MindMaple Review: A Tool Organizing your ThoughtsCindy
As a piece of small mind map software, MindMaple is a fast and intuitive way of organizing and prioritizing information. Though it’s not well-known, it has been used in project management, brainstorming sessions, idea sharing, drafting lesson plans, taking lecture notes, problem-solving, managing schedules and more.
MindMaple is a cross-platform mind mapping tool available for Mac OS, iOS and Windows.
- iPad: Requires iOS 5.0 or later
- iPhone: Requires iOS 7.0 or later
- Mac OS: OS X 10.8 or later, 64-bit processor
Something new about this software is that MindMaple Pen is designed to make mind maps by using an advanced pen of Microsoft Surface. It is a new version of the MindMaple optimized for Windows 10 devices.
- Windows: $49.99 for 1 user and lower price for more users
- iPad: $4.99
- iPhone: Free
MindMaple Pro for Mac OS: $9.99
MindMaple Pen for Windows:$14.99
Looking at the MindMaple UI below, you may find that the layout of the topics is not as rigid as that in other mind map software. You can move the topics and subtopics anywhere in the map unlike other mind mapping tools online which allow only fixed positions in maps.
As MindMaple itself claims, it works well in note taking, presentations and meetings, project planning, travel plans and managing complex finances. The following are the main features that distinguish it from other mind mapping tools.
Good Performance across Different Platforms
MindMaple runs well on almost all commonly used devices and systems except Linux. The iPad version matches the functionality of the Desktop version and it is great experience syncing them. Many users prefer to display mind maps on the iPad, so this could be a stunning selling point and make the desktop version more appealing.
Related Mindmaps in a Single File
With Mindmaple, you can have more than one mind map in a single file, which makes it nice and convenient when you need to connect mind maps that are related to one another. So far, I’ve not run across another product with this same feature.
Convenient Import and Export
MindMaple supports importing TXT files and maps from other mind mapping software such as MindManager and Freemind. You can export (Windows only) MindMaple maps to various formats such as PPT, HTML, DOC, XLSX, and image formats.
Pros & Cons
- Add relationships and hyperlinks on the mind maps.
- Manage and integrate tasks or other attachments directly on maps.
- No free trail.
- Fail to automatically log in to upgrade even in valid license period.
- Not available for Linux systems.
One thing I want to complain about MindMaple is that visitors can not try out the software without giving personal information and paying money. Even if the price is not high, users should have the right to try and see if it is right for him. Neverthless, MindMaple is surely not as versatile as leading mind map software such as Edraw MindMaster and MindManager. However, it does serve well as a tool to organize your thoughts.