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IPad Mind Mapping Apps

Mind Mapping Apps for the iPad

iThoughtsHD (mindmapping) By CMS

[iThoughts] is among the best we’ve ever tested - Macworld.comiThoughtsHD is a mind mapping tool for the iPad. If you have an iPhone or iPod Touch then please check out iThoughts.Educational Discount AvailableMindmapping enables you to visually organise your thoughts, ideas and information.Typical Uses:      • Task lists.      • Brainstorming.      • Project planning.      • Goal setting.      • WBS      • Course Notes/Revision.      • Meeting Notes.      • GTDHighlights:• Import and export to and from many of the most popular desktop applications:      • MyThoughts      • Freemind      • Freeplane      • Novamind      • MindManager      • XMind      • iMindmap      • Mindview      • ConceptDraw MINDMAP      • MindGenius      • OPML (OmniOutliner, Scrivener etc.)      • Excel/Numbers/Outlook/ToodleDo (CSV)Please see the website for details of supported versions.• Export to:      • Powerpoint/Keynote (PPTX)      • Word/Pages (DOCX) • PDF • PNG + HTML      • Markdown• Plays nicely with other services: • Cloud synchronisation with Dropbox/Box/WebDAV • Send and open email attachements • Share (Twitter, Facebook and other apps e.g. GoodReader, Keynote, Pages etc.) • Cut/Copy/Paste within and between maps and other apps (e.g. Mail, Safari and Notes etc.) • Download community generated maps from Biggerplate• Flexible Topic Attributes       • Colour / Shape      • Images / Icons      • Notes      • Hyperlinks      • Callout / Floating      • Boundaries      • Auto-numbering      • Named relationships between topics.• Task Management:      • Assign start/due date, effort, progress and resources      • Create email task reports (by project, by resource)      • Export tasks to Outlook and ToodleDo (CSV)      • Hide completed tasks• Advanced Mindmap Features:      • Doodle (finger drawing)      • Search (map names, topics, notes, links) across all maps.      • Passcode Protection / Readonly      • Multiple layouts (horizontal, vertical, fishbone etc.)      • Multiple link styles (curved, tapered, right angled etc.)      • Embedded documents (PDF, XLS, DOC etc)      • Keyboard shortcuts and TextExpander integration for fast brainstorming.      • 90 builtin icons, 46 clipart images and 30 background canvas patterns. • Connect to an external projector (VGA output)Please visit the website for more information, screenshots and videos.

MindMeister (mind mapping) By MeisterLabs

NOTE: requires a free account registration*** MindMeister for iPhone is the companion app of the #1 collaborative mind mapping site ***MindMeister lets you create, edit and share your mind maps on the go and synchronize them with the award-winning free online MindMeister service.PLEASE NOTE: MindMeister for iPhone automatically backs up all your mobile maps with the service, and thus asks you to create a FREE account on the first start. "[...] the syncing, sharing, rapid-entry features of MindMeister make it my top pick."The Unofficial Apple WeblogDESCRIPTION:Easily create, view and edit conceptual mind maps in this intuitive app, then share them with friends and colleagues online. Automatic synchronization with the service allows you to continue working on your ideas in our award-winning and full-featured web interface, on your own or together with your friends. Feature highlights:✔ Create and edit unlimited mind maps and folders✔ Seamlessly sync maps and folders with your free online account✔ Share maps directly from the device✔ Multi-touch support for drag & drop, zoom, pan ✔ Add icons, colors, styles and map themes✔ View notes, links, tasks and attachments on ideas✔ Draw connections between nodes✔ Manage Favorite maps✔ Quickly insert ideas ("Geistesblitz")Additional features with Personal subscription:✔ Add images and photos to topics✔ Export maps in MindManager, Freemind, MS Word and MS PowerPoint formatAdditional features through interface:✔ Real-time collaboration✔ History view and unlimited undo / redo✔ Import from MindManager, Freemind and text files✔ Presentation mode, publish maps, synchronize tasks, etcWith the MindMeister application you'll never again miss a great idea when you're on the move - sketch out ideas and concepts wherever you are, manage personal and meeting notes or brainstorm with friends and colleagues via the collaborative MindMeister service.

