Mind node: a really well thought-out mind mapping software for mac and ios

A few weeks ago, I introduced three mind mapping tools for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. I only discovered Mind Node after the article was published and received a test license for Mac and iOS from the Viennese developers upon request. What can I say: Mind Node is great! Very clean, self-explanatory app that can be easily used on iPad, iPhone or Mac thanks to iCloud synchronization. And those who don’t like iCloud can also synchronize their thoughts via Dropbox.

What is a mind map anyway??

Mind maps allow you to visually collect your thoughts on a topic and group them at the same time. It always starts with a central node, from which you then create child nodes. A small graphic illustrates the idea:

Simple mindmap - created with the online tool Mindmeister (Photo: Screenshot)

Simple mind map – created with the online tool Mindmeister (Photo: Screenshot)

Mind Node shows a lot of attention to detail

Mind Node makes creating mind maps especially easy. It starts with small details: when you create a new mind map, the cursor is directly in the first node and you can start typing right away. A click on Tab and Mind Map creates a first child node, which can also be described immediately. The individual nodes can be moved very easily with the mouse and – to mark cross connections between two topics – they can be connected with lines. Also nice: the mind map can theoretically take up an unlimited amount of space on the screen and you can collapse individual branches at any time, for example to discuss only certain points in a meeting.

Mind Node 2.0: Cleaned up interface on the Mac (photo: developers)

Each node offers space for notes (which are displayed with a small icon) and of course the colors can be adjusted. Even more: Mind Node comes with several color templates that can be selected at the push of a button. For each node you can place an icon or an image and add a web link.

If during brain storming it turns out that you need not one but several mind maps because you discovered another edge aspect, you can always separate branches of the mind map and then place them separately on the workspace.

Mind Node for iOS looks almost like the Mac version (Photo: Manufacturer)

A mind map can be exported to different formats on iOS as well as on the Mac. Both apps write PDF, PNG and text – but also the MindMap standard format OPML (see Wikipedia contribution on OPML) as well as Freemind and Markdown.

It is these many small details that are simply fun to use. The app offers useful functions and options and it doesn’t look as cluttered and old-fashioned as XMind, which is available for Windows and Mac and was introduced in the previous post.

The cost of Mind Node

The Mac app costs a one-time fee of 29.99 euros, the iOS app 9.99 euros. So in total 40 Euro. At first moment I also thought: proud price. But if you compare the app for example with the cloud solution Mindmeister (72 Euro per year), the price for Mind Node seems to me very reasonable.

A free trial version is available for the Mac on the developer’s website.

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