Every great idea starts with a single thought. And another. And a million more. Whether you’re sipping coffee or lying on a beach — MindNode helps you capture those ideas and turn them into a clear visual.
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Node: a space where you can add text and images — each representing a thought, topic, or idea.
Node well: where you create a new node (represented by a + symbol).
Main node: the central idea or topic of your MindNode mind map.
Child node: a thought/idea that is connected to another one.
Sibling nodes: thoughts/ideas on the same branch at the same level.
Parent node: the initial thought/idea that connects sibling nodes.
Branch: a group of thoughts/ideas related to one another.
Connection: an alternative way of connecting thoughts/ideas on the same or different branches.
Canvas: the area outside nodes, the background, so to say.
Stickers: visual illustrations you can add to your MindNode mind map to make things more fun.
Notes: a way to expand on your thoughts/ideas without them always being visible.
Tags: a way of making nodes (aka. thoughts and ideas) searchable, no matter where they are located on your MindNode mind map.
Many ideas or projects start with a spark of inspiration or thought. Then another and a million more follow. Suddenly, your head is spinning, which is when it can get challenging to keep track and stay focused. Mind maps are a visual tool to untangle the idea knots in your head and gain visual clarity. And MindNode is a simple yet powerful tool based on this very concept. This User Guide will walk you through the idea of mind mapping and every step of creating a MindNode mind map from start to finish.
Let’s say you want to open up your own coffee shop. It’s been on your mind for quite some time, but it’s such a big move — you just don’t know where to start. This is the perfect time to brainstorm and get clarity using a MindNode mind map. Every mind map begins with a central idea or topic, called the main node. You decide to name it “My Coffee Shop” — to make things a little more visually appealing, you could also add a coffee mug sticker.
Coffee is, of course, the first thing you think of, so you might go ahead and add that as a so-called child node. But, thinking of coffee, you might also want to serve milkshakes. And what about your family-favorite muffin recipe? That needs to go on the menu too.
Thinking about muffins, you just realized that many of your friends are now living plant-based, so having vegan options is a no-brainer. And based on your core values, it’s pretty clear that you want to source fresh, organic coffee beans.
The MindNode mind map is starting to get a little busy. So, it’s time to create a hierarchy. So you decide to group values and the menu into new branches.
Step by step, your mind map grows and takes shape. You continuously add new items and move things around. This aspect is the beauty of digital mind mapping: everything seems chaotic at first, but slowly it transforms into a clear visual.
There are endless use cases for MindNode mind mapping, and each one is as unique as you are. You can use it to create a new website, visualize and improve a process, or even plan your wedding. If you can think of it, you can MindNode it.
Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s jump right in and help you get started with your first MindNode mind map on your device.
We’ll start simple. You’ll learn how to capture your thoughts by writing them down and connecting them. Next, we’ll dive into features that will help you structure and re-organize them so that you can gain even more clarity. And last but not least, we’ll talk about advanced features like optimizing your workflow, using gestures, and more.
You can follow the instructions on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad. MindNode works similarly on all devices, and if not — we’ll point it out.
Notes are a great way to add additional information to a node that you don’t need to see at first glance. Think of the node text as the title of your thought and the note as its description.
Go ahead and launch MindNode on your device. If you’re launching MindNode for the first time, the app will guide you through a short onboarding flow.
Create a new file on your Mac by selecting File > New from the main menu. On iOS, tap the plus button in the browser tab.
MindNode will automatically create a new main node to get you started. Double-click or double-tap it to start adding text to it. Go ahead and add your first idea here. If you want to follow our example, type in “My Coffee Shop.”
Should you want to add text in the following line of the node, press Option ⌥ + Enter.
You can end editing the text in the node by clicking or tapping on the canvas (outside the node) or pressing Enter on a hardware keyboard.
Next, we will create a new child node. On a Mac, use your cursor to hover over the main node and reveal the node well (a plus-shaped button next to the node). On iOS, the node well will automatically appear when a node is selected. You can select a node by clicking or tapping on it. Then, click or tap on the node well to create a new child node.
Continue brainstorming by adding new child nodes. Another way to do so is by pressing the Tab ⇥ key when a node is selected.
