Earlier this week, Mindjet launched its own mind mapping application for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It enables you to work with maps created on any MindManager platform, including Windows, Mac OS X and the company’s web client, MindManager Web.
Mindjet’s newest mind mapping tool enables users to:
- Expand and collapse topics
- Cut, copy, past, move and merge topics
- Add icons and change topic colors
- Format topic shapes
- Attach topic notes
- Align and arrange topics
- Zoom and scroll in both landscape and portrait modes
- Use as a stand-alone app or upload and download maps from MindManager Mac, Windows, or Web.
- Email maps as attachments
- Build mind maps in any iPhone supported language
The Mindjet Blog contains a fairly lengthy video demonstration of Mindjet for the iPhone. It looks suspiciously like iThoughts, except for a few minor differences in the layout of the topic dialog box. Not that this is a bad thing. On the other hand, if Mindjet did license iThoughts from its developer, they picked an app with an excellent pedigree. Along with Tenero Software’s iBlueSky, iThoughts offers more functionality than any other iPhone map app right now, and it has a well designed and efficient interface.
I asked a Mindjet official if they are licensing iThoughts to produce this app, and was told politely, “no comment.” The iThoughts Blog refers to some “recent developments at Mindjet,” so I suspect that an official announcement may be coming from both parties some time in the near future. But the iThoughts blog says that its developer is committed “to be the best and most interoperable – independent – iPhone mindmap tool.” Note the emphasis on independent. Watch this blog for further details as they develop.
Mindjet for iPhone requires version 3.0 of the iPhone operating system. It is now available in Apple’s AppStore for US$7.99.