How to Get Started

There are three stages to brainstorming with MindNode. Where you spend most of your time will depend on where you are in your creative process. The first step is collecting information and thoughts you already have. The second step is exploring how these items relate to each other and what needs to be added or researched. The third step is organising your thoughts and information into a coherent idea, or project plan.

Of course you will be cycling through the steps again and again. Organising what is there might show you a lack in a certain area, or realising a relationship will give you new thoughts to add.

At any time it is useful to just create a new main node to note down a thought, without worrying where it belongs. The beauty of working on a computer is that you can rearrange and reconnect information where it belongs at a later time, once the connections and structure becomes clearer to you.


Generally our users use MindNode in a wide variety of situations to solve many problems. At it’s most abstract, a document is a visual representation of how ideas relate. This can be for a project like a website, or notes for a talk. You can use it to collect information on a topic of interest, or as a study guide. You can also use it to record the proceedings of a meeting, or to build an outline that you can then use with another application.

Quick start into MindNode

We will now guide you through creating your very first document.

  1. In the Document Manager tap the plus symbol to create a new document.

    doc pick
    Figure 1. Document Picker
  2. The document starts with a first main node, ready for text to be added. Go ahead and add your first idea. If you are just playing around start with “study guide”. Exit the node by tapping the canvas. To create other main nodes, tap the symbol at the left in the panel. This will be ready to edit as well. Go ahead and enter a new idea, for example “exam”.

    new doc
    Figure 2. New map in a new document
  3. To create a sub-node click on the plus sign on the right of the new main node. You can enter “multiple choice” here. You can also tap the sub-node button on the right in the toolbar to create a sub-node, or even a grand child.

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    Figure 3. Adding a sub-node
  4. Select a node and tap the Notes symbol in the Action Panel.. Go ahead and try that out. Add “fill the square”. As soon as you leave that field a small symbol on the right of a node will show that there is content in the notes section.

    Figure 4. Stickers in MindNode
  5. Now try adding an image to your node. Tap the image symbol from the Action Panel and add a Sticker, or a photo.

  6. If you want to change the look of your map, open the Theme selection by tapping the canvas and then selecting the palette symbol from the Actions panel. Choose a theme by scrolling. You can apply it by tapping the selection.

    Figure 5. Theme selection
  7. One of the most helpful steps in visual thinking is getting to rearrange content. Tap and hold a onto the first main node. Drag it onto the second main node and let go. It will now connect as a new child node.

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Figure 6. Completed map

Now it’s time to create a new document.

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