So recently I needed to do up a mind map for work. I searched high and low on the Mac App Store and online. I looked at free apps including Apps linked with google apps.
So I put it out on twitter and I was recommended have a look at iThoughts For the Mac. I’ve made no mystery of my love for iThoughtsHD. It is a great iPad app that finally brought home for me the utility of mind maps.
So why didn’t I use the iPad version to do my mind map.Simply put the iPad mini which I am using until my iPad Air arrives isn’t big enough to use the mind map tool.
If you like iThoughtsHD, you’re going to feel right at home with iThoughts X on your Mac.
Many of the features I like about iThoughtsHD also appear in iThoughtsX such as a assortment of line and box types along with icons and images.
Shortcuts just like the iPad version’s quick entry method. Need a child branch? Tap the space bar three times. Need a sibling branch? Tap return three times. Once u get into it you will have mind maps done in no time.
Using these tools I’m able to quickly start assembling ideas for later use in presenting to the rest of the team in work.
Like its iPad predecessor, iThoughtsX also can export to several formats including PDF, Image, Docx, Powerpoint, OPML, Markdown, and CSV.
The Markdown support is particularly clever. You can drag Markdown text into a blank canvas and it automatically creates a mind map based on linked images and heading levels. I don’t use Markdown a lot but i have tested it and it works as it says.
The file format (.itmz) is the same used on iThoughtsHD for the iPad so you can move the file back and forth between the two platforms. Sadly,there isn’t any iCloud support AT PRESENT but all of the iterations of iThoughts play nicely with Dropbox.