Alternatives to MindManager - Detailed Comparison

Choosing the best mind mapping software can be a hard decision. There are many alternatives to MindManager on the market, but which one offers what you need?

MindManager VS Mindomo

Alternatives to MindManager

MindManager and Mindomo are two cross-platform offline and online mind mapping tools. Both software offers advanced functionalities, a big variety of diagrams, and can be really helpful for project management, personal life, and education.

But which one fits your needs best? Which one should you choose?
Let’s make a detailed comparison of these tools and figure it out.

1. Diagram Editing Functionalities

When you choose a mind mapping software the diagram editing functionalities are very important. You will express yourself and you will use them every time you use the tool.

1.1. Map Styling

Mindomo
(Online)

MindManager
 (Online)

Topic shape

✅Over 45 different topic shapes

✅14 different topic shapes

Topic style

✅Hundreds of predefined topic styles containing a combination of colors, fonts, topic shapes, etc. (in that gallery you can find styles you created in the current diagram, on other diagrams, or in theme editor).



✅Topic style can be applied to only one topic or you have 5 other options to automatically apply the topic style on multiple topics (for example, all current topic’s siblings, all current topic’s descendants, etc.)
✅Option to copy a topic’s style and paste it to another topic

❌No predefined styles


❌No option to automatically apply the styles

✅Option to copy a topic’s style and paste it to another topic (format painter)

Topic gradient

✅8 options (including gradient levels and shadows)

❌No gradient topics

Color

Color picker for:

✅Color of topics

✅Topic border

✅Connections

✅Text
✅Boundaries

✅Diagram background

✅Option to set the connecting line's color to determine the topic color

✅Multicolor palettes

Color picker for:

✅Color of topics
✅Topic border (only with connections colors)
❌No option to change the color of a connection without changing the topic border's color as well
✅Text
✅Boundaries
❌No option to change the diagram’s background color

✅Option to set the connecting line's color to determine the topic color (when you change the line’s color the topic’s border color changes automatically)
❌No multicolor palettes

Padding

✅Customizable

❌Non-customizable

Topic border’s weight

✅Customizable

❌Non-customizable

Text formatting

✅Over 59 different fonts
✅Customizable size
✅Styles (bold, italic, underline, strikethrough)
✅Customizable text alignment (left, center, and right)

✅28 different fonts
✅Customizable size
✅Styles (bold, italic, underline, strikethrough)
❌No Customizable text alignment (left, center, and right)

Connections

✅9 layout types
✅Customizable spacing between topics and branches
✅Auto balance map option
✅10+ connection types (+no line option)
✅3 anchor point options
✅Customizable weight
✅7 line formats

✅5 layout types
❌No customizable spacing between topics and branches
❌No auto balance map option
❌No connection types
❌No anchor point options
❌No customizable weight
❌No line formats

Boundary

✅10 shapes
✅Customizable line color
✅Customizable background color
✅7 line types
✅Unlimited weight options

❌No shapes
✅Customizable line color
✅Customizable background color
❌No line types
❌No weight options

Themes

Theme Editor that contains:

✅42 predefined map themes
✅Option to create custom themes and apply them to other diagrams (with custom font sizes, colors, shapes, and background colors or pictures)
✅Options to import and export themes

❌No Theme Editor (only a themes list):

✅26 predefined map themes
❌No option to create custom themes and apply them to other diagrams (with custom font sizes, colors, shapes, and background colors or pictures)
❌No options to import and export themes

Relationships

Fully customizable relationships between topics:

✅Label (you can add text)
✅Color picker
✅3 angles (+ customizable relationship angle)
✅Customizable relationship weight
✅7 patterns
✅11 arrows
✅Style (copy style or set it as default for current diagram)

Customizable relationships between topics:

✅Label (you can add text)
✅Color picker
❌No predefined angles (+ customizable relationship angle)
❌Non-customizable relationship weight
❌No patterns
❌No arrows
❌Non-customizable style (no copy style or set it as default for current diagram)

Floating topic

✅Yes

✅Yes

The MindManager’s online mapping tool is very limited and it doesn’t offer many map styling options. However, Mindomo is an advanced online mind mapping software that allows you to customize your diagrams exactly how you imagine. When you have ideas to capture, organize or explain it’s important to have freedom when it comes to illustrating them in a visual way.

MindManager and Mindomo also have Desktop apps. Let’s take a closer look at their map styling characteristics:

Mindomo
(Desktop)

MindManager
 (Desktop)

Topic shape

✅Over 45 different topic shapes (no customization)

✅14 different topic shapes (+ custom)

Topic style

✅Hundreds of predefined topic styles containing a combination of colors, fonts, topic shapes, etc. (in that gallery you can find styles you created in the current diagram, on other diagrams, or in the Theme Editor)


✅Topic style can be applied to only one topic, or you have 5 other options to automatically apply the topic style on multiple topics (for example, all current topic’s siblings, all current topic’s descendants, etc.)
✅Option to copy a topic’s style and paste it to another topic

❌No predefined styles (you can only make a list of styles you created from scratch)

✅Topic style can be applied to only one topic, or you have 3 other options to automatically apply the topic style on multiple topics (for example, all current topic’s siblings, all current topic’s descendants, or all topics)
✅Option to copy a topic’s style and paste it to another topic (format painter)

Topic gradient

✅8 options (including gradient levels and shadows)