To create nodes at the same level, aka sibling nodes, press Enter with a node selected. On iOS, tapping Enter three times on the software keyboard creates a new sibling node, and tapping Space three times will create a new child node.
To add a node before a node — a parent node — press Shift ⇧ + Tab ⇥.
A new main node might be good for free-floating ideas or big topics. Press Shift ⇧ + Enter to
create one or click/tap on the canvas and select it from the context menu.
To delete a node, you no longer need to press Backspace ←, select Delete Node from the action tab in the panel on iOS, or the context menu, which also deletes all child nodes. If you just want to remove that node press Option ⌥ + Backspace ← or select Delete Single Node from the action tab in the panel on iOS. Its child nodes will reconnect to the node before it.
Working with stickers makes mind mapping a lot more fun, visually appealing and also means you can let your style and personality shine through. To add stickers:
To resize or delete a sticker, select the node, then tap/click the sticker. Circles will appear on the left and right sides of the sticker. By dragging these circles, you can resize the sticker. You can also delete the sticker by right-clicking, opening the context menu, or pressing Backspace ←.
Images are also a great way of layering even more personality into your MindNode and giving more context and information at first glance. To add an image:
Select the node to resize or delete an image, then tap/click the image. Round knobs will appear on the left and right sides. Dragging those will resize the image. You can delete the image via the context menu or by pressing Backspace ←.
To add a PDF as an image to a node, press Option ⌥ and drag & drop the PDF onto the node.
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On your Mac, you can edit images from within your file. Activate the Markup extension in the System Preferences > Extensions > Actions. To use Markup on your image, select it, open the context menu, and choose Edit Image, which will open the image in a new window, where you can work on it. Once you’re done, click Done, and the changes will be added to your file.
On iOS, select a node with an image, choose Quick Look from the action tab in the panel (circle with three dots), tap the pen icon in the upper right corner, and you can start with Markup. Again, tap Done once you're done. You can also add drawings to nodes — just choose the Add Drawing from the action tab without an image. The drawing will be saved as an image.
Images are stored directly in the MindNode file. MindNode accepts all formats compatible with your operating system and imports them as PNGs.
By this point, you'll have learned how to add more and more depth to your mind map. Links are a great way to take this process a step further.
Clicking/tapping a node with a link will bring up a pop-over. Clicking/tapping it will open the link.
Linking to other MindNode files: On your Mac, click the share button in the upper right corner of the Toolbar, and select Copy URL Scheme. On iOS, tap and hold the file in MindNode to open the context menu, select Share, and now Copy URL Scheme. Then, paste the link wherever you need it.
On your Mac, you can also link to other files via drag & drop or by clicking the Link button in the notes pop-over. Nodes can only have one link to a file.
Keep in mind that the file is not imported into your MindNode file. Instead, an alias is added for the file pointing to its location on your hard drive. If you move the file, the link will not work anymore. Files are also not available to other users who share a MindNode file.
A mind map can show your ideas and related tasks to achieve a specific goal. Here's how you can create tasks with MindNode.
Only the nodes on the last level will become tasks.
If the selected node has multiple child nodes, these will turn into tasks, and the parent node will now show a progress indicator.
Click/tap the circle on the node once the task is complete. If you click/tap the progress indicator of a parent node, you’ll get a clickable/tappable pop-over suggesting: Complete All Child Tasks. Keyboard shortcut: Control ⌃ + Command ⌘ + T.
A parent node can have both task children and non-task children.
Another way to quickly capture your ideas in MindNode is by using Quick Entry. With this feature, you can start outlining your thoughts as a draft and transform them into an entire MindNode file.
On the Mac, you can access Quick Entry using the menu bar at the top of your screen by clicking the MindNode icon. If you don’t see it, you can activate the icon in MindNode's Preferences menu. (You can also record a keyboard shortcut, letting you open Quick Entry directly at any time.)
On iOS, you can access Quick Entry through the file manager — by tapping the lightning bolt icon in the upper right-hand corner of the Widget.
