Knock your ideas into shape with this superb mind-mapping app
A great app is now even better – MindNode 2 is easy to use, feature-rich and surprisingly fun.
£22.99 Developer IdeasOnCanvas, mindnode.com
Requires OS X 10.10 or higher
We all like scribbling ideas on paper, but it’s not great for organising and rapidly editing the thinking behind complex projects. Mind maps can rapidly become a mess of lines and bubbles, rather than an ordered approach to your thoughts. MindNode brilliantly takes mind maps to your Mac, and makes getting ideas down child’s play.
You start with your main concept and then branch ideas off it. The app offers optional auto-arrangement of nodes and items, snapping them to a predefined grid. You can continue branching for as many levels as you like. Beyond preset themes, which dramatically alter your mind map’s appearance, you can style the size, shape, border, font, and branches of individual items as well as adding images to your map.
Welcome new features include pop-up notes for any node, handcrafted clip art, connection labels, and online viewer MyMindNode. An outline view (great for rearranging your mind map) and other interface niceties round out an excellent app.
Bar minor wobbles with iCloud syncing (which we’re reluctant to blame the app itself for), we found MindNode a joy to use. Its features are mirrored on MindNode 4.0 for iOS, which particularly on iPad is very similar to the Mac release; and if you install on iPhone, you can even check out your mind maps on your Apple Watch. Craig Grannell
Wonderful to work with
Balances design and scope
Plenty of export formats
Whether you’re making mind maps for work or play, MindNode adds a little joy to your Mac’s toolkit.