❌No gradient topics

Color

Color picker for:

✅Color of topics
✅Topic border
✅Connections
✅Text
✅Boundaries
✅Diagram background

✅Option to set the connecting line's color to determine the topic color
✅Multicolor palettes

Color picker for:

✅Color of topics
✅Topic border (only with connections colors)
✅Connections (No option to change the color of a connection without changing the topic border's color as well)
✅Text
✅Boundaries
✅Diagram background

✅Option to set the connecting line's color to determine the topic color (when you change the line’s color the topic’s border color changes automatically)
❌No multicolor palettes

Padding

✅Customizable paddings/margins
❌No option to Match width with other topic widths

✅Customizable paddings/margins
✅Option to Match width with other topic widths

Topic border’s weight

✅Customizable

❌Non-customizable

Text formatting

✅Over 59 different fonts
✅Customizable size
✅Styles (bold, italic, underline, strikethrough)
✅Customizable text alignment (left, center, and right)

✅Over 250 fonts
✅Customizable size
✅Styles (bold, italic, underline, strikethrough, text capitalization)
✅Customizable text alignment (left, center, and right)

Connections

✅9 layout types
✅Customizable spacing between topics and branches
✅Auto balance map option
✅10+ connection types (+no line option)
✅3 anchor point options
❌No option to add shadow to connections
✅Customizable weight
✅7 line formats/patterns

✅9 layout types
✅Customizable spacing between topics and branches
✅Auto balance map option
✅8 connection types (+no line option)
✅3 anchor point options
✅Option to add shadow to connections
✅Customizable weight
✅8 line formats/patterns

Boundary

✅10 shapes
✅Customizable line color
✅Customizable background color
✅7 line types/patterns
✅Unlimited weight options
❌No transparency option

✅7 shapes
✅Customizable line color
✅Customizable background color
✅8 line types/patterns
✅11 weight options
✅Transparency option

Themes

Theme Editor that contains:

✅42 predefined map themes
✅Option to create custom themes and apply them to other diagrams (with custom font sizes, colors, shapes, and background colors or pictures)
✅Customizable (no separate cascading text sizes option, but you can create your own custom sizes)
✅Customizable spacing between levels of the map (no separate predefined options)
✅Customizable sizes (no separate predefined sizes)
✅ Option to import and export themes

Theme Editor that contains:

✅42 predefined map themes
✅Option to create custom themes and apply them to other diagrams (with custom font sizes, colors, shapes, and background colors or pictures)
✅Cascading text sizes option
✅3 map density options
✅4 topic predefined sizes
❌No option to import and export themes

Relationships

Fully customizable relationships between topics:

✅Label (you can add text)
✅Color picker
✅3 angles (+ customizable relationship angle)
✅Customizable relationship weight
✅7 patterns
✅11 arrows
✅Style (copy style or set it as default for current diagram)

Customizable relationships between topics:

✅Label (you can add text)
✅Color picker
✅5 angles (+ customizable relationship angle)
✅Customizable relationship weight
✅7 patterns
✅6 arrows (separate begin and end style)
✅Style (copy style or set it as default for current diagram)

Floating topic

✅Yes

✅Yes

Numbering

✅Yes

✅Yes

Summary

❌No

✅Yes
✅Customizable color, pattern, and weight

Callout

❌No

✅Yes

Tag/Hashtag

✅Yes

✅Yes

Shapes and Smart Shapes

❌No

✅Yes

Text box

❌No (you can add a floating topic that has no border and it looks the same)

✅Yes

When it comes to the Desktop mind mapping tools,  MindManager has more features to offer compared to its online version. The online version of MindManager is very rudimentary. Compared with Mindomo, we can notice that both tools have common features but each of them has to offer something extra, it all depends on what you are looking for.

The map styling is a very important aspect because we are talking about visual diagrams, it’s a mandatory criterion when you are going to use a tool to visually organize information.

First of all, Mindomo is a more intuitive mind map app and has a fresh, modern, and minimalist interface. This minimalist design gives you more space on the screen for your mind maps. Moreover, you have everything in handy and a cool and modern design. MindManager has a loaded interface, with two toolbars, many buttons, and options all over the screen.

At first look at the comparison table, it seems like MindManager comes with more extra features. In MindManager, you can add a text box, summary, shapes, or callouts. With Mindomo you don’t have these separate options, but if you want to add a “text box” you can simply add a floating topic with no border, and you’ll have the same result. Mindomo doesn’t have a “callout” separate option, but you can add a topic that has the topic shape just like the “callout” one, and you will get the same result.

MindManager comes with some extra options for the theme editor, like cascading text sizes option, 3 map density options, 4 topic predefined sizes. On Mindomo, you can only manually customize all of these. MindManager also offers the advantage of having the option to match width with other topics, more fonts, and an option to add shadow to connections.

However, Mindomo has some other features that MindManager doesn’t offer, like more topic shapes, multicolor palettes, predefined topic styles, gradient options, import and export themes.

1.2. File & Multimedia Attachments

The file and multimedia attachments are crucial aspects when you create mind maps. A mind map diagram should be easy to read with keywords, not long phrases, but be rich in information.

That is the reason why your mapping tool should allow you to add as many types of files or multimedia attachments.

