MindNode 5 App Reviews

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Excellent Integration for Writers.

For those of you, like me, looking for an integration of MindMapping with Scrivener and Scapple even, MindNode 5 provides an inexpensive and very powerful solution. This software works like iThoughts and perhaps others, though MindNode prices strikes me as more reasonable. One can attach notes to one or multiple hierarchical nodes in MindNode, and these come into Scrivener as title and content on separate cards and outline elements. Even more impressively, if one takes a Scapple and exports, with the option proved to create notes field in the opal export, the first line of scapple node appears as node, with secondary lines appearing in an editable notes pane which appears for each separate node as a sidebar to the diagram. So one can easily click around the mind map adding context and description to simple titles. A simple outline can be quickly enriched in MindNode, then the OPML taken directly into Scrivener. This is what I've wanted.

Simple & Powerful, Apple-esk

Great Application. I’ve created huge mind maps for my masters papers and the program has handled them all perfectly. I enjoy the attention to design without compromising functionality. The app looks and feels like a native Apple app (a compelement to the programmers) and the fact that it syncs through iCloud is GREAT! I have this app on my iPhone, iPad, and Mac! Keep up the great work!

Great App - How do I convert my iPad License?

Really solid app - Like it a lot. I use it for iPad and have a license for it; however, it is not transfering over to my desktop app. How do I do I get the app to license on the desk top?

2 -> 5? marginal upgrade but still one of my favorite apps

Whats new in 5.0: Quick Entry for the mac toolbar and Top down layouts. MindNode started out as a way to organize information for my design work. In the past year I’ve started to use it for EVERYTHING. Organizing thoughts for important emails or making decisions. Meeting notes and accompanying to-do’s. To make site maps (glad there are top down layouts now!) Even the default theme works really well as presentation pieces. As a highly visual person I struggle with unloading thoughts and often get hung up on arrangement or organization. MindNode (especially with custom shortcuts) make it real easy for me to brain dump- then visually arrange. I’ve been using version 2 for awhile and just upgraded after it was brought to my attention that there is a version 5 (dont know what happened to the other three). Not much difference between the two however the Quick entry makes is super convenient and well designed. I could see how the workflow would be easy to execute on mobile and is a convincing argument to spring for the mobile app.

Highly Functional & Elegant Mind Map Solution

I am blown away at how great it is to work with MindNode’s mind map solution! This app really makes it easy to collect ideas, create notes, create tasks and keep everything organized. It has replaced several other tools I use for work. I’ve used Mind Map solutions for years, but some things MindNode does better than the rest... - Beautiful, distraction free workspace! The UI is not clogged up with noisy buttons and links everywhere like other programs, but everything is still easily customizable...fonts, branch colors, border styles, etc. - Keyboard shortcuts allow you to do absolutely everything! (add and manage content, create notes, create tasks, access your sidebar panels, zooming, select all subnodes, etc.) - Tabbed browsing is great! I have mind maps for daily use now all in one place. (ToDo list, Meetings, Resources) - Outline view helps you stay organized in a complex mind map. - Notes are so easy to add and can be pulled out and resized in a separate floating window. This has been perfect in meetings…I can take notes in 1 place without distractions. - Tasks management is quite nice and a summary of tasks complete will bubble up to the parent node. This has become my task manager app! - The mobile apps are highly functional. Some Feedback… - Additional Text formatting in Notes would be helpful. (ex: bullets & numbering) Or maybe there’s a keyboard shortcut for this? - Would be nice to have more spacing between nodes in auto layout mode. (or configure this in preferences) - When connecting nodes, would be nice to choose where on/within the node rectangle the arrow points to. (ex: I use this to link software requirements in one node to to a design image in another node) - Would like to set a style for branch colors on a parent node, and have all child nodes inherit that style.

Original purchase a few years ago will NOT work now.

I used to use this app religiously for breaking down projects before starting, during and completing presentations for work. It used to be very basic and to the point without any frills or cloud-based crap. I used it easily on my laptop and desktop, shared files with myself and it worked great. I purchased the first version when it came out and recently gave my old computer to my wife. I tried to “restore purchase” on my new laptop, however it will not let me do so as it is an old version. I think it’s ridiculous to force your original customers to buy all over again. I’m currently taking my most valuable documents in “Viewer Mode” and jumping ship to another app that will appreciate its customers. Sad what happened here…and all for a quick buck.

