Freemind vs SimpleMind

FreeMind is a premier free mind-mapping software written in Java. The recent development has hopefully turned it into high productivity tool. We are proud that the operation and navigation of FreeMind is faster than that of MindManager because of one-click "fold / unfold" and "follow link" operations.
SimpleMind is the world leader in cross platform Mind Mapping tools. Analyze your thoughts and structure them with SimpleMind. The unique free lay-out allows you to organize your ideas exactly how you want it.
Comparing Freemind vs SimpleMind is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Let's start with videos. We think that SimpleMind has better video than Freemind

Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like SimpleMind has more user-friendly interface than Freemind because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots

To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that SimpleMind is more popular than Freemind

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- SimpleMind adds contact links and PDF bookmarks import (in 2017)
- SimpleMind adds progress checkboxes (in 2017)
- SimpleMind adds tree-view for tasks (in 2017)
- Freemind - free MindNode alternative (in 2017)
- SimpleMind integrates with Google Drive (in 2016)
- Freemind 1.0 adds real-time collaboration (in 2013)
- SimpleMind - the new Freemind alternative (in 2012)

Looks like SimpleMind was recently more active than Freemind (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which Freemind and SimpleMind meet head to head:

2012 - SimpleMind - the new Freemind alternative

SimpleMind is a new mind-mapping too that offers $31 desktop version, along with free and paid ($5) Android and iOS versions for working on your mind maps on the go. Vendor ModelMaker Tools managed to keep SimpleMind true to its name, avoiding features such as node tags or complex property sheets. The desktop version uses a very similar editing interface to the mobile one. There's just a single toolbar, and you can do most operations without clicking any of its buttons. To create a new node, just select an existing one and double-click anywhere besides it. To collapse or edit a node, select it and use the quick-action buttons that pop up around it.  To ease collaboration, SimpleMind can export and import Freemind files, but that means you can't have multiple people working on the mind map at the same time. In the end, SimpleMind's one distinguishing feature is its mobile app support. If you need to create or display mind maps both on a mobile device and a computer, SimpleMind is a wonderful solution.