Mind Mapping Tools and iPad – A Perfect Fit

I am a big fan of mind mapping tools.   My favorite tool has traditionally been Freemind, a free tool that works across Windows and Mac.   I recently changed over to using XMind and have been exploring mind mapping tools on the iPad.

Mind mapping is one application that seems to be exceptionally well matched to the “touch” environment of the iPad.  Adding nodes, moving around relationships, arranging the mind map graph display … are all much easier to do using “touch” then the mouse.   Two mind mapping applications currently available on the iPad are:

The most promising of the two is iToughts HD.   The features that set it apart from Mindnode include:

  • Dropbox saving/importing for mind map files
  • Ability to collapse child nodes
  • Version recovery
  • Ability to assign icons to nodes

Found another “touch” mind mapping tool?  Let me know!


4 thoughts on “Mind Mapping Tools and iPad – A Perfect Fit

  1. I’m really liking iThoughtsHD too. The iOS interface is ideal for mind mapping. It gives you that tactile interaction with your fingers but has the benefits of creating an electronic file that can be saved and modified. In other words, it’s the best of 2 worlds: mind mapping by hand and mind mapping by computer.

    I’m still trying to figure out what all the iThoughtsHD files are compatible with. I know that NovaMind will open it, but it’s a little pricey.

    Have you tried opening any iThoughtsHD maps in any desktop software other than NovaMind? Thanks.

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