UK developer Mode de Vie Limited recently announced a new mind mapping program for the Ma c OS X platform called MyThoughts that aims to provide a simple, easy to use environment for visual mapping.
The program features a minimalist, uncluttered user interface, containing only a few buttons. The program produces curved, organic branches that can be easily customized by dragging one of two blue dot “handles.”
MyThoughts is the first mind mapping program for the Mac that fully integrates iPhoto into its media manager, making it easy to customize your maps with the photos and artwork on your computer. The program supports drag and drop from the web, so you can quickly add images and other content to your map from external sources. Topics can have notes, plus links to files and web pages. Links are managed using an inspector (the Mac equivalent of a dialog box).
MyThoughts exhibits some cleverness in its handling of the central map image. Images can be dragged and dropped from the program’s media library to the central topic. After you have typed in a title, you can drag it above, below, to the right or left of the image. This makes it easy to customize the topic of your map in some creative ways (only some mind mapping programs enable you to utilize an image as the central topic).
To see videos of MyThoughts in action, you can visit Mode de Vie’s YouTube channel.
MyThoughts is currently in beta testing, and can be downloaded for free from the developer’s website.