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Create mindmaps on Linux with Heimer

Organize your ideas and projects using one of the most famous techniques, creating mind map diagrams.

Mindmaps can greatly help the organization of ideals by avoiding loss of detail, something that seems trivial can dictate the fate of a project. After all, if not properly planned, even if extremely valuable, the chances of failure are very high and almost imminent. Solutions on the market abound, and Heimer is a good option.

Heimer is a program for creating mind maps, organized and uncomplicated. With versions for Windows and Linux, the application is written in Qt and has open code. You can access the Project Github and check more information if you wish.

Unlike some apps of its kind, which I ventured to use, Heimer is intuitive and to the point. When focus maps your ideas, the last thing you want is a number of options that get in the way of your creative flow.

Some characteristics of Heimer that I can not fail to mention:

  • Easy to use interface
  • Very fast;
  • Zoom through keyboard or mouse shortcuts;
  • The ability to save and load files in .AZL (XML-based) format;
  • Export of the diagram in PNG;
  • Node-based flowcharts;
  • Quick addition of labels, texts, and node border;
  • Fludel animations;
  • Undo and redo in the software;
  • Adjustable grid;
  • English, Finnish, French and Italian translations (access the project's Github and contribute to the Portuguese);
  • Verse for Windows and Linux;
  • Various packaging formats for Linux;
  • Commitment to keeping the program 100% free forever.

Here's how to create your mind maps in Heimer:

Installation of Heimer Mindmap Editor

Through From this link you will find several versions of Heimer for installation. For Windows users, download the installer from .EXE and proceed as usual. On Linux you can proceed in a few ways, having more freedom in which package format you prefer to use. For Ubuntu LTS versions, at the time of this article at 16.04 and 18.04, there are two packages in DEB. If you prefer to use it on another Linux-based system if it is not in your district's repositories, AppImage is a great option. If you still don't know how to run files of this format on Linux, this post be a hand in the wheel. For Ubuntu users, another possibility to search Heimer directly from the store is to install the app in Snap format.

Heimer Snap installation via terminal:

sudo snap install heimer

Execution via terminal:

snap run heimer

If you wish, uninstall the app:

sudo snap remove heimer

Such software is indispensable for creative minds or complex projects. Heimer's simplicity, without too many options, caught my eye. I particularly like to use it in AppImage format, but that's a personal taste. As I test various distributions, and I don't always want to install all the programs I use, a quick check on any project through AppImage becomes quite convenient.

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