XMind Zen can help you organize your ideas by creating mind maps. One of its more distinctive features is simplicity. In this regard, the program has been designed to have a straightforward interface in an attempt to allow the user to concentrate on the contents instead of the technical aspects. Thus, to create your map, you can simply use the buttons on the upper toolbar or keyboard shortcuts. Fortunately, there is an excellent interactive tutorial to get you started.
As said before, everything has been planned so you do not need to spend your efforts on superfluous aspects. For instance, you can start from a template and choose your preferred theme. Luckily, there are templates for most of the tasks that require drawing a mind map, including business plans, design responses, marketing funnels, travel plans and many others.
In terms of designing the map, there is nothing new from the conceptual point of view. Maps are composed of topics and subtopics as well as the relationships you need to establish among them. Fortunately, you can enrich the map by attaching other types of contents, such as files and notes. Likewise, you can create hyperlinks to external sources. Finally, to make the elements more visually significant, it is possible to use markers and stickers from the built-in library.
XMind Zen supports various ways of sharing information with others. Thus, you can save your maps in various common formats, such as PDF, TXT and PNG, which you can distribute on several online file-sharing platforms. Besides, if you are worried about securing the data you are sharing, it is good to hear that everything can be encrypted and protected with passwords.
To conclude, XMind Zen is a great choice if you are looking for a program to help you organize your ideas and share them with others. It is simple to use, agile, and powerful at the same time, which makes it ideal for brainstorming sessions. It is a shame that it does not include some professional functions or allow creating slide-based presentations, which is possible if you use XMind, another product by the same developer.
- Both easy-to-use and powerful
- Supports attaching files and notes as well as inserting hyperlinks
- Interactive tutorial
- Password protection
- Exports to various formats
- Several built-in templates
- Does not include some professional functions
- Cannot create slide-based presentations