Excellent tool for study

I’m a bio major, mindmapping helps me identify the the key ideas, connect and condense different concepts to efficiently comprehend the materials. I’ve been trying a few others tools, and Mindnode is by far, the one that works best for me. It’s fast, reasonable layouts, smart display, and user friendly. I love how it's very minimalistic, less distractions so I can save sometime. One minor suggestion though, I wish their is more stickers, or users are able to add more stickers or icons into the app based on their need. Because the mindmaping for sturdying focus on the key words, so in many cases, a nice sticker/icons help to visualize the ideas, as for millenials, sticker/emoji says a thousand words.

The free trial is a joke. Had to buy it to really get a feel of it.

Since the free trial is just a demo and not a trial, I actually had to commit to buying the app to actually get a feel for it, since all the tools are locked on the supposedly “trial” they offer. In other words, you can’t really test out a trial if you can’t use it, but I guess it’s part of their marketing strategy. Oh well, I will get to try it out this weekend and will give my honest observations of this piece of software and I will be brutally honest with my review. **Review Update** The developer replied to my review with the following: "Hi Christopher, the trial unlocks the full feature set of MindNode. It sounds like you accidentally got stuck in the Viewer mode. I would be very interested in your brutally honest review.” My Update: Dear developer, that app never got stuck, it told me that in order to unlock the features I had to purchase the app. A clear example of the typical bait app, designed that way, since there was never a full app trial, definitely not accidental, period. Moving on and going back to the brutally honest review I would give, here are my thoughts about the app after an hour of test driving it: The app has great potential in the land of mind mapping. I like that the user interface looks clean, however, it is somewhat mediocre, too bad I can’t upload the image of the mind map I created, otherwise I would gladly share the problems I encountered so far when using it. I couldn’t figure out how to join two nodes to save my life. There’s a button that allows one to connect nodes through arrows, but I wanted to connect them directly, which when mind mapping on regular paper I can easily do. I also wanted to add nodes in between an already existing parent and child node, so I tried every option, but nothing worked. My main complaint is that the user interface is rather rigid, so it doesn’t translate to the experience of mind mapping on paper. Maybe next version they can nail it down. I hope because I greatly benefit from mind mapping.

Bait App… It is not free, there's no full app.

It seems this new trend of offering apps as “free” is taking over the appstore. So it is our social responsability to rate them. This is not a free app, it is a free trial. There no such thing as the “full app”, just a 35USD app that you are allow to use for 2weeks. Because of that misleading pratice i´m giving it 1 star.

This app organizes my mind.

This app seriously helped change how I keep track of everything in my life. The flexibility of making separate main nodes, the ability to fold nodes, the alpha-channel image support, proportion-locked resizing, iCloud support, FLEXIBLE, APPEALING VISUAL DESIGN (this is the aspect I find lacking in all other mind mapping software), and a lot more… all this made it worth every penny in my opinion. Yes, $40 seemed like a lot but I use this for everything from planning new creative projects to mapping out various trains of thought when I’m trying to make an important decision. The UI is intuitive as can be. The export options are high fidelity and optimal file sizes. I can’t recommend this app enough.

Trial version crashed repeatedly within first 5 minutes of usage!!!

That is simply unacceptable, and indicative of an app. that I will run away from immediately. I am using a MacBook Pro, and have no such issues wih iThoughts, OmniOutliner, etc. Too bad, as otherwise looked promising.

Bricked after latest update

I purhcased this app, but after latest update, it will not open a new file, won’t connect to the app store, and runs as trial version.

Great app, but little bit expencive.

Thanks for great app. This app really what i want. It’s one of the best mind mapping app. But 40$ little bit more for some custoers (like me). Please in the next generations make it for everyone budget. Thanks!

