Mindo is a new mind mapping app that was recently introduced for the iPad. It aims to create an environment where users can add ideas quickly and easily, forgetting that they are mind mapping and simply focusing on their ideas.
Here is a summary of Mindo’s most notable features:
- You add ideas to a mind map using a simple double-tap gesture
- Ideas can easily be rearranged by dragging and dropping
- Topics can be grouped within boundaries
- Topics can be tasks, and display priority codes (1, 2, 3, etc.) and percentage complete icons
- Mindo can be used with an external monitor
- Text and topic colors can be easily adjusted using an intuitive color wheel
- Comments can be added to topics, and may be shown or hidden (it would be awesome if Mindo supported notes, which I consider to be an essential feature for any mind mapping software, no matter what platform it runs on)
- The app supports undo and redo when editing a mind map
- Topic shapes can be dragged to adjust their shape (in other words, a longer topic can be one line, or can be reduced in width so that the text appears on two lines) – this is the first time I’ve seen this on an iPad or iPhone app
- Relationship lines can be added to depict connections between related topics
- Maps created in Mindo can be e-mailed, converted to PDF or transferred to your desktop PC via iTunes.
- Maps can be imported from XMind and other popular mind map file formats
Based on a quick look at this Mindo video, this application does a nice job of utilizing the iPad’s interface features. I can’t wait to see what it’s developers do to improve it in the months ahead.
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