How to Make a Mind Map in XMind?

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1. Introduction

Mind mapping is a learning technique that helps students, teachers, and professionals from different walks of life to visualize their ideas better. When we work on a mind map, we focus on one central theme and start adding different nodes to it that comprise different ideas and information that helps brainstorm, structure, and organize our central theme.

There are different tools for creating mind maps, but students and beginners opt for those mind mapping software that is free, easy to use, and offers amazing features. This article will illustrate a detailed comparison between XMind and Edraw. We will compare these two mind mapping and brainstorming software on different parameters, like availability of elements, templates, OS support, customer support, and cost of using the pro licenses. Before we guide you on how to draw a mind map in EdrawMind and EdrawMax, let us help you understand the process that you have to follow while making a mind map in XMind.

2. How to Draw a Mind Map in XMind

What is Xmind?

XMind helps you to figure out what your mind wants and how following what procedure will make it work at its full potential. XMind's mind maps help your brain to get a booster to be more creative and skillful.

5 Steps for Making a Mind Map in Xmind:

With time the use of mind maps has increased by a lot. It has resulted in companies improving the previous mind mapping tools, thus, making the whole thing better and better. Whenever you need to do something like reading a book, sort out all your complex ideas, or write a resume, this helps you to write the whole thing in the required format. The steps that are going to help are:

Step1 Select a template for your mind map:

The first step is to choose a template for your mind map.

template selection xmind mind map

Step2 Click the create button:

After selecting your template, click on the create button to start drawing your mind map.

Step3 Click on the topic option to add your topics:

Add the central, the main, and the subtopic(s) according to your needs.

add topic xmind mind map

Step 3 (b) Click on the topic option to add your topics:

There is also a second way of doing the same, and that is from scratch. Open a blank document, and you will find a “Topic” option on the screen. Click the same and introduce the central topic. Now, if you want to add more than one main topic, you can use either the Enter or the Return key. Click the Subtopic option to add desired subtopic(s).

topic adding method xmind mind map

Step4 Edit and hide details per your requirement:

You can change even the lines of the mind map according to your wish and change every topic placement.

hide subtopics xmind mind map

If you are doing it from scratch, click on the “Main Topic” box and use the Delete or Backspace key to remove the thing written and replace it with your topic.

Often, some topics are less important in the mind map. Use the minus key on the box to hide the same.

Step5 Save and Download your mind map or share it with anyone:

You can save your document in different formats and share it with others. You can also download the same for further use.

download xmind mind map

How to Make a Mind Map in Xmind?
  • Select a template for your mind map.
  • Click the create button.
  • Click on the topic option to add your topics.
  • Edit and hide details per your requirement.
  • Save and Download your mind map or share it with anyone.

3. How to Draw a Mind Map in EdrawMind?

Now that you have seen the complicated methods you need to follow while working on your mind map in XMind, let us show you the easiest way of creating mind maps using the free mind map software, EdrawMind. With EdrawMind, you can work on several mind map diagrams and customize them to the fullest by checking them as per the features and elements provided by this tool.

Step1 Start:

Go to the official website of EdrawMind and download it as per your operating system. Once you have launched the tool, you should log in using your registered email address. If you are planning to have remote collaboration, check out EdrawMind Online and log in using your email address.

edrawmind homepage xmind mind map

EdrawMind logoEdrawMind Apps
12 structures & 33 themes & 700+ cliparts
Support Win, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS
Advanced import & export options
On-premises software for business
Enterprise-level data security
edrawmax logoEdrawMind Online
12 structures & 33 themes & 700+ cliparts
Access diagrams anywhere, anytime
Templates Gallery
Team management & Project management
Real-time Collaboration
Step2 Sketch:

EdrawMind's homepage will show you 'Blank Templates' and 'Local Examples.' Check out these sketches or click on 'New' on the left section to create a mind map from scratch. Unlike XMind or other XMind alternatives, EdrawMind offers 700+ designed cliparts that help create mind maps. Once you have selected the mind map type, you will see the mind map dashboard from where you can easily update the content of the default mind map.

blank template edrawmind xmind mind map

central theme edrawmind xmind mind map

Step3 Template Community:

EdrawMind's 'MindMap Gallery' comes with over 5,000 mind map templates that help create different mind maps. Head to the 'MindMap Gallery' and check out user-generated templates and duplicate them as needed. You can duplicate one or more templates to access their components, content, or creative elements.

mind map gallery edrawmind xmind mind map

Step4 Collaborate:

EdrawMind comes with a powerful remote collaboration that lets you brainstorm with your virtual team. As a registered user, you can view your mind maps as brainstorming, presentation, Gantt chart, and outliner. When you check out EdrawMind Online, you can tag different team members to particular nodes and even put down comments for them to see and review.