Here’s how you can take notes in Quick Entry so that you can turn it into a mind map later:
You can add:
You can also create a MindNode file by selecting the Create file button at the bottom of the screen (Mac)/top (iOS).
Once you’re ready to save your Quick Entry file as a draft:
In the spirit of capturing thoughts, the MindNode Widget gives you a quick way of creating new MindNode files. With our widget, you can open Quick Entry, access your recent files, and pinned files directly from the Home Screen on iOS and the Control Center on Mac.
To add the MindNode Widget on your iPhone or iPad, press and hold down on any app or Widget and select Edit Home Screen from the appearing context menu. Now tap the + button in the upper left corner of the screen and search for MindNode
To add the MindNode Widget on your Mac, open the Control Center by clicking on time and date in the upper right corner of the screen, scroll down, click on Edit Widget, and search for MindNode.
You can choose between the small, medium, and large Widgets.
Tap Add Widget and drag it to the position you want it to have on your Home Screen.
By default, the Widget will show your recently used files. However, you can also pin files to it.
You've just learned the essential steps on how to get your thoughts into MindNode . So give it a try, and come back for more features below. Next, we’ll talk about how to organize, connect, and style your mind map.
Now that you’ve captured your thoughts, it's time to take a closer look. MindNode has plenty of features to rearrange and organize your ideas and thoughts so that you can gain even more clarity. Let’s dive right in.
The great thing about digital mind mapping (rather than putting pen to paper) is that you can easily change and rearrange the structure and hierarchy — without starting from scratch. We like to call this reconnecting.
To reconnect nodes:
Click/tap and hold a node and start reconnecting.
While holding down, you can also drag the node on top of another node. Once you lift your finger, the node (and all of its child nodes) will attach to the new parent node and match the style. To keep the existing style of the node (and its child nodes), press Option ⌥ while dragging and dropping. You can also make this the default behavior by going to MindNode Preferences (Command ⌘ + , comma on Mac)/Settings (iOS) and deselecting Inherit style when reconnecting.
If you want to change the order of your nodes, you can drag a node to its new place relative to other existing nodes and release it there.
You can also do this by using the Command ⌘ + Arrow keys.
When you’ve selected a node, use the arrow keys to navigate/select another node.
To select multiple nodes at once, you can do one of the following:
You’ll see that the text in your nodes will be highlighted. Now, you can drag and drop or edit the selected nodes in whatever way you like.
To detach a node/whole branch, select the nodes you want to detach. Then right-click, and the context menu will open up on your Mac; on iOS, you can use the action tab in the panel. Now select Detach. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Shift ⇧ + Command ⌘ + D.
When your structure gets more complex, it can be super helpful to hide parts of your mind map that you might not need to see right now but want to come back to later.
To fold and unfold branches, follow these steps:
Folding and unfolding are also very helpful when presenting a MindNode to others, and you just want to focus on discussing a specific area.
So far, we’ve only worked with a branch structure, but sometimes you might want to connect thoughts in different parts of the mind map. To do this, you can create a connection line between two otherwise unrelated nodes. Here's how:
From the connection’s context menu, you can choose Show Start Node (Control ⌃ + Command ⌘ + L)/Show End Node (Shift ⇧ + Command ⌘ + L) to help you navigate your mind map.
You can also hide all cross-connections if you want a clear overview of the hierarchical order with fewer distractions. To do this simply:
Make them reappear using the same method.
If you close a file with hidden cross-connections and reopen it, the cross-connections will also appear again.
Another way you can show non-hierarchical relationships between nodes is by using tags. They help you categorize your ideas and add more context to your thoughts.
To create tags:
Now you can start typing the tag’s name you'd like to create.
To change the color of the tag, tap/click the color right next to the tag’s name. You can also edit the color of existing tags the same way.
To edit the name of an existing tag:
To delete a tag:
Now that you have created tags, you can add them to existing nodes. Go ahead and:
You can remove a tag from a node the same way. Another way to remove a tag from a node is to select the node, then tap/click the colored circle that indicates the tag. A pop-up will appear; on your Mac, you can hover over the tag’s name and remove it by clicking the (–) icon; on iOS, you can delete the tag by swiping left over it.
