- Central theme: This is the start of the mind map. It's the title, the subject, a problem or just a thought. Starting from the central theme, add topics. This creates a hierarchy of topics, with the central theme as the ultimate parent.
- Relation: A relation is the line that connects the parent topic to the child topic. It visualizes the hierarchical relation between the two topics.
- Cross link: A line that connects any two topics that are not hierarchically connected.
- Collapse/Expand tool : Collapses or expands a branch.
- Topic toolbar tool: Click to show the topic toolbar. This toolbar has the command you use most often, for example adding images, copy or paste.
- Note tool : Adds a note to the topic.
- Node-well: Adds new topics or cross links.
- Word wrap tool: Adds and removes line breaks.
- Rotate tool: Rotates the topic's branch.
- Sibling tool: This adds a sibling topic, a topic with the same parent as the selected topic.
Note! Not all features are available in SimpleMind Lite/Free. See the main differences between Free and Pro on this page.
Add topics to build your mind map.
- Add a child topic with a single tap on the "add topic tool" or use "Tab".
- To add a sibling, use the "add sibling tool" or "Enter". This adds a new topic to the selected topic's parent.
- Add another central theme by double-tapping in empty space when nothing is selected.
- Insert a topic in between two existing topics by using the "Insert Topic" command from the (drop-down) menu. (Not available for iPhone)
Place topics freely
Add new topics anywhere you want in free form layout.
Select a topic and double tap on an empty space. This adds a new child topic where you double tapped. Alternatively, drag and release the add topic tool or add sibling tool . SimpleMind adds the topic where you release the tool.
BrainstormTo brainstorm add multiple central themes. Those central themes do not connect to each other. Add as many as you want without regard to hierarchy and structure. When done, drag and drop to create a structure.
Double tap a topic to edit the topic text. Stop editing by tapping outside the text editor or press escape.
SimpleMind for Android: Long press the add sibling tool to change it to the "Edit Text" tool. Tapping the edit text tool is equivalent to double tapping the topic.Tip: Read about formatting text (bold, italic and more).
If you type longer texts, add linebreaks or use the word wrap tool.
Add line breaks when you type.A linebreak breaks the line you type and starts a new line. An additional line break creates a paragraph.
Desktop: Use Alt+Enter or Ctrl+Enter to insert a line break.
Android & iPad/iPhone: Use Enter.
Word wrap tool
The word wrap tool adds line breaks to text. This makes the topic look less wide. Long press the word wrap tool to automatically wrap the topic.
The word wrap tool removes existing lines breaks before it adds new line breaks. It maintains paragraphs and lists. Those are recognized based on markdown syntax.
To delete topics and elements, select it. Next:
Desktop: use the Delete button.
iPad&iPhone and Android: use delete from the (overflow) menu. Or use the topic toolbar and cut .
Deleting a topic deletes the whole branch. SimpleMind Desktop: Delete a single topic via the the main menu - "edit" - "delete" - "delete single topic".
Deleting a cross-link or relation does not delete topics.
To move one or more topics to a different location, select and drag the topics.
To move an entire branch, long press before dragging. This selects the whole branch.
In free form layout, move topics around freely. Place the topics exactly where you want them to be.
In auto layout, you cannot move topics around freely. The topics are placed by the auto layout. Use drag and drop to rearrange the topic order.
Tip! SimpleMind Desktop: Press Shift to select the entire branch without the long press delay.
The rotate tool rotates the selected topic's branches. To rotate the entire mind map, use the rotate tool on the central theme.
Long press the rotate tool for additional options, for example, to flip topics.
Rotate is only available in free form layout.
SimpleMind makes it easy to reconnect topics to another parent topic. To do so,
- Drag the topic and drop it on the new parent topic.
To keep the relative positions in free form layout, long press before dragging.
- Or select the relation leading from the topic to its parent topic, and drag and drop the reconnect tool to the new parent topic.
- The free form layout allows you to organize your ideas exactly how you want it. Manually place topics anywhere you like, in positions that you feel visualizes best the relations with other topics.
