Map out your ideas with this superb productivity tool. FREE WITH IAP | MINDNODE.COM
You’ve probably made a mind map before — the end result often ends up looking like an angry mutant spider. Software can bring some sanity to such creations, as earlier versions ably proved. MindNode 5 offers Quick Entry input. Available from within the app or a Today View widget, the feature has you make a bullet-point list. When you’re done, MindNode converts your ideas into a diagram. This is a perfect way to start, rather than fiddling around constructing individual nodes when your brain’s firing on all cylinders.
MindNode wants you to think more about content and less about the app itself. This is evident in the new panel structure. At the top left, three buttons provide fast access to your documents, sharing and an outline. Elsewhere, what was previously a fixed sidebar on iPad becomes a floating dynamic panel across all devices. Initially, its context-sensitive options disarm, but MindNode always gives you logical settings for whatever’s selected. Everywhere you look, MindNode 5 comes across like an app that’s been carefully considered. Then there are the iOS 11 niceties that you’d expect, such as Files support, and drag and drop — especially handy to quickly get images and text into a mind map. In short, this update propels the app to the very top of the iOS productivity pile.