When comparing Creately vs XMind, the Slant community recommends XMind for most people. In the question“What are the best flowchart / diagram softwares?” XMind is ranked 2nd while Creately is ranked 12th. The most important reason people chose XMind is:
XMind, except for Plus and Pro features, is open source with code available on [GitHub](https://github.com/xmindltd).
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Pro Professionally designed templates
The templates are well thought-out and actually helps you get started. Not like many other sites where the details are already filled in.
Pro SVG import and export
Creately supports SVG (Scalar Vector Graphics) import and export to make your diagrams more attractive. It allows you to re-size your diagram as much as you want without getting it messed up.
Pro Intuitive UI
Easy to use drag and drop interface and a contextual toolbar that shows you all the important actions when you select an object. The automatic creation and connecting of next object alone saves tons of time.
Pro Real time collaboration
You can invite anyone by their email addresses to collaborate with your diagram. You can see others' changes to the diagram real time with the Creately Online and Desktop app.
Pro Visio Import
Pro iSO and Android apps to view diagrams
You can't edit diagram using the apps but provides a nice clean interface to view, share and comment on them.
Pro Free and open source
XMind, except for Plus and Pro features, is open source with code available on GitHub.
Pro Extremely flexible
XMind is capable of displaying information in a multitude of ways (classic mindmaps, charts, timelines, decision trees, etc), it can add labels, clip-art, notes, files, audio recordings, it can then take the project and export it in a variety of ways including an synced gantt chart.
Pro Clean, easy to use UI
XMind's interface is uncluttered and easy to overview. It allows for quick, intuitive navigation and use. For example, Enter adds more items to a node, Tab adds a child node, all commonly used shortcuts works as expected, etc.
Works on Windows, OS X and Linux.
Pro A wide variety of templates available
XMind has preset templates available that allow getting started quickly. There are templates for project planning, status reports, dashboards, organizational charts, swot analysis, timelines, decision trees, weekly plans, among others.
Pro Built-in Gantt view
XMind has a build-in Gantt chart view and with the pro version, XMind allows synchronizing it.
Pro Can copy entire hierarchy to/from Word with a simple copy/paste action
XMind allows quickly copying over structure of the mindmap as a tab-indented list starting at the node selected. It can also take a tab-indented list and create a mindmap from it.
Pro Local Network Sharing
Pro XMind Plus & Pro adds more export options
XMind Plus & Pro can export to Word, PowerPoint, PDF, SVG & MindManager.
Pro Task management (pro)
Pro Audio recording (pro)
Pro Very good performance
The app is incredible complete, flexible, and fast.
Con Newer versions become heavyweight and bloated
Even though there are more features, starting with version 8 application is very unstable. A lot of users still prefer version 7.5 or 6.5.
Con No mobile support
No specific app but the online free XMind cloud works perfectly on all mobile web browsers.
Con Used to offer their NOT-free products
Con FreeMind files sometimes don't work
XMind claims it can read FreeMind files, but certain .mm file saves from Freeplane or MindMup generate an error on open.