Freemind: Awesome tool to mindmap and analyze filestructures

The people that know me, know that I am always happy to learn new stuff and tools!
Yesterday a coworker showed me a fantastic, free tool that will make my life as an analist much easier.

How do you start with projects where you are going to do a fileshare migration ? Make a list of the folder structure ?Awesome idea. Now, how are you going to do that? Write a script? Do it manually?

Fuggedabadad !!

Here is a free tool: Freemind !


Freemind is a mindmap tool written in Java (on Sourceforge), that has a lot of really cool features. One of those features is the ability to load an entire file structure! You just point the tool via “import file structure” to a location on a drive, and it will load the whole thing into a mindmap.

What is more, you can drag/drop your folders and documents in the tool if you want to model a new structure.

I haven’t tested it, but the tool should also make it possible to actually do the changes as well to your file structure!

This small, free tool allows you to quickly view what is in the structure and model a new taxonomy together with the client. You don’t even need to put the word “SharePoint” in your mouth.

About: Marijn

Marijn Somers (MVP) has over 14 years experience in the SharePoint world, starting out with SP2007. Over the years the focus has grown to Office 365, with a focus on collaboration and document management. He is a business consultant at Balestra and Principal Content Provider for "Mijn 365 Coach" that offers dutch employee video training. His main work tracks are around user adoption, training and coaching and governance. He is also not afraid to dig deeper in the technicalities with PowerShell, adaptive cards or custom formatting in lists and libraries. You can listen to him on the biweekly "Office 365 Distilled" podcast.

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