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dropmindWhether you need to make corporate presentations, need a visual learning aid, or simply want to picture your thoughts, online mind maps can greatly simplify things.

If you’ve never worked with mindmaps (on paper or on your computer), it’s time to start.

Web Seavus DropMind

DropMind is an online and offline mindmapping application. We’ve discussed a few of these in the past, like WiseMapping and WisdoMap, but DropMind is without doubt one of the most extensive suites on the market.

For this, and other reasons, DropMind comes with a pricetag. The offline software version costs you about $99 for a lifetime license. Sadly, the full-fledged online variant doesn’t come much cheaper, but Seavus does offer a free license with stripped functionality.

online mind maps

DropMind offers an extensive – although very comprehensive – graphical interface. Users can create topics and assign hierarchical values to them, like central, sibling, parent and key topics.


It’s possible to add graphical context aids, including symbols, arrows and callouts, to annotate and clarify your different topic levels. To make your mindmap not only easy, but even pleasurable on the eye, DropMind comes with a flexible format editor and allows you to fidget with the design until it fits your needs.

After you’ve spend some time toying around and getting to know the different options, you’ll discover how intuitive and easy to manipulate DropMind’s mindmaps are. Whether for corporate or studying purposes, you’ve got a new friend in DropMind that makes explaining things a lot easier.

Premium Features

So what exactly are you missing in this ‘stripped down’ free version?  What are those golden premium features which you’ve been locked out from?

In essence, most premium features are aimed at the power users, like online-offline DropMind synchronization and Powerpoint export functionality. Nevertheless, there are some missing features that you could benefit from, like the possibility to save your mindmaps as an image, creating templates for future reference, or the celebrated Presentation Mode.

The biggest miss, however, is that you can create and store only 5 mind maps simultaneously as a free user, contrary to the unlimited’ of premium users. You’ll either have to export and delete the mindmaps you’ve made, or make several mindmaps in a single file. In truth, a single file is big enough to house quite a few maps (check the ‘navigator’ in the topmost screenshot to get a basic).

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A full overview of all version differences can be found on DropMind’s Edition comparison page.

Academic Licences

academicThe schoolgoers amongst you are in big luck. It doesn’t matter what school you’re in, or what kind of education you’re in, if you’ve got an email address with an .edu domain, you automatically validate for an academic license.

This gives you a 12 month license of the premium version (worth $39) with all it’s features. If that isn’t enough to put a smile on your face, DropMind will give you a 30% discount on your next (if ever) purchase!

What do you think about Dropmind? Best online tool so far, or a waste of time? Perhaps you think the free version is too limited, or know a better alternative?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  1. Mindflex
    December 9, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Somebody know a tutorial in
    how to use seavus dropmind?

  2. Barry
    August 26, 2009 at 5:40 am

    I use mindmapping primarily for note taking and brain storming. IMHO, to be useful a mindmapping package needs to be as simple to use as pen and paper. Seavus requires too much thought for me.

    Have you tried Comapping? Like the left to right orientation vs center orientation of many packages. Dirt simple to use. $25/year to subscribe.

  3. Heather
    August 25, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Just to let you know the academic licensing for this only applies to the educational institution and not to the students. Students only get a 50% discount on the software.

  4. Ben
    August 25, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Xmind, I think they have an online version but their free portable version works really well.

  5. Dergel
    August 24, 2009 at 6:27 am

    IMHO, Mindmeister is far better

  6. Glen Coulthard
    August 23, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Have you compared DropMind to Mindmeister?