Law Student / Notes

I’m a law student who is a kinesthetic and visual learner. Law school really does not foster a healpful learning environment for leaners like me. I struggled heavily trying to take notes productively either by hand or computer in the traditional “note” style or outline style. I learned slowly and not well. I took a gamble and purchased this program - BEST DECISION I’VE MADE FOR MY LAW SCHOOL CAREER THUS FAR!!!! It allows me to take notes in class quickly and connect topics together in a format that makes sense to ME. I love being able to zoom in and out and create my maps different sizes - I can visualize the big picture and see how all the pieces connect or zoom in to a specific section and learn about it with ease. I love being able to print out my maps on one sheet for guidance or each map on a different sheet of paper for better reading (size) ease.

Nothing better!

If you’re on the hunt for the best possible mind-mapping application, then look no further. Mind Node is by far one of the greatest apps on the market, and I highly recommend.

missing 2 basic necessary functions

i am a big fan of mind maps and have been using Mindmeister for years which is great but is sold as a monthly subscription so it gets pricey and a waste if not using for at least one billable project every month. So i signed on for this app for the 2 week trial to see what i could get for a single $40 payment. It’s good if all you want to map are ideas, but it’s missing the ability to attach a file or a URL to a node, and those two functions are critical to how i use mindmaps in my research as an innovation consultant. So i’m out. But let me know if you add these two functions and I’m back in.

Easy and beauty

MindNode is easy and really beauty, I use the iOS version and MacOS version for my work!

Very Nice...

While its a bit expensive, it has a ton of polish. A few things though: -Please oh please create a preferences option to hide the scroll bars (full screen mode would look AMAZING with that addition) -More general customization for appearance in general… I know there are “themes” you can select, but quick selection options for things like default background colour & font would be nice -Option to customize toolbar would be nice (personally I like minimalism and just removing everything from it and using the menu bar to selection tools)

Great for mind mapping and writing

I’m a writer and I use this to plot stories and feature articles that I write. I build out maps during my research process. I like the upgraded way to integrate longer sub notes beneath each node. Great program.

This is only a trial

I have MindNode Pro but haven’t used for a while; thought I might try the newest version and also support the developer. I may still do that eventually but it should be clearer in the description that the In-App Purchases are purchases for the app. There is only a two week trial period then nothing if you do not purchase or upgrade. I am not saying that this is wrong; it just should be stated differently. $39.99 is quite a bit compared to what I payed previously. Too much if I don’t think I will regularly use the app. If it had been $15-20 probably would have done just to support what seems to me to be a good dev.

The developer keeps charging for updates, and no longer supports old versions

If you buy mindnode 5, you will pretty quickly have to shell out more money for mindnode 6...

This is a most excellent app

I absolutely love the design on this app. Other than Things 3, I can’t think of another recent Mac app that so nails design! Funtionality-wise, this is simple-to-use mind mapping app that really tries to get distrations out of the way so you can get to your project. I love it.

Misleading

It’s not free. I hate it when apps do this. To make matters worse, there’s a subscription fee! You know how many free mind mapping apps exist? TONS. I think this one looks pretty good and it was in the app store so I figured why not try it? I’d even pay a one time fee. But a subscription? Nope! Forget that. Save yourself the trouble and look elsewhere, you can’t throw a stone without hitting another mind mapping app that’s free and just as feature rich.

Not Unlocking

When trying to start my two week trial the app just loads fro a few min then times out.

File management is the app’s only weakness

I bought all of the highly rated mindmapping maps over the years. However, the app’s marriage of Mac and iOS versions are heads and shoulders above the rest. MindNode went from a promising app with some cool eye-candy but limited features compared to others in the AppStore to now setting the bar for all competitors. My only complaint is the file management system in the iOS version. It’s clunky an unintuitive at best. If this could be addressed, I’d gladly make this a 5-star review.

If you’re serious about mindmapping...

…then this the program for you. MindNode 5 is one of the most expensive programs I’ve ever bought and it took me a while to come around to buying it. If you only need to make occasional mindmap style diagrams this probably isn’t for you. After experimenting with different brain storming and note taking styles I decided I liked this philosophy best and wanted to make it a bigger part of my workflow. I would encourage anyone interested to use the trial and if you decide its something you’ll use every day then there’s no better program for mind map style notes. MyMindNode also makes it really easy to share. I personally think if you spend $40 on the Mac version the iOS version should be included because you’re going to want to use them both and then you’ve got over $50 in it. SimpleMind is $30 with a free version but the Pro features are specific and useful enough that you have to get it and MindNode is much nicer and not far off in price. So if you’re serious about visual notes, this is the best. Another thing about MindNode is that it’s just plain fun to use. Anytime I find myself with a blank screen I pull up MindNode and just doodle around for a while. You can’t really get the same experience from a text outliner.