Mindomo

(Online)

MindManager

(Online)

Images

✅Upload images from PC
✅Upload images from Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive
✅Insert multimedia URL
✅Search images on the Internet
✅Your account’s images gallery
✅Mindomo image gallery
✅Images in comments
✅Images in notes
❌No option to insert floating images

✅Upload images from PC
✅Upload images from Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive
❌No option to insert multimedia URL
❌No option to search images on the Internet
❌No dedicated account images gallery
❌No MindManager image gallery
❌No images in comments
✅Images in notes
✅Option to insert floating images

Icons and Emojis

✅Big variety of icons sorted into categories
✅Frequently used category
✅Priority and completion icons
✅Search bar to filter
✅Option to remove all icons
❌No option to add a custom icon (but you can add an image and the result is the same)

✅Big variety of icons sorted into categories
❌No frequently used category
✅Priority and completion (progress) icons
❌No search bar to filter
❌No option to remove all icons
✅Option to add a custom icon

Videos

✅Upload videos from PC, Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive
✅Insert multimedia URL
✅Search videos on YouTube and Vimeo
✅Accounts’ videos gallery

❌No option to upload videos from PC, Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive
❌No option to Insert multimedia URL
❌No option to Search videos on YouTube and Vimeo
❌No access to account’s videos gallery

Audio files

✅Upload audio files from PC, Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive
✅Record audio
✅Option to attach uploaded

❌No Option to Upload audio files from PC, Google Drive Dropbox, and OneDrive
❌No Option to Record audio
❌No Option to Attach uploaded

Documents

✅Upload document files from PC
✅Upload document files from Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive

✅Upload document files from PC
❌No option to Upload documents files fromGoogle Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive

Links

✅Insert URL
✅Link a topic
✅Link a diagram from your account

✅Insert URL
✅Link a topic
❌No option to Link a diagram from your account


Notes panel

✅Revamped notes panels (normal and maximized)
✅Text style (bold, italic, underline)
✅Customizable text size
✅Customizable text color
✅Numbering
✅Bulleting
✅Alignment
✅Insert images
✅Mathematical formulas
✅Direct links
✅Videos
✅Formatting (code block, quote, strikethrough, sub-, and superscript)
✅Remove formatting option

✅Revamped notes panels (you can manually change the size)
✅Text style (bold, italic, underline)
✅Customizable text size
✅Customizable text color
❌No numbering
✅Bulleting
❌No alignment
✅Insert images
❌No mathematical formulas
❌No direct links
❌No videos
❌No formatting (code block, quote, strikethrough, sub-, and superscript)
❌No option to remove formatting option


Comments panel

✅Revamped comments panels (normal and maximized)
✅Text style (bold, italic, underline)
✅Customizable text size
✅Customizable text color
✅Numbering & bulleting
✅Alignment
✅Insert images
✅Mathematical formulas
✅Direct links
✅Videos
✅Formatting (code block, quote, strikethrough, sub-, and superscript)
✅Remove formatting option
✅File attachments
✅Mentions (with or without email notifications)
✅Votes


✅Revamped comments panels (normal and maximized)
❌No text style (bold, italic, underline)
❌No customizable text size
❌No customizable text color
❌No numbering & bulleting
❌No alignment
❌No insert images
❌No mathematical formulas
❌No direct links
❌No videos
❌No formatting (code block, quote, strikethrough, sub-, and superscript)
❌No option to remove formatting option
❌No file attachments
❌No mentions (with or without email notifications)
❌No votes

The online version of MindManager is also very limited compared to Mindomo when it comes to file and multimedia attachments.

Mindomo

(Desktop)

MindManager

(Desktop)

Images

✅Upload images from PC
✅Insert multimedia URL
✅Search images on the Internet
✅Mindomo image gallery
✅Images in comments
✅Images in notes
❌No option to insert floating images

✅Upload images from PC
❌No option to insert multimedia URL
❌No option to search images on the Internet
✅MindManager image gallery
❌No images in comments
✅Images in notes
✅Option to insert floating images

Icons and Emojis

✅Big variety of icons sorted into categories
✅Frequently used category
✅Priority and completion icons
✅Search bar to filter
✅Option to remove all icons

✅Big variety of icons sorted into categories
❌No frequently used category
✅Priority and completion (progress) icons
❌No search bar to filter
❌No option to remove all icons

Videos

✅Upload videos from PC
✅Insert multimedia URL
✅Search videos on YouTube and Vimeo

❌No option to Upload videos from PC
❌No option to Insert multimedia URL
❌No option to Search videos on YouTube and Vimeo

Audio files

✅Upload audio files from PC
✅Record audio

✅Upload audio files from PC (only as a document)
❌No option to Record audio

Documents

✅Upload documents files from PC

✅Upload documents files from PC

Links

✅Insert URL
✅Link a topic
✅Link a diagram from your account

✅Insert URL
✅Link a topic
❌No option to Link a diagram from your account

Notes panel

✅Revamped notes panels (normal and maximized)
✅Text style (bold, italic, underline)
✅Customizable text size
✅Customizable text color
❌No option to highlight text
✅Numbering
✅Bulleting
✅Alignment
✅Insert images
✅Mathematical formulas
✅Direct links
✅Videos
❌No tables
✅Drawing your sketch functionality on topics - not only on notes panel (on mobile apps)
✅Formats (code block, quote, strikethrough, sub-, and superscript)
✅Remove formatting option