remote collaboration edrawmind xmind mind map

Step5 Export & Share:

After completing the mind map, you can export it into multiple formats, like Graphics, HTML, SVG, MindManager, and more. You can even use the sharing option to share your mind map on social media platforms like Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Line.

social media share edrawmind xmind mind map

How to Draw a Mind Map in EdrawMind:
  • Open EdrawMind
  • Check Sketches
  • Avail templates from the community
  • Collaborate with team
  • Export & Share

4. How to Draw a Mind Map in EdrawMax?

In this section, we have elaborated on another easiest way of creating mind maps. EdrawMax is yet another powerful mind mapping tool that offers several customization options that helps in creating creative mind maps for your use. Check out the steps you need to follow while working on your mind map using EdrawMax.

Step1 Start:

The very first step that you need to do is to go to EdrawMax's website and download it as per your computer's operating system. You can also check out the online version of this tool if you need to access the files stored in your cloud. Once downloaded and installed, you can sign into the system using your email address. The same login details should be used when you are working on the online version of the tool.

launch edrawmax xmind mind map

edrawmax logoEdrawMax Desktop
Create over 280 types of diagrams
Windows, Mac, Linux (runs in all environments)
Professional inbuilt resources and templates
On-premises software for business
Enterprise-level data security
edrawmax logoEdrawMax Online
Create over 280 types of diagrams online
Access diagrams anywhere, anytime
Templates Community
Team management and collaboration
Personal Cloud and Dropbox Integration
Step2 Sketch:

After entering the system, you will see 'Recommended' diagram types in the middle and 280+ diagrams arranged categorically on the left. Head to the 'Mind map' in the 'Basic' diagram type and click on '+' to go directly to the EdrawMax canvas board. From this point onwards, you can create the mind map from scratch by modifying the content of the default mind map layout. You can start by adding the central theme, followed by subsequent ideas.

make edrawmax scratch xmind mind map

Step3 Template Community:

EdrawMax comes with a vast template community that offers 10,000+ templates created by users. All these templates are user-generated and offer insight into different streams and professions. As a registered user, you can duplicate these templates and publish your mind map to this template community to inspire other diagramming enthusiasts like yourself.

edrawmax template community xmind mind map

Step4 Symbols:

EdrawMax has 26,000+ symbols created to ease your efforts in creating diagrams, including mind maps. When you work on this XMind alternative, you can check out these vector-enabled symbols and add them as and when it is required in your mind maps.

edrawmax symbols xmind mind map

customize edrawmax xmind mind map

Step5 Export & Share:

After customizing the template and adding the required text to your mind maps, you can export it in multiple formats, like Visio, JPEG, PNG, HTML, PDF, Office, and more. You can also email your mind map or share it on different social media platforms, like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Line.

export edrawmax xmind mind map

How to Draw a Mind Map in EdrawMax:
  • Open EdrawMax
  • Check Sketches
  • Avail of user-generated templates from the community
  • Choose vector-enabled symbols
  • Export & Share

5. Edraw vs. XMind

In the following detailed comparison table, we have outlined some of the most important elements that one has to consider while making a mind map. Here, you will see how EdrawMax and EdrawMind offer more mind mapping features than ClickUp.

Factors

XMind

EdrawMind

EdrawMax

OS Compatibility

Windows

Linux

MacBook

Android

ios

Web

Language Compatibility

English

French

German

Japanese

Chinese

Mind Mapping Features

Add Floating Topics

Add Numbering

Edit Shapes

Available Shapes

31

30

8

Edit Branches

Change Background Color

Change Background Image

Apply Rainbow Style

Apply Hand-Drawn Style

Apply Outline View

Mind Mapping Themes

33

10

Layout Types

50+

22

7

Connector Styles

(can also be customized)

10 (can also be customized)

6 (can also be customized)

Built-in Templates

Limited

1,500+

Template Community

Limited

FREE

FREE

Additional Mind Mapping Features

Main Idea

1

Unlimited

Unlimited

Callouts

Boundaries

Summaries

Tags

Tables

QR Codes

Vector Text

Marks

Cliparts

60,000+

700+

500+

Pictures

Can import images right from the system.

Can import images right from the system.

Can import images right from the system.

