Just wanted to share my newfound love for Mindnode. Not that I wasn’t convinced by the software nor by the idea of mind mapping, but I have always been more of a freeform (read: messy) thinker and I have always thought mind mapping was too structured for me. I used to be a big fan of Scapple, but Scapple isn’t available on iOS and I want my tools available everywhere as much as possible.
I have found a few very simple (that every user of the app probably knows already) useful tricks that allow to “break” the box of mind mapping when you just want to capture ideas everywhere without bothering to think about how they fit (like Scapple does). If that was useful to me, thought that could be useful to others:
- Option-click creates a new central node anywhere on the canvas – awesome for ideas you don’t yet know where to put
- Shift-drag creates an arrow from an idea to the other - for starting to build relationships
- I am using lots of emoji to immediately visualise things to do, to dig deeper, random ideas, such as (idea) (important question) (thing to do) (dropped idea) and so on. Using TextExpander is awesome for this
Dragging nodes to others and attaching them is an incredibly simple and powerful workflow, of course. Here is (blurred) mind map of the whole ending of a novel I’m working on at the moment:
This is all effortless, thanks to the simple aforementioned shortcuts above. If you haven’t tried it yet, I would heavily recommend giving it a serious spin. Thanks @MacSparky for insisting so much through MPU on your love for this app.