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I like brainstorming. I like being able to loosen the gates on my ideas, give them a good shake, and see what comes out. That being said, I have never liked mind mapping. My thoughts don’t come out in ways that lend themselves to diagrams on paper. I always end up with ideas clustered in one corner and a tangled knot of lines leading off to unintelligible blobs.
When the maker of the iPhone/iPod application MyMind contacted me to look at the software and provide feedback, I almost said no. As a software developer, I realized that software without feedback often lacks, so I decided to give it a shot.
MyMind blew me away. After all, we are dealing with a tiny screen. But it was so easy to add bubbles that I found it could keep up with me. It automatically moved things around so that there were no jumbles. It was also fast to jump to another place to add ideas.
A tiny screen is no barrier to putting in ideas. The standard zoom in and out for the iPod Touch applications works extremely well and gives you an overview of your mind map.
Here is a look at one of my maps, straight from my iPod:
MyMind also exports to and from an open source mind map tool called FreeMind. So after creating the maps on my iPod, I could pull them onto the PC for printing. And the other way as well: outlines on the PC can be carried on my iPod Touch.
The price is $6.99, and it is worth every penny. MyMind is available from the iTunes store.
But if you’d like a chance to have the software for free see the contest announcement.
Note: the makers of MyMind have released a version specifically for the iPad. It can be found through the iTunes store.
Photo by torres21