Mindo By Laterhorse

Mindo is a mind mapping tools for iPad. Mind mapping enable you to organize your thoughts, ideas and information whenever you want.Typical uses:* Task list* Brainstorming* Course notes and revision* Meeting notes* Concept mapping* Goal settingUser comments:* This application does a nice job of utilizing the iPad’s interface features. * It has helped me a lot to sort out situations, to organize my thinking, to brainstorm new ideas, to tease out of my mind insights I hadnt thought of before, and to find great ideas. Its easy. -- Denssull (United States)* Great wee app - This is an excellent iPad application. Easy to use, wide range of styles can be created, intuitive interface, top marks. --reddishpink (United Kingdom)* Very easy to use. All operations are intuitive and, as a function of touching than 10 minutes you will get used. --まるちく (Japan)* I bought 3 of the apps on mind mapping. It's - definitely the best. The familiar interface of iWork. In short - worth the money. Would recommend. --Serj Korj (Russia)* Mindo does exactly what you want to use mind mapping program without too many bells and whistles. --GlobalBob (Nederland)* Best mind mapping tool for me. Quick to work with in meeting for taking notes. --Lopa2000 (Romania)Highlights:* Import and export mind map compatible with many of popular desktop applications: * Mind Manager * Freemind * XMind * OPML* Import and export Mind maps via Email directly.* Synchronize with Wifi, iTunes and Dropbox/ cloud service.* Save images to iPad Album in which image can be exported to other apps.* Export PNG and PDF versions of your maps.* Drag and drop topics to organize ideas intuitively.* Double tap to create topic directly and auto organize for appearance. * Present your thoughts via external projector (VGA adaptor output).* Copy/Paste in and between mind maps, and event to and from other apps.* Undo/Redo functions in edit mode.* Assign functional icon groups for topics.* Assign priorities to topics.* Assign task attributes such as start time/due time to topics.* Attach topic with hyperlinks to topics.* Assign colors, shapes and fonts to topics.* Create relationship between topics.* Create boundaries to highlight the topic groups.* Expand/Collapse branches to keep things brief.Please visit website for more information, screenshot and videos.

Popplet By Notion

Great for work. Great for school. Popplet is a platform for your ideas. Popplet's super simple interface allows you to move at the speed of your thoughts. With Popplet you can capture your ideas, sort them visually, and collaborate with others in realtime. Quickly and easily!★ Apple has featured us in "New and Noteworthy", "What's Hot" and "Get Stuff Done" ★★ MacWorld gave Popplet 4 stars ★★ Fast Company has included us on their website in "Work Smart 2" ★★ Great reviews from TUAW and PadGadget ★People use Popplet to:+ Explore Ideas: Brainstorming, Mindmapping+ Plan Projects: Diagrams, Process Charts + Record Thoughts: Journals, Notes, Lists+ Collect Inspiration: Mood Boards, Scrapbook, Travel Plans+ Create Galleries: Photo albums, Portfolios, Presentations+ Study: School Projects, Class NotesPopplet Lite will be free forever, but is limited to just one popplet. The full version of Popplet lets you create an unlimited number of local popplets, which are stored on your iPad. You can also use the full version to create online popplets, which can be shared with and edited by other Popplet users, both on the web at and on their iPads.Unlike similar apps, Popplet includes the following special features:+ Boundless Boards+ Pan and Zoom+ Realtime Collaboration (ipad to ipad + ipad to web)+ External VGA Display Support+ Multi Language Support+ PDF and JPEG ExportWe are committed to continually improving and updating the full version of Popplet and would love to hear what you think. Come visit us at or email us at You can also follow us on Twitter at @poppletny!UPGRADE NOTE: If you are upgrading from Popplet Lite, you can transfer your Popplet by choosing "Select All" from the gear menu and then "Copy". Then switch to Popplet (the full version) and select "Paste" from the gear menu.

Idea Sketch By Nosleep Software

Idea Sketch lets you easily draw a diagram - mind map, concept map, or flow chart - and convert it to a text outline, and vice versa. You can use Idea Sketch for anything, such as brainstorming new ideas, illustrating concepts, making lists and outlines, planning presentations, creating organizational charts, and more!Create Ideas InstantlyCopy text from another app, such as an email, document, or web page, and import it into Idea Sketch to automatically create an idea that can be viewed as both a diagram and outline.Share Your IdeasDiagrams and outlines can be easily shared via email or and copied directly into other apps. Diagrams can also be saved to the Photos app (to sync to your desktop) or uploaded to Facebook.Easy-to-UseIdea Sketch is designed to be intuitive and easy to use. You'll be creating and editing diagrams and outlines right away. There's no drawing required, just enter your text and move the shapes around, Idea Sketch handles the rest.Get More FeaturesThe app is free and fully functional without any limitations or advertisements. Get even more features by purchasing the in-app Plus upgrade:• More shapes, sizes, fonts, and color themes• Organize ideas with tags• Sync your iPad and iPhone with iCloud• Share via Dropbox and• Edit diagrams with Visio, OmniGraffle, and any software that supports VDX files• Buy once and get all features on all your iPads and iPhones• Create beautiful print-quality PDF diagrams and outlines• Print diagrams and outlines directly from the app