- The auto-layout automatically places and (re)arranges the topics for you. When you add more topics, topics move to make room.
|Free Form layout:
Place topics anywhere you like.
|Horizontal layout||Vertical layout|
Arranges all topics in one vertical list.
|Auto layout - Top down layout:
Arranges the main topics into multiple vertical lists.
Choose different layout
- New mind maps:
Change the layout for all new mind maps via "Preferences" - "General Options". This will not affect existing mind maps.
- Free form layout to auto-layout:
Select a topic, tap the topic toolbar and layout icon . All child topics will be shown in the auto layout.
- Auto layout to any other layout:
Click the topic where the auto layout starts. This topic is marked with a fork like symbol. Usually, this is the central theme. Next tap the topic toolbar and layout icon .
If a branch has an auto layout, changing the layout of any of the child topics is not possible. To combine multiple auto layouts in a single mind map start with a free form layout. Next, apply different layouts to the main topics. Or use multiple central themes.
Select multiple elements to move, or customize, all the selected elements in one go.
You can select either topics, or relations or images or labels. Selected elements show a thick border.
- Click to select a single element.
- Long press an element to select a single branch or use shift+click.
- To include or exclude a single element, use Control+click (Windows) or Command+click (Mac).
- To include or exclude an entire branch, use Control/Command+long press.
- Rectangular lasso selection: Control+Drag (Windows) or Command+Drag (Mac) selects, Shift+Command/Control+Drag extends selection.
- Click in empty space (or press Escape) to exit multiple selection.
iPad&iPhone and Android:
- Tap to select a single element.
- Long press an element to start the multiple selection.
- When in multiple selection mode, single tap to include or exclude an element. Long press to include or exclude an entire branch.
- Rectangular lasso selection: Long press in empty space to start and drag to select.
- Tap in empty space to exit multiple selection.
Add one or more images to your mind map.
To do so, select a topic. Tap the topic toolbar and tap the image icon . Select the image type:
- "Normal" image
This adds a thumbnail of your image outside the topic. The thumbnail has no visible connection to the topic. Double tap to view the full-size image.
- Embedded image
This adds an image inside the topic.
- A topic with an embedded image
This adds a new transparent child topic without borders. It only shows the image.
Storing the full-size imageWhen adding a "normal" image, choose how to store the full-size image:
- Include in Mind Map file: SimpleMind stores a copy of the full-size image in your mind map file. This means you can always see the full-size image, even when you share the mind map with someone else. However, this increases the size of your mind map file. Large mind maps can take very long to synchronize via clouds. It helps to limit the full-size image.
- Link to source: The thumbnail links back to the original image's current location, for example on your device or on a cloud. If the location is on your device, the full-size image is not available on other devices.
- Upload to Cloud: A copy of the full-size image is uploaded to the cloud. The thumbnail links to this cloud link and the image can be opened on other devices that have access to the same cloud.
- After adding the image, drag the resize tool to increase or decrease the image or thumbnail size. When you increase the image, the resolution will decrease.
- Use drag and drop to add an image. (SimpleMind Desktop or iOs11 or higher)
- Images are anchored to their topic: if you move the topic, images move along with it. Drag and drop the image to another topic to anchor the image to that other topic. In free form layout drag an image and move it anywhere on the mind map. In auto layout drag an image to change the distance between the topic and the image.
Use Notes to add text to a topic without cluttering the mind map.
To add a note, tap the note tool .
Once added, the topic shows a small yellow note marker in the top right corner of the topic.
Labels and call-outs are floating text elements. They are not part of the mind map's hierarchical structure. This means a label, unlike a topic, does not have a parent topic or child topics.
Use a label to label relations or to add comments.
To add a label to a topic or relation, tap the toolbar and select the label icon. A topic may have an unlimited amount of labels.
- A label is a floating element, move it to any position you like.
- Labels are anchored to a topic or relation. Move the topic and the labels move along with it. If you do not want the labels to move when you move a topic, add the labels to the central theme.
- Drag and drop a label on another topic to anchor the label to the other topic. Is it not possible to drop a label on a relation.
- Change a Label to a Call-out via it's toolbar.
