There is a new version of Docear available for download. It’s basically the (experimental) RC1 version done right. RC2 fixes a lot of bugs that were caused by the new workspace model with multiple projects, it features a refined and polished version of the Ribbon, fixes a lot of bugs in general and supports the standard PDF viewers of MacOSX (Preview and Skim) and probably a lot of other viewers as well!

If you are still using Beta9 of Docear, a lot of things will change and improve with this new version of Docear. However converting your old maps to this new format is a one-way process (you can’t use these files with Beta9 of Docear anymore) and the process itself might take some time, depending on the size of your mind maps. Please backup your files before upgrading to Docear RC2. 

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Some of Docear’s new icons in the ribbon bar

If you have used RC1 of Docear and created multiple projects, you probably have experienced some bugs which cannot automatically be fixed by RC2. If you e.g. have trouble with your Incoming mind map ignoring your other library mind maps, and don’t have any backups you can use, please write us in our bug tracking forum, and we will try to help you as soon as possible.

Further information about the many fixes, enhancements and new features will follow tomorrow and on Wednesday, when the Docear team is back from a sailing trip with our entire working group :-). For more information about the new GUI (including ribbons) and other major changes compares to Beta 9 read this post about RC1.


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JzJ · 9th August 2013 at 10:36

Thank you for fixing the keyboard shortcuts for node formatting and moving. I really enjoy using Docear and it gets better with every version, so keep up the good work!
The main issue for me is the huge lag on saving large mindmaps (several seconds), which freezes the entire application. But the advantages outweigh this issue by far.

    Joeran [Docear] · 9th August 2013 at 11:11

    Saving a map should be very fast. For instance, my mind map is around 4 MB in size and saving it takes a fraction of a second. Do you have the problem with any mind map of any size? Or only with very large maps? Could you send me your mind map to (you may write in German if you like). It would also be helpful to know how many references you have approximately because each time you save a mind map, the BibTeX file is saved as well.

      JzJ · 12th August 2013 at 11:02

      My mind map is about 1.5 MB but has many links to my references, the bibtex file contains ~700 entries. It seems that saving is faster for smaller mind maps but in my main map saving takes 10-20 seconds even if I only fold a node.

        Joeran [Docear] · 14th August 2013 at 08:47

        hi JzJ, we cannot reproduce the problem. Please send us an example mind map to
        As said, saving, folding, etc. should only take the fraction of a second.

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