Mind mapping

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ted450, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. ted450 macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2014
    I am looking for an application to create mind maps during workshops where I gather requirements, on the fly, from stakeholders.

    Could you possibly recommend a mind mapping solution that works well with Mac?

    Thank you.
  2. rwbarna macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2008
    Bernalillo, NM
    Consider iThoughtsX (for Mac), and iThoughtsHD for IOS devices.
    Something of a review of them can be heard in two podcasts from Nosillacast (podfeet.com):
    #438 Prizmo 3, iThoughtsX, Should You Upgrade from an iPhone 5 to a 5s
    #439 Genius Bar Fail, Pocket Casts, RAVPower Charger, Taming the Terminal Part 9
    (both podcasts are ~1 hr long, but you only need to listed to the relevant parts to find out about iThoughts).
  3. lexvo macrumors 65816

    Nov 11, 2009
    The Netherlands
    Yes, iThoughts. Very good functionality and good synchronisation between iMac and iOS. Has a lot of export options too.
  4. onekerato macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2011
    I recommend MindNode for your task because it looks prettier, simpler/elegant interface, and excellent iCloud sync. Joy to use even on a small iPhone screen.

    iThoughts syncs via Dropbox and does offer a lot more features such as topic notes, icon markers, task completion % though the interface is not as clean as MindNode. BTW, iThoughts suite of apps is also expected to get iCloud sync soon.
  5. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    I second mindnode.

    Simple, easy, beautiful. Just the way everything should be.
  6. jweakley918 macrumors newbie

    Jan 25, 2014
    I, too, recommend iThoughtsX for mind mapping on a Mac. I do a lot of analytical work for a homicide unit, and I simply couldn't do without iThoughts. I use it on both my iPad and my MBP.
  7. jlc1978 macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2009
    Scapple is another good mind mapping app.
  8. swedefish macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2008
    I also second MindNode.

    It is basic in the sense that it doesn't have a whole lot of extra functionality. But for creating mind maps it is the best I have found.

    I use MindNode for the maps and MacJournal for the 'content'. In MacJournal I just create a new journal with sub-journals for the corresponding map. Works very well.
  9. Commy1 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2013
  10. hulk2012 macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2012
    Nothing beat MindJet. Miles ahead of everything there..
  11. onekerato macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2011
    Mindjet is perhaps the best on windows, but the Mac version is inadequate - no autosave, versions, or iCloud support. And the "sync" is based on a tiresome check in/ check out model. Novamind on Mac, or Xmind cross-platform is much better if you need the full suite of mind mapping features. Though most people will be happy with MindNode which syncs really well and exists on Mac & iOS, or the free Mindmup which allows you to add rich text notes to topics. I think $150-200 for mind mapping apps is pretty hard to justify.
  12. Canzz macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2013
    I have used ithoughts for years on my phone and ipad. After I bought a rMBP I immediately bought ithoughsx, couldnt be happier. (BTW its around 40$ but theres student discount. If you mail them and explain how are you going to use it, they might give you 50% off! It worked for me )

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