Add icons to topics via the topic toolbar. An icon is small image shown inside the topic.
SimpleMind has over one hundred built-in stock icons. If needed, you can add your own custom icons. Each stock icon can be added as a small icon or as a large icon. A topic has one icon at most.
- SimpleMind Desktop: Add icons via the tab in the inspector panel. If you do not see the inspector, use the main menu - "View" - "Show Icons". Tap any icon to add it to the selected topic.
- iPad & iPhone and Android: Select the topic and tap the toolbar icon . Then, from the topic toolbar tap the icon button . Tap any icon to add it to the selected topic.
Adding custom icons
To add custom icons open the icon picker and select the "Custom Icons" tab.
- Desktop: At the bottom toolbar click "Edit Icons". This enables the edit mode. Use "Add" to select one or more images. Click "Edit Icons" again to exit the edit mode.
- iPad/iPhone: Tap "Edit Custom Icons". This opens the custom icon editor. On the top toolbar tap "+" to add a new icon, for example from the camera roll. Tap "Back" to exit the custom icons editor.
- Android: Use the commands in the top toolbar: "Image from Gallery", "Take a small picture" or "Image from file".
Add checkboxes, progress bars or roll-up progress bars to topics. To add this, select from the topic toolbar
You can check or uncheck a checkbox. A progress bar is different, this sets progress gradually (0 to 100 percent).
The roll-up progress automatically calculates the total progress of the branch.
A group border visually groups topics by drawing a line around those topics.
To display a group border, use the topic toolbar and select the group border icon . Next select group border or branch border.
- Around any group of topics.
- Customize colors and shape easily.
- Click the group border to select it and;
- delete it
- use the toolbar to customize.
- add or remove topics with the icon.
- Always around the whole branch.
- The branch border’s colors are auto-derived from the topic’s fill color and the mind map’s background color.
Collapase and expand topics
Collapse topics to keep oversight in large maps. When a topic is collapsed, the whole branch is hidden. Expand is the reverse of collapse. Tap the collapse tool to either collapse or expand its child topics.
Long press the tool for additional options like collapse children, full expand, etc.
Hide and show topics
Rather than collapsing a topic, use the hide/show tool to hide and show (child-)topics one by one. To hide, select the relation (line) and tap . To show, tap the show tool .
Long press the tool for more options options
Display hide tool
Unlike the collapse/expand tool, the hide/show tool is not shown when you select a topic. You can change this in "Preferences" - "General Options".
Learn more in this video:
SimpleMind for iPad&iPhone and SimpleMind for Android support adding one or more video recordings to a topic.
To add a video recording, select the topic you want to add the video to. Use the topic toolbar and select the image icon .
Tap “Add image” and “Record Movie”.
Once done, SimpleMind adds an image with a thumbnail of the video in the mind map. Double tap the thumbnail to play back the video.
SimpleMind stores the video recordings in a cloud or locally on your device. This depends on where the mind map is stored.Voice Memo
Add a voice memo to a topic to record and play back audio.
To add a voice memo, select a topic. Use the topic toolbar and tap the voice memo icon .
After recording, SimpleMind shows a voice memo icon in the topic. Tap this icon to play back the voice memo.
Note! SimpleMind for iPad&iPhone:
Adding voice memo’s is possible only when using a built-in cloud. Because of Apple’s security, it is not possible to store/open the recorded file on your device.
SimpleMind for Desktop plays back voice memos recorded with SimpleMind mobile editions.
How a mind map looks is controlled by styles. The styles control everything, such as colors, topics, lines, font size and more.These styles are hierarchical.
Note! The layout of a mind map, how topics are organized, is set via layouts.
Top level. The style sheet controls most of what you see in the mind map. When no other style settings are applied, the Style Sheet defines the appearance of the mind map.
Select any of the default style sheets, or create your own custom style sheet.
Mind Map Style:
Use the mind map style to redefine aspects of the selected style sheet, for that mind map only.
For example, to change the background color for one mind map. Or the color of the relations.
Use the element style to redefine the appearance for a single element. For example, to make one crosslink red.