✅Revamped notes panels (you can manually change the size)
✅Text style (bold, italic, underline)
✅Customizable text size
✅Customizable text color
✅Highlight text
✅Numbering
✅Bulleting
✅Alignment
✅Insert images
❌No mathematical formulas
✅Direct links
❌No videos
✅Tables
✅Draw your sketch - only on notes panel
❌No formats (code block, quote, strikethrough, sub-, and superscript)
❌No remove formatting option

Comments panel

✅Revamped comments panels (normal and maximized)
✅Text style (bold, italic, underline)
✅Customizable text size
✅Customizable text color
✅Numbering & bulleting
✅Alignment
✅Insert images
✅Mathematical formulas
✅Direct links
✅Videos
✅Formatting (code block, quote, strikethrough, sub-, and superscript)
✅Remove formatting option
✅File attachments
✅Mentions (with or without email notifications)
✅Votes

✅Revamped comments panels (you can manually change the size)
❌No text style (bold, italic, underline)
❌No customizable text size
❌No customizable text color
❌No numbering & bulleting
❌No alignment
❌No insert images
❌No mathematical formulas
❌No direct links
❌No videos
❌No formatting (code block, quote, strikethrough, sub-, and superscript)
❌No remove formatting option
❌No file attachments
❌No mentions (with or without email notifications)
❌No votes

Map or map parts

✅You can insert a map or a part of the map (using copy and paste branch functionality)

✅ You can insert a map or a part of a map

Mindomo offers more file and multimedia attachment options than MindManager on both offline and online mind mapping tools.

This is a very useful advantage if you use the tool for project planning, task management, education, or personal life.

1.3. Features


Mindomo
(Online)

MindManager
(Online)

Presenter mode

✅Presenter mode

✅Slide list
✅Add slides
✅Remove slides
✅Undo/redo
✅Duplicate slide option
✅Present topics collapsed option
✅Add/remove topics from slide option
✅Play presentation
✅Export as PowerPoint or Image formats
✅Next/Previous slide buttons

No presentation

❌No slide list
❌No add slides
❌No remove slides
❌No undo/redo
❌No copy slide option
✅Present topics collapsed option
❌No option to add/remove topics from slide option
❌No option to play presentation
❌No option to export as PowerPoint or Image formats
✅Next/Previous topic buttons


Visualization options (switch view)

✅Mind map
✅Outline
✅Gantt chart
✅Concept map
✅Organigram (Up to Down or Down to Up)
✅Logic chart (Left or Right)
✅Tree chart (Left or Right)
✅Timeline (Vertical)
❌No Kanban


✅Mind map (Standard)
❌No Outline
❌No Gantt chart
❌No Concept map
❌No Organigram (Up to Down or Down to Up)
❌No Logic chart (Left or Right)
❌No Tree chart (Left or Right)
❌No Timeline (Vertical)
✅Kanban

Templates

✅Hundreds of templates (from general to very specific ones)
✅Guided templates
✅Quick diagrams (skeleton and specific theme for general use)
✅Over 9 use case categories
✅Dedicated templates for each account type (education, business, and personal)

❌No templates (from general to very specific ones)
❌No guided templates
❌No quick diagrams (skeleton and specific theme for general use)
❌No use case categories
❌No dedicated templates for each account type (education, business, and personal)


Public Gallery

✅Yes

✅Yes

Undo/Redo

✅Yes

✅Yes

History of changes

✅Full history of changes including date and time
✅Playback diagram history
✅Adjust the speed of the playback
✅Make a copy of a specific diagram version

❌No full history of changes including date and time
❌No playback diagram history
❌No option to adjust the speed of the playback
❌No option to make a copy to specific diagram version

Dashboard

✅ Yes

✅ Yes

Duplicate diagram

✅ Yes

❌No

Drill down

✅Yes

❌No

Full screen mode

✅Yes

❌No

View Mode

✅Yes

❌No

Import

14 import formats:


✅Mindomo file
✅Mindmeister file
✅MindManager file
✅Freemind file
✅XMind file
✅Bubbl.us file
✅SimpleMind file
✅iThoughts file
✅Markdown file
✅Microsoft Project file
✅Text file
✅OPML file
✅Excel file
✅Plain text


✅Upload from PC
✅Upload from Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive

❌No import formats

❌No Mindomo file
❌No Mindmeister file
❌No MindManager file
❌No Freemind file
❌No XMind file
❌No Bubbl.us file
❌No SimpleMind file
❌No iThoughts file
❌No Markdown file
❌No Microsoft Project file
❌No Text file
❌No OPML file
❌No Excel file
❌No Plain text


❌No option to upload from PC
❌No option to upload from Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive

Export

20 export formats:

✅Text file
✅OPML file
✅Microsoft Project file (.mpx)
✅Microsoft Project file (.xml)
✅HTML
✅Slides as images (.zip)
✅Slides as PDF (.pdf)
✅Image file (.png)
✅Markdown file
✅Mindomo file (.mom)
✅Mindomo pack (.pmom)
✅Freemind file (.mm)
✅MindManager file (.mmap)
✅Excel file (horizontal outline)
✅Excel file (horizontal tree)
✅Excel file (Gantt chart data)
✅Excel file (vertical outline)

2 export formats:

