XMind Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

XMind

Idea Management, Mind Mapping software

4.49/5 (63 reviews)

XMind overview

Pricing

Starting from
$9.99
Pricing options
Free trial
Value for money

Devices

Web-based

Business size

Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Small Business

Markets

United States

Support options

Online Support
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XMind reviews

Excellent
33
Very good
28
Average
2
Poor
0
Terrible
0
Value for money
Features
Ease of use
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  4.0
Julian Talbot

Great package for mind-mapping and planning your work

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-06-09
Review Source: Capterra

I use it for mind-mapping my articles, presentations, and books. It's a powerful simple tool for that. And can form the basis of a great Prezi layout if you use the clip art. Mostly I like that it's a fast way for me to scope and think about an article or book. I typically use the 4MAT model (as originally developed by Bernice McCarthy in 1980) which creates a 4 way mind-map, starting with WHY in the top right quadrant then WHAT in the lower right, HOW in the lower left and continuing clockwise to create a branch about IF? in the top left quadrant. The WHY is all about "Why should people read/know/care about this?", then WHAT is it that I want them to know/do/feel, and HOW do they do this, then finally the IF? is all about What if? What if I (the reader) do this and it works or doesn't work? What if the next step is ... ? What if it everyone knew/did/felt this? 'What if?' is designed to stimulate the thinking processes based on the Why, What, How of the article/book/presentation. 4MAT is a good process and worth learning more about. I start with these 4 trees on the mind-map but the results can cover hundreds of branches as each branch stimulates new ideas. Sometimes I also use it for building models for presentations. Other times for organizational charts or taxonomies. And sometimes I just data-dump a brainstorm of ideas for whatever I'm working on. The clip art and ability to use straight or curved lines, and format text as I like helps for communication also.

Pros
I've trialled or used a lot of mind mapping software and this is the one that I stick with. Mostly because it has two big criteria that I look for: 1. Ease of use - fast and intuitive 2. Flexibility - I can use a range of shapes and even the included clip art or my own images. I love that it's also available on IOS devices but so far, have been content to use it mostly on my Mac. I'm using XMind 8 Update 8 Pro via a license with Setapp (a subscription service that aggregates 200+ apps for $10/mth). I use enough of the Setapp utilities and apps that Xmind is basically free for me and that's just another big plus.

Cons
Nothing to dislike really. It ticks all the boxes for me. If anything, my main gripe would be that it's not as well known as some other software so it took me a while to find it. It was via the Setapp subscription that I first found it but it is now also in the Apple App Store.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Ricky Ruff

Mind mapping & Organizing At It’s Best!

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-02-05
Review Source: Capterra

Overall XMind has allowed to plan out my goals and strategize various campaigns with ease. Before using this software I would just keep ideas and plans in my head or write them down in an assortment of note books and loose paper. This approach worked for a while until I started misplacing and losing critical documents. Using XMind gives me the luxury of having all my rough ideas, plans, and strategies stored digitally on my computer, which I then can backup to various different sources for an added layer of protection.

Pros
What I liked most about this software is it’s ability for me to take my thoughts & ideas and organize them visually in way that makes achieving my personal or project goals and objectives more structured and easy to follow.

Cons
What I liked least about this software is the overall look and feel of the earlier versions that I was implementing before finally updating my software package. In my opinion the graphic user interface was very dated and reminded me of software programs released in the early 2000’s.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Lucas Meirelles

Mind mapping should be taken more seriously. This is the mobile tool for learning and applying it

Used weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2019-05-15
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Mind mapping is a very powerful tool for learning, as it allows me to put my thoughts on paper and actually see complex relations I am making when thinking, but otherwise would not be able to focus on minutiae of the topics because of the need to "sustain" the structure of the train-of-thought on the back of my mind. XMind is the first app for Android that meets the criteria of having all the tiny functions I need to put the thought down exactly as I had it in my mind, and eventually find loopholes and points where a reasoning is weak. This app can be very helpful for someone to find bad habits of thought and biases one has, as they become move evident when placed somewhere that can be analyzed or shared. Mind mapping education should be mandatory for any researcher, writer or public speaker, and this is the most complete tool for mind mappin I found on mobile Also, this app can be used both on PC and Android and is the best mind map creator I have found for the latter (I have tried a few before).