Recommendations to make it awesome!

I really love this software. It helps me collect all the data I need so I can see it all on one product. I recently downloaded the newest version. It’s nice, but I do not see any mind-blowing new features. What would make this more awesome are a few items: The Search feature searches note content The outline includes note content when exported in PDF The outline needs some work when exported. I just think that it could be presented better when it comes out in PDF or word. Thank you for the awesome product. I hope my suggestions help. Mark

Can’t get the 2 week free trial to work

Can’t get the two week free trial to work.

The upgrade “fee" from V2 was not expected...

.. nor well-handled. I’ll stick to Mindnode2, for which I already paid. A previously loyal customer and champion of the app(s).

Working Better

This was formerly a negative review. The developers responded to the crash and bug issues. While everything is not perfect, they are responsive and making consistent progress to eliminate issues. As a program, I am thrilled with Mind Node and enjoy using it. I encourage the developers to keep up the good work.

Amazing app and responsive developer!

This app is amazing as is the developer who listens to customer feedback! Money well spent =)

Free but not free

Only offer free to view exist file, this’s like a trick. If you want to create or edit, you have to purchase

An outstanding app on both iOS and macOS!

Long time user and love the quality and simplicity. Easy and quick to use hardware keyboard to quickly capture thoughts (very useful in group brainstorming / with clients). With frequent updates, this is a tip top developer, and I’m not at all disappointed with having to dole out some more money for a new version. I don’t recall when the last major release was, but it definitely wasn’t in the last year. Maybe even 2 years. And definitely liking that they haven’t moved to a subscription model. I think you’ll be pleased with your purchase (and especially the Mac version) if you actually use it. Mind mapping software is brilliant if you find yourself disorganized often and need to easily move thoughts and ideas around. I’m a software engineer (iOS), and I know it is inevitable that some folks will whine about a new major version and having to “pay again”. Most folks don’t understand the incredible amount of time and work it takes to craft a professional app. Simplicity and powerful is hard. Plus updates and keeping up with Apple’s new features and devices requires a lot of time and effort. I think the last couple of versions have been more than fair with the length of time you get FREE updates between major versions. If you often complain about junky apps and it being difficult to find good apps... AND you whine about money... you have yourself to blame. Quality software costs money. And it likely will pay for itself by saving your valuable time. Don’t settle for free and frustrating. Go quality and you’ll get your money’s worth!

Not bad but needs collaboration

As a standalone mindmapping tool, it’s pretty good. I like the new quick entry feature. Not thrilled about having to pay for the upgrade from Mindnode2. My main complaint about this and most of these tools is half the value of mindmapping is collaboration. The tool give me no way to edit a document in real-time with remote team members. That is keeping me from being productive with this tool and forcing me to use only solutions like Coggle or MindMup or GroupMap. I’d prefer MindNode but not without that capability.

Glad they offer discounts/free upgrades!

I recently found out about MindNode 2, and upgraded in October. As soon as I saw this new version, I was worried, but got a free upgrade. If I had bought it earlier, and had to pay the nominal upgrade fee, it would totally be worth it. I used to hate mind mapping, but this makes every presentation or project so much easier. Mind map -> Outline -> Presentation, etc. workflows are much faster than just trying to bleed something out, whether or not you work with teams. HIGHLY recommended, and it makes using some of the cross platform alternatives unbearable.

Lack of upgrade pricing for Pro users and longtime supporters

"We are sadly unable to offer discounts to MindNode Pro customers." IdeasOnCanvas, please explain this. I purchased MindNode Pro 1 in 2015 over MindNode 2 thinking it was the later version of the product, and for whatever reason it’s now the only version in the past two years not being offered discount pricing for your latest release. Longtime supporters and boosters are seemingly getting the short stick, and this burns a lot of goodwill. I find there’s little incentive to upgrade to this version for the price. For the record, this is a great and intuitive app for first-time buyers - this rating is mostly in reference to this app version's pricing model.