Now that you’ve captured and organized your thoughts, it’s time to start making your MindNode more visually appealing and add that personal touch by switching up styles.
On your Mac, you can use the Styles (brush icon) and the Themes (color palette icon) tab located in the right sidebar on your Mac. Anything you change here will always apply to the nodes you’ve selected.
On iOS, you’ll find a tab in the panel marked with a brush icon — here; you can switch between Themes and Style at the bottom.
First, let’s take a look at how you can style one single node:
Once you’ve selected your favorite style in the Styles tab, you have the option to apply it either to just the currently selected node (which happens automatically) or also to your child nodes, sibling nodes, entire mind map, or nodes on the same level.
On iOS, you’ll find these options at the bottom of the Style tab in the panel under Apply Style To.
They’re in the main menu at the top of the screen on your Mac under Format > Apply Style To.
When you reconnect a node, you’ll find that it will inherit the style of the new parent node by default. If you want to keep its existing formatting (and that of its child nodes), go ahead and press Option ⌥ while reconnecting. You can also make this the default behavior if you go into MindNode Preferences (Mac)/Settings (iOS) and deselect Inherit style when reconnecting.
You can now play around with your nodes’ shapes and borders — turn them into colored clouds, hexagons, and much, much more.
Start by selecting a node or multiple nodes.
In the Styles tab (brush icon) and Shape, you can choose whether you’d like your node shape to be: Line, Embedded, Rectangle, Rounded, Pill, Cloud, Hexagon, or Octagon.
Here you can also choose the background color of your node.
The node width adjusts to the length of the node text, with a maximum of around 320pt.
If you prefer to define your own node width:
You can check Manual Width on your Mac. You can deselect Shrink node width to fit content in the Preferences to change the default.
On iOS, you can change the width using the stepper or long-press the width and enter the chosen width.
You can also change the node’s border, including line type, thickness, and color.
You can change the style of a branch or a connection by selecting the node it’s attached to.
For the branch, you can change:
For connections, you can choose:
In the Font section, you can change the look of the text in the node title or the connection label, including its:
MindNode will place your images above the node title by default.
By choosing one of the four options in the sidebar/panel you can, however, change the image position to:
Now that we’ve talked about styling individual nodes let’s move on to styling the entire MindNode mind map.
The most important thing to watch out for when it comes to the readability of your MindNode is bound to be the layout. How you arrange your info determines how easy it is to understand. Here’s how you can easily change the layout:
You can apply these layout styles individually for each main node.
Helpful actions while determining the layout of your mind map include Balance Mind Map and Move All Node Left/Right or Top/Bottom, which you can find in the Action tab (iOS)/Main menu > Node > Organize (Mac). The next choice is between:
On your Mac, you can activate MindNode's Smart Layout algorithm for just one branch by selecting the parent node and going to Node > Organize > Layout Child Nodes. Keyboard shortcut: Option ⌥ + Command ⌘ + R (also works on an iPad with external keyboard).
The canvas, essentially, is the background behind your mind map. You can change its color at the very bottom of the Themes sidebar (Mac)/Themes tab in the panel (iOS) by clicking on the color spectrum symbol.
To make creating visually appealing mind maps as easy as possible, MindNode comes with a bunch of themes for your MindNodes files.
To apply a theme to your file, double click/tap it in the Themes sidebar (Mac) / tab of the panel (iOS).
The last used theme gets synced via iCloud between MindNode on macOS and iOS.
For more themes, go to the MindNode Theme Gallery. Then, on your Mac, click the + in the upper left corner of the Themes (color palette icon) sidebar. On iOS, this + is located in the lower-left corner.
In this menu, you can also create your personal themes. To do so, create a new file with:
Select the + and select Extract Theme. This will save the style, and it will now be available in the theme selection, where you can also rename this theme.
By this point, you have captured, organized, and styled your thoughts and ideas. Now, we'll show you some of MindNode's even more advanced features, which can help you dive deeper into your ideas and thoughts.
Different thoughts need different perspectives. So while mind maps create a great visual of a topic or idea, it can sometimes be helpful to see it more linearly — like a list — which is why we’ve integrated outlining.
