Are there any mind-mapping tools, like XMind, but which basic structure not tree, but directed acyclic graph (DAG)?

I don't know why do they do trees everywhere like tree maniacs! :)

Tree is always insufficient structure for mind mapping!

I know that many tools allow drawing arrows between nodes like that XMind or Visio. But I need DAG structure be essential and constraint, allowing collapsing ets...

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    Fully agree! Have you found anything yet?
    – mitchus
    Commented Sep 4, 2017 at 13:23

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The best I've found so far is yEd, available here: https://www.yworks.com/products/yed

The default settings for the editor behavior are quite uncommon, but after fiddling with the (quite extensive) preferences, I really quite like it! It also includes nice layout algorithms that place nodes of a directed acyclic graph in a way that minimizes intersections.

  • It is impossible to paste images into yEd
    – Dims
    Commented Apr 5, 2019 at 18:43

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