My favorite mind mapping tool is Lucidchart. It is web based and integrates with google drive so you can access your work anywhere.
I've used Personal Brain (www.thebrain.com) off and on for over 10 years. I've tried a number of different products including MindJet's Mind Manager, but I keep on coming back to Personal Brain. When you first start using the software, the user interface is very simple, but there is a lot of capability under the hood. Starting to use the software is easy, once you get your head around the concepts of the software. Learning to use all the features has a bit of a learning curve. I use it as my central organizing tool to keep track of concepts, relationships, related files and such. They have both a PC version, a Mac version and a Web based version, all of which talk to one another... pretty cool stuff.
I use www.mindmeister.com. It is in the cloud, i can collaborate and i can go to any status in the past.
I like using XMind, which is free mindmapping software with a few templates to make it easier to start. You can also try FreeMind.
I've used SmartDraw for years. Mindmapping helps me easily and quickly do a mind dump, and then organize my thoughts. SmartDraw makes it easy to export your maps to Word and PowerPoint. I plan my presentations in SmartDraw and then export them to PPT. It is easier to make the charts look good, and there are lots of templates and images that come free with the program. You can use it for project management, and share with others on the team to keep it up to date. It has a lot of features, including linking to other documents on the web and on your computer. www.SmartDraw.com.
Hi Salma check out an early episode of our web-tv show on mind mapping. We rated iMindMap by Tony Buzan. Goo luck in your search and all the best. Taner
You might want to have a look at Freeplane a better version of Freemind.
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I do not have enough time to include the pros/cons. However, it works good. Try it. It is great and completely FREE!
I use Inspiration. Used it for years and love it for idea creating. It is a little clunky when it comes to exporting your diagrams to other tools. I think this is because it was developed for the Mac environment and ported to PC. I use a PC, so this may be a limitation of the technology.
Salma - I do use Mindjet as mind mapping software and I found this very helpful during team/brainstorming or even self branstorming to collate ideas.
Most of the software is available by paying once. You might like to look at Xmind too. It is free as long as you don't want to use 'professional' features. Mindjet is the big daddy I guess and is very professional at a professional price.
Hope this helps