iPad – Brainstorming/MindmappingBy
Now that you’ve got the basics covered and you’re no longer tethered to your desk, you’re going to want a way to capture all of the fabulous ideas that pop into your brain when you’re out and about, whether you’re hiking the Appalachian Trail or just lounging, iPad in hand, on your back deck. Fortunately, the iPad seems to be custom made for brainstorming. As it’s been said before…there’s an app for that! In fact, there are several mind mapping and/or brainstorming apps that are worth checking out, even if you’re a linear-type. Here are a few apps that caught my eye:
- iBrainstorm. (Free) Think of a huge corkboard with the ability to free-hand draw, stick on Post-It notes (in different colors, of course!), move, edit, and more… then you’ve got a good idea of what iBrainstorm enables. It’s perfect for visual thinkers who like the ability to group ideas together, freely move and edit, and send the results via email.
- iBrainstorm Companion.This is the coolest collaboration brainstorming app I’ve seen. You can work with up to four folks with iPhones to brainstorm ideas via iBrainstorm and “flick” them to the iPad for compiling, saving, and sharing.
- Popplet ($4.99, free “lite” version available.) This is my mindmapper of choice. I love the ability to create flow charts and linked visual representations, including photos, text, and more. The linear bubbles and automatically linked bubbles appeal to my Type-A personality. And it’s fun to change colors! Oh, of course you can email it to yourself.