You can view the outline by clicking on the list icon in the top left-hand corner of your file window on Mac. On iOS, you open it up using the menu in the upper left corner of the screen.
How the mind map translates into the outline: The first level child nodes of the mind map are arranged clockwise around the main node. They’ll be listed in the outline following this pattern. Each level of child nodes after that follows a top-down logic.
Nodes folded in your mind map will be folded in your outline and vice versa.
Tasks are shown to the right of the nodes in the Outline in their current state of completion. You can also toggle them there.
Notes are marked with the same symbol you’ll find on your map. Clicking/tapping the notes symbol opens the pop-up.
Stickers and images are shown in the outline as a symbol. Clicking/tapping them will open a quick view of them.
You can also use the outline on full screen. To do so, click/tap the button in the upper-right corner of the Outline sidebar/panel with the two arrows. This way, you’ll only see the Outline without the distraction of the canvas, which can be a great way to focus. Then, go back to the sidebar view by clicking on the inverted arrows.
Show tags if you want more context, and show content indicators if you want more information about what the node contains by enabling it on the right side of the filter bar at the top (iOS)/bottom (Mac) of the outline.
If you want to rearrange the structure of the outline, here is how you do it:
You can now, of course, also edit and change the content of your outline:
With MindNode's tag-highlight mode, you can focus on specific tags and discover how certain thoughts and ideas connect. Highlighted tags will highlight the relevant nodes while fading the rest into the background.
To highlight nodes that have a specific tag, tap/click the highlight icon (eye) next to it in the tags tab of the panel (iOS)/sidebar (Mac).
End highlighting by tapping/clicking the eye icon again.
It also works directly on the node; when you click on the tag, a pop-up appears — hover over it, and the eye icon will appear. You can now click on the eye icon to highlight/undo highlight.
If you highlight more than one tag, MindNode will display all the tags in unison. But if you only want to see the tags that intersect with each other, click on the icon with two intersecting circles in the top right-hand corner of the screen on iOS and the top right-hand of the Tags' sidebar on Mac. Now select Intersect.
Focus Mode helps you work in an even more focused way. You can fade out all the branches, except for the one you are working on right now — great if you’re working on vast and extensive mind maps, that can get a little overwhelming sometimes. Another fantastic way to use Focus Mode is when you’re presenting to others, and you want to go through the MindNode mind map step by step.
Enter Focus Mode by clicking the icon in the toolbar on Mac (dot with four arrows pointing towards it) or via Begin Focus in the actions tab of the panel on iOS.
Keyboard shortcut: Shift ⇧ + Command ⌘ + F.
If you want to change the area of focus, you can click/tap the faded out node you want to focus on next and select Refocus from the menu that appears. You can also navigate with the arrow keys and press enter on the node you want to refocus on.
Sometimes finding things (again) isn’t easy, which is why you can use the search and filter functions in MindNode to find what you’re looking for in seconds.
Now that we have all the controls covered let’s talk about how you can speed up your workflow. In this section, you’ll learn about how to adapt MindNode to your individual needs in Settings/Preferences, select a default storage location, add custom controls on iOS, use gestures and keyboard shortcuts, and the easiest way to share your MindNode with others. For those who want to take things even further, you’ll also find a section about automating your MindNode workflows.
Have an Apple Watch? If you’re using MindNode for iOS, you’ll automatically get MindNode for watchOS — so you can view an outline of your most recent MindNode file on your wrist.
To open a file, tap on it, and the main nodes will appear.
You can go deeper into a branch by tapping a node.
When a node contains notes or an image, you can tap on the note symbol at the top of an open node to view them.
Pressing down for longer opens a menu to show recent files, and you can switch between seeing the whole outline or just a list of open tasks.
To make sure you store your files exactly where you want them, you can go ahead and set up a default storage location. If you’re using MindNode on multiple devices, you can even keep your files up to date across all your devices by syncing them with iCloud. For the MindNode Plus subscription to work on all your devices, you’ll have to enable iCloud.
