BaseMind

BaseMind is a next-generation mind mapping tool! It will completely change the way you take notes, create presentations and organize data.

Go get it on the App Store!

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Update: version 1.1 is now available!

FeatureS

  • Maps of infinite depth
  • Any connections between nodes allowed – one to one, one to many, many to one
  • Automatic map layout system with 2D physics for extra coolness
  • Quick mind map creation using only the keyboard
  • Image drag and drop into existing map nodes or to create new ones
  • Connecting nodes between several maps and dynamically combining maps
  • Save / Import for sharing with other BaseMind users

TIPS

Here’s some usage tips for effective mind mapping with BaseMind!

  • You can “link” nodes between mind maps by ending their name with an exclamation mark (!). Once a link is made, you can select related maps from the list and click “Add to view” to combine the two. Linkable nodes will be shown with a slightly blue background.
  • You can reparent nodes by holding down option (alt) key and dragging from a node to its new parent.
  • You can change the center node live by right-clicking on a node and choosing “Make Center”. This way you can have the node graph laid out in a way more friendly towards expanding that specific branch.

Generic mind mapping tips that work well with BaseMind:

  • If taking notes, start typing away rather than trying to figure out what the central topic is right away. You can always go back and change the center node. And you can reparent nodes if connections need to be rearranged.
  • Be as brief and atomic as possible with naming the nodes. In a mind map, a word often speaks more than a sentence. Pictures are nice but use ones that don’t require wondering what it is about.
  • If you’re making a presentation, try to prepare content so that you can start from the center, expand outwards, follow one direction (clockwise or counterclockwise) and speak away.

Roadmap

In an effort to be as open as possible, here’s some features that are on the roadmap and will most likely make their way into BaseMind one day:

  • Additional controls over the automatic node layout
  • Optional iCloud support
  • Export view to PDF
  • Export to JSON / XML
  • Support for additional styling (colors, fonts, text sizes)
  • Rich text containers for bringing in more data per node
  • Selective linking (choose number of levels to show from link nodes)
  • iPad app with handwriting support

For support questions, post a comment below.

6 Responses

  1. hebs says:

    Hi is there away to test the new “mind base” app?
    I wanna buy it at the App Store but I want to try it first. I’m not really comfortable with the idea of a sharable platform.( community share) Shouldn’t this app be like any other mind map app out there?

    • simo says:

      Sorry, for now, there’s no trial version available. New versions are being developed and a trial version might be available some time in the future, but for now it is available for a very affordable cost in the App Store.

      As far as a shareable platform – anything you make in BaseMind is local to the computer you’re working on and not being shared. For sharing, there’s a separate built-in export feature that will let you save a mind map into a file.

      As far as being the same or different, I’m sure you will find it fairly different from other options currently available.

  2. Petros says:

    Just downloaded BaseMind. I´ve been looking for an app like this for a while that I can have locally on my Mac. I like the direction this seems to be moving but before this becomes a useful tool there are certain things that need to be incorporated.
    Here is my wish list:
    1) The possibility to cut/sever connections made between nodes.
    2) The possibility to add information to a node in a note that is hidden but appears when called.
    3) The possibility to change the the color and font of text.
    4) The possibility to change the background.
    5) The possibility to drill up and down levels
    6) The possibility to have hyperlinks – both to the WWW and locale file-structures
    7) The possibility to choose the distanse between two connected nodes.
    8) The possibility to choose the relativ position of two connected nodes – ex “node A north of node B” or “node A southeast of node B”

    I am sure that some of the thoughts I have put forward here are already in your pipeline – and if not I hope they can be considered.

    I would otherwise very much appreciate your thoughts on how you want to evolve the app.

    Regards

    Petros

    • simo says:

      Hi, and sorry for the delay in posting the comment.
      These are all good ideas – you may be interested in the published roadmap for BaseMind and see how much of it is in the works.