(electronic tones) – [Narrator] What is the
best mind mapping tool for you and your needs? Well in today’s video,
we are taking a look at two very popular mind mapping tools, Mindomo and MindMeister, and I’m gonna pick am overall winner. Hello everyone, Scott
Friesen here at Simpletivity helping you to get more
done and enjoy less stress and in today’s video, I’m gonna be using five different criteria to rate these two very
popular mind mapping tools. Let’s get started with criteria number one and that has to do with viewing options. We’re gonna kick things
off with MindMeister, and as you can see, MindMeister
is a very simple interface, a very easy to use interface,
but one of the drawbacks is that this is the only view that we have of what’s going on here
within our mind map. Now, if you want to upgrade
to a task management suite, MindMeister does have a separate app, but it is something that
you will have to connect. There’s nothing that is built
right into the interface. You’re essentially stuck with the mind map or mind web interface. Now, if we go over to Mindomo,
one of the great things are the multiple views
that we have available. First off, let’s take a look at the outline view within Mindomo. What this does is it breaks
out a bulleted point list, but one of the great things here is that not only can you add check boxes to a number of your tasks
or really any bubble or any thought that you
want, you can check them off and continue to work
directly from this view, but another one that is often requested when you are dealing with mind
maps is a Gantt chart view and Mindomo has that built right in. You can add dependencies,
you can change the duration of a certain task or a certain project, whatever your mind map represents, and have all that information
available to you right here. I have to give a clear
cut advantage to Mindomo in this particular category. Second up is our interface and let’s stick with
Mindomo for right now. Mindomo has a very intuitive interface as you’re dragging things around, as you’re adding new
subtopics and sub tasks within your interface, it’s quite easy to make a style change. If you click this little down arrow on any one of your objects,
you can quickly add a comment, you can change the font,
you can change the color, how you want to branch things out, a fairly intuitive interface. Now, if we go over to MindMeister,
one of the nice things is that they have this overlay available to you at all times. If I need to change the
font on this word small, I can easily do that with
just a few simple clicks. I wanna add maybe a greenish color here, maybe a smiley face or
a check mark or remove, let’s keep the check mark and
let’s remove the smiley face, I can easily do that
with this interface here. Now, I would say this
one probably comes down to personal preference in
terms of how you like to work. In this case, I’m gonna
give it an even draw between the two products. For those who may want less
options available to you, but like this colorful window,
you may prefer MindMeister, but for those who maybe like
a bit more of a sleeker look, you might have the advantage with Mindomo. Our third criteria has
to do with adding notes because when you think of a mind map, you often are thinking of high-level view. You can see that most of
the things that I have added in this particular project,
they’re single words or something usually a little
less than just a few words, but we wanna add further details. Here you can see that I have a note beside this one listed Reading Material, and you can add an awful
lot of detailed information, you can even do some rich
formatting here, as well. If you want to insert a link
or a picture or a video, you can do that here, as well. But one of the things that I did not like about the note feature here within Mindomo is that if I click on this, I can’t click on it
again and then hide it. Yeah, I can hover over this or click on it and get a preview of this, but
if I go to this second item or something else on my screen, I actually have to come up here and close this window or if I’m changing between two different
things on the screen. Conversely, if we go
over here to MindMeister, here’s something that I have with a note and I can hover over it
and get the note, as well, but again, this is, I
think, one of the advantages of having this hover
or floating menu here. If I need to add something
to this Cookbook note, here is a note, I can quickly do that and then move on with something else and it’s not interfering with my view. Now, you may be asking yourself, well Scott, I didn’t see all
the same viewing options here as I saw in Mindomo. Well, if you click on Advanced, you actually will get a very similar view. Here you’ve got indentation and text size, many of the same things
that we saw in Mindomo. It’s clear, it’s straightforward
if you need that. Otherwise, you can just have this simple text box here down below. Personally, I prefer this. I’m gonna give the
advantage to MindMeister when it comes to adding additional details and in particular, adding new notes. Now the fourth criteria is most important when dealing with mind mapping software and that is collaborating with others. I’m gonna give you this warning now, don’t even entertain a mind mapping tool that does not allow you to share
or collaborate with others. Of course, both of these tools do. If I come down below, you can see that I’m already sharing
this with one person. It’s gonna show me the
details of that individual and I can change things
if I want to allow them to edit or maybe I only want them to view and it’s pretty easy and
straightforward to add a link if I wanna add other members, as well. Now, you can add comments
to any of your objects within your mind map. You can actually have a conversation with other people within your mind map. Now if we go over here to Mindomo, you can see that I have been attached, I’ve got my initials, SF, here to a few different projects. I can quickly unassign myself if I need to or assign someone else on my
team if I need to, as well. The other great thing with
this collaboration assignment is I can use the search bar
at the top of the screen and I can filter by those
whom it’s assigned to. Maybe I just wanna take
a look at the things that I’m assigned to, great,
everything else is minimized and I can just focus on that task. What about what my
teammate is assigned to? Great, it’s quick, it’s easy. You can also filter by other
things, such as due date. Remember that Gantt chart view and remember how we can
use this like a task list? You can do that, as well. This search bar is a lot more powerful than just the text-based search bar that you may be used to. When it comes to collaboration, I have to give a significant
edge here to Mindomo. Last, but not least, let’s
take a look at access and the different apps available. Now, MindMeister has both an
excellent iOS and Android app, so you can keep the collaboration going even when you are on the go. Mindomo also has an app
for both iOS and Android, but they do go one step further and that is with a desktop version. If you need to be working offline, if you don’t have access to the internet, you can keep working and then sync back to your original version or sync up with your online version. This even works with
collaboration, as well. This is also very helpful for those who may just enjoy working
in a standalone desktop app and not always working within a browser. So yes, I’m gonna have to give the advantage here to Mindomo. Overall, if you’re looking for an excellent mind mapping tool, you can’t really go
wrong with either Mindomo or MindMeister, but for my
money and for the features and the functionality
in which I’m getting, I have to give the win to Mindomo. What do you think? Have you used either
of these tools before? Which would you pick in this showdown? Be sure to let me know in
the comments down below. Thank you so much for
watching and remember, being productive does
not need to be difficult. In fact, it’s very simple.