Here’s how you can set your MindNode files to store and sync on your iCloud drive automatically:
In your Mac’s System Preferences:
In your iPhone/iPad’s Settings:
When saving a new file, make sure to save it in the MindNode folder inside iCloud Drive. All changes you save will now be saved to iCloud Drive and available on your connected devices.
The great news is, you can also use third-party storage providers like Dropbox or Box to save your files. But there are a couple of things you’ll have to set up and/or keep in mind to ensure you can save your MindNode as a supported file.
Your subscription status (active, elapsed, etc.) will be synced to other devices via iCloud (tied to Apple ID). Unfortunately, this isn’t possible if you’re using another cloud service.
Now let’s dive a little deeper into Settings & Preferences, where you can set up your MindNode in even more detail.
Go ahead and tap on the gear icon in the upper right corner to open the MindNode Settings.
Here, you can:
In the main menu on the top of your screen, go ahead and click on MindNode.
Select Preferences or use the shortcut Command ⌘ + , comma to open MindNode’s Preferences.
The Preferences window has four tabs:
In General, you can find different default options for MindNode’s behavior:
Quick Entry: You can choose to launch it at login and record a global shortcut to launch it at any time.
Appearance: You can set the app’s appearance the same as you set it in System Preferences or always light or dark.
Default Node Behavior: Configure the default behavior for:
Default file Format: You can select the default file format of MindNode to be a package (default) or a single file. We recommend choosing a package if you store your files in iCloud Drive and a single file if you use any other storage provider.
In Shortcuts, you can set your shortcut options for some of the shortcuts you use more often. There’s also an option to restore the default settings.
Under License, you can see the status of your subscription (including the remaining days), restore purchases, and manage your subscription.
Under MindNode ID, you will see an option to sign in or create an account that will allow you to access your MindNode Plus subscription on all of your devices, if iCloud is not available.
You may find yourself using some actions more often than others or might have some favorites. MindNode for iOS allows you to drag them onto the upper corner of your panel and make them easier to access.
If you want to replace an action, drag another one onto it.
If you want to remove one, drag them towards the canvas.
On the iPad, you can also switch the outline and the panel; tap the top of the panel or outline and drag it to the opposite side of the screen.
Touch gestures are such a hidden gem that frequently go overlooked. But using them can make building and creating a MindNode that much more intuitive.
The Apple Pencil does everything a finger does, and more:
Scribble: You can hand-write directly into a node title's text field, and the Scribble feature will convert it into text.
NOTE: Currently, Scribble is only available in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Chinese.
We’re pretty sure that MindNode is not the only app you use to capture your ideas and bring them to life, which is why we’ve also made it easy for you to share your mind maps with your colleagues or export and upload them to other apps.
Here's a list of all the file formats MindNode can import from and/or export to:
Maybe you’ve started your project in another app or received a file from someone in your team. You can easily open and continue working on these files by importing them into MindNode. Here's how:
On Mac, to export a document, go ahead and click on Export To in the File menu, select your preferred file format in the export window and then click Export. The next panel lets you choose where to save your file. You can also share the exported file directly to Mail, iMessage, or AirDrop by clicking the Share button in the bottom left corner.
Just keep in mind that some features, like MindNode’s connections, may be lost when moving mind maps between different applications.
On iOS, to export a document, tap the Share button in the upper right corner of the document and select the file format you want to export. Next, tap on 'Send to app...' and choose the app you want to send it to.
To share a MindNode file via Mail, Messages, or AirDrop to another device on Mac, click the share button in the top right corner of your document window. From there, you can also share to Notes and Reminders and Things 3 and Omnifocus if you have those.
On iOS, you find these options by tapping and holding down on a file and selecting Share from the context menu.
A new message will be opened in Mail and Messages and the file added as an attachment.
This section will detail the different file formats when importing and exporting.
The MindNode export option allows you to export a single file MindNode document.
If you have an older device running an older version of MindNode, there is also a legacy export option, which ensures the compatibility of the file and the legacy app. In this case, make sure to switch it on in the export options. Just keep in mind that this means newer features won't be included in the file.
