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MindManager and the iPad or iThoughts v Ink Mode

A friend @ibl let me have a little go on his iPad today.

I was impressed by:

  • Screen quality particularly when playing a video to a group of ten people.  Sound was good enough as well.
  • Stroking the applications – they purred!
  • Lack of multi-tasking was balanced by the immediacy of moving between sleeping applications.
  • He signed on to his office PC via GoToMyPC via 3G.
  • iThoughts was easy to manipulate and the virtual keyboard was easy to type on.

Not impressed:

  • He had a special stylus which mimiced your finger but the ink to text in the application we tested was not as good as Windows 7 or MindManager.
  • The form factor was too light, slim, cool & smooth. You would not loose weight or build muscle tone with iPad! :)

iThoughts v Ink Mode on a Tablet PC with MindManager

Well as I said the moving around and creating topics with iThoughts was as good as and almost as  fluid as using MindManager in Ink Mode.  The virtual keyboard was good but I don’t think this is as easy one handed as writing with a pen.  So for me ink mode in MindManager still wins for quiet use at meetings.  In a crowd mapping at a conference the iPad is as good.

So Mindjet please step up to the iPad and create an ink version of iThoughts.  The ink to text conversion could even be done on the Mac or PC.

Meanwhile I will have to wrestle with £700 on an iPad versus trading my HP 2730p up to a HP 2740p Tablet PC with touch screen, SSD and 8GB ram!

About Andrew Wilcox

Andrew is an experienced user of MindManager who shares his knowledge and advice for free here. And provides commercial training and consulting on how to exploit MindManager and other mind mapping software applications in business, organisations and for individuals at Cabre For more information about Andrew please visit his Google + profile.

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5 Responses to “MindManager and the iPad or iThoughts v Ink Mode”

  1. TonyP says:

    I made my mobile switch of mindmapping on an iPad a little over 50 days ago. Before the ipad was released I thought like many that the mindmapping experience would be less effective without inking capability. I believed that the iPad could not compete with my Tablet PC.

    I’ve taken the iPad and iThoughtsHD to use in client meetings, for recording conferences, as a volunteer scribe capturing discussions between candidates and supporters. Mindmapping on the iPad is much easier then I ever thought it would be, and no more waiting for the TabletPc to boot-up or worrying about battery life. There are a few features I love to have added to iThoughtHD but if you just want to get started capturing something in a mindmap unobtrusively, I think the iPad is the device to do it quickly and effectively.

    As a long time Mindmanager user I love it if they came out with an iPad version, but so far all the major Mind Mapping software companies have failed to get anything out the door even those with iPhone applications already. My opinions of mindjet has changed slightly the products keeps creating greater ties to Microsoft and MS Office, but that makes it much more my desktop app when I am in an office and less of a mobile app for me.

    If you don’t want to wait for a MindManager version then I’d recommend the iPad and iThoughtHD. I can always add more to a map when I get back to my TabletPC or Desktop in the office. The iPad + iThoughtsHD has replaced my TabletPC and MindManager when I’m away from my desk. Instant On & a 10+ hour battery life certainly make the iPad + iThoughtsHD a real mobile tool for me. An iPad mind mapping app with images, inking and other features will come to iThoughtsHD and other App developers but for now this works really well for me.

  2. Andrew Wilcox says:

    Hi Tony

    Thank you for relating your experiences.

    Certainly battery life and the quick turn on is a big plus when you are out dealing with other people working in real time!

    Let’s see how things develop.

  3. Stephen Cotterell says:

    My use of the iPad is limited to owning one since the end of June 2010. Nonetheless I’ve installed several mind mapping apps. My favorite so far is mind pad.

  4. Andrew Wilcox says:

    Hi Stephen

    The Mind Pad does not mention an iPad app. Please can you point us a web page.

    Some other comments on iPad note taking are here: 2¢ Worth

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