MindNode By IdeasOnCanvas GmbH

MindNode is a powerful and intuitive mindmapping application. Its focus and flexibility make it the perfect tool for brainstorming and organizing your life—and iCloud & Dropbox support means you always have your mindmaps with you.MindNode lets you lay out your notes and tasks visually so you can get a bird's-eye view of your project. The clutter-free interface lets you concentrate on generating and connecting ideas, and an infinitely expanding canvas means that no matter how big or complicated those ideas get, MindNode can keep up.Brainstorm• Create new nodes with a tap of your finger• Drag and drop to move or reconnect nodes• Create multiple mindmaps on one canvas• Infinitely large canvas expands to keep up with your ideasOrganize• Hide and show nodes and branches with one tap• Drag and drop nodes to rearrange your mindmap• Automatically reorganize complicated mindmaps• Highlight important nodes using different colors, fonts, and stroke widths• Search lets you find any node, even if it's hidden—no matter how big the mindmapShare• iCloud sharing (requires iOS 6): access your mindmaps from MindNode touch for iPhone and iPad or MindNode Pro on any Mac.• Dropbox sharing: open files from your Dropbox and save them back to it when you're done working on them• WiFi sharing: share files between your Mac and your iOS device over the local wireless network• Export your mind map as a PDF, FreeMind or OPML document, PNG or TIFF image, or text document.• Send your mind map to other apps in any of the supported export formats• Send your mind map to the camera roll as an imageMore MindNode:• MindNode ProThe most powerful and flexible version of MindNode includes iCloud sharing. Available on the Mac App Store.• MindNode LiteExplore MindNode's basic features before investing in MindNode Pro. Available on the Mac App Store.

Inspiration Maps By Inspiration Software, Inc.

2012 Tech&Learning Award of Excellence Winner! Visual learning for the iPad - and move files to and from Inspiration 9.1 on the desktop!Eligible for discount through Apple’s Volume Purchase Plan for Education. VPP buyers! Get a free app for every 20 purchased: students in active learning with Inspiration Maps. Students build their knowledge by creating diagrams, maps and organizers that help them brainstorm, plan, organize and build thinking skills. Tap to transform visual work into outlines that export for writing. Use Inspiration Maps to:- Brainstorm new ideas and capture insights- Analyze information- Understand cause and effect- Organize projects- Organize thoughts and topics for writing- Take notes- Study for examsFeatures:- Friendly design developed specifically for iPad- Diagrams are easy to build - and save instantly- Create an unlimited number of documents- Diagrams transform to outlines with a tap- Personalize with images, color, shape, arrow style, and backgrounds- Use images from the web or the iPad camera- Attach notes to any item to start writing- Add hyperlinks- Dozens of templates are included- Share files with other apps on your iPad, such as Pages- Share files with other iPads via Dropbox or iTunes- Additional templates available in Spanish and UK English- Localized in Spanish and UK EnglishInspiration Maps Lite---------------------------Inspiration Maps Lite is a preview of Inspiration Maps, the visual thinking and learning app for the iPad. Work with up to five diagrams to create maps, edit and stylize content, transform diagrams to outlines, and preview templates.For more information, please visit

iBrainstorm By Universal Mind

Capturing and sharing your inner most creative genius has never been easier. Introducing the first multi-device collaboration tool from Universal Mind. From iPhone to iPad with just a flick of the finger, iBrainstorm has set the bar and has redefined the very nature of collaboration.Think it. Share it. Love it!=========Look for our other iBrainstorm app for the iPhone - iBrainstorm Companion! iBrainstorm Companion is used to connect to a running session of iBrainstorm on the iPad. It gives up to 4 people, the ability to create ideas on their iPhones and 'flick' them over to the iPad! It makes the brainstorming process engaging and fun. Give it a try!=========We created iBrainstorm as a pet project and it quickly elevated to an integral part of our normal User Experience Design (UX) process. It is now a part of our best practices in our methodology. We've decided to share this product with the UX community and hope that you'll find it as valuable as we do!The design of this application was based around the way that we work at Universal Mind. We expect you to have other use cases and needs. Help us to make iBrainstorm better by giving it a strong rating and sharing your thoughts on improving it. We'll do our best to support your requests and questions in a timely manner.=========Usage Tips=========For the best connectivity between iBrainstorm and iBrainstorm Companion:• use a wifi local connectionIf there is no wifi connection available:• turn off wifi on all devices• turn on Bluetooth on all devices• start the iPad session first, click on the connection icon - second from the right - and then launch your iPhone appsIf you are using iOS4:• if you close your iPhone app while running a session, you'll have approximately 20-30 seconds to restart the app and maintain your session. If the session drops, force quit the app from your background processes and restart it. You'll need to press the connect button in iBrainstorm on your iPad.

