XMind is the world's coolest mind mapping software, the best way of brainstorming, the most efficient solution to save your time, and power your company. Here are some great features of XMind 2013, the latest version.
Productivity is what matters most.
Special thanks to Tony Buzan, who brings us the mind map, a proven theory can help us dramatically to clear our thinking, improve productivity level. Mind Map structure in XMind contains a root in the center, with main branches radiating from it.
Besides the Mind Map structure, XMind also offers Org-chart, Tree-chart, Logic-chart, and etc. These charts will play an important role in some circumstances. For example, Org-chart can show the company/department/team structure clearly. Logic-chart is very useful in sorting the reasons.
More important, all these charts can be used within one map! Every branch can have the most proper structure, even every topic. This is a great usability.
Help much in timeline management and quality defect prevention.
Fishbone chart, also known as the Cause & Effect diagram , generates a series of branches which help users visually organize causal relationships in complex ideas or events.
Business people are often faced with project management with milestones and timelines. Fishbone chart is well suited to tracking such schedules. It illustrates a series of activities in a time sequence, and how the whole project is impacted by different milestones on the schedule. Each branch can also be detached into detailed recursive activities. Through Fishbone chart, peole can quickly capture a glimpse of key activities and their dependencies within a schedule, and take proper measures to accelerate the project.
Add rows to your mind map. (originally called spreadsheet)
Matrix displays a set of complex factors and behaviors in rows and columns, thus enabling in-depth comparative analysis for project management, strategic decision-making, and any other important things. It allows people to easily arrange information as a table, and at the same time, also include multiple topics - complete with individual appearances and structures - within each cell.
Matrix is more than a table, or a spreadsheet in any other mind mapping software. Actually it's a kind of structure of mind map content model. Cell topics are sub topics of the row topic and columns are labels. A matrix can be easily converted to a meaningful mind map and vice versa.
Relationship is a customized line between any two topics on the map to show some special relation. You can use different shapes, colors to express the meaning, or add direct word description.
Boundary is a closed area over topics. When you want to emphasize some content, or tell readers some special concept, boundary can group these topics together. We also have many styles for your boundary.
Summary adds the summary topic for selected topics at the necessary time in your divergent mind map. Like other types topic, summary topic can change the style, and extend to subtopics.
Label is a plain text tag that is attached to topics and typically used for simple annotation and categorization. A topic can have multiple labels. You can even filter topics by label. It's effective.
Marker is widely used in mind maps and plays an important role. It's used to express specific meaning, like priority, progress, risk, feeling, and etc. Your own images can also be added as markers.
Drill Down is an XMind magic. It enables you to focus on a specific branch of your mind map. When drilling down, the focused branch will be displayed as the central branch. It's a new level, not new map. And level has not limits.
All your thought goes into your mind map.
What's better than a full-screen mind map, when you're in a team brainstorming? Brainstorming Mode is made up for that. Here, you and teams can take all attention on recording the inspiration and sparkles in your mind. A well-designed timer could help you to save time and raise the productivity.
Of course, keyboard shortcuts are available in this mode. It helps to navigate, add/remove/edit topics, collapse/expand branches, zoom the map, add relationship, boundary, and more. It almost frees your mouse.
Presentation is an alternative view that effectively presents mind maps to audience with a minimum of distraction, focusing in on a particular topic while using the whole screen to capture the full tapestry of ideas related to it.
Encrypt with Password
Security is always at the first priority. XMind lets you set a password for your XMind file. Without password, no one can open the file. The file is encrypted with 128-bit AES. And we don't store the password within the file.
Related documents can be dragged to a mind map as file topics. This is called attachment, like an attachment in your email. When sharing your mind map with your customer, these files are also one click away for them.
Audio Notes helps to capture spoken information during meetings, brainstorming sessions, or other activities. It enables you to annotate topics without typing. Ideas are sparkles. Don't miss anything.
A spell checker is automatically invoked as users type text into XMind. Right-clicking on the misspelled word will provide a pop-up list of suggested revisions. Users can also add a new word to the dictionary.
XMind offers a powerful search view, in which you can find any content in all opening files. In this view, you can type the targeted content, modify search options, and check the search result.
You can use both advantages of mind map and gantt chart.
I believe that Gantt View is not a required feature for mind mapping software. But if you manage your project in mind maps, the feature will be extremely helpful!
Gantt View shows start date, end date and progress of every task. A task (or a milestone) is actually a topic in mind map. So tasks have their tree structure, which we usually called a Work Breakdown System(WBS). And the structure is, you guess right, the mind map! And they're auto synchronized.
We re-built the Gantt View in XMind 2012. The user interface is more beautiful, the interaction is more fluent, and the usability is improved. Complex operations can be done directly on the view.
We also bring task dependency in XMind 2012.
Import and Export
Communication is simple and easy.
XMind can import mind maps made by FreeMind or Mindjet MindManager. And we'll try to support more file format in the future.
XMind can export maps into a variety of popular formats such as PDF, Word, PowerPoint, HTML, plain text, and of course images, like PNG/GIF/JPEG/BMP. When you export to plain text, you got the topics outline and notes. When you export to Word/Powerpoint/HTML, you got a rich text article with topics outline, notes, hyperlinks, and separated maps as images. XMind can also export files to Freemind and Mindjet MindManager format. P.S. Export to Word/Powerpoint need your operating system to be Windows and Microsoft Word/Powerpoint installed.
Template and Theme
It's your XMind, not other's.
XMind have 7 built-in templates. They are all nice and useful. You can design and save your custom templates for future usage.
A theme is a collection of colors, shapes, line patterns, and other coordinated graphical attributes of map and topic. XMind provides a variety of professional themes for users to choose from, which can be applied to any map in just one easy step. Themes can be further customized, extracted and saved as a new one for future usage with other maps. You can even change the default theme.