Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Using MindGenius with iThoughts

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.


Nick said...

Any word on an Android equivalent?

MindGenius said...

Hi Nick, Android equivalent is Thinking Space. I've not had the chance to try it myself yet but will do this soon and write about how it goes.

Colin Wilson said...

Thanks for the really useful tips. I have started using Personal Brain 6.0 as a tool to keep thoughts and information ordered. It integrates well with a number of other applications e.g. MS Office. Unfortunately it doesn't interface to/interact with MindGenius (still my most used tool after Outlook). Do you know of any plans to develop linkages between the two or of any other people who might have sussed out some sensible work-arounds.

Best wishes


Chuck said...

Just tried the Thinking Space for Android and was able to transfer all the way into the MindGenius program without difficulty.Cool app, guess I'll upgrade to the paid version after I purchase MindGenius.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kelly,

Useful article, are there any sites or further examples I can review?


Michael said...

It is true that MingGenius and a great program.
iThoughts does not manage resources. Do you know a program Compatible with MindGenius who manages or if there will be an evolution of iThoughts who will? Thank you

MindGenius said...

Hi Guys, thanks for all your comments.Currently we don't have any plans to interact with Personal Brain but we always listen to customer requests and give them full consideration for our future plans.

The iThoughts site (www.ithoughts.co.uk) has additional videos and tips on using iThoughts and we will speak to iThoughts and find out if they have any plans to add resources functionality.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kelly,

Can I have your contact details?


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