iThoughts with MindGenius support was released recently. While I believed it to be a good option for capturing thoughts on the move, I wanted to see how easy it was to get the info back into MindGenius. I had yet to use it in earnest. Since work and my personal life are especially busy at the moment, I decided to try it for note taking as I commuted to work to capture my actions for the busy day ahead.
First of all, you must ensure you have the latest version of iThoughts installed (Version 4.4) or you won’t be able to save your map as a MindGenius OPML. I decided to use a Dropbox account to save my map files to but you can also choose from other options including Box.net and MobileMe. Setting up an account with Dropbox was free and only took a few minutes. I can also invite others to share documents I create in this way.
Creating my map in ithoughts on my iPhone was straightforward enough and initially I thought the lack of screen space might inhibit me but it didn’t on this task. I added branches by selecting the branch icon and quickly built up my map. There were a couple of key things I was required to do that day so I added a red flag to them and marked them as a high priority.
|Fig. 1 Map created in iThoughts|
I then selected the Export Option for MindGenius (.mgopml) and Send to Dropbox, having earlier synced Dropbox with My Documents on my PC at work. When I arrived at work, my map was waiting for me in my My Documents/ Dropbox folder.
|Fig. 2 Export Options from iThoughts|
To open it, I double clicked on the file icon and my map was ready to use in MindGenius, but you can also open directly from MindGenius by selecting File/Open/ and then selecting “files of type - ithoughts document”.
If you want to work with MindGenius maps in iThoughts you can save them as iThoughts files which will create an .mgopml file type. In order to access them on your iPhone you should then save them to your Dropbox folder on your PC, or you can email your maps between your PC and iPhone.
I feel that mapping on an iPhone in this way is most useful for note taking, and to do lists which enables me to make more productive use of my commute.
iThoughts is also available for the iPad and is available to purchase from the Apple app store.