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I have a lot of ideas. I'm in the habit of writing them down, but organizing, revisiting, and evolving them can be an arduous process. I get frustrated by using list apps like Reminders when planning out a coding project, a comedy set, a vacation, an event, a life plan; anything that requires up-front thought or organization of interconnected items.
This is where the concept of "Mind Mapping" comes in. Mind Mapping is a popular concept among productivity enthusiasts. You can find countless videos and articles online about Mind Mapping, I won't repeat their content in this post. Take a look at the photo at the top of this post for an example mind map. You get the idea.
After I discovered the concept of Mind Mapping, I set out to find the best Mind Mapping app for iPhone, iPad and macOS.
IMO, Good Mind Mapping software must do a few things:
- Work on macOS, iOS, and iPadOS–syncing your documents across devices with ease
- It should support the same features on iOS and iPadOS as it does on Mac. It shouldn't be dumbed down for mobile devices.
- Support exporting your Mind Map as outlines
- Support drag and drop, and split screen on iPad for importing and exporting content to and from the app
- Make it super easy to move items on the map from one place to another via drag and drop
- Allow you to create weak connections between nodes, so that you can indicate a relationship between items on different branches of the tree
- Provide a high-level expand and collapsible outline view of your mind map
- Provide task support–where you can treat select items in the mind map as a task to complete
- Integrate with the Shortcuts app for maximum automation
- Support tagging of individual items
It costs money, but it's worth it if you have ideas to organize. Unfortunately, they are moving to a paid subscription, but they have proven to be capable developers who frequently update the app. Apple leaves them with very little choice (find my rant on that here).