Additionally, set Preferences that operate on a global level for all mind maps.
A style sheet contains a complete definition for a mind map’s appearance. It defines a color scheme and sub-styles for topics and relations. SimpleMind has a set of good looking built-in style sheets to quickly change the look of your mind map. Or create your custom style sheets.
To select a style sheet:
Desktop: Use the style sheet drop down in the style toolbar or use the inspector (right side of the screen).
iPad/iPhone: Tap from the toolbar or tap “Style”.
Android: Tap from the toolbar or “Select Style” from the overflow menu.
Create custom style sheets
Create your own custom style sheet to suit your needs perfectly. Change anything, colors, line styles, topics, crosslinks. The custom style sheets appear in the style sheet list, just like the built-in style sheets.
Create a custom style sheet by first selecting one that resembles it.
Desktop: Use in the style toolbar or use the inspector (right side of the screen). Click the "Edit select style sheet" button. Customize and click "save" or "save as".
iPad/iPhone: Tap from the toolbar or tap “Style”. Tap "Edit". Select a style sheet. Tap the "edit style" icon at the bottom. Name the style sheet, customize and tap "Save".
Android: Tap the style sheet tool from the toolbar or “Select Style” from the overflow menu. Tap action bar next to the style sheet and tap [+]. Name the style sheet, customize and tap "OK".
Level based or branch based style sheets
Style sheets can either apply the color scheme per level or per branch.
A level based style applies colors per level like so:
A branch based style applies colors per branch like so:
Note: if you change a topic’s color in a branch based style, this affects the whole branch, unless a child defines its own customized color.
- Auto numbering,
- Background color,
- Custom checkbox color,
Without a custom checkbox color, topic checkboxes are tinted according to the topic colors. Note: Defining (near) white as custom checkbox color results in plain black and white checkboxes,
- The way hierarchical relations connect to topics (centered, baseline or left-right).
To fine-tune your mind map, use the Element Style.
An element can be a topic, label, relation or crosslink. Unlike mind map style or a style sheet, this changes the selected elements only.
To use it, select (multiple) elements. Tap the toolbar and select .Tips:
- SimpleMind for Desktop has a style toolbar (view - toggle style toolbar).
- When using a Branch based Style Sheet, changing a topic’s color affects the whole branch.
Rather than selecting the same custom combinations over and over again, use presets. A presets can apply multiple customizations in one click. SimpleMind has multiple presets, or create your own custom presets.Use a style preset
- Desktop: Use the presets button from the style toolbar (star icon).
- Android & iPad/iPhone: To apply a style preset, tap from the topic toolbar.
- The eraser preset clears the element’s style customization.
- Desktop: Select a customized element. Click “add a new preset” (star with +)
- iPad/iPhone: Tap the element toolbar and tap . Tap edit (iPad/iPhone) and the + icon. Select the custom attributes. Tap save.
- Android: Tap the element’s toolbar and select . Select the custom attributes and tap "Add as style preset".
Windows: To format text in Notes use the toolbar in Notes. Change whole topics and whole labels via the style toolbar.
Mac: Select the text and via the menu use Style – Font.
iPad: Select the text. Use the toolbar of your keyboard. “A” toggles toolbar between typography and tools.
iPhone: Select the text and use the context menu.
Android: Select the text and use the (overflow) menu.
Note, use the word wrap tool to add line breaks.
- or angled.
The path is defined in the style sheet. You can change this with a custom style sheet, via Mind Map Style or per relation. Read more about that here.
In free form layout drag a relation line to manually adjust the path. Use the relation toolbar to clear the manually adjusted path. In an auto layout it's possible only to drag crosslink lines.
Note for smaller mobile devices: First enable “Draggable relation lines” in Preferences.
Change settings that apply to all mind maps in Preferences. For example, fonts, snap options, general options and image options.
To open the preferences:
Desktop: Select from the main menu “SimpleMind” → “Preferences”.
iPad/iPhone and Android: Select “Preferences” from the drop down/ overflow menu.
