Brainstorming Top Tools For Brainstorming On Your Desktop And MobileOnce upon a time, people would write to-do lists each morning and that would be it when it came to organising their thinking. Now, there are countless apps and tools out there to help people brainstorm and map out their ideas and plans, taking their cues from the freeform, intuitive appeal of using a pen and paper. Here are the best of the rest.

Desktop Tools

iMindMap: This is the brainchild of Tony Buzan, the guy behind the term “mind mapping”. iMindMap will either create an entire map for you, or let you draw it yourself using a freehand feature.

The diagrams and relationships you formulate in iMindMap can easily be converted into an animated presentation.

iMindMap Top Tools For Brainstorming On Your Desktop And Mobile

XMind: Described by Lifehacker as “the most popular mind mapping tool”, XMind is a piece of open source software which lets users organise complex information and spot trends in a simple, logical manner.

MindManager: This tool provides a single viewing space in which to organise your ideas, as well as importing images, videos and links. MindManager is compatible with MS Office and Apple tools, making it an ideal choice for those of you who work with both a PC and an iPhone.

MyThoughts: Designed for Mac OS X, MyThoughts offers a range of features include branch styles, drag and drop, and a media browser. As can be expected with most products native to Apple, the user interface is uncluttered and intuitive, so it’s easy to get started.

Scapple: Another OS X tool, Scapple is designed specifically for writers. It enables users to map out their thoughts and ideas organically, making connections that might not necessarily occur while typing away on a traditional Word document.

Mobile Apps

Mind Map Memo: Available on Google Play, Mind Map Memo was nominated for the R25 Android App Award 2012 and has been praised for its simplicity.

iBlueSky: An app for iPads, iPhones and iPod Touch, iBlueSky promises to deliver an attractive, universal interface.

MindNode Pro: An iPhone app for “organising your life”, MindNode Pro also utilises iCloud sharing, so you can pick up mind maps and start brainstorming at the touch of a button on any of your devices.

Maptini: This is a collaborative mind mapping app that lets you work on brainstorms with colleagues, classmates and peers, whether you are in the same room or on opposite sides of the world.