Top 4 Poductivity Gems Every Mindmapper Should Know

MindNode has some really nifty features under its sleeve. Four of which I'd like to write about in this post. Nothing too fancy, but I'm sure you weren't aware of all of them.

Copy Mind Map as Image (MindNode Pro)

First of all MindNode for Mac has a feature that allows you to copy the current mind map as an image to the clipboard.

This way you can use the image of a mind map in other apps like Keynote, or Acorn, very easily. Note that MindNode will copy the entire mind map as it is; with all main nodes and their subnodes, not just selected nodes. To copy only parts of a mind map select the nodes you'd like to be use, select Copy from the Edit menu, create a new mind map, and select Paste from the Edit menu, now you can do Copy Mind Map as Image.

FYI: MindNode will retain the formatting of nodes on the clipboard. This means that, by default, the Paste command will insert the nodes as they were.

Inherit Style and Paste and Match Style

Which brings us to the next great feature: Inherit Style.

As just mentioned, the Copy command puts a representation of selected nodes on the clipboard that includes their format and style. This works on iOS and OS X. When you paste nodes that you've copied to the clipboard, they will be created as they were, except when the "inherit style" option is off. This setting allows you to apply the current maps' theme to the nodes on the clipboard. This essentially gives you two features in one. Because as you paste, you node only get the nodes inserted, but their style also gets reset, so you can work with something fresh. You find this setting in the in-app settings on iOS. On OS X it's even easier, because you can issue the separate "Paste and Match Style" command.

Copy/Paste Outline (MindNode Pro, MindNode for iOS)

MindNode tries to make it convenient to get data from the clipboard into MindNode, and data out of MindNode with the clipboard.

The copy and paste commands put the nodes in a formatting on the clipboard that easily allows you to use the nodes in a different app. Let me explain what you can do, then it all becomes much clearer. Let's assume you are writing in a text editor, you can write an indented list of text and use paste in MindNode to create new nodes. (Works on iOS and OS X) Essentially you can use a list like this one:

Sven's Thai Fritatta Ingredients 1-2 sweet potatoes 1 small bell pepper (red) 2 spring onions 1 stem lemon grass 1 glass mung beans or bamboo shoots (250g) 2 tbsp. butter or ghee 6-8 eggs 2 tbsp. fischsauce 1 tbsp. lime juice 1 tsp. minced cilantro sea salt and pepper

Copy this text, switch to MindNode for iOS, or MindNode Pro, and paste. This will create a mind map from the clipboard contents.

The same works the other way around (MindNode Pro only). Select some nodes in MindNode, copy, and paste in a text editor, and you'll end up with an indented list of the nodes.

Export PDF Creates Vector PDF

PDF has become on of the de-facto standards to exchange documents. The beauty is that a PDF document looks the same wherever it is opened. Mind maps would be considered an "image" for most people, but PDF's can actually contain vectors. This means that we can do something nifty here.

When you export a PDF document from MindNode the branches and everything else that is drawn, like nodes, rectangles, connection arrows, etc. is actually a vector. This means that you can "scale" the PDF to any size and everything will still look crystal sharp.

Only images within your mind map will be exported the way they are, which means scaling will produce the usual artifacts.

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