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MindManager is a mind mapping and project management tool that aims to boost users’ productivity. It is designed to facilitate a wide range of project types, and includes cross-platform functionality and 3rd party integrations.

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What is MindManager?

MindManager aims to bring clarity and structure to plans, projects, and processes.

With it, the vendor says users can transform scattered ideas and information into dynamic visual mind maps, flowcharts, concept maps, matrices and other diagrams. They state users can also take control of their work, synthesize vast amounts of data, collaborate and communicate more effectively, and boost productivity to gain a competitive edge.

MindManager is a suite of visualization products that helps individuals and teams think more clearly, make better decisions, and get on the path to personal and organizational success.

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MindManager – Visualization Tools and Mind Mapping Software
In this video, TrustRadius goes over some of the best project management software out there - including MindManager.
This 10-minute video provides a crash course in the various functionalities and use cases of MindManager, and a walkthrough of how it helps teams work more effectively and efficiently.
MindManager as solution for everything. Case Study brewery Murau, Austria. The Murau brewery relies on MindManager and uses the software for everything from meeting management and budget planning to spare parts management for their machinery.

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Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Android
Supported LanguagesEnglish, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Chinese

Frequently Asked Questions

MindManager is a mind mapping and project management tool that aims to boost users’ productivity. It is designed to facilitate a wide range of project types, and includes cross-platform functionality and 3rd party integrations.

Xmind, Ayoa, and iThoughts are common alternatives for MindManager.

Reviewers rate Vendor pre-sale and Vendor post-sale highest, with a score of 9.1.

The most common users of MindManager are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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José M. Guerrero | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Well, I use MindManager for everything, for example, 1. Konwledge management 2. Summaries creation 3. Decision making 4. Planning 5. Organization 6. Task and project management 7. Preparation of articles and books I am going to publish 8. Analyzing information 9. Database design 10. Website design
  • Organizing information
  • Analyzing information
  • Preparing academic information to publish
  • Brainstorming
  • Work with academic information related to mathematics, geometry, physics, chemistry.
  • Include symbolic manipulation of equations using LaTeX or otherwise
  • Embed SQLite databases as attachments or otherwise, This could allow to store different versions of maps and many othe possibilities.
  • Finish onece for all the documentation of the MindManager API
  • Allow the possibility of working with the documented version of the API using Python
  • Add AI capabilities to MindManager
  • Automate the generation of mind maps from PDF files.
  • Acces to Large Language Models from MindManager
  • Include in MindManager the possibility of analysing YouTube videos using AI
  • And many others..-
Less appropriate - Academic work (because of the problem of not being able to manage equations or maths and physics in general, formulae in chemistry) - Very high problematic automation of mind maps using the API
  • Saved time
  • improved quality
  • improved accessibility of information
  • Strategic Planning
  • Brainstorming
  • Knowledge Management
  • Problem Solving
  • Task and Project Management
  • Project Planning
1 to 10
Well, this is too much work.
Well, it is more useful.
Knowledge of MindManager use and possibilities
  • Sales
  • Knowledge management
  • Brainstorming
  • Automation without using the API
  • Training
  • Learning
  • Documenting
There are still many points to improve
  • Scalability
  • Ease of Use
No change.
  • Implemented in-house
- Basic functions
- Collective work
- Testing the API
Change management was a minor issue with the implementation
Difficult to say.
  • The API was a disaster, year after year
You need a lot of time and training.
  • No Training
It can be done.
It is OK
No - we have not done any customization to the interface
Yes - we have added extensive custom code
Automation to try to avoid the MindManager API.
It is a long story
Not necessary
Well, more or less.
Several times.
Very good support but not perfect.
  • Adding new topics
  • Co-editing
  • Smart Shapes
  • Using the API
  • Using the Map Index
  • Managing tasks
Yes, but I don't use it
Despite being better than most other competitors, it could be improved a lot.
Not perfect, but very good.
Almost perfect.
Quite fast.
  • MS CRM
  • IBM Watson NLU API
  • Linkedin API
We integrated MindMAnager with MS CRM using our mind mapping automation framework that avoids having to use the API.

with the Linkedin API

  • SQLite
  • Large Language Models APIs
  • File import/export
  • API (e.g. SOAP or REST)
Using our automation framework that allows not having to use the MindManager API.You can find this framework described in the book
You have to do everything by yourself
Avoid the API
We are vendors.
We are very good.
It was easy.
Look for one that knows MindManager.
Very easy.
  • Very few in our case. Version 2022 had few improvements.
  • I have no idea. They have not said anything yet.
MME is better than MMP. The process was easy.
Thomas Kleinschmidt, CIM(R) | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
MindManager is used for brainstorming, info management, tasks and task tracking. MindManager's features of creating templates, especially "themes" and "marker lists" make standardization easy enough. When maps get too 'big' we create a new MM from a branch and link both maps together automatically. The use of filters to see specific info/tasks/branches is done via our well thought out use of "markers" so that all maps big and small are able to be used/filtered in the same manner. We're looking forward to now use dashboards!

