This week the popular Java based mind map program, XMind, went open source and is now free. I’ve generally had a hit-and-miss experience with mind mapping applications. Generally, when I need to take notes in a meeting, I do it on a piece of paper or in OmniOutliner. Perhaps, I need to implement it more in brainstorming. Despite my best efforts, I’ve yet to see the benefits of using mind maps. Do you effectively use mind mapping software? If you have any ideas, sound off in the comments.