What does XMind do well? This software solution is a near perfect tool for any sort of diagrams as it's visible from the start. There are several options regarding starting design and user can start without problems immediately with work choosing blank maps or already made templates. User interface is clean and simple, perhaps too simple, as most of options is usable from menus, Internal notes are an useful feature, Theme manager is working perfectly.
What does XMind not do well? There are several issues that needs improvement. More design options are urgently needed. Also layering would be nice to have it. User interface is clean to the bone so there is place to put more options in ribbons. More templates are needed.
What do you wish you had known about XMind before using? Nothing as I'm user for several years (5+). I think that I started with version 5, upgrading during time to newer versions. There were oscillations during all this years but actual version is very good.
Have you used a competitor to XMind? If so, how does it compare? Yes, MyDraw ver 2, have more options and features but working is not so fluid.