Mindmapping Comes to the iPhone!

In a previous post I wrote about the iPhone being a game-changer.  I also created an iPhone mindmap to illustrate the new features of the iPhone.

Well, I’m glad to announce that mindmapping has come to the iPhone!  A new application called MindMaker can be downloaded directly to your iPhone from the App Store at a price of $4.99.

As an avid iPhone user and mindmapper, I think this application is pretty good.  It is simple and efficient and allows you to mindmap on your iPhone.

Here’s how it works:

Launching MindMaker on the iPhone

  • Tap the MindMaker Application Button on your iPhone.  The application opens with a list of mindmaps.  
  • By tapping the name of a mindmap in the list it launches the mindmap.  A default mindmap called “Mindmapping” comes preloaded with the application and appears at the top of the list. 
  • This default mindmap has four sub-topics: History, Tools, People, and Uses.  Those topics then have a few more subtopics.
  • Getting back to the mindmap list is standard iPhone navigation with the menu arrow in top left of the screen (Same navigation used in Address Book or iPod app).

Moving around a Mindmap on the iPhone

  • You simply slide your finger around the iPhone screen to see any area of the mindmap.
  • You can also tap on arrow buttons in the bottom menu to quickly move through topics and subtopics in the mindmap.

Creating, Editing, and Deleting Topics within a Mindmap on the iPhone

  • There is a plus (“+”) button in the bottom menu that allows you to create new topics. 
  • Each subtopic you create from the main topic is shown in a different color.  All subtopics from a given color remain in that color.  This makes it easy to distinguish parts of the mindmap.
  • You can double tap on any topic (which highlights the topic) and press the plus (“+”) button to create a subtopic for that topic.
  • To edit a topic, double tap on any topic and then press the writing tablet icon in the bottom menu.  This launches the iPhone QWERTY keyboard and isolates that topic for you to edit.
  • To delete a topic, double tap any topic and press the trash icon.

As with other applications for the iPhone it will only get better with future updates (which are free). 

There are a few areas where this application could use some improvements, however:

1) The arrow navigation does not navigate through the entire mindmap.  Only down one path at a time and then back to the main topic.

2) You can only view the mindmaps in portrait mode.  It does not take advantage of the acceleromator and allow you to move through the mindmap in landscape mode.  This isn’t a showstopper, as you can move very quickly around the mindmap with your finger in portrait mode.  But it would be nice to have landscape.

3) It would also be nice to be able to e-mail mindmaps from the iPhone and import mindmaps into industry standard mindmapping software like MindManager and NovaMind.

Even with these suggested updates, if you are a mindmapper and you have an iPhone, I’d recommend purchasing it.  It’s pretty incredible to be able to mindmap on my iPhone.  I’m already getting some good use from the application.

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4 Responses to “Mindmapping Comes to the iPhone!”

  1. Sean Says:

    Great review…I am a fan of mind mapping and hope the more popular existing mindmap companies will make an iphone app that integrates with the desktop version. Not much use if I can’t move iphone quick notes into production on a desktop. Although for quick note taking/mind mapping it DOES work better than a napkin!

  2. Chance Brown Says:

    Sean: Thanks for the positive feedback! As for greater functionality with desktop mindmapping software, MindMaker notes on their site (http://www.mindmakerapp.com/) that in an upcoming version (1.2) you will be able to upload mindmaps to a web application from which you can then download to different mindmapping formats. So stay tuned…- Chance

  3. Martin Davies Says:

    I see mind mapping as a free form method of expressing ideas and the interrelationships between them. I am an avid fan of this approach of modelling and have installed the package on my iPhone which appears to be working well. Congratulations to the developer!

    What would be a great feature apart from inter-linking nodes between network branches is to be able to click on a node and add other criteria or tags. Then to see a summary in the format of a table or tree structure that collects nodes by tags!

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