MindRaider

MindRaider -- a free mind-mapping software program -- is one of those programs which looks like a nifty idea until you start trying to use it.

Martin Dvorak MindRaider
  • Martin Dvorak MindRaider
  • Martin Dvorak MindRaider
  • Martin Dvorak MindRaider
  • Expert Rating

    2.50 / 5

Pros

  • Open source, free

Cons

  • Poor documentation, slow

Bottom Line

MindRaider is free and open source, and is actively supported and developed. Those who want to make use of it (or who are reading this review and thinking we're idiots for not "getting it") should download it and try it out.

Would you buy this?

MindRaider — a free mind-mapping software program — is one of those programs which looks like a nifty idea until you start trying to use it.

Wrapped in a poorly documented, counter-intuitive, and jargon-filled interface, the MindRaider mindmapping program is hindered by sluggish performance even on a recent, high-end system.

The idea behind MindRaider is to extend the traditional outliner to use the concepts of the "Semantic web", a multi-directional linking of ideas. In theory, you can link notes, documents, and Web links together with meta-information tags and build a model of relationships between ideas and resources which is superior to linear or top-down models.

In practice, at least as far as MindRaider is concerned, we couldn't get much done. The documentation included with MindRaider is not only sparse, it is painfully outdated, referring to version 0.56 of a program that it is currently at 7.6.

A significant amount of what is there is dedicated more to discussing the theory behind it and the standards and protocols it uses than to providing a step-by-step "How do I make use of this? Why is it better than a normal outliner?" guide. Reading the testimonials, the intended, and happy, audience is one already hip-deep in the information theory upon which MindRaider is built; if you're not, figuring out how to get the most out of this program is a struggle.

When a slider control is labeled, without explanation, "Hyperbolic" (and seems to have no visual effect), you know you're deep in "If you don't understand it, it isn't meant for you" land. Which is a pity, because our limited attempts to get it to do something useful tells us that there's more than a few good ideas here, buried under impenetrable jargon. We can very much see the use of something a lot like this, if MindRaider underwent a major interface and documentation overhaul.

Also hampering our use was MindRaider's slow response. Navigating through even a moderately large outline was extremely slow, resulting in our sometimes wondering if a control was non-responsive or disabled. The outline seems to rearrange itself almost at random; we're sure there are fixed and useful rules about how nodes place themselves on the screen, but they are not intuitive and we were constantly losing information we had just previously read or edited.

Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?