The advantage of mind mapping is that it allows you to make connections you might not normally see in a traditional outline by allowing you to see the big picture.

Brett Terpstra encapsulates this perfectly: To create a mind map, you typically start with a central concept or subject in the middle of a blank page.

Mind Node lets you clean things up with the ability the “fold” nodes.

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A photo picker will pop up, allowing you to select any photo from your Photos (or i Photo) library.

Just double-click the image you want to use, and it’s automatically attached to the node in your mind map: Attaching a hyperlink is just as easy: simply select the node and click the Inspector icon in the toolbar.

Here’s what it looks like when you first open the app: The text is even selected in the central topic node for you, so all you have to do to start making a mind map in Mind Node is start typing.

Once you get your central topic down, just click the “plus” button (or hit the Tab key) and a new child node is created.

The UI is simple and intuitive, even if you’re not an experienced mind mapper.

In fact, you could probably start using Mind Node without even fully understanding the concept of mind mapping because the user interface will actually teach you how to do it.

You can also attach images and hyperlinks to your mind map.

To attach an image, just select a node and click the Media button in the toolbar.

Here’s a list of the apps that we considered: Mind Node has the perfect balance between beautiful design, ease of use, standard features like i Cloud syncing between your Mac and i OS devices, and import/export features to make it a functional part of any workflow.