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Mind maps are a terrific method to capture and then organize ideas for any kind of project. iThoughts from toketaWare is a power user mind mapping tool. It's designed for the Mac and iOS, and also runs on Windows. With advanced features like built-in research tools, Markdown support, and animated slide creation, iThoughts might be the tool you need to help organize anything from a complex project to writing the next great novel.

In this week's show, Allison dives deep into iThoughts on both macOS and iOS to show you how incredibly useful and powerful this top-notch mind mapping application is.

The full tutorial covers:

  • Pricing & Availability
  • Why not an outline?
  • Mac User Interface
  • Zoom and Focus
  • Notes
  • Relationships
  • Boundary
  • Callouts
  • Styles
  • Collapse & Expand with Numbers
  • Color palette
  • Icons and Library Images
  • Insert your images
  • Schedule
  • Search and Filter
  • Animated Slides
  • Adding More Central Nodes
  • Auto-Numbering
  • Markdown
  • Links between nodes
  • Safari extension
  • Research
  • Export options
  • Preferences
  • Syncing
  • iThoughts for iPad
  • Zoom
  • Markdown in notes
  • Outline view
  • Full screen mode
  • Doodle
  • Deleting items
  • Selecting items using touch
  • Options & Settings

Update post MacOS Mojave - Apple with Safari 12 has broken the type off extension used by iThoughts. You can read more about it here:

The developer is aware of the problem and will be investigating how hard it will be to adapt and how to prioritize this. So for now, ignore the extension I mentioned briefly in the tutorial.

App Store Links:

iThoughts in the Mac App Store

iThoughts for iOS in the App Store

iThoughts2Go for iOS

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iThoughts for Mac

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Video Tutorial Comments

(3 comments posted)

David Bennett

Not for me - I sketch mind maps freehand to pull ideas together, and I cannot envisage any application being as quick and free form enough to keep up with my thoughts.

I vote for no more mind map screencasts.

Allison Sheridan

I agree with you (mostly) David. I am a HUGE believer in grabbing a bunch of scratch paper to help me THINK and not spend time goofing around with formatting and other computer stuff. In particular when I was working I would wait till the last minute to put my thoughts into the dreaded PowerPoint.

For small brainstorming, I don't think you can beat paper and a pencil. But when the thoughts get complex, like trying to map out how to tell a coherent story in teaching a one our video tutorial, an electronic mind map is really really helpful. Like with paper and a pencil, we can just throw ideas up and have them be all scrambled and unorganized, and then later figure out how to organize them. You should see my initial mind map vs. my ending mind map for this video!

So I agree and disagree at the same time. How's that for an answer?

Allison Sheridan

Apple with Safari 12 has broken the type off extension used by iThoughts. You can read more about it here: https://www.howtogeek.com/fyi/macos-mojave-will-break-a-bunch-of-safari-extensions/

The developer is aware of the problem and will be investigating how hard it will be to adapt and how to prioritize this. So for now, ignore the extension I mentioned briefly in the tutorial.

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