When comparing The Brain vs Mindjet MindManager, the Slant community recommends Mindjet MindManager for most people. In the question“What are the best mind mapping tools?” Mindjet MindManager is ranked 2nd while The Brain is ranked 8th.
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Pro Cloud syncing
With an account for syncing on their servers, you can run the brain on multiple computers.
Pro Good support
Worthwhile support is offered, especially for those that pay for a subscription.
Pro MS Outlook strong integration
Pro Excellent team collaboration support
Pro Cross-platform desktop and mobile, and web versions available
Works on Windows, OS X, iOS, Android and Web.
Pro Business oriented
Business oriented, mind maps look professional.
Pro Integrates with multiple web services
Pro Real-time Gantt charts
Pro MS Projects and Sharepoint integration
There is either a $15 a month subscription fee or a license that ranges from $219 to $299. There is a 30 day free trial for those who would like to test it before subscribing or purchasing, but overall to use this app it can be pricey.
Con High learning curve
There is a little bit of a learning curve with all software, and this is no exception.
Con Mac version has severely limited functionality
Con Lacks elegant ability to be able to connect ideas in the reverse order or different direction
This isn't uncommon, but there are mind mapping software that will let you connect a number of ideas that branched off from one idea, back to one idea again. Usually the branching analogy of the details getting more as you go further away from the main branch works, but occasionally it is nice to map multiple ideas back to a single idea or loop back to a previous idea. This can be done with connections, but if you want to see something that gives true freedom, look at the examples of the application Coggle.
Con Very expensive compared to all other alternatives
Not really viable for personal mind mapping, as the high cost clearly targets the business market.
Con No free/personal version
It is has so many great features, but this comes with the pricetag of the only version of this software. A lighter version, with many advanced business features removed would be ideal for a free/freemium version
Con Odd UI interaction conventions
Some conventions used to interact with the software are either questionable or simply going against what's commonly accepted. For example, right-click + drag will move around, holding down the right-click will open up the context-menu and left-click in an open space will start a new unconnected node. What this results in is constant accidental opening of context-menu then accidental creation of a new node trying to get out of the context-menu.