11 Comments

Vuong Dinh · October 31, 2019 at 1:21 pm

XMind Zen

No Reason Channel · October 31, 2019 at 1:40 pm

didnt even begin watching but liked and commented…guess im the first comment..just wanted to say THANKS!

Thomas Neal · October 31, 2019 at 3:10 pm

I think the way MindMeister handles video (plays in the map) is superior to most other maps. I do wish it had drill down as found on XMind.

The internet search function (inside the map). Is also very useful. The integration with MeisterTask also deserves mention.

Vyacheslav Kuznetsov · October 31, 2019 at 9:05 pm

SimpleMind is good too.

Torgrim Sandvoll · November 1, 2019 at 10:00 pm

Thanks and agreed, Mindomo is the better mind mapping tool of these two. I also agree with your comment about text notes in Mindomo. Strange they have not improved this feature, in an otherwise excellent product. Should be able to open, add a note, and close the text note window/panel, and continue your mind mapping with a short-cut key. Please note that for some reason you cannot insert images in notes in Mindomo (you said "you can insert a picture" in your video, this is not correct), you can in Mindmeister. But in Mindomo you can insert videos and math equations in notes (both not possible in Mindmeister).

Simpletivity · November 2, 2019 at 2:05 pm

What do you think? Do you agree with my conclusion? Or is there another mind mapping tool that you'd recommend?
Be sure to let me know in the comments.

Way Ancientmoon · November 3, 2019 at 5:35 am

Try mindmaster.

Marjan Milanov · November 3, 2019 at 2:17 pm

When you say "my money" maybe you should take into consideration the price. So, which one has better options for free, and which one when upgrades? Are there any free option at all,etc… For some people free software is the priority…

MicroCodec · December 18, 2019 at 7:01 pm

thanks for this good comparison but the third criteria "notes" is not enough, it should be called "added elements" which include adding notes, links, audio and videos
also there should be a "Presentation" criteria when you compare presentations capabilities

my opinion is Mindmeister is simpler and easier than Mindomo and that's why it's more popular
but when it comes to features Mindomo has the upper hand

Yubin Kim · January 19, 2020 at 6:44 am

Thanks for the review. I am the CEO of Korean startup. I am now planning to choose one of mind map program.
One comment, in collaboration, if user buy mindmeister with meister task (called 'meister bundle'), collaboration function is going super high for mindmeister. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9P0Lq76Tmo)
BUT, the cost is going fu** high also… Even if they giving promotion (30% discount), the cost for annual per person is $ 138 whereas mindomo shows €15 per month for 6 person or €5 per month per 1person
overall, I think I am gonna purchase Mindomo.

Paul Kendrick · January 20, 2020 at 8:29 am

Please make clear what ‘desktop’ the app runs (Chrome OS [Android/Linux] Windows, Mac OS, Linux, iOS, Android), thanks.

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