MindNode for iOS Hidden Gems #1

Over the past 2 years MindNode for iOS has grown to become the MindNode we always envisioned, when we started working on it. We gradually added new features over time so that we reached feature parity between MindNode for Mac and MindNode for iOS. Along the way we worked very hard to keep MindNode the tool we all love: a great way to brainstorm and organize your thoughts, that takes full advantage of the platform it runs on.

We are more than ever dedicated to keep MindNode as easy to use as it is, while still providing power user features that work great with the iOS ecosystem and its touch interaction. Touch gestures are features that are almost impossible to discover, but they can be hidden gems that make interacting with an app much more powerful and efficient.

Inspector

The MindNode inspector is a great way to edit the style and content of your mind map, while keeping it fully interactive. Today we want to introduce you to some of its hidden features, that will make you even more productive.

Size matters

Screen real estate is a valuable resource, especially on the iPhone. The MindNode inspector uses a default size depending on the device you use. One of my favorite features of the iPhone inspector is that you can long-press on the title bar of the inspector (the one with Canvas/Style/Content) and resize it by moving your finger up and down. That way you can adjust its height to fit your needs.

Resize the inspector to fit your needs

Another shortcut that can come in handy, if you want to fully focus on the inspector: by double tapping on the title bar you can toggle the inspector between its default size, and a fullscreen mode.

Gestures

If you want to close the inspector you can simply swipe it down on your iPhone, by directly swiping on the inspector itself. On the iPad the same gesture works by swiping to the right (or to the left, if your device is set to a right-to-left language like Arabic).

The iPad additionally offers an edge-swipe gesture, where you can perform a side-swipe from the right edge (left edge for right-to-left languages) of the device, to bring back the last visible inspector. Make sure to not swipe in the middle of the device but rather on the top or bottom third, as swiping from the middle triggers the new multitasking feature of iOS 9.

Outline

The outline is a perfect fit for viewing your mind maps in a more linear way.

On iOS, the outline is a great way to search through the content of your mind map. Not only does it search through the titles of your nodes, but also through the note content.

Search and preview in outline

Gestures

Similar to the inspector, the outline can be closed by swiping down, and resized by long-pressing on the title bar. That way it's possible to both see your mind map and the outline in parallel on your iPhone.

The outline on iOS offers 2 different modes: a single-line mode and a multi-line mode, where text wraps. You can easily switch between those 2 modes by pinching on the outline: pinch in to switch to multi-line mode, pinch out to switch to single-line mode.

If you are in single-line mode and text is cut off, or a node contains notes, you can long-press on any node in the outline to show the full title and note content. That's a great way to get a quick glimpse over the full content of a node within the outline.

– Matthias

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