Link thickness

I've spent the last few months working on 'supporting features' (iCloud, Multi-tasking, Spotlight Search etc.) and now it's time to give some TLC to the mind map itself.

First up - configurable link line thickness. Click on the images below to see fine, medium and thick link lines. Not a massive difference, but it changes the 'tone' of the map from 'precise' to more 'easy going'. 

Thick works especially well with rainbow colors and a more easy going font:

Coming soon....

Posted on November 25, 2015 .

Linked Maps

Quick preview of an update I'm working on.

Single click export of multiple linked maps. 

By way of example, I've taken the "iOS Tips" map and split it into multiple sub maps - all linked together (using the Cut -> To New Map feature.) 

Below you can see the folder containing all the sub maps.

I then used the (updated) export as website feature to kick out a website for the main tips map. Previously this would only export that one map - but in the updated version, it will open any and all linked maps and include them in the exported website also.

 

Click/Tap me to see the exported website.

 

...so that's 13 separate (but linked) mindmaps all exported in a single operation to create a website of linked maps.

 

...obvious next step is to do the same for PDF...

 

Click/Tap me to see the exported PDF

 

 

 

Posted on October 1, 2015 .

3D Touch Preview

A quick preview of the forthcoming iThoughts 3D touch integration - creating a 'Quick Thought' on an iPhone6s.

Posted on September 29, 2015 .

iOS9 Update

Just a quick post to let you know what's happening with regards to iThoughts and iOS9 (released yesterday.)

I've spent all summer concentrating on adopting the corner stone capabilities of iOS9 (and iOS8.) To that end, the next update will contain the enhancements listed below.

 

Multitasking

This enables you to run 2 applications, side by side on an iPad Air2 (and forthcoming iPad Pro.) See here for a preview.

Adaptability

iThoughts will now better adapt to different screen sizes. This means it can take advantage of the larger iPhone6+ (and iPad Pro) screen sizes.

Search

The contents of all maps are now indexed and can be searched from the iOS search screen (swipe left or down from the home screen.) See here for a preview.

Siri Remind Me

Whilst editing a map, you can hold down the Home button and say 'Remind me about this' and Siri will create a new Reminder - with a link back to that map. See here for a preview.

Handoff

If you open a map on your iPhone then switch to your iPad then you'll have the option to automatically open that same map. Same applies when moving between iPhone/iPad and Mac*

iCloud

There is a new 'folder' in iThoughts called iCloud. Anything you place in there will be available on all your other devices (iPad, iPhone, Mac) automatically.

Misc

In addition to the above, there are many more 'tweaks' - some of which are listed below:

  • New Rainbow mode - where colors are distributed between topics rather than based on the topic's angle from the centre.
  • Full screen edit mode (with no toolbar or other screen chrome.)
  • Search in iPhone version
  • Better text highlighting during search.
  • Grab file attachments straight from Dropbox/WebDAV servers.
  • Discoverable Keyboard Shortcuts (hold down CMD on a bluetooth keyboard)

 

So when can we expect it?

I'm currently beta testing it - but my plan is to release something to Apple in the next week or so - then it can take anything up to 2 weeks for them to approve it. Realistically, it will be 'live' on the store Late Sept/Early Oct.

If you'd like to help out with the beta testing, then please see here.

 

Posted on September 17, 2015 .

Remind Me Preview

Another great feature in iOS9 (and adopted by iThoughts) is 'Remind Me'. This will add a reminder linking back to the current map in iThoughts.

In the following video you can see:

  • I open a map
  • I long press the Home button to launch Siri
  • I say 'Remind Me About This' and Siri creates a Reminder entry linking to the current map.
  • I close iThoughts and open the Reminders app.
  • I tap on the recently created reminder and it launches iThoughts with the appropriate map.
Posted on August 3, 2015 .

Search Preview

iOS9 enables apps to participate in the Spotlight search feature. You will be able to swipe down as before and have search 'look inside' iThoughts. The following screenshot shows how a simple search for 'ithought' will surface all the maps I've recently viewed.

I can also search on something more specific - in the following case a search for 'covey' will surface 2 maps that I have which summarise some of Stephen Covey's work.

...and who knew that a covey is a social grouping of certain animals :-)

Posted on July 22, 2015 .

Multitasking Preview

Just a quick update on my progress implementing the forthcoming multitasking support in iOS9 (i.e. split screen working.) The following video demonstrates a beta version of iThoughts running on an iPad Air2 (running iOS9)

In it you can see Safari (Wikipedia) running alongside iThoughts and information/images being copied and pasted between the two. I then change apps on the right and copy information from iThoughts over into the new Notes app.

Here's hoping that there is a BIG iPad out later this year....

 

Posted on July 20, 2015 .

Printing with a watermark

With the latest updates to the iOS and OS X versions of iThoughts it is now possible to include a small 'watermark' in printed documents.

Part of the print config is to set the watermark text. This is text that will be placed in the bottom right corner of the map image. You might use this for a copyright notice.

You can include 'variables' in the text - for example "$name - $modified © ACME":

  • $name (name of the map)
  • $path (path of the map)
  • $modified (date/time of the most recently modified topic in the map.)

See below for the print config (on OS X - same applies on iOS)

The resultant printed document will have a watermark - as below (without the red arrow :-)

NB: Printing involves generating a PDF document (which is then printed.) So you can also use this approach to create a PDF that you can send to people.

Posted on May 29, 2015 .

Sizing

I'm pleased to announce that an old favourite (from pre-iOS7 days) has finally made it into the next update (due late May.) You can now apply size/font changes (made by dragging to resize) to a topics' siblings, children or cousins (cousins are topics at the same 'level'.)

...and not to be out done, the feature is also coming to the Mac version:

This also works for images - now you can resize an image and have that size applied to all the other images.

I'm expecting 5 stars from everyone who likes things to line up :-)

Posted on May 15, 2015 .

Copy as Email Addresses

Sneak peek at a new feature coming soon to iOS and OS X. If you store lots of email addresses in a map then there is a single(ish) click way of turning them into a list of recipients.

Right click on a branch then choose 'Copy as' - 'Email Addresses'. This will place all the email addresses in that branch onto the clipboard (including email addresses in notes etc.)

Once on the clipboard you can Paste the addresses into a new email...

Same is true on the iOS version - and that will also offer to create the email for you.

Great for managing contact lists in a more visual way.

 

Posted on April 24, 2015 .