Recently, I've used mindmaps more frequently to plan feature stories, housekeeping, and hobby projects. Although pen and paper work well, software tools are more flexible and can better capture more detailed information.
I've tested a bunch of web apps like Mindmeister and Bubbl over the last few weeks, and I've liked some of them. However, I'm particularly interested in WriteMapper, which is available for Windows, Mac OS and iPad.
The desktop app is great for creating simple or complex mind maps. It's a snap to navigate through knots without touching the mouse. You can easily switch between nodes using the keyboard to make changes or add details. Plus, it's easy enough to understand the peculiarities of the sparse user interface, so you'll never need buttons that take up space on your cards.
Above is an example mindmap that I've put together (unfortunately you can not yet see all of my top secret plans for podcasts and woodworking ). You can color-code nodes, rearrange them on the map (they are automatically lined up when you drag and drop them), and minimize nodes if you do not need to see the entire map. You can also add detailed notes with formatted text, links and pictures. And yes, there is a dark mode.
With the last update, you can import Markdown and HTML files to automatically generate mind maps and set custom shortcuts. Virtually any feature in the app.
That's pretty much everything I need with a tool that I use several times a month. I wish it offered an option to export maps as images and a web app so I could access my maps with other devices. These are problems that you can not deal with browser-based competitors. However, due to my frequency of use, I rather pay a one-time fee than subscribe to a monthly plan for mind mapping.
Other apps like Mindmeister offer many more features, including map history, attachment support, team collaboration, and disk space for your files – but all in all, you expect recurring costs of $ 5 per month.
If you are not interested in cooperation, this is a good choice. You can purchase a $ 60 WriteMapper 2 desktop license. The iPad app costs $ 20. The developer runs a sale for the next few days, so you can use the discount on single or multiple licenses for a desktop. If you're on the fence, try the free one-week free trial.