Hyperlinks

Attachments

Notes

(can add text and audio notes)

Comments

Relationships

File Import Formats

MindManager

XMind

MS Visio

SVG

EdrawMax

File Export Formats

Graphics

PDF

Office

HTML

SVG

MS Visio

CSV

Other Formats

-

Export in BMP, DIB, PS, EPS, MMAP

Export in HTML, VSDX, BMP, DIB, PS, EPS, MMAP

Viewing Option

Brainstorming

Comes with Pitch Mode, for which the customer has to avail of the paid subscription

Gantt Chart

Comes with Pitch Mode, for which the customer has to avail of the paid subscription

Outliner

Comes with Pitch Mode, for which the customer has to avail of the paid subscription

Presentation

Comes with Pitch Mode, for which the customer has to avail of the paid subscription

Overall Comparison

Create Custom Template

Number of Diagrams

Can only be used to create different mind maps

9+

280+

File Encryption

File transfers are safeguarded with the highest level of SSL encryption

File transfers are safeguarded with the highest level of SSL encryption

Cloud Storage

1 GB storage space

10 GB for Lifetime Plan

10 GB for Lifetime Plan

User Interface

User-friendly

User-friendly

User-friendly

Collaboration

Price Range

Trial Version

In free version, users can insert notes, markers, stickers, labels, and more All exported images and PDFs would come with watermarks.

Important Features you get in free version: Shape and branch formatting. Switch to Outline view. Changing Connector Style

30-day trial to avail EdrawMax features

Premium for Individuals

$59.99/annually

$4.91/month paid annually $245 for Lifetime (Limited Time Offer)

$8.25/month paid annually $245 for Lifetime (Limited Time Offer)

Premium for Teams

$129/annually

$6.58/user/month

$8.25/user/month

Check out how XMind and Edraw differ from one another when it comes to creating and sharing mind maps.

Draw a Mind Map in XMind
  • Limited built-in mind map templates.

  • Limited user-generated templates

  • No compatibility with Visio files

  • Viewing modes are not available in the free version

  • Only lets you create mind maps

  • Limitations in exporting files in free version

Draw a Mind Map in Edraw
  • It has 1,500+ templates

  • It has 10,000+ templates in the community

  • Compatible with Visio files

  • Comes with outlining, brainstorming, Gantt chart, and presentation modes

  • You can make 280+ diagrams

  • No such limitations in the free or trial versions

6. Free Mind Map Software

EdrawMind is a mind mapping software that offers everything required to create mind maps. From templates to cliparts, layouts, structures, and more, this free mind map software is a power hub for making mind maps. Check out some of the amazing features of EdrawMind here:

  • This free mind map software comes with 700+ well-crafted cliparts that help add flags, marks, and tags to your mind maps.
  • With the help of EdrawMind's hyperlink feature, you can add links to add external citations to your mind maps.
  • Unlike other mind mapping tools that limit uploading or importing heavy files, EdrawMind lets you attach files to your mind maps as per your requirement. This feature comes in handy when you need to share valuable information or data with someone.
  • In EdrawMind, you create multiple relationships between different sets of ideas and thoughts.
  • This free mind mapping software provides you with four different viewing options, outliner, brainstorming, presentation, and Gantt charts, helping you check the mind map from different perspectives.
  • EdrawMind comes with a traverse feature that helps you navigate to different sub-branches or ideas easily.

Now let us check out EdrawMax -- another tool from Edraw that offers some amazing in-built features that help create mind maps and concept maps per your requirements. These features of EdrawMax make it a perfect XMind alternative in the market.

  • With a Microsoft-like interface, beginners and professionals can create 280+ diagrams, including mind maps.
  • EdrawMax offers 1500+ built-in templates and 26,000+ symbols, helping you easily create wonderful diagrams.
  • This free mind map software comes with a template community where you will find templates of almost all the different diagrams. You can duplicate these templates and later publish your mind map to these templates to inspire your fellow content creators.
  • This free mind map software is available in English, French, German, Japanese, and Chinese. Such a vast variety of language support ensures you can create mind maps in your native language.
  • With EdrawMax, you can create several floating topics that you can connect together to illustrate their relationship with one another.
  • This free mind map software allows you to edit shapes and different branches of a mind map easily.

7. Key Takeaways

Mind mapping is a technique adored by millions of students and professionals. When they work on a mind map, they quickly brainstorm the idea in such a way that it helps them elaborate on the central theme and lets them learn if there is any relationship between different ideas or nodes. As we saw in the detailed comparison guide between XMind and Edraw, XMind is available in two versions with different features. As a student or a beginner who needs to access the desktop and mobile versions, you are bound to pay a lot of money to access XMind 8 Pro, which is not affordable to use.

Instead of spending much money and other resources on complex tools, beginners and professionals should try using Edraw for their diagramming needs. The EdrawMind is a mind mapping tool that helps create wonderful mind maps with the built-in structure, layouts, themes, and 700+ cliparts. You can view your mind maps in four modes: outliner, brainstorming, Gantt Chart, and presentation. Simultaneously, with EdrawMind Online, you can have real-time collaboration with your virtual team. In addition, EdrawMax is a powerful tool that helps in creating 280+ diagrams. With a vast template community and access to 26,000+ vector-enabled symbols, professionals and beginners can create mind maps that not only stand out but can be used as a reference to inspire others.

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