Corkulous Pro By Appigo

Corkulous™ idea board is the incredible new way to collect, organize, and share your ideas. Access your ideas anywhere on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch with built-in iCloud support. Share your ideas with your friends and family by storing your cork boards in Dropbox. See the demo video: is a multi-purpose app containing cork boards where you can place notes, labels, photos, contacts, and tasks. Group your ideas visually on one board or spread ideas out across multiple boards (sub-boards also supported). Each cork board has plenty of real estate to capture your best ideas and plans.WHAT IS CORKULOUS?Family Message Center, Kitchen Cork Board, Reminder Board, Simple Mind Map, Goal Manager, Vacation/Event Planner, Vision Board, Simple to-do list, Exam Study Aid, Lesson Planner, … and more!HOW TO USE CORKULOUS?Plan any kind of event, collaborate with friends and colleagues, manage project assignments, brainstorm something BIG, prepare or teach a lesson, track your goals, keep track of your kids' chore list, take notes, build a simple org chart, … and whatever else you might think of.FEATURES- Notes, Labels, Photos, Contacts, Tasks, Index Cards, and Arrow Flags- Full board view with pinch zooming- Search cork board items- Email board snapshots as PDFs or images- Export board PDFs via iTunes File Sharing- Save images to Saved Photos album- Unique back side of the cork board- Excellent and proven customer support- Oh yeah, did we mention it's FUN? !!Corkulous Pro:- iCloud Support: Store your cork boards in iCloud and automatically keep them up to date across all your iOS devices (requires iOS 5.0 or later)- Dropbox Support: Store your cork boards in Dropbox, access them from all your iOS devices, and share them with other Dropbox users- Multiple cork boards- Nested cork boards- Passcode lock main cork boards- Export, Share, and Import Corkulous filesCorkulous (free version):-Gives you a single board on your iOS device's collection to work with-Connect with Dropbox folders and view (read-only) Corkulous boards shared by othersFEEDBACKThat's right, we LOVE positive feedback! Please be kind in your app reviews, tell others how you use Corkulous, and stay tuned for new and exciting features.Twitter:

iMindMap By ThinkBuzan Limited

✪ Also available on iPad ✪iMindMap is your limitless workspace for brainstorming ideas, note-taking during meetings or lectures, organising tasks, planning events, creating and delivering presentations and so much more.iMindMap is packed with intuitive, time-saving features to help lighten the load from your busy schedule and add a touch of creativity to everything you do.So, ditch the endless lists and dull slideshows and take refuge from the status quo with the creative tool for all tasks, iMindMap.iMindMap is the ONLY Mind Mapping app bearing the badge of approval from inventor of Mind Maps, Tony Buzan.PLEASE NOTE: iMindMap syncs your maps between all your supporting devices, so will ask you to sign up for a free account on the first start.Feature highlights:✪ Create and deliver stunning presentations ✪ Limited access to iMindMap Cloud, allowing access to your maps from any iMindMap Cloud enabled version of iMindMap✪ Open .imx email attachments from iMindMap desktop✪ Add Audio Notes, web links and text notes✪ Colourful Image Library✪ Templates to get you started fast✪ Brand new Sketch Tool✪ Inbuilt SmartLayout technology to keep your maps tidy✪ Tailor your maps with Styles & Freehand Branches✪ Undo/redo feature to quickly amend or alter your Mind MapsThe following features are available through an in-app subscription to iMindMap Freedom:✪ Access to iMindMap Cloud, iMindMap Online and iMindMap apps on other mobile devices✪ Insert images from your own Photo Album or even take photos whilst using the app from your camera for a completely unique and personalised Mind Map✪ Schedule Tasks to stay on top of it all with start dates, finish dates and duration times✪ Insert Floating Text and Floating Ideas✪ Export as Image (PNG/PDF) and IMX files✪ Speed Mind Mapping Function ✪ Create new Folders to store and order your maps by date or alphabetical order✪ Tidy up and balance your maps in an instant with the Clean Up button✪ Premium Technical Support

ExamTime's Mind Map Tool

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