Fonts are defined in Preferences. Using the default fonts assures mind maps look identical across platforms and devices. If you do adjust the default global fonts on one device, select the same fonts on other devices to assure shared/synchronized mind maps look identical.
Tip! Do not increase the font size. Instead, use change the editor scale factor. This makes the font look bigger (or smaller).
The editor scale factor changes the scale used at 100% zoom level. Adjusting the editor scale factor, rather than adjusting font sizes, assures your mind maps look identical across all devices.
Snap options assist in aligning topics when you use a free form layout. SimpleMind supports:
- Snap to grid When snap to grid is enabled, the topic aligns or “snaps to” the grid position, even though the grid itself is not visible. This is useful for accurate placement of topics.
- Snap to guidelines Guidelines help align topics. When enabled, SimpleMind displays guidelines when a topic aligns with another topic. The guidelines are only displayed when you move a single topic around. See the video below. In most cases, the combination of “center horizontal” and “center vertical” guidelines works best. Topics always keep the same center, even when you edit the topic text or change the font(size). This means that when you use “Center”, topics stay aligned. Another useful combination is to horizontal align left and right sides combined with center vertical. However, when you change the topic text (or font size), you need to re-align the left or right edges.
Select “Snap Options” in Preferences to change the options.
The outline view shows the mind map as a hierarchical list, checklist, to do list, done list or date list.
Desktop: Click the outline icon in the inspector (right side of the screen). Or via the main menu – “View” – “Show outline”
iPad/iPhone and Android: Select “Outline” from the menu.
Hierarchical viewDrag and drop to reorder topics. If the mind map has an auto layout, the topics in the mind map will be moved as well. In free form layout this will change the topic order only.
Check listShows only topics with checked and unchecked checkboxes. Click to check or uncheck.
To Do listShow topics with unchecked checkboxes only.
Done listShows topics with checked checkboxes only.
Date listShows topics with a date only, sorted by date.
Easily create and play a slideshow presentation with SimpleMind. To start, open the slideshow view.
SimpleMind for Desktop: Use the inspector or the main menu – “View” – “Show slides”.
iPad and Android tablets: select “Slideshow” from the menu.
Note! This feature is not available for phones.
Create a default Slide Show in one tap
Tap the "Add default slides" button and SimpleMind creates a slide for each branch.
Start the presentation by clicking "Start Slide Show". Or use "Export Slides" to export all slides as .png images. SimpleMind creates a .zip with all the .png images for your convenience.
Create a custom slideshow
Select one or more topics and tap "Add Slide".
Or start with default slides and add slides where you want. The new slide will be added after the last selected slide. Reorder the slides by using drag and drop.
See more in this video
- Changed your mind map? For example, you made a topic red? No need to start over. Simply select the slide and click the "retake slide" button.
- Long press "Add slides" or "Delete" for more options.
- Select a parent topic and Use "Show Childeren sequentially". This will add new slides, starting with the parent, next the parent and topic 1, next parent and topic 1 and 2 etc.
Autofocus is designed to help you focus on your ideas. It removes all the distractions while mind mapping by focussing only on the topics you are working on. You can apply it to:
- selected topic(s) only
- the selected topic(s) and the children (see image below)
- the selected branch
- lock autofocus on the selected branch. This helps you focus on one branch only, without any distractions.
- Optionally check “include cross-linked topics”
Mac: Click the autofocus button on the toolbar, or use the main menu “Zoom” → “Auto Focus”.
Windows: Select “Autofocus” from the status bar (bottom of the screen), or use the main menu “Zoom” → “Auto Focus”.
iPad/iPhone and Android: Select “Autofocus” from the menu.
SimpleMind can search for mind maps, or search inside a mind map.
Search for mind maps
This is used to find and open a mind map quickly.
First select the storage, for example, Local or Dropbox. Type the text in the search bar in the toolbar. SimpleMind shows a list with the found mind maps. Tip: Long press the search icon to select “Search Titles” or “Full Text Search”.
Search text in an opened mind map
Use this to find topics or labels with a specific text. All other topics/labels will be faded, so the found topics and labels stand out. The search also applies to the outliner.