MindNode can import and export other mind mapping formats like the FreeMind format, which most other mind mapping apps support. You can also open Mindjet MindManager, XMind, XMind Zen, and iThoughts files through MindNode. However, keep in mind that FreeMind, iThoughts, and older versions of MindNode do not support tags, which might be true for other features.
MindNode can import and export OPML files supported by most outlining apps. However, it is worth keeping in mind that OPML files do not retain text formatting when being exported. Instead, tags are added to OPML files in the #CamelCaseHashtag format at the end of each node title.
MindNode can import and export Markdown files with images (.textbundle) or without images (.md). In those files:
There are several different text file formats MindNode can import and export:
Plain text (.txt):
Rich Text (.rtf)
Note: Notes and images are discarded when exporting.
Taskpaper files are plain text to-do lists.
Microsoft Word .docx (export and Mac only)
Something to keep in mind regarding tags: when exporting, the tags are added after each node's title. For example, an exported line may look like this: “This is the node title #Tag1 #Tag2.” When importing, any tags in a line are added to the imported node, and trailing tags are dropped from the node title. For example, “This is an #Important node #Awesome” will be imported as a node with the title “This is an #Important node” and the tags “Important” and “Awesome.”
PDFs can only be exported. You can choose whether you want to export the mind map or the outline for those files. You can then again choose whether notes and/or tags should be included in the outline.
Images can only be exported, which will create a PNG file of your mind map. For those files, you can choose whether you want the background to be transparent or not.
Once you have completed your project planning, you might wish to use your tasks as a list. In MindNode, you can integrate Reminders for tasks and share them with Things and OmniFocus. You can also import and export TaskPaper documents into MindNode.
In the Share menu, you will find the option to export to Reminders, which will create a new list in the Reminders app. The title of the list will be the name of your Document. When you check items as complete in either Reminders or MindNode, the completion will be synchronized across both. To update your list with new tasks you have added, or change task titles, export the list again. New items will be added, and titles will be updated.
A note regarding limitations:
Sharing to Things, OmniFocus and TaskPaper will create a new list for you. However, these do not update automatically with changes you make to your MindNode file.
Tags in task lists:
On Mac, there are several options you have when it comes to printing your MindNode document (in addition to your usual print settings). In the Print dialog, click Show Details in the bottom right corner. From the drop-down menu, select MindNode. First, you can decide to print your document either as a mind map or outline. When you’re printing the mind map, you can choose to scale your
map or fit it onto one page. If you go for the former option, your document may be printed on several pages, depending on the size of your map. You can also select to print your canvas or print each mind map onto a separate page. When printing an outline, you can choose whether to include or not include the notes and tags. You can also unfold all nodes or print with the currently folded nodes on your canvas folded in the print-out. Below the Mind Map or Outline selection, you can print in either Full color or Grayscale. You can also decide whether to print the canvas background or save ink by not doing so. More options include: adding the filename, date in the header, and page number at the bottom — page numbers are included in the format Page 1 of 10, and the filename is included on the top left of your page the date on the top right.
On iOS, to print your mind map, tap the share button in the upper left corner of the document. Select print from the export options and tap Print at the bottom. Choose your printer. Tapping on the information button will show you information about your printer. You can now select the number of copies you want to print, change the orientation, and if you wish to print in black and white or color.
Using Apple Script on the Mac and the Shortcuts App on iOS & macOS or URL Schemes on both platforms, you can automate specific recurrent tasks and make MindNode part of a larger workflow. However, automation requires advanced knowledge and is only recommended for power users.
Apple Script allows you to write scripts that batch export documents in all supported formats. We are currently supporting the following export types via Apple Script:
For example, we created a script to take all OPML files from a folder and exported them as PDFs.
set folderPath to choose folder
set fileExtension to "opml"
tell application "Finder."
set the fileList to files of folderPath whose name extension is fileExtension
tell application "/Applications/MindNode.app"
repeat with mindNodeFile in fileList
open (mindNodeFile as alias)
set mindNodeDocument to document 1
set fileName to POSIX path of (mindNodeFile as alias)
set baseName to (characters 1 thru -((count of fileExtension) + 3) of fileName) as string
set exportFile to ((baseName & ".pdf") as POSIX file)
tell mindNodeDocument to export to exportFile as PDF
close window 1 without saving
Siri Shortcuts allows the triggering of actions in MindNode using a Siri phrase to build complex workflows using Apple’s Shortcuts app.