❌No Text file
❌No OPML file
❌No Microsoft Project file (.mpx)
❌No Microsoft Project file (.xml)
✅HTML 5
❌No Slides as images (.zip)
❌No Slides as PDF (.pdf)
❌No Image file (.png)
❌No Markdown file
❌No Mindomo file (.mom)
❌No Mindomo pack (.pmom)
❌No Freemind file (.mm)
✅MindManager file (.mmap)
❌No Excel file (horizontal outline)
❌No Excel file (horizontal tree)
❌No Excel file (Gantt chart data)
❌No Excel file (vertical outline)

Print

6 printing formats:

✅A4
✅A2
✅A3
✅Letter
✅Ledger
✅Original

✅Print slides option
✅Option to generate background color
❌No option to generate border, header, and footer

2 custom printing formats:

✅Portrait
✅Landscape

❌No option to print slides
❌No option to generate background color
✅Option to generate border, header, and footer

Editing with no network connection

✅Yes

❌No

Filtering

✅Full-text search (across all diagrams)
✅Hashtags
✅Filter by icon
✅Filter tasks by date
✅Filter tasks by assignee
✅Filter tasks by stage/progress
✅Filter tasks by updates
✅Filter tasks by creator
✅Filter tasks by deadline
✅Filter tasks by priority

✅Full-text search
✅Hashtags
✅Filter by icon
❌No option to filter tasks by date
❌No option to filter tasks by assignee
✅Filter tasks by stage/progress
❌No option to filter tasks by updates
❌No option to filter tasks by creator
❌No option to filter tasks by deadline
❌No option to filter tasks by priority

Folder organization

✅Yes
✅Diagram recycle bin

❌No
❌No Diagram recycle bin

Shortcuts

✅Over 58 shortcuts

✅Search bar to filter them

✅Over 80 shortcuts
❌No search bar to filter them

Cloud storage

✅Up to 15 GB

❌No cloud storage (you can only sync with a cloud storage service provider like Dropbox, Box, GoogleDrive, OneDrive)

When it comes to features, Mindomo is again the winner of these two online software. It has more features to offer.

Mindomo
(Desktop)

MindManager
(Desktop)

Online-Offline Synchronization

✅Yes
✅Sync to Mindomo cloud with one click
✅Automatic syncing when you have internet connection

❌No
❌No automatic syncing when you have internet connection

Cloud storage

✅Up to 15 GB

❌No cloud storage - you can save maps to a cloud storage service provider like Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, OneDrive, or SharePoint

Presenter mode

✅Presenter mode

✅Slide list
✅Add slides
✅Remove slides
✅Undo/redo
✅Duplicate slide option
✅Present topics collapsed option
✅Add/remove topics from slide option
✅Play presentation
✅Export as PowerPoint or Image formats
✅Next/Previous slide buttons

✅Presenter mode

✅Slide list
✅Add slides
✅Remove slides
❌No undo/redo
✅Duplicate slide option
✅Auto create presentation
❌No separate option to present topics collapsed
❌No option to add/remove topics from slide
✅Play presentation
❌No option to export as PowerPoint
✅Export as Image
✅Next/Previous topic buttons

Visualization options (switch view)

✅Mind map
✅Outline
✅Gantt chart
✅Concept map
✅Organigram (Up to Down or Down to Up)
✅Logic chart (Left or Right)
✅Tree chart (Left or Right)
✅Timeline (Vertical)
❌No Kanban
❌No Schedule View

✅Mind map (Standard)
✅Outline
✅Gantt chart
❌No Concept map
✅Organigram (Up to Down or Down to Up or Split)
✅Logic chart (Right)
✅Tree chart (Right or Split)
✅Timeline (Vertical or Horizontal)
✅Kanban
✅Schedule View

Templates

✅Hundreds of templates (from general to very specific ones)
✅Guided templates
✅Quick diagrams (skeleton and specific theme for general use)
✅Over 9 use case categories
✅Dedicated templates for each account type (education, business, and personal)

✅76 of templates (from general to very specific ones)
❌No guided templates
✅Few quick diagrams (skeleton and specific theme for general use)
✅Over 9 use case categories
❌No dedicated templates for each account type (education, business, and personal)

Public Gallery

✅Public Gallery of mind maps (can be copied and edited only with creators permission)

✅Yes

Undo/Redo

✅Yes

✅Yes

History of changes

✅Full history of changes including date and time
✅Playback diagram history
✅Adjust the speed of the playback
✅Make a copy to specific diagram version

❌No full history of changes including date and time
❌No playback diagram history
❌No option to adjust the speed of the playback
❌No option to make a copy to specific diagram version

Duplicate diagram

✅ Yes

✅ Yes

Drill down

✅Yes

❌No

Full screen mode

✅Yes

❌No

Import

14 import formats:

✅Mindomo file
✅Mindmeister file
✅MindManager file
✅Freemind file
✅XMind file
✅Bubbl.us file
✅SimpleMind file
✅iThoughts file
✅Markdown file
✅Microsoft Project file
✅Text file
✅OPML file
✅Excel file
✅Plain text


✅Upload from PC

6 import formats:

❌No Mindomo file
❌No Mindmeister file
✅MindManager file
✅Freemind file
✅XMind file
❌No Bubbl.us file
❌No SimpleMind file
❌No iThoughts file
❌No Markdown file
❌No Microsoft Project file
✅Microsoft Word
✅OPML file
✅Excel file
❌No Plain text


✅Upload from PC

Export

20 export formats:

