A couple of weeks ago I needed a mind mapping software and tried some of the free packages.

Xmind was the best one for me. I really liked the fact that with very little effort I got good looking maps.
This allows me to concentrate on the domain concepts I’m trying to model instead of representation details.

When opening Xmind today, I’ve been notified of a new version (3.2.0), so I downloaded and installed it. After opening Xmind again, I found that my English application had turned to Spanish. Spanish translations use to be very bad (and this is not an exception), so I prefer English ones.

Well, I thought, no problem, I’ll go for the config option and change the app back to English. But there is no config option!! So I went back to the site to find out what was going on. In the download page they say:

Every package now contains 7 language packs, English English, GermanGerman, French French, Spanish Spanish, Japanese Japanese, Chinese(Simplified) Chinese(Simplified), and Chinese(Traditional) Chinese(Traditional). XMind will choose language automatically to fit your OS’s settings. Changing your OS’s language settings will change XMind too.

That’s unbelievable!! Do I need to change a global option for changing a local one?

So, here goes my hack, for getting back to English.

  • Edit the file (Xmind folder) configuration org.eclipse.equinox.simpleconfigurator bundles.info and comment out any line that refers to a Spanish translation (containing nl_es).

    Notepad++ Replace dialog for Xmind language hack

When you restart Xmind, English is back.