Alternatives to Docear for all platforms with any license

  • FreeMind icon


    FreeMind is a premier free mind-mapping software written in Java. The recent development has hopefully turned it into high...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • XMind icon


    XMind is a brainstorming and mind mapping application. It provides a rich set of different visualization styles, and allows sharing of...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud

  • Zotero icon


    Zotero is a free, easy-to-use Firefox/Chrome extension or standalone program to help you collect, organize, manage, search and cite...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Chrome Safari Microsoft Office Word ... LibreOffice Firefox

  • Mendeley icon


    Mendeley helps manage and share academic knowledge: Mendeley Desktop is free academic software (Windows, Mac, Linux) for organizing...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud iPhone iPad

  • Freeplane icon


    Freeplane is a powerful and free software for building mind maps. It is a redesigned version of the well known FreeMind, and is...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • MindMeister icon


    MindMeister is the market-leader in online mind mapping. Unlike traditional mind mapping tools, MindMeister allows for real-time...

    Freemium Web / Cloud Android iPhone

  • TheBrain icon


    TheBrain helps you organize all your Web pages, contacts, documents, emails and files in a context-driven visual map.

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad

  • JabRef icon


    JabRef is an open source bibliography reference manager. The native file format used by JabRef is BibTeX, the standard LaTeX...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Visual Understanding Environment

    Visual Understanding Environment (VUE) is a mind-mapping and concept-mapping tool. It is also a non-linear presentation program.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Qiqqa icon


    Qiqqa is free award-winning knowledge-, research- and reference management software. If you're serious about getting the most...

    Freemium Windows Web / Cloud Android Android Tablet

  • Mindomo icon


    Mindomo is the easiest online software for creating mind maps, concept maps, outlines and various other types of diagrams. The...

    Freemium Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android Android Tablet iPad ... Chrome Safari Firefox

  • MindManager  icon


    PRODUCTIVITY & CREATIVITY MEET IN MIND MAPS MindManager’s flexible mind maps promote freeform thinking and quick organization of...

    Commercial Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone iPad

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  • MindNode icon


    MindNode Pro and MindNode are elegant and simple-to-use mindmapping applications for the Macintosh that help to visually.

    Commercial Mac iPhone iPad

  • Mindmup icon


    MindMup is a zero friction free online mind mapping tool. MindMup is free and aims to create the most productive online mind mapping...

    Open Source Web / Cloud iPhone Chrome OS iPad

  • icon is a project management tool that is centered around ideas and taking them through to execution. germ features a visual...

    Free Personal Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android Tablet iPad

  • Papers icon


    Papers doesn’t just want your PDFs, it will gladly organize all your documents, whether they are word documents, spreadsheets...

    Commercial Mac Windows Web / Cloud iPhone iPad

  • Citavi icon


    Reference management and knowledge organization with integrated task planner. Solution for work groups with data sharing in intranet...

    Freemium Windows

  • EndNote icon


    A reference management software, used for searching online publication databases, & managing publications / bibliographies, with...

    Commercial Mac Windows Web / Cloud iPad

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  • colwiz icon


    colwiz is free software for researchers, academics and students. The iPad, iPhone and iPod touch version sync your research articles...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad

  • Paperpile icon


    Organize your research papers in a Gmail-like web app, sync your PDFs to Google Drive and cite your references in Google Docs.

    Commercial Web / Cloud Chrome Google Drive Google Drive - Docs Google Scholar

  • BibSonomy icon


    BibSonomy is a system for sharing bookmarks and lists of literature (BibTex format). When discovering a bookmark or a publication...

    Free Web / Cloud

  • SimpleMind icon


    SimpleMind is a great Mind Mapper with focus on simplicity and ease of use. Multiplatform, with live mindmap transfer.

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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    is a social networking website for academics. The platform can be used to share papers, monitor their impact, and follow the research...

    Free Web / Cloud

  • icon is a simple and free web application that lets you brainstorm online.

    Free Web / Cloud

  • RefMe icon


    Citations Made Easy. RefME is the world's #1 tool for automating citations, reference lists and bibliographies, on mobile and...

    Free Web / Cloud Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

  • Peerlibrary icon


    PeerLibrary is an open source project developing a collaborative online community where scholars and researchers can discover, read...

    Open Source Web / Cloud

  • OutWit Hub icon

    OutWit Hub

    OutWit Hub explores the depths of the Web for you, automatically collecting and organizing data and media from online sources. ...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Firefox

  • iMindMap icon


    iMindMap allows you organise, create, plan, notate, learn, structure, communicate, solve and project manage all in one place... To...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad

  • Mindix icon


    Mindix offers a very simple, clean and organized environment to capture ideas and take notes while conducting brainstorming sessions.

    Free Mac iPhone iPad

  • BibDesk icon


    BibDesk is a bibliographic reference manager for Mac OS X. BibDesk is designed to help organize and use bibliographic databases in...

    Open Source Mac

  • RefWorks icon


    RefWorks - an online research management, writing and collaboration tool - is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud

  • EasyBib icon


    Automatic works cited and bibliography formatting for MLA, APA and Chicago/Turabian citation styles. Now supports 7th edition of MLA. ...

    Freemium Web / Cloud Google Drive - Docs

  • Bookends icon


    Bookends is a commercial reference management software package for Mac OS X that is used to manage bibliographies and references when...

    Commercial Mac

  • tiddlymap

    TiddlyMap is a TiddlyWiki plugin that turns your favourite personal note taking software in a wiki-concept-map hybrid! Yes, you will...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... Chrome OS Android Tablet Self-Hosted

  • TextCite icon


    Program for organizing and commenting textual citations from texts (books, articles, or other published works) for use in producing...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

Docear Comments


Positive Comment by cplusplus2000
about Docear Nov 2013

docear is great! i love it! if you work with PDFs there is no better tool!


docear seems great!

Positive Comment by tommygold
about Docear Oct 2013

docear seems beautiful. really amazing. but it should be more user friendly. i spent two days before i knew how to use it. now i know and will probably switch from zotero.