Mind mapping, brainstorming, doodling… whatever your preferred term for the practice happens to be, it is what PerfectMind does. It lets you link your ideas and thoughts together – whether it’s a project for work or a recipe for the kitchen – and display them easily on screen, plotting and rearranging them as required. You can export your maps in a variety of formats from the main menu (including PDF and PNG). The interface doesn’t look too bad, but unfortunately the app doesn’t have much else going for it.
Not only are there plenty of other tools that do the same job in the App Store, PerfectMind is light on really useful features (you can’t change colours or shapes, for example, only pick from different themes) and has one or two glaring errors (such as the iCloud Share option). We experienced several unexplained crashes during use, as well. At least the interface is clean and straightforward, and the option to add icons to your bubbles is a nice touch. There is a slightly more advanced version available for Mac OS which you can pick up for £2.99/$4.99.
If you’re planning a novel or building up a complex to-do list then PerfectMind will do at a pinch (and it is free, after all). But we think that there are much better alternatives to be found out there, such as SimpleMind+. Gets the basic mind mapping tools right, but doesn’t off er much beyond that. •iPad+ | iOS 6.0 | Free | v1.2 http://bit.ly/perfectmindios
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