Tuesday, 17 July 2012



My wife suggested to me that I organise my thoughts using a diagram.

This got me thinking about geeky ways to achieve the above.

I came up with FreeMind.  I suggested it at work for a few people as the commercial software available,  although excellent was a little pricey when too many people were using it and requiring licenses. 

Installation is a breeze: I just installed via the Ubuntu Software Centre: but its worth looking into the advanced details and selecting the additional components that you may require.  For example,  you can enable export or your mind maps to various formats.

  • No cost for the software
  • Cross Platform support
  • Easy to install using Linux (and windows)
  • No great learning curve: I downloaded a pdf with a nice run through of the main features,  and after a quick read of that I was good to go
  • Items can be easily linked to documents on my computer, 

  • My map stretches too far to the left and right to print out properly on a normal page of A4 in landscape mode.  I can export to a PDF and it will print out more neatly that way,  but even then some text is lost at the borders.  I'm sure there's an easy way of correcting this: but I've not worked out what it is as yet.
  • I would like to be able to set reminders against some activities: so for example I have a plan to buy a new suit for interviews: it would be nice to set a popup to remind me once a set date had passed upon which I planned to do just that.

Here's what my attempt looks like so far:


Reviewed by Phil Mulley
on Jan 6 2012

Rating: 4.5


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