vigorous about product improvement, and every version has brought new capability and excitement to the product
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MindMeister

No score
No answers yet
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Usability

MindManager

MindManager 8.2
Based on 4 answers
One of the best software programs ever. Always my go-to program for most things.
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MindMeister

No score
No answers yet
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Alternatives Considered

MindManager

SImply put, MindManager is the only enterprise focused mind mapping utility that can attach to data and use conditional formatting to give a true visual image to translate the complexity of the data that lies beneith. The closest coparison is Xmind. However MindManager is expensive and the price constantly prevents me from getting this software at the companies I work for, and it makes it impossible to purchase for home use. There are a lot of free or cheap products that can do the most important functions of mindmanager without the flair and flash.
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MindMeister

Mindmeister has a good free plan compared with Lucidchart, and better Google Drive integration in my opinion. draw.io has a better free plan than MindMeister, but I prefer MindMeister for mindmap creation still, while I prefer draw.io for other types of diagrams. Xmind is powerful, but bloated, and requires installation on every machine that needs to open the file. The fact that MindMeister is in the cloud is a huge bonus.
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Return on Investment

MindManager

  • Time Savings- MindManager has allowed us to save time by removing redundancy. We can now share notes in a single map. I estimate that we have saved 25% by sharing information in a single location.
  • Quality Improvement- Prior to MindManager, I would open PowerPoint or pull out sticky notes to start building a presentation. Now, I start with MindManager and start brainstorming on objective of the presentation, expectations of the audience, topics to cover, and visuals to add. I know the flow and effectiveness of my presentations has improved because I have seen the feedback.
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MindMeister

  • MindMeister has saved us time from having to install software on every machine we wish to view a sitemap on, which has given us slightly more time for doing work on client projects rather than administering our computers.
  • MindMeister has allowed us to share sitemaps with clients who were either unable or unwilling to install XMind, allowing us to receive valuable feedback to help move the project forward and increasing client trust.
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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

MindManager
Additional Pricing Details

MindMeister

General

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

MindMeister Editions & Modules

MindMeister
Edition
Personal
4.991
Pro
8.251
Business
12.491
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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