You’ve probably heard of mind mapping before – it’s a great technique to generate ideas, visualize complex issues, cluster information and organize thoughts. You can use it at work for brainstorming for a new project, for planning a holiday trip or a wedding, or for organizing research for an article or a book. The fields of application are practically endless.
MindNode makes creating mind maps incredibly easy. Once you’ve put down the topic, you can add and specify its aspects in so-called nodes. In next to no time you can create a colorful map that resembles a tree with branches and braces. Other than when mind mapping with pen and paper, you will never run out of space, because your virtual canvas is endless. Also, you can quickly reorganize the map elements via drag & drop, and fold the contents of nodes for a better overview. Everything is readable and looks uncluttered, even pretty. What’s more, you can add a sticker (Mind Node comes with a selection) or a custom image to a node, attach a note, and even assign a checkbox and therefore turn a node into a to-do item.
Exporting mind maps also is intuitive and works via the “Export To” command in the File menu. You can export a mind map, among others, as a PDF, image, Freemind or OPML file – or as a Markdown file, which Ulysses can read. For this post, I first collected my thoughts in a mind map, which I later exported to Ulysses and used as an outline for this article. Here is how to do this:
MindNode converts your nodes according to their hierarchy level to first, second and third-order headings and nested lists. And that’s it – here’s the outline for your writing.
The procedure also works the other way around – you can easily turn your Ulysses notes into a mind map. The precondition is them being hierarchically sorted, that is, as headings and nested lists. Every heading and every list item will become a single node. Standard text will be interpreted as a note and attributed to the preceding node. Proceed as follows:
To export a mind map from MindNode to Ulysses on iOS, please follow these steps:
This will add a new sheet with your text outline to Ulysses’ inbox.
Exporting Ulysses notes to MindNode on iOS works as follows: