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MindNode Review: Mind Mapping tool for iPad

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Your brain is the central force behind all the brilliant ideas that you come up with. However, compartmentalizing these vivid ideas and “mapping” them requires some extra bit of help. Which is why, in this article, I am reviewing a mind mapping tool for iPad that I have been trying out that goes by the name of MindNode.

Fortunately, there are plenty of mind mapping tools available across all platforms, including the iPad. MindNode has become a popular name among mind mapping apps across Mac OS X and iOS platform. Boasting a simple user interface and reasonable price, MindNode has crawled up to the top spot among the best mind mapping apps for iPad.

What does MindNode exactly do?

Based on the very principle of a mind map, MindNode is an app that allows you to create a visual diagram around a central idea. The tool enables you to “connect the dots” by bringing additional ideas closer to the central one, creating branches (or nodes).

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Start off with a simple “node”, which can be anything from an idea, topic or a person. You can then branch out with sub-nodes to create connections, and even create entirely new central nodes. The MindNode review on iPad is impressive with intuitive gesture controls and simplified filtering to organize your ideas freakishly well.

I have been using it to plan out article ideas and keywords for this blog. It is very helpful when brainstorming and organising my thoughts.

With visual representation and colors, you can generate and understand the bigger picture without putting your brain into overdrive. Although apps like iThoughts and Mindly work on the same basic principle, it is the visual elements and UI that set MindNote apart from the competition.

MindNode’s user interface and features

They say that a good user interface is the one that users don’t need be explained about. MindNode not only adheres to the laws of good app design, but the pleasantly simple user interface reflects a true essence of professional design. Ever since the overhaul with the iOS 7 update, MindNode offers more design-oriented features than most mind mapping apps.

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MindNode comes with an abundance of design options

You can start off things by selecting one of several background elements, and then move over to the Themes tab. The default theme is “Delight”, but feel free to experiment with other theme choices, or just create a “Custom Theme”. Apart from the groovy colors, you can also select your favorite typography to unleash your brain mapping capabilities.

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Outline Mode

Certainly a highlighting feature discovered during the MindNode review, is the Outline Mode on the top-right corner of the screen. Simply tap on the last button in the top menu bar to create an outline of the mind map. Outline mode creates a hierarchal order with triangles to hide or reveal a node, which streamlines the whole process.

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Outline Mode is perfect to make a mind map quickly readable

Keyboard shortcuts keys

Taking a page out of iThoughts’ playbook, MindNode has integrated keyboard shortcuts for quicker mind mapping. For instance, three carriage return presses enable a sibling node on the mind map, whereas three taps on the space button create a child node.

MindNode vs Competition

MindNode has been the leading mind mapping tool for Mac users for a long time, but always second to the mighty iThoughts on iPad. However, MindNode has quickly caught up with the competition, making up in simplified UI for what it lacks in features.

iThoughts comes with all the tools a master mind mapper needs to unleash their ideas on the blank canvas of the iPad. However, for a new user (or even a casual user), the abundance of features can be overwhelming. Hence, MindNode seems like an alternative that is better equipped to accommodate new users and keep things simple.

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Despite the widespread features, iThoughts is not easy to start off with

Coming to the price, iThoughts is available for purchase on the iTunes Store for $11.99, while MindNode is for $9.99. Despite being cheaper, the only major difference that separates MindNode from the top competition like iThoughts is the beauty in its simplicity.

MindNode Review – The Final Verdict

Since mind mapping is a tested and proven method to enhance productivity, iPad needs the best of them. MindNode started out as a regular player, but now stands as the ultimate beginner’s app to mind mapping.

Admittedly, you will always find more visual elements and features with competing apps like iThoughts. However, MindNode is built with a minimalist design and elegant UI, with just the right amount of features. From the visual aesthetics and the functionality to the affordable price tag, MindNode barely leaves anything to be desired.

Download MindNode for iPad via iTunes

About the author

    Dean Duke

    Dean is a father of 2, working full time as an IT consultant. He is an experienced tablet user spending many years honing his skills and learning to be more productive while using his iPad. After meeting the founder of TabletProductive.com, Chris J. Lee in 2015, he has been a main contributor to the blog ever since.

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