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Best Android App for Creating Mind Maps

December 6, 2011

If you’re a person with big, stellar ideas, your mind’s wheels always seem to be a-turning. Having a pen and paper handy might have offered you some comfort, and the pen-and-paper tandem can be useful for when you just want to scribble down that fleeting, elusive thought, or for when you need a blank canvas to to help you jot things down and get organized or, well, for when you’re just plain bored and doodling offers some cheap entertainment.

But, how cool is it if your smartphone can do that for you, plus more? That can be made possible with the Android-based mind-mapping app called Thinking Space.

A nifty app in itself, Thinking Space’s simplistic and functional interface is key to offering users a conducive environment to let thoughts run wild.

The app allows you to create visual maps that help you plan, organize,and follow through on ideas and activities, making sure you’re on top of everything even while you’re on the go.

Creating a mind map starts with a single node, which you can break down into further subnodes around this main node for branching or interrelated ideas. These subnodes can then, in turn, be broken down into more subnodes of their own, going deeper and providing more details for easy organizing and tracking of ideas.

Links, notes, colors, and icons help you highlight important items and organize your material better. The app also allows you to tag your mind maps or sort them into categories or folders. Just by selecting a tag or category, you can instantly bring up the nodes with those tags or placed under those categories.

You can also create nodes with hyperlinks to your files so that just by clicking on a hyperlinked node, the program will open the file it is linked to. This feature can be very handy for linking to external sources such as PDF files, documents, or audio.

The app also has an option to hide the notification bar so that you can gain more screen space while using the app.

Thinking Space can help you keep physical records for meetings and other similar events. The app syncs seamlessly with your Dropbox folder and can be saved to your computer in an image format for easy retrieving. In the compatibility department, Thinking Space is compatible with third-party desktop Mind Mapping applications like Freemind, Xmind, MindManager, and MindMeister API.

Thinking Space is available on the Android Market for free with advertising support and with limited features. If you want the ad-free version with all the full features, you can get the Pro version of the app for US$5.99.

Do you use Thinking Space? What or where do you usually use it for?