Macworld Masterclass: Use iThoughts to map out your ideas

Get mind mapping wherever you are with this impressive app

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  • iphone4 iThoughts anno Intro
  • 1 Get started 1. Get started
  • 2 Add thoughts 2. Add your thoughts
  • 3 Child thoughts 3. The next level
  • 4 Branching out 4. Branching out
  • 5 Visual cues 5. Visual cues
  • 6 Expanded mind map 6. Expand your mind map
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Intro

Mind mapping is a powerful technique for exploring ideas, and could prove useful whether you’re revising for exams or planning major projects. You start out with a central concept, and then explore all of its different facets using large, colourful spider diagrams. It’s a highly visual way of working that can stimulate your creativity, and help you spot all kinds of useful connections and angles.

This is where iThoughts comes in. It’s a powerful app that lets you create impressive mind maps, even within the iPhone’s small screen. It’s not the most intuitive program, but it’s simple enough to learn, and has useful features, such as icons and colours, to stimulate the visual part of your brain.

Vital Info

Device: iPad, iPhone or iPod touch
Difficulty: Expert
Time required: 1 hour

What you need

iOS 3.0 or higher
iThoughts app (iPhone £4.99; iPad £5.99)

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Mind mapping is a powerful technique for exploring ideas, and could prove useful whether you’re revising for exams or planning major projects. You start out with a central concept, and then explore all of its different facets using large, colourful spider diagrams. It’s a highly visual way of working that can stimulate your creativity, and help you spot all kinds of useful connections and angles.

This is where iThoughts comes in. It’s a powerful app that lets you create impressive mind maps, even within the iPhone’s small screen. It’s not the most intuitive program, but it’s simple enough to learn, and has useful features, such as icons and colours, to stimulate the visual part of your brain.

Vital Info

Device: iPad, iPhone or iPod touch
Difficulty: Expert
Time required: 1 hour

What you need

iOS 3.0 or higher
iThoughts app (iPhone £4.99; iPad £5.99)

 

Step 2 of 7: 1. Get started

Tap the ‘+’ sign on the welcome screen to start a new mind map, and then name it. You can use previous maps as a template in ‘Based Upon’.

 

Step 3 of 7: 2. Add your thoughts

Your project title is at the centre of your mind map. Double-tap on the screen nearby to add a major topic related to this.

 

Step 4 of 7: 3. The next level

Tapping on the screen near to a topic will add a ‘child’ topic – one that stems from it logically. Tapping the ‘-’ sign hides all child topics.

 

Step 5 of 7: 4. Branching out

Double-tap near the same place to add another ‘child’ topic, representing a different branch of your thoughts.

 

Step 6 of 7: 5. Visual cues

Tap the arrow on the end of a topic to add icons, progress charts or change the colour, enhancing the visual power of your mind map.

 

Step 7 of 7: 6. Expand your mind map

Add other major topics and their child topics to get a more rounded view. Drag topics to rearrange them.

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