Launch Quick Entry
Launches MindNode directly into the QuickEntry mode with a blank canvas.
Launch Quick Entry with Contents of Clipboard
Launch MindNode’s Quick Entry mode prefilled with the text from your clipboard.
Create New Document
Creates a new document in the default storage location. Usually, this is the MindNode iCloud Drive folder. Now the URL to the newly created document is put onto the clipboard. You can change the default storage location in the Settings app under MindNode.
Create New Document with Contents of Clipboard
Creates a new document in the default storage location and imports the clipboard contents. MindNode will try to detect what data is on the clipboard automatically. Now the URL to the newly created document is put onto the clipboard.
Supported formats are:
Export last Opened Document
Exports the last opened document using the default export format. The format can be changed in MindNode on the Share Panel. On completion, the shortcut will open a share sheet to select how you want to share the exported document.
Export last Opened Document to Clipboard
Exports the last opened document using the default export format. The format can be changed in MindNode on the Share Panel. On completion, the exported document will be copied to the clipboard.
Export Document Identified by URL-Scheme
Exports the document identified by a URL on the clipboard, using the default export format. The format can be changed in MindNode on the Share Panel. On completion, the shortcut will open a share sheet to select how you want to share the exported document. This shortcut requires a URL that points to a MindNode document on the clipboard. You can create this URL in the document picker by tapping and holding on to a MindNode file and selecting 'Copy URL Scheme' from the 'Share' menu.
Export Document Identified by URL-Scheme to Clipboard
Exports the document identified by a URL on the clipboard, using the default export format. The format can be changed in MindNode on the Share Panel. On completion, the exported document will be copied to the clipboard. This shortcut requires a URL that points to a MindNode document on the clipboard. You can create this URL in the document picker by tapping and holding on a MindNode file and selecting 'Copy URL Scheme' from the 'Share' menu.
URL schemes are specially formatted URLs that automatically perform actions in MindNode and other apps. On iOS, using Apple’s Shortcuts app, actions can be combined into a complex workflow that accomplishes all sorts of tasks.
All URL Schemes start with mindnode:// followed by an action. If you don’t provide an action, MindNode is simply launched.
Create New Document
This action creates a new document in the default storage location. Usually, this is the MindNode iCloud Drive folder. You can change the default storage location in the Settings app under MindNode.
Using the open action, you can open an existing document. Open supports several parameters that will help point to the correct document, and we recommend you use the feature in MindNode to create the URL automatically:
Name & Path Parameter:
name: Name of the document. If your document name contains spaces, you need to replace them with %20.
path: This is an optional parameter only needed if the document is in a subfolder. MindNode tries to find the document in the iCloud Drive folder or the MindNode "On my iPhone/iPad" folder.
URL & Bookmark
URL: A URL to the document. The URL needs to point to a document in MindNode's iCloud container. Otherwise, the system won't grant permission to access the document.
bookmark: An optional parameter only used when you use the built-in action to create a "File URL Scheme."
You can export a document using several supported export formats with this action. Parameters:
Name, path, URL, bookmarkData: Please see the open action for a detailed description format: A supported export format. See the list below.
Imports a document using one of the supported import formats. Parameters:
Format: A supported export format. See list below
Name: This is an optional parameter. It will be used as the title for the document.
Content: This is an optional parameter. When it's provided, it will be imported into the document. Otherwise, we will look at the clipboard for the data.
Launch Quick Entry
Launches Quick Entry and adds the provided text as the content. Parameters:
Text: This is an optional parameter. The text is added to the current Quick Entry contents.
clearExisting: This is an optional parameter. When set to true, existing Quick Entry content will be deleted and - if provided - replaced by the content provided in the text parameter.
Open MindNode’s preferences.
That’s a wrap on the complete MindNode User Guide. We hope it has helped you discover and master your mind mapping skills and bring your ideas to life. Got feedback? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org — we’d be happy to hear from you.