MindNode 2

Knock your ideas into shape with this su­perb mind-map­ping app

Mac Format - - RATED -

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

Cross-de­vice sup­port

Whether you’re mak­ing mind maps for work or play, MindNode adds a lit­tle joy to your Mac’s tool­kit.

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