What’s happening with NovaMind?

The Company

The company that has been developing NovaMind is being shut down and the NovaMind products and intellectual property are being transferred to a company managed by a former employee of NovaMind, who plans in due course to take the software forward in new directions, building on the legacy of the desktop versions of NovaMind.

There will be a transition period from the old company to the new one, ending on the 26th of October 2016.

Not all products and development will be carried forward by the new company, so refunds are being offered to compensate for this. See below for details.


The new company will offer subscriptions that will allow the ongoing use of the desktop versions of NovaMind for Windows and Mac.

The following things will happen to the existing active subscriptions:

Perpetual Subscription:

  • You will be emailed a NovaMind license key and a download link for a version of NovaMind you can continue using indefinitely. This will allow you to use the desktop versions of NovaMind (Windows and Mac).
  • These versions of NovaMind will include the features of the current versions of NovaMind for Windows and Mac at the time of the transition, but will not be updated beyond that point.
  • You can also request a full or partial refund of your subscription purchase. See below for details.

Annual Subscription:

  • As of the date of this announcement, no further renewals will be charged on your existing account, but the account will remain active until the end of the transition period.
  • If you choose to request a refund on the refund page, that will be processed at the end of the transition period.
  • If you do not request a refund and your subscription has already been paid up to beyond the end of the transition period (excluding any bonus time added to a subscription), we will give you a prorated refund for the portion of your subscription you have not used.

Monthly Subscription:

  • As of the date of this announcement, no further renewals will be charged on your existing account, but the account will remain active until the end of the transition period.
  • If you choose to request a refund on the refund page, that will be processed at the end of the transition period.

To continue using NovaMind beyond the transition period and to receive updated versions as they are released, you will need a new subscription purchased through the new company.

Subscription Products

There are changes to the products that will be available during the transition period, and after the transition is complete.

  • NovaMind for Windows Desktop and Mac OS X will continue to be live during the transition and will be included in the new subscriptions under the new company.
  • NovaMind Cloud/Android will be discontinued on the 16th of September. If you have any documents stored online, we will email them to you after that date (see below for details).
  • NovaMind for Windows Modern (as available on the Windows Store) will be unpublished on the 16th of September and will no longer be supported.
  • NovaMind for iPad development is officially cancelled.

Any other legacy versions of NovaMind will no longer be supported. Any products not included in the new subscription will no longer be supported.


If you have a current, active subscription to NovaMind, then you are eligible for a refund. We will be collecting the refund requests during the transition period, and processing them all at the end of the transition.

Please click here for further details and to apply for a refund.

A word from Gideon King, founder of NovaMind

After 16 years of hard work on NovaMind and weathering many storms, it was clear that I needed to step away from the day to day stress of running the company and developing NovaMind, but I was determined to leave our customers in the best possible situation I could.

I am doing this by leaving the company in the capable hands of Patrick who worked on NovaMind for 5 years and fully understands my vision for NovaMind along with the inner workings of the products, and also by offering refunds out of my own pocket for those who believe they haven’t received full value from their NovaMind subscription.

The decision to move on from NovaMind was not made lightly, and there were many challenges to do so in the best possible way for our customers. There were many steps to the process and all sorts of issues that needed to be resolved before we could complete the transition, which meant that the process took a long time. Please see here for a full description of why and how we got to this point.

A word from the new owner

Gideon has invited me to take over the NovaMind IP so that the product can continue to help people be more productive and more organized every day. As a previous employee of NovaMind (working on NovaMind 5 for Windows), and a daily NovaMind user, I have a deep understanding of the product but having stepped away from the company a while ago, I also have no illusions about the reality of the current situation.

The unfaltering vision to deliver the best mind mapping application anywhere has meant that a very small team spent an extraordinary amount of work trying to replicate a full blown mind mapping application on five different platforms. In hindsight this endeavor was simply not possible and resulted in promises which were never fulfilled.

Despite all of this, it’s telling that the desktop versions of NovaMind still compare confidently with other industry offerings and provide a real alternative for people who like to efficiently create beautiful mind maps with flexible layout options.

To start with, we are continuing to offer the latest Desktop versions and in the longer term I hope that we can refocus any future development efforts on NovaMind’s strengths with a pragmatic approach while continuing the tradition of innovation that NovaMind is known for.

I want to thank everyone who supported NovaMind in the past and I also want to thank Gideon personally. You have worked harder than anyone I know and it’s a testament to your character and integrity that instead of abandoning NovaMind customers you are offering refunds to all your supporters who were waiting for announced features while passing on the IP to ensure that NovaMind has a future.

Patrick Klug

Action Steps

  • If you use NovaMind Cloud / Android, we will email you a copy of your documents that you have stored online as of the 16th of September. Due to the large amount of data to be transferred etc, it may take a while before you receive your documents, but everyone should have them by the 5th of October. If you haven’t received them by then, please email sales@novamind.com
  • If you have a current active NovaMind subscription and want to receive a partial or full refund, click here
  • To subscribe to the new subscription through the new company, please click the subscription sign up button below. The existing software will automatically connect to your new subscription.

A special note about Mac OS 10.12 Sierra

We will be collecting information about any issues running NovaMind for Mac on the new operating system, and plan to release an update by about the 15th of October to address any issues. This will apply to people using the subscription product and we will also release an update for the old license key based version of NovaMind 5. The version of NovaMind that Perpetual subscribers will be given will also include these fixes.

If you need assistance

If you have any queries about any of the above, please email support@novamind.com

13 August 2016

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