Activation and Upgrades

Note:  MindMapper 16 USB is embedded with MindMapper 16 Professional edition and not the collaboration enabled Arena edition.

In a nutshell, you are deleting MindMapper 12 or 14 program files and replacing it with MindMapper 16 USB program files. Copying these files to any USB drives will not work.  You must have MM 12 or 14 USB.

  1. Plugin USB to your computer.

  1. Do not launch the start menu by not allowing the app from an unknown publisher to make changes to your device.

     However, if it is launched, please close it by clicking the X button.


  1. Go to your current MindMapper USB folder and delete Start.exe file and MindMapper Program folder. MindMapper Program folder is hidden, so you must change folder option to show hidden files


  1. From the following link, download MindMapper 16_USB zip file to the MindMapper 12 or 14 USB drive (if your browser allows) or default Download folder in your computer.


  1. Unzip the file and you will see a folder MindMapper16_USB created.


  1. Open the MindMapper16_USB folder and copy MindMapper Program and Start.exe


  1. Paste Start.exe and MindMapper Program to MindMapper 12 or 14 USB flash drive.


  1. When done, click Start.exe to launch the start menu and click Start to open MindMapper 16 USB which has MM16 Pro embedded.


If launch menu doesn’t show, go to MindMapper Program folder and double click MM.exe to start MindMapper 16 USB.


If you have MindMapper 12 or 14, then you can upgrade to 16 free of charge.  You can also upgrade from 12 to 16 directly.

Upgrade path to 16

Upgrade steps

    1. Go to MindMapper purchase page and click Upgradesupgrades_button
    2. Click Upgrades
    3. Search for the eligible upgrade and click Add to Basket.   Note that $0.00 is shown for free upgrades.
    4. You will be taken to current license verification page

New license format has 2 fields only: Name and Serial. In order to upgrade with previous license format, please enter the serial number and registration in the Serial # field

Ex.  If you have the following license information, then you will enter the Serial # field with the following: ABCDEFGHIJK12345678. Please do not include dashes or spaces.

License Key:

Name: Visual Thinker
Email: vt@mindmapper.com
Registration: 12345678


5. Click Next to proceed and follow the instruction.

Unfortunately, upgrading to 16 from MindMapper 2009, 2008, 5 or 4 is not free.  However, the procedure is identical.  Just make sure to select the eligible upgrade.

You can download MindMapper 16 software program from the download page.

To obtain your full license information, please follow these steps:

1) Go to website http://register.mindmapper.com

2) Enter your Name, Email and Serial Number, and click “Register my MindMapper”

3) Enter the information requested, and click Submit

4) You’ll see your full license.

MindMapper 16 license format has been changed from 4 fields to 2 fields to cut down on the registration process.   Name, Email, Serial, and Registration fields have been reduced to Name and Serial number.  However, serial number now consists of the old serial number plus the registration number.

So if you have the 4-field license, you would have to fill in the name and serial number and registration number into the Serial # field to activate MindMapper 16.  MindMapper 14 and below have 4 fields still.

New MindMapper license foramt

New MindMapper license foramt

When you are trying to upgrade, you will have to go through a license verification process to confirm that you have a valid license that can be upgraded.   However, the new form asks for Name, Email, Serial number and no registration number.  For those with registration number, please follow the below instruction to get verified.

License format has been changed to shorten registration process. If you have a 4-field license key, then you must enter the registration number right after the serial number in the Serial #field.

Also, all fields are case sensitive, so we strongly recommend that you copy and paste.

Verification error fix

Verification error fix

If you have MindMapper 12 Professional, then you are eligible for a free upgrade to MindMapper 16 Arena, the full-feature version.  “Professional” name was dropped in 2013 and updated to “Arena” to reflect the file format change to XML-based TWDX.  However, in December 2015, name “Professional” was brought back for the newly created product category that is identical to Arena version but without collaboration module. So the upgrade path for MindMapper 12 Professional is MindMapper 16 Arena (MM12 Pro>MM12 Arena>MM14Arena>MM16Arena).