Shut Up And Take My Money

I confess, i haven’t even tried MN5 yet, but this is one of those rare apps that just makes my life better on a daily basis, and i’d do anything to support the Devs. Will update when i actually get acquainted with the updates (which seem minor, from what I can tell.)

Beautiful App. Works great. Just the right feature set.

I like how the creators of MindNode carefully consider everything about this app. It’s obviously beautiful, but they also seem to add only features I want, time after time. Thanks for periodically releasing a new version I can pay for (and not resorting to a subscription). Hope it’s sustainable.

Can’t buy it

When the “Buy Now” button is clicked, the loading wheel turns until the window is closed.

Better than a subscription model

Just paid for the upgrade not once, not twice, but three times. Once on an iPad, once on iPhone and again on laptop. So much for family sharing, pfffft. But this is still better than the stoopid subscription model many devs are moving to. Should have more customizable options for styling. Also, why is this version 5?

No Brainer - I updated.

I didn’t even open the new version…. I’ve been using this since the beginning and expect its only gonna get better.

still needs visual refinement

Been using Mindnode since way before the App Store, and it’s always been a great tool. Version 5 feels like an evolution, but no huge visible changes from version 2. Since we’re making this big jump from version 2 to version 5 (???), it would be nice to see some visual refinements. How about an interface for defining styles for each level of the node hierarchy? Or a gallery of user-submitted styles online somewhere (the way Ulysses does it)? Again, this is a decent evolution of the app, and I was willing to fork over $15 to upgrade, but if we’re jumping ahead three full version numbers, you’d think there would be some bigger changes.

Keeps getting more adaptable and useful.

I’ve used a wide variety of mm apps, and this one really invites you to ideate, plan and then control a project, big or small. If you’re experienced with mind mapping or new to it, you’ll appreciate the intuitive approach and flexibility of MindNode. Additionally, they continue to expand the features, making it more useful for their customers. So, MindNode will not become an outdated app.

MindNode 5 is a professional workflow necessity!

MindNode 5 builds upon the 2nd version without creating a bloated interface. It is as clean and functional as the Apple technology it runs on. I firmly believe that mind mapping is a must for creative professionals. It effectively allows you to conceptulize large amounts of data and refine information visually. With that being said, MindNode offers a better UI/UX than it’s other competitors on the App store. I have installed the trial version of Simple Mind and although it is packed with more features, it’s interface comes off as clunky and not very user-friendly in comparison to MindNode. One such example is that to import pictures you must go through a file-browser as opposed to drag-and-drop. Also, Simple Mind also doesn’t allow for convenient picture preview window when pressing the spacebar (albeit it runs on more OS’s). For $40 I would consider this software a good value considering its practical applications and would definitely advise upgrading. The developers have been responsive to my messages and I recommend sending information to IdeasOnCanvas regarding MindNode’s functionality and user-interface. If you are unsure about integrating this product into your workflow, get the 2-week trial version before purchasing!

I use it daily on commercial projects. It works great!

I’ve used dozens of mind mapping solutions over my 10+ years as a designer/developer/consultant. So far MindNode is my favorite. The integration between phone and computer allows me to work on projects when I’ve got a few minutes on my phone and it stays synced up w/ my work stations for development. The process of connecting mulitple parts of a large project allows me to get a good understanding of how the informational design of an application or website will work prior to any detailed work takes place. MindNode has actually surfaced some underlying problems that I may not have noticed until far after a project was complete. While no mind mapping solution is 100% oriented to the way my mind works, MindNode comes the closest. Thanks for the great work!:)

The best mind mapping tool in the AppStore...

I feel like I’ve tried them all. MindNode 2 was the best one out there, and MindNode 5 is a fantastic upgrade!

This is a breakthrough tool for me

I spend so much time on the mundane tools of email, spreadsheets, and word processors. When I really need to be creative or solve a tough problem, I go to MindNode. It moves as fast as I do and allows me to think quickly and creatively about the possible solutions to my problem. There is no other program that I use that has changed the course of my business as much as MindNode. Big ideas, breakthrough ideas, and beautiful ideas have all flown out of me and into a MindNode chart that I can easily share with others. It is the best tool I use.

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