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Highlights

Both XMind and MindManager are mind mapping tools, a type of diagramming software. Each tool includes concept ideation features that aim to help users create topics and visualize relationships between them. MindManager and XMind are both preferred by enterprise businesses on TrustRadius, though XMind offers a forever free version for personal use while MindManager does not. 

Features 

Each product includes a range of mind mapping and productivity features, including: 

  • Various types of mindmap templates (radial map, fishbone, treemap, matrix, timeline, org charts, free-form, concept, flow-chart, etc.) 
  • Ability to export maps as PNG, SVG, PDF, and markdown files
  • Map customization using colors, fonts, stickers, bubbles, themes, boundaries, shapes, etc. 
  • Ability to link to other files or webpages within maps 
  • Ability to add notes to specific topics or relationships within the map 

Both products have a few unique features as well. For example, XMind allows users to view a written map outline, insert chemical and mathematical equations, and directly share their map via email, on social media platforms, and through note-taking applications. The platform also offers mobile and desktop applications and allows users to log into up to five devices with one subscription.

MindManager has a winder variety of mindmap templates than XMind, including templates for 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 

When compared with MindManager, XMind’s biggest limitation is the lack of robust project management features, including Gantt charts and task creation and assignment. 

On the other hand, MindManager’s main limitation is that it does not have a flexible pricing model and does not have a forever free version, while XMind does. MindManager also does not offer mobile applications. 

Pricing

Both products have a one-time license fee, however, XMind also offers biannual and annual subscription pricing options as well.  

XMind offers a basic version of its software for free and has subscription-based pricing that starts at $40 per 6 months or $60 per year. Users can also pay a one-time license fee of $129 for access to XMind Pro 8.x. XMind offers a special discount for students, teachers, and education institutions. 

While MindManager doesn’t have a forever free version, it does offer 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?

Both products provide users with robust mind mapping features, but each has different ideal use cases. 

XMind is a great option for individuals looking for easy to use mind mapping software for personal use. It’s a good fit for concept ideation and workflow mapping. However, it may not be the right solution for large organizations looking for diagramming software with built-in project management features. 

MindManager is better suited for teams 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. However, MindManager is not ideal for users looking for a free mind mapping software for personal use.

Likelihood to Recommend

MindManager

MindMapper can be the complex hierarchy of a company's matrix management. Not only does it easily create data flow charts, complex organograms, flow diagrams, and data flow diagrams, MindMapper can import information directly, live, from Excel sheets or Access databases, making the diagrams functional and current. This organization is currently using this software to monitor network status across a localized broadband system. MindMapper is available to Windows and Mac users, compared to Visio which is Windows-only. Software is expensive when compared to other applications available. For an organization with limited budget options, this may not be the ideal choice.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Xmind

Well suited:
  • Organizing information.
  • Doing research.
  • Organizing goals.
  • Planning tasks.
  • Planning meetings.
  • Structure for writing documents.
Less appropriate:
  • Sharing documents among the teams/multiple users.
  • General-purpose infographics.
  • Writing longer paragraphs in the note field is very limited.
  • Integration with GitHub.
  • Integration with Confluence.
  • XMind uses a proprietary document format which is not indexed by search programs on a PC or a Mac. This means that one cannot search in the content of the XMind documents.
Anonymous | 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

Xmind

  • User interface.
  • User experience.
  • .Simplification
  • Enables digital write up.
Aryani Paramita | 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

Xmind

  • Actually nothing but for more freedom on worksheet it would be better if I can move main topics freely.
Celil ÇİYNEKLİ | 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

Xmind

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

Xmind

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Reliability and Availability

MindManager

MindManager 9.1
Based on 6 answers
Never had any errors.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Xmind

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

MindManager

MindManager 9.1
Based on 4 answers
No issues even with large maps and held in the cloud.
Thomas Kleinschmidt, CIM(R) | TrustRadius Reviewer

Xmind

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

Xmind

Xmind 5.0
Based on 2 answers
The support around a bug in the tool which prevented the correct printing of diagrams. Support came back after a few days, and there was no workaround. Eventually, the bug was fixed in a future release. The company does not pay much attention to user forums. With better support and plugin mechanism for user contributions, the product would be more convincing.
Anonymous | 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

Xmind

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

Xmind

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

MindManager

MindManager is a more mature product than most other products that we have reviewed or tried for mind mapping and project planning. It is very feature-rich, and since it has similar styles to the Microsoft suite of products, users are familiar with the interface and find it easy to navigate. The biggest drawback with MindManager is its inability to support a project file that the entire team can work on. Each file has to be owned by 1 person, and collaboration has to be scheduled in "co-editing sessions" which are only available through an additional paid add-on. I do not recommend this product for project teams.
Andrew Pike | TrustRadius Reviewer

Xmind

It has a different form. Trello is good for task management. Xmind will give an overall connection between different tasks and how all the tasks interconnect to each other. The reminder function in Trello is good to keep track. However, a bird's eye view in Xmind will put conversations into context, and ease the navigation of any discussions.
Aryani Paramita | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

MindManager

MindManager 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Easy to use for multiple purposes.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Xmind

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

Xmind

  • You can see big picture and in a faster way can drill down ideas. It makes it easier to dominate states, ideas, analysis, etc. So it make you learn faster and respond faster and smarter.
Celil ÇİYNEKLİ | 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

Xmind

General

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

Xmind Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

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