In a nutshell: FreeMind is opensource software useful for brainstorming projects, taking notes, and organizing, well, almost anything.

Useful for:

  • Teachers
  • Students
  • Writers
  • Nonprofit administrators
  • Anyone who needs to organize stuff

Why I Like It: I was skeptical about “mindmapping” software at first. What could this do for me and my writing that I couldn’t do in an outline? Well, it puts text into a visual framework which makes outlining in a non-linear form easy. Sometimes I have a great idea for the middle, but haven’t fleshed out the beginning yet – this makes keep those pieces straight and organized a cinch. Also, it allows me to see the plot unfold and all my characters, places, etc. next to it. No more forgetting that minor character’s name!

FreeMind Screenshot

FreeMind Screenshot (Click to enlarge)

Pros:

  • Installation file is small and program doesn’t take up too much space or memory.
  • Software has a wide array of features, most of which I haven’t even used yet.
  • Lots of features, means lots of flexibility in how it can be used. The possibilities are vast and the main site has some suggested ideas, as well as working examples.
  • It’s one of those things you don’t know you need until you use it, then you can’t live without it.

Cons:

  • Until I downloaded the sample file, I was completely confused. But once I saw it in action, it was cake.

Conclusion: If you’ve got something that needs organizing, be it class notes, the plot of a novel, or whatever, it’s worth a try.

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