Great looking MindMaps with Xmind
September 28, 2019

Great looking MindMaps with Xmind

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Xmind

Xmind is used in the version XMind ZEN, which is the new architecture of the XMind product.

Xmind is used for a wide variety of uses:
  • Organizing meetings.
  • Organizing research information.
  • Creating infographics.
  • Functional software requirements in their initial form (before migrating to JIRA or GitHub Issues).
  • Software Quality Attributes.
  • Organizing goals, metrics, performance indicators in general.
  • Writing structure for technical documentation.
  • Organizing presentations.
  • Hierarchical breakdown of information.
  • Visually pleasing diagrams.
  • Fast and responsive UI.
  • Generating Markdown (.md) files for the mindmaps.
  • Sharing documents among the teams.
  • Plugins for the tool that can enhance functionality.
  • Better printed output for large mindmaps.
  • Faster updates to new versions.
  • Reduced time spent on planning.
  • Reduced time in meetings.
  • Faster onboarding.
MindManager:
  • We used MindManager on Windows for many years and were happy with the product. However, at some point, MindJet dramatically raised the price which we grudgingly accepted. At some point, we switched to Macs and the MindManager on a Mac is a very different product. It's very limited functionality, frequent crashes, corrupted data prompted us to look for alternatives and this is where we selected XMind.
  • XMind worked very well, but the diagrams were not very visually pleasing and we experienced performance problems for very large maps.
  • XMind ZEN has a new architecture, and superb visual appearance and good performance.
  • Currently, we are very happy with XMind ZEN.
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.

Do you think Xmind delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Xmind's feature set?

Yes

Did Xmind live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Xmind go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Xmind again?

Yes

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.