iPad Mind Mapping Apps

Mind mapping tools can help you crate a diagram of visual outline information (also known as concept maps).  You can use them to brainstorm your ideas by organizing your thoughts and ideas while creating a map of the topics main ideas. There are a number of mind mapping software packages for your desktop computers, some of them are also making apps for tables as well.  If you are already using a mind mapping on your desktop, you may want to see if they offer an app for your tablet.

Most of these apps are not free and in some cases might even be considered expensive by app price standards. Some of these apps offer free versions with limited features that allow you to test the product, that you can later upgrade for the full version. Some have in app purchases for more features and functionality.
Below are just a few of the mind mapping apps available and remember we have not tested any of these apps. Always be sure to look at the apps features lists, any videos, and those all important reviews before deciding on your app. Also make sure to look at the date of the review, it could be for older versions of the app.

Idea Sketch

Idea Sketch is a very basic mind mapping tool. It lets you easily draw a diagram – mind map, concept map, or flow chart – and convert it to a text outline, and vice versa. You can use Idea Sketch for anything, such as brainstorming new ideas, illustrating concepts, making lists and outlines, planning presentations, creating organizational charts, and more! Diagrams and outlines can be easily shared via email.
The iOS version also supports, box.com Dropbox, copy-and-paste, saving to the Photos app (to sync to your desktop) and uploading to Facebook.
It is a fully functioning app as is but there is an in app upgrade to Plus version for 4.00, which gives you more features..
Check out their web site for more info: http://www.nosleep.net


EDNA is an easy to use, simple dual-function writing assistant, which create mind maps.  Like a traditional mind map EDNA helps you organize your thoughts by entering your main idea  in a thought bubble and then add supportive topics and details. bubble based mind maps. Map up to 12 topics and 72 subtopics and will create maps and outline at the same time. Email your mind map or outline to use on desktop computers or copy the completed outline to pages or any other program.
At this point in time this app costs 2.00.
Check out the demo video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/passingscore
Check out their web site for more info: http://www.passingscoreapps.com/edna.html


Create business models, flow charts, organizational charts, wire frames, network diagrams, business process diagrams, Venn diagrams, mind maps, mock-ups, text-and-audio notes, sketches and other illustrations. Everything is custom and modifiable. Draw a shape, type a text, stylize it choosing from 50+ Fonts. You can add photos and voice notes to your maps.  This app has great reviews and comments at the app store.  There is a free version of the app as well as a full version upgrade which costs $8.99.
Check out the YouTube Video: http://bit.ly/grafiovideo
Check out their web site for more info: http://www.tentouchapps.com/grafio

SimpleMind+ (mind mapping)

Mind mapping tool that turns your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch into a brainstorming, idea collection and thought structuring device.
This is the free version of this app. it offers lots of options, and even more if you buy the in app upgrade for $5.00.
Free options include, drag, arrange and edit topics, Node Well for new topics, undo/redo options, drag and drop reorganizing structures,styles, large mind map page support, scroo, zoom, orate a page, open view and edit.
There are templets inside the app with a focus on curricular areas. Pretty amazing list of templates to get you started.
Check out their web site for more info: http://www.simpleapps.eu/simplemind/

Inspiration Maps

Inspiration Software was the one of the forerunners of mind mapping and have been very focused on the educational market.
Engage students in active learning with Inspiration Maps. Students build their knowledge by creating diagrams, maps and organizers that help them brainstorm, plan, organize and build thinking skills. Tap to transform visual work into outlines that export for writing. The cost at this point in time is $9.99.
There is also a lite version that you can try out for free before making a purchase. Work with up to five diagrams to create maps, edit and stylize content, transform diagrams to outlines, and preview templates.
Check out the YouTube Video to see it in action, go to 5:57 to get right into the demo:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-caOL3MiTig
Check out their web site for more info: http://www.inspiration.com/ipad
     They also have videos on their web site.


iThoughts is a very full featured, business orientated mapping app. Has lots of preinstalled icons, and branching options, as well as the ability to bring in your own images and hyperlinking. That will save your maps to other desktop mind mapping software, as well as save to pdf, png, dropbox, and may other cloud services and as e-mail with your outline included. All these features do come at a cost, the app is 10.00. There is also an in-app purchase for 4.00.
Check out their web site for more info: http://www.ithoughts.co.uk/iThoughtsHD/Welcome.html


MagicalPad has been called the swiss army knife of notetakers. Not only does it do mind mapping and outlining, you can also use it for taking notes,creating lists and checklists. Allows professionals and students to take notes, organize ideas, build outlines, prioritize actions and share their thoughts seamlessly. Exports to Google Docs, Evernote, Dropbox and Email in PDF, RTF, OPML and MPX file formats. You can import RTF, TXT, OPML and MPX files from other apps, pc & mac software.
MagicalPad enables you to share your work with other users and other apps; it also allows you to import outlines and notes from other apps and desktop and mac software to continue your work, then export it back.
The price this 4 in one app is 10.00
Check out their web site for more info: http://www.magicalpad.com


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