What is a Mind Map?
A mind map is a diagram used to visually outline information. A mind map is often created around a single word or text, placed in the center, to which associated ideas, words and concepts are added. Major categories radiate from a central node, and lesser categories are sub-branches of larger branches. Categories can represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items related to a central key word or idea.
Getting started with Mindjet is very easy. Like other apps, tap and hold a topic to create a child or a sub-topic. If you want to change the format or shape of your created node, then use double-tap. You may also include images, hyperlinks and additional text in the various nodes. Mindjet is more than just mind mapping software. One great thing is that you can connect the Mindjet app to your Dropbox account and it will aromatically synchronize you file with your PC. Since the app uses the native .mmap format, mind maps created on the iOS device can also be edited using Mind Manager software on the desktop and vice-versa.
MindNode is another good one mind mapping app for Mac and iOS. It is easy to drag branches around, add new nodes, connect nodes, share documents with others, and more. You can share your files with your MAC also. MindNode can automatically hide useless branches. It can also support linked mind maps. The UI is relatively clean and hides a lot of its features in order to keep things clean, it is a powerful tool.
Freemind is a free app, it has built in Java (GNU General Public Licensed), so it runs on just about anything you throw it at. Mostly users like it because of its flexibility. It’s a pretty powerful mind mapping tool too, offering complex diagrams and tons of branches, graphics and icons to differentiate notes and connect them, and the option to embed links and multimedia in your mind maps for quick reference. Freemind can export your map as HTML/XHTML, PDF, OpenDocument, SVG, or PNG.
MindMeister lets you create, edit and share your mind maps on the go and synchronize them with the award-winning free online MindMeister service. Actually, this one is much popular among all.
Popplet is the simplest and one of the cheaper mind mapping tool of the bunch. It works as very clear, clean-cut interface that’s all business and no clutter. With just a few very simple features, it’s nevertheless possible to create some very diverse popplets, the name given to Popplet’s distinctive-looking mind maps.
Every node can be customised in color and text size. For more diversity, you can draw freehand inside a node or add a picture, instead of populating it with text.