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.
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.”
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.