Cons
A feature that should be added (I recognize it might not be easy) is automatic synchronization between different platforms. However, the effort of the development team is evident, by the amount of resources available

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Paphunkkorn Kuslopakorn

If you need the Easy Drawing Your Mindmap, XMind is one good option

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-12-12
Review Source: Capterra

I can easier manage my fishbone ideas and setting them up in printed paper for sharing with our staff

Pros
Very easy to draw my mindmap, can make an isolated spot and decide whether we want to link to any idea or just standalone in that topic issue as well.

Cons
After their last took away the Cloud Platform... It is totally like a robbed buyer, as there is nothing to replace for us. Become a lesser feature since then. They almost a be like a crossed platform, just sometimes there are some Alien Text or different paragraphing issue when you open them on Both Mac and Windows :(

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Judith Watson

XMIND and ME

Used daily for free trial
Reviewed 2019-07-22
Review Source: Capterra

I am using a free version, but I wish it would at least print my maps and in the direction and on the paper I want to use.

Pros
I like the ease of use. It is pretty intuitive.

Cons
I can't get my projects to print: 1. printing is very diffcult 2. i can't print my mind mind in the direction I want on paper.

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Likelihood to recommend: 5/10

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Anonymous

Beautiful and useful mind mapping tool

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-04-20
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
XMind lets you create powerful mindmaps. Default styles for the templates are pretty beautiful, and the software is easy to use. You can use different layouts to show different information (not only classical mindmaps, but org chart and lists too), and even combine them. You can save the maps locally or in the cloud. There are now two versions of the software, a buyable one that does not look like it will have lots of updates, and the subscription one.

Cons
The software can be slow sometimes if you use big files or have a medium-old computer. The mobile apps are not as intuitive as the desktop apps, but that is something to expect du to the device limitations.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Anonymous

A great replacement at an excellent price!

Used weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2019-04-22
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
I have been an avid user of mind mapping software for more than a decade ,however, ever since I moved over to mac I have not found a great replacement for Mind Manager (which I used on Windows). After trying several other options I recently tried XMind and I am incredibly happy with the experience - it ticks all the boxes I wanted and also ticked a few that I did not know I needed until now. Some of the good points are easy and quick visual mind mapping. It also allows clear and visual relationships, groupings and icons. The price is amazing at only a few dollar per month. The experience of onboarding was also very simple.

Cons
At this point I do not have anything negative to say about XMind - excellent software at a great price.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Vincent Po B2B Consultant

Favourite mind-mapping tool

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-06-23
Review Source: Capterra

Overall satisfied with Xmind, my go-to mind-mapping tool.

Pros
I used to use Freemind (Xmind is a fork of Freemind) and Xmind is the mind-mapping tool I keep going back to, despite all the cloud-based mind-mapping apps, I still prefer Xmind (I don't use Xmind's cloud service though). I use mind-mapping very frequently and Xmind is still my favourite go-to mind-mapping tool.

Cons
Would love to see a free cloud-based version of this (vs only a desktop app).

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Clemens Arnold

Mindmaps for free

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2019-12-09
Review Source: Capterra

XMind is a perfectly valid choice for gathering ans structuring ideas as long as you can live with some minor structural restrictions and limited design-freedom.

Pros
I really like the fact that the free version of XMind offers most of the features I wanted. The prefabricated designs are neat and for most people, they'll be entirely sufficient, just like the graphs themselves.

Cons
The possible schemes are limited in their complexity, which is a pity because being able to structure thoughts is what XMind is all about. I don't like to limit my thoughts to a structure the software is able to display, but as it is for free, I'm not sure wether this is actually valid critique. Also, the UI tends to be a little confusing.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Simon Wong

Great Mapping Tool

Used monthly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-01-21
Review Source: Capterra

Great for quick, good looking maps. A breeze to use and pick up

Pros
Visually pleasing and a very nice UI feel. The keys are intuitive and you can quickly and easily create some beautiful maps

Cons
As you go down the layers in your map, it does lack the ability to customize the deeper level maps look and feel. Beyond 3 tier is probably a no-go.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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XMind pricing

Starting from
$9.99
Pricing options
Free trial

XMind features

Status Tracking
Deadline Tracking
Workflow Management
Ideation
Goal Setting / Tracking

Additional information for XMind

Key features of XMind

  • Competitive Intelligence
  • Analytics
  • Activity/News Feed
  • Collaboration

Benefits

Professional and powerful software, XMind can do project management, brainstorming, meeting minutes, knowledge management and information management.
Open source software, XMind basic version is lifetime free
Easy-to-use software, XMind is flexible