MindNode 5

Map out your ideas with this su­perb pro­duc­tiv­ity tool. FREE WITH IAP | MINDNODE.COM

APC Australia - - App Store - Craig Gran­nell

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.

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