2009 SourceForge Community Choice Awards
XMind 3 won "Best Project for Academia" as part of SourceForge's 4th Annual Community Choice Awards.
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2008 Eclipse Community Award
XMind 2008 was named "Best Commercial Eclipse Rich Client Platform (RCP) Application" as part of the prestigious Eclipse Community Awards at EclipseCon 2008.
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Why Open Source
We want to make XMind's code available for Eclipse-based projects and Eclipse plug-in developers to incorporate visual brainstorming and mind mapping capabilities in their applications, or just to export their data to an XMind mind map file. We also welcome the development of plug-ins for XMind itself, and we provide extension points for developers to facilitate the development process. Overall we believe many synergies will evolve from the use of XMind by third party developers.
XMind is dual licensed under two open source licenses:
the Eclipse Public License v1.0 (EPL), which is available at http://www.eclipse.org/legal/epl-v10.html , and the GNU Lesser General Public License v3 (LGPL), which is available at http://www.gnu.org/licenses/lgpl.html.
For licensees that wish to distribute XMind 3, modify the source code, and/or build extensions, the EPL can be used to maintain copyleft of the original code base while encouraging innovation with commercial and other open source offerings incorporating XMind.
At the same time, for licensees that are concerned with incompatibility between the EPL and GPL, we are providing the LGPL as an option to license XMind.
Please note that we are not providing legal advice here and you should not rely on the above statements as such. For a full understanding of your rights and obligations under these licenses, please consult the full text of the EPL and/or LGPL, and your legal counsel as appropriate.
Parsing XMind file
XMind files are generated in XMind Workbook (.xmind) format, an open format that is based on the principles of OpenDocument. It consists of a ZIP compressed archive containing separate XML documents for content and styles, a .jpg image file for thumbnails, and directories for related attachments.
XMind/XMind Pro 3 and later should support the older version ".xmap" file format (XMind 2007/2008), but are limited to reading it.
Contributing to XMind
We are actively seeking source code contributions into XMind.
- Report Bugs: Post in our developer site.
- Fix Problems: Post your code in our developer forum. Please add our license notice at the head of all source files.
- Write an extension: See Eclipse Help. The documents of XMind's extension points are published soon.
Use XMind with Freemind
XMind supports importing Freemind file to XMind file, so you can use them together.