Flatpak App of the Week: Minder – Powerful Mind Mapping Software to Visualize Your Ideas


This week’s “Flatpak App of the Week” is Minder, a powerful, open-source, and free mind mapping software that lets you easily create, develop and visualize your ideas.

I don’t think there’s anyone out there that didn’t hear about Minder, but for those of you that never heard of it, let me tell you that it’s a mind-mapping application developed for elementary OS by Trevor Williams.

With Minder you will be able to easily and quickly create visual mind-maps thanks to an automatic layout system and the plethora of tree layouts to choose from. You can add images and tasks to nodes, create node-to-node connections with optional text and notes, add stickers and node groups, as well as to stylize nodes, links, and connections, or colorize node branches.

The interface is quite simple and intuitive featuring tabs so you can open multiple mindmaps, quick search of nodes, as well as connection titles and notes, zoom in and out, undo and redo changes, as well as a Focus Mode to focus on certain ideas and to better view and understand portions of your mind-map.

Among other noteworthy features, Minder automatically saves your current work in the background so you don’t have to save all the time or live in fear that you may lose your progress, supports Markdown formatting, comes with built-in and customizable theming, and offers gorgeous animations.

Last but not least, Minder comes with great import and export capabilities. It lets you import from popular mind-mapping formats including XMind 8, XMind 2021, Freeplane, FreeMind, OPML, PlantUML, PlainText (formatted), Outliner, and Portable Minder.

On the other hand, Minder can export your mind maps to a wide range of formats, including CSV, PDF, PNG, SVG, BMP, JPEG, OPML, Markdown, PlainText, FreeMind, Freeplane, XMind, PlantUML, yEd, Portable Minder, Mermaid, Org-Mode, and Outliner.

Since Minder is available as a Flatpak app, you can easily install it on virtually any GNU/Linux distribution from Flathub. If you use elementary OS, you can install it directly from the App Center. The source code is available for you to contribute to on GitHub.

Thanks mrfragger for the suggestion!

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