Brainstorm and organize ideas; solve problems; get things done better and with less hassle.

NovaMind 5 Free Edition is a powerful Mind Mapping tool with all the basic capabilities of NovaMind Express, Pro, and Platinum.

It allows you to create Mind Maps using the automatic layout engine, move topics to where you want them, and use a range of design styles and features to make great looking Mind Maps.

Using NovaMind is easy because it has familiar toolbars and inspectors, customizable window layout, single keystroke insertion of topics, hotkeys for all common operations, layout assistance to keep your Mind Maps looking great automatically, automatic coloring and topic shapes to make your Mind Maps visually appealing without all the work. Printing assistance shows you exactly how your Mind Map will appear when printed, including how big your text will be when printed. Automatic text coloring makes your text white when on a dark background and black when on a light background - no need to worry about legibility.

Callouts (like speech bubbles) add extra information. Floating topics allow you to create separate mini-Mind Maps on the same canvas. Group topics visually using boundaries. Attach free floating shapes, images and text to topics. They can either push other topics out of the way or float behind or in front of the other topics. Shapes can have text and images on them, allowing you infinite flexibility to enhance your topics.

Add topic notes to record extra information. Hyperlink to as many web sites as you like on a single topic. Drag and drop emails from Mail to hyperlink to emails.

The layout system keeps the Mind Map in the most compact format possible while allowing you the freedom to lay out subtopics at any angle from their parent, either linearly or radially. You can move any topic to wherever you want it, and NovaMind will ensure that your topics don't overlap. No other Mind Mapping program even comes close to this.

600 of the images from the image library are available in the media browser, which also makes available your iPhoto, Aperture, and Lightroom libraries. You can add your own folders of pictures for easy access, and do Flickr searches directly from within the media browser, and drag and drop images directly into your NovaMind Mind Maps. You can have up to 5 images directly on each topic - 4 topic images, and a background texture.

Themes, color sets, font sets, rainbow coloring, and inherited styles allow for easy formatting of topics without having to set explicit settings on every topic, and to easily try out different color schemes. Individual topic settings can override the automatic coloring for visual interest.

NovaMind 5 fully supports Lion with full screen mode, resume, autosave, save in place, and versions.

Imports and exports include iMindMap, XMind, FreeMind, MindNode, SimpleMind, OmniOutliner, OPML, text, PDF, PNG, JPEG, TIFF, GIF, and BMP.

What's New
A complete rewrite of the entire drawing system for NovaMind.
Inline hyperlinks on topic text are now preserved live (clickable) in PDF exports.
Added an Enter Full Screen Mode menu item.
Added the ability to hold the option key while dragging a color on to a topic to change the line color instead of the fill color.
New animation system, which allows animated panning, zooming, collapsing and expanding topics, grouping, ungrouping, expanding, collapsing, focussing on a topic, addition and deletion of topics, moving topics, grafting, layout angle changes etc. All of these actions and many more are now smoothly animated, with some of the animations being simple fade in and out, some being the movement of topics, and some being collapsing into a parent topic or expanding from a parent topic.
Updated the documentation to explain the new rich text paste methodology.
Improved the topic resizing when adding or removing elements like task information and checkboxes.
Improved the drawing of background texture images.
Improved handling of color updates and automatic coloring.
Improved the handling of pasted rich text to extract the structure from paragraph indents where no structure is found from leading spaces.
Updated the documentation to clarify a few things and for the new functionality.
Better drawing of shadows and updating of shadows when edited.
Reduced memory usage, especially when handling images.
Switched to a better method of drawing gradients.
Updated text rendering to work better with 10.8.
Improved the handling of animation of changes in scale.
Fixed a performance issue on selection change when there are resources defined on the Mind Map.
Made the inheritance of topic shapes more efficient in some circumstances.
Better handling of pinch zoom operations, and animated zooming using the zoom menu and hotkeys.
Improved handling of image and adornment drag and drop.
More efficient drawing to improve performance of the program.
Better handling of topic resizing, text editing of topics on the left side of the Mind Map, and related issues.
Better handling of keeping topics scrolled to be visible when they should be.
Full support of gradients, shadows, and reflections for printing and export.
Full translucency support for printing and export, including gradients with translucent colors, and the glassy overlays.
Completely reworked glassy overlay drawing so it looks good no matter how much you zoom in.
Completely reworked image export system to give better results and crisper images.
Completely reworked printing system to work in with the new display system.
Improved loading of documents, with animation of topics from the Mind Map title.
Crisper looking topics and text in most circumstances.
Improved handling of addition and removal of Mind Maps in a document.
Improved handling of movement of link lines when their parent topics are moved.
Improved the creation of theme preview images.
Lots of bug fixes and other improvements throughout the application.

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Operating System: Mac

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