Next application for MindManager is that we're creating assets using MM instead of Excel, Lucidchart, MS Project.

Last, I'm quite happy that MindManager has now significant backing for developing this wonderful software!
  • Super easy to use; everyone gets the basics and the power behind mind mapping.
  • Incredible flexibility to grow/expand on ideas and then to link them.
  • Dashboards and Gantt charts are polished.
  • MindManager is easy to use for publishing maps to non-users via browsers
  • Multi-monitor support...could be my setup here but I struggle with super large maps and I find using a set of linked smaller maps to be less grief than scrolling around a large map but I would highly prefer seeing the bigger picture. That or some hotkeys to improve using a super large map.
  • MindManager automatically adjusts the width of topics while typing...they are working on a way to turn that off; the workaround is either manually setting the width individually or using a 'match width' function.
Note taking
Complex projects and tasking
Information / knowledge base
  • $400 for the ability to do a project mapped out or hierarchical.
  • Ability to lay out all the tasks and Gantt them - included.
  • Ability to share maps with anyone with a browser - included.
  • Putting all info into a MindMap allows for very quick and intuitive (re)sorting of the information...something that would be much too painful in Word
  • As for other 'mindmapping' software, MindManager is the most feature-rich, professional application of the lot
  • MindManager goes beyond just mindmapping and allows for actually sorting and using the information much more readily and intuitively than lesser programs
  • MindManager is constantly improving the integration between desktop and mobile, user and non-user
  • Strategic Planning
  • Brainstorming
  • Process Mapping
  • Education & Training
  • Knowledge Management
  • Meeting Management
  • Problem Solving
  • Task and Project Management
  • Project Planning
1 to 10
I'll keep it simple: the ability to easily, intuitively add/move topics and tasks around so fluidly isn't possible in Word or Excel. Lesser 'mindmapping' software isn't even considered at this level of professional features.
I've seen the development of MindManager over the past 20 years and am impressed with the support of the new ownership and expansion of features as the software has undergone significant development. This is a professional product. Unfortunately, it's quite far ahead of the adoption of 'mind mapping' as a practice. That said, any person or organization willing to utilize mind mapping to the extent that it can be used will find this software takes care of those needs. To date we are still finding how to become more efficient/effective through MindManager's features...
Currently I'm still the only user (see my previous review) BUT I'm board chair of a charitable organization about to undertake a huge project and my intent is to roll out MindManager for that.

Gosh, with the ease of use, youtube and the great tech support, not required. I will say that I'm a visual-auditory guy so reading through help files isn't as quick/easy as videos. I will say that I rely on the videos/webinars to really get into functionality...something that I recommend new users do asap as there are SO MANY things MindManager has built-in that you really need to see them in action to appreciate them. Easy after that AND most likely you'll get a better idea as to how YOU would want to use the software. And kudos to Corel/Mindjet for fixing bugs and rolling out upgrades.
  • Brainstorming and then prioritizing
  • Project Management and Tracking
  • Knowledge Base - Storage
  • Knowledge Base - Dissemination
  • Publishing Maps and sending as HTML
  • Embedding multiple maps in HTML and sent as one big (non-editable) map
  • Integrating Tasks with Outlook is on the docket
  • Resource allocation
  • Integrating with office and committees
  • Custom filtering to dashboards (eg for office, committee, even down to the person level)
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!
  • Price
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
  • Product Reputation
  • Prior Experience with the Product
  • Vendor Reputation
  • Existing Relationship with the Vendor
  • Positive Sales Experience with the Vendor
  • Analyst Reports
  • Third-party Reviews
MindManager is still on top, IMO, as no other products offer anything close to it (either freestanding or SaaS) and I know this as I just did a decent due diligence into MindManager vs the competitors from an unbiased viewpoint.
Perhaps present the top 3 options to a user group, but I'll be presenting to the board so not really a change in the evaluation process but the next step.
  • Implemented in-house
We also licensed an Olympic staged installation which got a bit delayed getting the Olympic software to work through TrendMicro AV as work laptops managed by IT department.
Change management was minimal
  • None with MindManager
  • Some issues getting Olympic product to work with TrendMicro AV but my understanding is that was due to an IT managed platform
  • Online training
  • Self-taught
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.
Yes and no. Sure you can plug away but watching a 30-60 min video helped me greatly.
Unlimited flexibility for formatting, icons, etc. forced me to stop and define my information to use icons, colours, tags, etc.
Take the time to consider your information/project classification and methodology!
MindManager can handle anything you throw at it, so don't throw garbage.
Once established, it's super easy to throw down info/brainstorming/etc against either an existing map or create a new one via templates and link it where necessary. That way easy to enter and find whatever you need to do.
Yes - we have customized the interface extensively
See previous. Spend the time to learn tricks via online videos.
No - we have not done any custom code
Nothing done.
Not too expensive and seems to be working. I believe you get what you're willing to pay for and I prefer annual, flat, inclusive fees.
Haha, when the sales team gave the seat price for charities! We can get a few licenses now and not crimp.
Occasionally I do have a bit of a back and forth via email...WHEREAS a quick POTC (plain old telephone call) would probably be best all concerned.