Release Version Full-Feature Full-Feature but without
MindMapper 16 Arena Professional Standard
MindMapper 14 Arena Standard
MindMapper 12 Arena (Professional) Standard
MindMapper 2009 Professional Standard


Anyone with MindMapper 16 Arena version can organize an online collaboration map and invite participants to join.

To join collaboration, simply click “Join Collaboration” from the invitation email or click on a collaboration map from the collaboration list pane.

Category: Collaboration

MindMapper 16 Collaboration is an online collaboration space where MindMapper visual maps can be shared and edited with team members for meetings, projects, and brainstorming.

Public online collaboration uses MindMapper.com server.  However, on-premises collaboration server is available for any organizations.   Collaboration server program is small yet robust enough to handle 300 concurrent users.

MindMapper 16 Arena is needed to organize new collaboration.

Category: Collaboration


Yes, MindMapper will allow you to open MindManager files.

  1. Go to file and select Open. Select MindManager Files .mmp and .mmap (Note: MindMapper 16 Standard version does not support this feature).
    If you try to open the .mmp file by double clicking on the file, by default, it will try to look only for the MindManager Program.
  2. Select your .mmp or .mmap file.
  3.  Your .mmp or .mmap file should now be open in MindMapper.

Note that imported MindManager file may need some rearrangments as some formats are not supported 100% in MindMapper.

Category: General

The only difference is that the Professional version does not have collaboration module.   Other than that the both are identical.

Please reference the product comparison chart.

Category: General

Academic license is available to students and staff at educational institutions. Verification form such as a scanned student ID or sending us an email with .edu is needed to determine eligibility.  The academic version is $39.

MindMapper 16 Academic is the same edition as the MindMapper 16 Arena.

If you are interested MindMapper 16 Academic, send us an email at sales@mindmapper.com from .edu email address or with a scanned student ID.  Once we verify eligibility, we’ll send you the purchase link.

Category: General

PDF-XChange 4 installs with MindMapper 16 Arena so that MindMapper file can convert to PDF. PDF-XChange 4 remains in trial mode until convert to PDF command is invoked, in which time, the PDF-XChange 4 turns to licensed mode.

You cannot directly print to PDF-XChange 4 from Print menu.  If you do it will create a watermark on your PDF document.

You must use the Save/Send menu: File>Save/Send>PDF>PDF

Convert MindMapper map to PDF file

Convert MindMapper map to PDF file

Category: General

Each MindMapper license is a “User” based license which allows the user to install and use MindMapper on multiple computers with the following conditions:

– The user must be the owner of all the computers
– The user must be the primary user of all the computers
– The user must not share MindMapper with other users

Given these conditions, a user may install and use MindMapper on multiple computers, such as a laptop and a desktop at home and work.

Category: General

MindMapper 16 is the latest version.  It was released in December, 2015.

Category: General

MindMapper 16 for PC and USB run on Windows 7, 8, 10 (32-bit and 64-bit).  Unfortunately, MindMapper 16 does not support Mac or Linux.

MindMapper mobile app is available for Android and iOS.

Category: General

The major difference is that MindMapper 16 has mind map, planner, and dashboard windows whereas MindMapper 14 and previous versions have only mind map window.

Here are some key features and improvements made in MindMapper 16 over MindMapper 14:

  • Planner
  • Dashboard
  • Tags and filter
  • Boundary topic
  • Customized presentation sequence
  • Create parent topic
  • Optimized spacing for topics
  • OLE objects and linking in collaboration
Category: General

MindMapper is a mind mapping software developed by SimTech Systems.  The user can create a mind map and visual map with 23 different mapping layouts.  MindMapper also comes with eight brainstorming templates, Gantt chart and a built-in planner that syncs with Google Calendar.  Only in Korea is the software branded as Thinkwise (www.thinkwise.co.kr).  The first official commercial version was released in 1998; previously, it was developed and used as an in-house tool to help industrial simulation projects.

MindMapepr is the first mind mapping software to introduce the following innovations to digital mind mapping field.

  • Gantt chart integration for scheduling
  • MS Office integration for document exchange
  • Process tree for project management
  • 23 mapping layouts for different perspectives
  • Planner for implementation and execution
  • Dashboard for quick overview and access to information
Category: General