✅Text file
✅OPML file
✅Microsoft Project file (.mpx)
✅Microsoft Project file (.xml)
✅HTML
✅Slides as images (.zip)
✅Slides as PDF (.pdf)
✅Image file (.png)
✅Markdown file
✅Mindomo file (.mom)
✅Mindomo pack (.pmom)
✅Freemind file (.mm)
✅MindManager file (.mmap)
✅Excel file (horizontal outline)
✅Excel file (horizontal tree)
✅Excel file (Gantt chart data)
✅Excel file (vertical outline)

7 export formats:

✅Microsoft Word
✅OPML file
❌No Microsoft Project file (.mpx)
❌No Microsoft Project file (.xml)
✅HTML 5
✅Pack and Go (.zip)
❌No Slides as PDF (.pdf)
✅Image file (.png)
❌No Markdown file
❌No Mindomo file (.mom)
❌No Mindomo pack (.pmom)
❌No Freemind file (.mm)
✅MindManager file (.mmap)
✅Excel file

Print

6 printing formats:

✅A4
✅A2
✅A3
✅Letter
✅Ledger
✅Original

✅Print slides option
✅Option to generate background color
❌No Option to generate border, header, and footer

23 printing formats:

✅Letter
✅Legal
✅Executive
✅A4
✅A5
✅Envelope #10
✅Envelope DL
✅Envelope C5
✅Envelope B5
✅Envelope Monarch
✅Japanese Postcard
✅A6
✅Double Japan Postcard Rotated
✅B6 (JIS)
✅Oficio 8.5x13
✅4x6
✅5x8
✅10x15
✅Oficio 216x340
✅16K 195x270 mm
✅16K 184x260 mm
✅16K 197x273 mm

✅Print slides option
✅Option to generate background color
✅Option to generate border, header, and footer

Filtering

✅Full-text search (across all diagrams)
✅Hashtags
✅Filter by icon
✅Filter tasks by date
✅Filter tasks by assignee
✅Filter tasks by stage/progress
✅Filter tasks by updates
✅Filter tasks by creator
✅Filter tasks by deadline
✅Filter tasks by priority
❌No option to filter tasks by fill color
❌No option to filter tasks by topic style
❌No option to filter tasks by effort
❌No option to filter tasks by costs
❌No option to filter tasks by milestones
❌No option to filter tasks by risk
❌No option to filter tasks by elements (notes, links, labels, attached files, alerts)

✅Full-text search (across all diagrams)
✅Hashtags
✅Filter by icon
✅Filter tasks by date
❌No option to filter tasks by assignee
✅Filter tasks by stage/progress
✅Filter tasks by updates
✅Filter tasks by creator
✅Filter tasks by deadline
✅Filter tasks by priority
✅Filter tasks by fill color
✅Filter tasks by topic style
✅Filter tasks by effort
✅Filter tasks by costs
✅Filter tasks by milestones
✅Filter tasks by risk
✅Filter tasks by elements (notes, links, labels, attached files, alerts)

Shortcuts

✅Over 58 shortcuts

✅Search bar to filter them

✅Over 80 shortcuts
❌No search bar to filter them

Topic Properties

❌No

✅Yes - you can create properties for all your topics and apply them

AutoCalc

❌No

✅ Yes - adds a formula that creates a topic property whose value is calculated automatically (for example: it sums up)

Formulas

✅Yes - you can add formulas into notes

✅Yes - you can add one or more formulas to topics

Split topics

❌No

✅Yes

Sort

❌No

✅Yes - sort subtopics alphanumerically

Smart Rules

❌No

✅Yes

Insert other elements

❌No

✅Microsoft Outlook items
✅Excel data
✅Microsoft SharePoint items
✅Files or Folders from PC

Find & Replace

❌No

✅Yes

The Desktop mapping tools are both advanced, and MindManager comes with a series of great extra features, such as smart rules, sorting options, elements that can be inserted, topic properties, etc.

The MindManager Desktop app has more features that are great for calculations,  task management, and project management.

2. Collaboration

Mindomo
(Online)

MindManager
(Online)

Share

✅Share with specific people (by email address)
✅Share with guests (people who don’t have an account)
✅Team sharing (automatic sharing with specific people)
✅Sharing by link
✅Public sharing on the web
✅Embedded link
✅Sharing on social media
✅Option to set rights to collaborators (can view, can copy, can edit the diagram)

❌No option to share with specific people (by email address)
❌No option to share with guests (people who don’t have an account)
✅Sharing by link
✅Public sharing on the web
❌No embedded link (only if you upload the map on a cloud service storage provider)
❌No option to Share on social media(only if you upload the map on a cloud service storage provider)
❌No option to set rights to collaborators (can view, can copy, can edit the diagram)

Password protected diagrams

✅Yes

✅Yes

Real-time collaboration

✅Yes

✅Edit

✅Undo/redo

✅Chat

✅Comments

✅Votes

✅Attachments

✅Yes - Co-edit option has limitations

✅Edit
✅Undo/redo
❌No chat
✅Comments
❌No votes
✅Attachments

When it comes to collaboration and especially real-time collaboration, Mindomo is the best choice between the two online collaborative mind mapping tools.

