Mind 42 Web Based Software is a free mind mapping application. It allows users to collaboratively create mind maps to organize ideas and projects. Unlike many other similar online applications, Mind42 is free and accessible by simply creating an account. Even though it’s free, Mind 42 is still a powerful mind map creator; though not as feature-rich as paid competitors, such as Creately, it still gives the users the basic tools expected to build mind maps and has a few neat tricks.
One of them is the possibility of exporting and importing projects to and from mind mapping desktop applications such as Freemind and MindManager. This balances the problem of the lack of off-line editing capability.
Another strong point of Mind 42 Web Based Software is the capacity to add many different attributes to nodes, from icons and colours to links and text styles. This helps to differentiate the types of nodes and becomes particularly important when exchanging ideas in a collective project. It also gives the user the ability to keep their maps private, something that most of its competitors only allow in their paid versions.
One of the few glitches that we found is the fact that only the creators of a map, and not the collaborators, can restore the map to a previous revision. Overall, however, it’s a more than capable tool, especially taking into account that offers some options that many charges for.
Bubbl.us really impresses with its simplicity and ease of use; the controls are simple and intuitive and it won’t take anyone more than 5 minutes to know how to use it. The freedom provided by its layout is its strongest feature. It’s only a shame that the feature set is so limited, especially when it comes to visual and import/export options.
|Possibility to add notes to branches||Lack of off-line editing capability|
|Export/import to/from desktop applications||Revision restoring limited to map creators|
|Feature-rich AND free|