Create mind maps on your iPad
One use for Mindmapping software is to take notes in a meeting or lecture. For these occasions a tablet is more convenient than a notebook so MindMaple HD is a good choice for anyone with an iPad.
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Although reading mindmaps can work well on a touchscreen device, entering information has not been worth the effort with devices smaller than the iPad. Thankfully the larger screen area of the iPad means that the keyboard leaves plenty of space for the map. Holding the iPad in portrait mode gives even more space to the map as the keyboard is smaller.
We were also pleased to see that there is an extra row added to the keyboard. The various mindmapping tools such as adding links or notes are shown on icons down the right-hand side of the map. This icon bar can be hidden if you want more space.
MindMaple also takes advantage of pinch to zoom on the iPad so it's always easy to control how much of the map is in view at any one time.
By default MindMaple handles how the different branches of the map are arranged. This is one of the big advantages of using a tablet or computer for mind maps. The direction can be controlled if you only want the branches to appear just to one side or appear as a tree.
The colour theme can be changed as well as the background colour, and there are shortcuts to quickly expand or collapse the entire map.
Finished maps can be sent from the iPad via email or sent to your Dropbox account a MindMaple EMM file. Alternatively the mind map can be exported to the Photos app on the iPad.
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