As Noted. The simple and powerful personal note taking environment for iPhone, iPad, Android and Chrome on the desktop. Notes are synched via dropbox among all your devices. Tags, notebooks, search, im& export w/ Evernote. Simple and robust.
– Disclaimer: I am the designer and co-developer of As Noted.
iThoughtsX and iThoughts by toketaWare are two mind-mapping apps that synch between Mac and iPad/iPhone. In addition to sharing maps, customized styles can also be shared among devices. Tip-over diagrams – the example above is a UX Journey Map – have different layout rules depending on the node level. Typically they make good use of the real screen estate. Last not least, as in Mindcad Incubator, sheets can contain more than just one graph.
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Mindcad Incubator. Did anybody say that only mobile apps are presented on app design critique? Incubator is my favourite mind mapping tool for Mac. It does not come with the usual constraint of just one root node for the mind map. This clever detail is a huge advantage during brainstorming when ideas are not yet structured in any hierarchy. Incubator has a simple and clean user interface. The keyboard shortcuts are aligned with the Finder – hence powerful and easy to remember. The limited amount of features is one of the huge advantages compared to other mind-mapping tools. However, if you need a more powerful layout engine I can recommend iThoughtsX. I use both apps for similar purposes.
iThoughts is a mind mapping tool for iOS and MacOS X. Maps can be synched among all devices via iCloud or DropBox. I use the latter, which is a bit tricky to set-up, and I run into glitches when using fonts on the Mac that are not available on the mobile devices. Nonetheless, iThoughts scores high at style templates for mind maps. For each level, layout, font, font size, line style and node style can be configured and applied to any other map. Touch interaction is a joy, and the keyboard shortcuts for Mac are quite powerful.
BTW The map above is a User Experience Journey Map for a workshop (slides here).
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Clear. Clear is a beautiful app for managing todo lists. First of all, it has a very pleasant and clear visual design that makes it fun to use. The interaction design feels much better on iPad than on the smaller iPhone screen. The set of gestures is quite large – on a small screen the different modes make it more difficult to predict which gesture does what. For instance you can use the pinch to collapse a list – but you do open a list with a single tap rather than the spread gesture. A spread on the main list of todo lists inserts yet a new list. This is consistent with creating new items while editing a todo list itself. Swipe left and right deletes or checks an item. Shaking the device brings up a set of menu command. Feels like a hidden feature – but it is a good one.
The conceptual design could be improved. Because right now Clear does not support approaches like GTD (getting things done) or Kanban to focus on one task at a time. A final word on the color schema. The visual design adds joy to using the app. That is important but otherwise a missed opportunity to add more meaning to the items. For instance it would be interesting to design a heat map approach for calendars. But that’s a different story.
Caveat: Clear is quite expensive.