Mindomo
(Desktop)

MindManager
(Desktop)

Share

❌No option to share with specific people (by email address)
✅Public sharing on the web (you can sync with the online account and then publish the mind map)

✅Option to set rights to collaborators (can view, can copy, can edit the diagram) - after you sync the diagram with the online account, you can set rights to the people you share it with


✅With a click you can Sync & Save your maps with the cloud and you can share them from the online version only.

✅Share with specific people (by email address)
✅Public sharing on the web

✅Option to set rights to collaborators (Co-edit option)

✅You can upload your diagram on a cloud storage service provider (Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, OneDrive, SharePoint)

Pack Map

✅Yes
✅Compress your mind map and all its attached files into a single .pmom file which you can easily share with your collaborators so they can access the map with its resources from their own computers

❌No

Real-time collaboration

✅Yes:

✅Between Desktop and Online (while diagrams are synced)
✅Between Desktop and Desktop (while diagrams are synced)


✅Edit: you can edit and see collaborators’ modifications
✅Undo/redo (you can undo and redo only your changes)
✅Chat
✅Comments
✅Votes
✅Attachments

✅Yes - using the Co-edit option that has limitations

You have to store your diagram on Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Dropbox, or SharePoint first.

✅Edit
✅Undo/redo
❌No chat
✅Comments
❌No votes
✅Attachments

Both tools allow you to collaborate with other users. However, Mindomo is easier to use when it comes to real-time collaboration.

3. Task Management Functionalities

Mindomo
(Online)

MindManager
(Online)

Tasks

✅Tasks with checkboxes
✅Assignable tasks (to users)
✅Assignable tasks (to ghost users)
✅Due dates (start date and end date)
✅Recurring tasks
✅Priority
✅Completion (progress) level
✅Comments
✅Closed tasks list
✅Milestones (in Gantt chart)
❌Roll up task and costs

❌No tasks with checkboxes
❌No assignable tasks (to users)
❌No assignable tasks (to ghost users)
✅Due dates (start date and end date)
❌No recurring tasks
✅Priority
✅Completion (progress) level
✅Comments
❌No closed tasks list
✅Milestones
✅Roll up task (auto calculates a task overview for all subtasks) and costs

Tasks notifications/
Reminders

✅Email notifications
❌No Alerts

✅Email notifications
✅Alerts

iCal task feed

✅Automatically sync your tasks with your calendar

❌No

Team Administration panel

Yes


✅MindManager Enterprise

Mindomo and MindManager are both amazing tools you can use for task management. Mindomo has the advantage of showing the checkboxes and organizing information in a simpler way for you. On the other hand, MindManager offers a few extra options if you want to add to your tasks.

Mindomo
(Desktop)

MindManager
(Desktop)

Tasks

✅Tasks with checkboxes
✅Assignable tasks (to users)
✅Assignable tasks (to ghost users)
✅Due dates (start date and end date)
✅Recurring tasks
✅Priority
✅Completion (progress) level
✅Comments
✅Closed tasks list
✅Milestones (in Gantt chart)
❌No Roll up task
❌No Costs information
❌No Task resources

❌No tasks with checkboxes
❌No Assignable tasks (to users)
❌No Assignable tasks (to ghost users)
✅Due dates (start date and end date)
❌No Recurring tasks
✅Priority
✅Completion (progress) level
✅Comments
❌No Closed tasks list
✅Milestones
✅Roll up task (auto calculates a task overview for all subtasks)
✅Costs information
✅Task resources

Tasks notifications/
Reminders

✅Email notifications
❌No Alerts

✅Email notifications
✅Alerts

iCal task feed

✅Automatically sync your tasks with your calendar

❌No

Team Administration panel

Yes


✅MindManager Enterprise

Like the online version of the software, MindManager comes with a few extra features that can be useful for very complex projects. However, if you want to keep a complex but minimalist design of your plan, Mindomo is a great option.

4. Education Features

Mindomo
(Online & Desktop)

MindManager
(Online & Desktop)

Organization

✅Create classes

✅Create schools

❌No option to create classes
❌No option to create schools

Assignments

✅Blank mind map assignments
✅Template assignments
✅Team or individual assignments
✅Deadline
✅Attachments
✅Progress status
✅Playback mode

Multiple sharing options:

✅By email
✅Create accounts without email
✅Share with students from class/school
✅Share with Google Classroom predefined classes
✅By access codes

❌No blank mind map assignments
❌No template assignments
❌No team or individual assignments
❌No deadline
❌No attachments
❌No progress status
❌No playback mode


❌No sharing options

Grading

✅Private grades for assignments
✅Feedback with attachments
✅Grades overview
✅Grading report can be downloaded

❌No private grades for assignments
❌No feedback with attachments
❌No grades overview
❌No grading report can be downloaded

Mindomo is your mind mapping tool if you plan to use mind mapping for educational purposes. It has dedicated functionalities such as assignments, grading options, and dedicated mind map templates.

5. Types of Diagrams

Mindomo
(Online & Desktop)

MindManager
(Online & Desktop)

Online Diagrams 

✅Mind map
✅Outline
✅Gantt chart
✅Concept map
✅Organigram (Up to Down or Down to Up)
✅Tree Organigram (Left or Right)
✅Timeline (vertical)
✅Logic chart (Left or Right)
✅Free form (can be done using floating topics on a regular mind map)

✅Mind map (Radial)
❌No Outline
❌No Gantt chart
✅Flow chart
✅Organigram - org chart (Up to Down)
✅Tree Organigram
✅Timeline (vertical)
✅Logic chart (Right)
✅Free form


Desktop Diagrams 

✅Mind map
✅Outline
✅Gantt chart
✅Concept map
✅Organigram (Up to Down or Down to Up)
✅Tree Organigram (Left or Right)
✅Timeline (vertical)
✅Logic chart (Left or Right)
✅Free form (can be done using floating topics on a regular mind map)
❌No Kanban
❌No Venn Diagram (only from template)
❌No Onion Diagram
❌No Funnel Diagram
❌No Matrix Diagram
❌No Slide Deck
❌No Schedule

✅Mind map (Radial)
✅Outline
✅Gantt chart
✅Concept map and Flow chart
✅Organigram - org chart (Up to Down)
✅Tree Organigram
✅Timeline (vertical)
✅Logic chart (Right)
✅Free form
✅Kanban
✅Venn Diagram
✅Onion Diagram
✅Funnel Diagram
✅Matrix Diagram
✅Slide Deck
✅Schedule

Both Mindomo and MindManager have a big variety of diagrams, some of them can be created as blank diagrams, and some of them can be transformed into, for example in MindManager you can not start a blank outline, but after you create for example a mind map you can turn it into an outline by changing its view.

MindManager has more blank diagram options on the Desktop app.

6. Available Platforms

Mindomo

MindManager

Platforms

✅Web app (Online)
✅Desktop (Windows, Mac, Linux) with online-offline syncing
✅Mobile (Android, iOS)

✅Web app (Online)
✅Desktop* (Windows, Mac)
✅Mobile (Android, iOS)


MindManager and Mindomo are both cross-platform tools. They can be accessed online from a browser or via their apps available for Desktop and Mobile.

*MindManager has four products:

MindManager Professional 
MindManager Essentials 
MindManager for Microsoft Teams
MindManager Enterprise

7. Integrations

Mindomo

MindManager

Integrations for educational institutions

✅Canvas
✅Itslearning
✅Brightspace
✅Schoology
✅Moodle
✅Blackboard
✅Google Classroom

❌No Canvas
❌No Itslearning
❌No Brightspace
❌No Schoology
❌No Moodle
❌No Blackboard
❌No Google Classroom

Business & Personal integrations

✅Google Drive
✅Dropbox
✅OneDrive
✅Evernote
✅G Suite
✅Office 365
✅Microsoft Teams

✅Google Drive
✅Dropbox
✅OneDrive
✅Box
✅SharePoint
✅Zapier
✅Microsoft Teams


The integrations of MindManager are oriented to business and personal purposes, and not in the education directions. However, Mindomo offers integrations for education, business, and personal purposes.

8. Other Features

Mindomo

MindManager

Secure backup and export data

✅Dropbox
✅Google Drive
✅OneDrive
✅FTP
✅Bulk download as a ZIP file

✅Dropbox
✅Google Drive
✅OneDrive
✅Box
✅SharePoint

Extensions

✅Mindomo Bookmarks

✅MindManager Snap

E-mail support

✅Yes

✅Website form

Chat support

✅Yes

✅Yes

Phone (support)

✅Yes

✅Yes

Forum (support)

✅Yes

✅Yes

Help page (support)

✅Yes

✅Yes

FAQ (support)

✅Yes

✅Yes

Video tutorials

✅Yes

✅Yes

Both Mindomo and MindManager have help pages, support, and contact information.

9. Accounts and Plans

Mindomo

MindManager

Account types & Prices

🏷️Free - free (always)
🏷️Basic/Student - €3/month (paid annually)
🏷️Teacher- €4.5/month (paid annually)
🏷️Classroom & School - €9/month (paid annually)
🏷️Premium - €5.5/month (paid annually)
🏷️Professional - €13.5/month (paid annually)
🏷️Team - €16.5/month (paid annually)

🏷️Free - free (30 days trial)
🏷️Essentials (web version) - €10.1/month (paid annually)
🏷️Professional (multi-platform access) - € 17.3/month (paid annually)
🏷️One-time purchase (web version) - €429.27

The difference between the prices of Mindomo and MindManager is noticeable. Both can be used as free mind map software, but with limitations.

MindManager’s price is higher than Mindomo’s, and MindManager doesn’t offer a free account – it only offers a 30 days trial. On the other hand, Mindomo offers a free account for an unlimited time.

When it comes to pricing, Mindomo is more convenient than MindManager.

Which One is Better?

Both MindManager and Mindomo are professional mind mapping software. Each tool offers amazing features and a great experience for its users.

This detailed comparison shows a lot of aspects, and in the end, you should choose the tool that is right for you and offers the features that you need more.

Mindomo is more versatile, and it has a minimalist and fresh design. It is also a more intuitive mind map tool. The web version of Mindomo has many more features to offer compared with MindManager. Moreover, if you plan to use mind mapping for educational purposes, for sure Mindomo is the tool that will suit your needs better. 

When it comes to value for money, Mindomo is clearly a great deal. It is much cheaper than MindManager, and it offers so many features.

On the other hand, MindManager comes with extra features that can be useful for very complex project planning. It is a good Desktop app, but the web version is limited. This can be a good choice if your purpose is project management and you want to use a Desktop app. If this is your case, go back to the task management table and think if the price difference is worth the money for you.

You can see full comparison charts for more mind mapping apps. Check out alternatives to MindMeister, and alternatives to Xmind.