Perhaps a telephone-based Super premium support service (might be there but I might not know about it).
  • Just getting fanfare to start mapping
  • Adding formatting
  • Printing maps
  • Publishing and sharing maps
  • Scrolling large maps (but I really could rotate my monitor to portrait mode)
It takes some time to learn the vast functionality beyond simple maps (eg large, complex maps)
Unlimited...issue I had was nomenclature, but info/project classification/methodology address that.
Old MM versions were an issue. No issues since 2018 anyway!
No issues even with large maps and held in the cloud.
  • Microsoft Outlook for tasks
Still 'beta' so rather not comment.
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Excel
No idea.
Nothing yet.
No integration done.
No integration done.
Easy, quick, comprehensive, helpful.
Tech support great.
Emailed reminders for update plan renewal!
Easy breezy.
  • Publishing and Sharing of maps
  • Better ability to scale Snagit attachments
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We have used MindManager within our department to produce process flowcharts, process planning, project management, and notetaking. We found that it boosts productivity by allowing everyone involved in a project to collaborate as it has tight integration with MS Office and other business tools such as Microsoft Teams. It takes less effort to use compared to other tools and it was a great tool that we used to collectively gain visualization of our projects and processes.
  • Brainstorming
  • Process Mapping
  • Knowledge Management
  • Meeting Management
  • Problem Solving
  • Project Planning
  • 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
  • It can be difficult to print your mind map in a font that is large enough to easily read.
  • Certain features for first-time users are a bit daunting and there is a slight learning curve.
  • The help options can be enhanced.
1 to 10
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.
  • Improved collaboration
  • Saved time and efforts
  • Improved productivity of project managers
MindManager has a good number of templates that one can use to easily create flowcharts, organization charts, and workflow processes. There are also a good number of built-in icons and images in the repository that can be added to flowcharts. We used to use a Microsoft product to conduct the same work and it took a significant amount of time to produce. While exploring MindManager, we were quite impressed with how much time was saved using the program and also adding added features such as collaboration.
We are still evaluating MindManager but we felt that it easily integrated with Microsoft Office and Teams than Lucid and that was really important for our team. We love the single sign-on feature and all the integration features that come with the program. We will continue to evaluate MindManager and hope to incorporate it in the near future.
We did not purchase the premium support as we are still trialing the software program. We will consider purchasing it when we make a purchasing decision.
Sometimes, it’s not just about an individual advisor going the extra mile for the customer, but a customer service team coming together in the best interests of the customer. When I came across an issue with understanding a function of MindManager, the customer service representative gave me assistance and also provided me with documentation and explained the entire support process. After a few days the representative contacted me to follow up and see if I needed any further assistance. I appreciated this exceptional support efforts.
  • Linking individual Outlook e-mails to your mind maps
  • Map the contents of your files and folders
  • Manage information quickly and logically
  • Drag and drop within the map sometimes is tricky, making placement, or rearrangement of items frustrating
  • Microsoft Project integration does not exist
Yes, but I don't use it
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.
We have had no issues with the application's availability
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.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
MindManager is slowly being adopted as a helpful kickoff tool for new projects. We are able to identify the goals of the project and the attributes needed at a high level.
  • Strategic Planning
  • Brainstorming
  • Process Mapping
  • Knowledge Management
  • Problem Solving
  • Task and Project Management
  • Project Planning
  • Project planning, being able to quickly identify tasks.
  • Solutioning across multiple departments at a high level.
  • Process flow visualization.
  • Workflow creation functionality.
51 to 100
Great for project kick off meetings, project planning meetings, cross organizational projects.
  • Saved time
  • Identify tasks quickly
We were able to quickly and easily identify tasks and user stories that would need to be put into a formal agile format.
Business analyst, operations manager, agile leader.
  • Developing workflows
  • Outlining processes
  • Go live prep
  • Go live prep
  • Agile sprint planning
  • Change Management
  • Project timelines
  • Project workflows
  • Team organization
It has been a super helpful project
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
Coworker used it to flow out a project and it was so much easier then documenting steps in word.
I wouldn't.
  • Don't know
  • not sure
Wasn't involved but works great for me.
  • Self-taught
Yes it was very easy to use without training.
Just right.
I did not have to configure this product
I did not configure software.
I've never needed it.
I've never needed it.
  • thought process flow
  • planning
  • gnat chart
Great product and super easy to use.
Easy to use for multiple purposes.
Never had any errors.
Works well with other software.
  • n/a
Already integrated.
  • Microsoft visio
Not sure but excited to find out.
  • File import/export
easy to use.
Work with your IT people.
I didn't
I haven't.
Was not part of this.
Was not part of this.
  • Not sure.
  • N/A
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