TheBrain Alternatives

    TheBrain is described as 'helps you organize all your Web pages, contacts, documents, emails and files in a context-driven visual map' and is a very popular Mind Mapping App in the Office & Productivity category. There are more than 100 alternatives to TheBrain for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Online / Web-based, iPad and iPhone. The best alternative is Joplin. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Pocket or Zotero. Other great apps like TheBrain are Obsidian (Free Personal), yEd Graph Editor (Free), Turtl (Freemium, Open Source) and XMind (Paid).

    This page was last updated Sep 30, 2021

    1. Create deep visual documents, adaptable and multi-level diagrams, flowcharts, concept maps, mind maps and models. Users can: - Define their own types of nodes and connectors, to reuse nomenclature, symbols, details structure.
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    2. The Visual Understanding Environment or VUE is a free, open source concept mapping application written in Java.


      The project seems no longer developed. Last version, 3.3.0, released in October 2015, can be still downloaded from the official website and from GitHub.

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    3. VYM (View Your Mind) is a tool to generate and manipulate maps which show your thoughts. Such maps can help you to improve your creativity and effectivity. You can use them for time management, to organize tasks, to get an overview over complex contexts, to sort your ideas etc.
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    4. MindForger aims to mimic human mind - learning, recalling, recognizing, associations, forgetting - in order to achieve synergy with your mind to make your searching, reading and writing more productive.


      No reactions on issues in the github repo, no commits since over a year so it seems to be dead.

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    5. The problem with notetaking apps like Evernote or Apple Notes is that once you write a note, after a week you never look at it again. Without any organization, you're stuck praying that search will work for your future self.

    6. Ayoa is a cloud-based work management tool that combines mind mapping with task management features.
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      Protégé is a free, open source ontology editor and knowledge-base framework.
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    7. Minzel is a beautiful and free mindmapping tool built for creatives and gives you the power to visualize your thoughts. It is simple to use and allows fast and productive mind mapping. You can use Minzel on every modern browser.
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    8. miMind is a mind mapping tool designed to create and share ideas and activities, such as, project planning, brainstorming ideas, designing, thought structuring, summarizing ideas, discussions, poster presentation, project demonstrations and many other creative applications.
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    9. Full-featured Information manager, inspired by award-winning Ecco Pro. Outliner with user-defined columns, Calendar, Gantt and Timeline charts, Rich-text pane, MindMap, Pivot tables and charts.
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      Has more powerful outliner, equations and full-features 2D Surface
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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