Mac: Command+F (Mac) and enter text.
Windows: Control+F (Windows) and enter text.
iPad/iPhone/Android: Select “search” from the (overflow) menu and enter text.
Tip: Use the arrows in the search window to move from the first found topic/label to the next and so forth.
Search in an opened mind map – advanced (Desktop only)
The advanced search can also filter topics by (un)checked state, a specific icon, before a date or after a date. Filters can be combined, so you can look for a topic with an unchecked state and a red flag icon (see image below).
Long press the search tool and check “advanced search”.
SimpleMind for Desktop can open mind maps in multiple windows.
To open the mind map in a new window, use the main manu “View” – “Open in New Window” or use the shortcut Command+O (Mac) or Control+O (Windows).
- When opening the same mind map twice, the second mind map will be read-only and has a watermark lock.
- On Windows, customize the mind map explorer toolbar and main toolbar to add a button “Open in New Window”. Right-click – Customize.
Select a topic and tap the toolbar icon to bring up the topic toolbar.
The topic toolbar contains these topic related commands: (not all commands are available on all platforms)
|Copy - copies the selected topic and branch to the clipboard.|
|Cut - cuts the selected topic and branch to the clipboard.|
|Paste - the pasted topics are added as a child to the selected topic. iPad/iPhone: Long press for options "Paste as Central Theme" and "Paste text as list".|
|Select palette color or style preset.|
|Topic properties and topic style.|
|Adjust the topic style.|
|Add an icon.|
|Add an image. On Android and iPad/iPhone you can also record a video.|
|Add a label or a call-out.|
|Add a navigation link.|
|Record a voice memo. SimpleMind for iPad/iPhone and Android only.|
|Select checkboxes or progress bars.|
|Display a group border or branch border.|
|Change the layout.|
|Add a cross-link.|
|Delete the relation. (mobile devices only. Desktop use the Delete button.)|
|Adjust the relation style.|
|Clear style customization.|
|Clear the manually adjusted path.|
|Add a label.|
|Send to back - rearranges the image behind other images in the same containing topic.|
|Bring to front - rearranges the image before other images in the same containing topic.|
|Copy - copies the selected image to the clipboard. Use "paste" from the topic toolbar to paste the image into another topic.|
|Edit Image Link - change the image link that is opened when double-tapping the thumbnail.|
|Change Image - select a different image or photo.|
|Rotate - rotate the image. Use the two-finger rotate gesture (iPad/iPhone only).|
We like to keep it simple. You need one license per platform and you pay only for what you need.
SimpleMind is available on four platforms:
- iPad & iPhone
For example, you want to use SimpleMind on Android and Windows. Only buy a license "SimpleMind for Android" and a license "SimpleMind for Windows".
SimpleMind is a one-time purchase, there are no subscriptions or monthly fees.
Click here for links to the stores
SimpleMind for Mac and/or Windows is sold by MyCommerce.
SimpleMind for iPad/iPhone is sold via Apple’s App Store only.
SimpleMind for Android is sold via Google Play only.
Click here for the links to the stores
Please note: When you purchase SimpleMind in Apple's App Store or the Google Play Store, their terms and conditions apply. You can ask a refund only in the first hour and only in that store.
- Simplified Chinese (not in SimpleMind for Android)
- Traditional Chinese (not in SimpleMind for Android)
See more examples, including how to mind map, here.
We made a list that compares the differences between the free edition and the paid edition.
There are two versions of SimpleMind for iPad & iPhone, SimpleMind+ and SimpleMind Pro+.
SimpleMind Pro+ is the paid edition.
Simplemind+, without in-app purchase, is the free edition. After in-app purchase SimpleMind+ has full functionality and is identical to SimpleMind Pro+.
The only difference is Apple’s family sharing. This is not available in SimpleMind+ because Apple made in-app purchases not available for family sharing.
- the SimpleApps edition as sold via our website
- the AppStore edition from Apple’s App Store
- linking to a file on your computer
- importing the bookmarks of a .pdf
- when opening mind maps directly from Finder, or a cloud app, you cannot open or create links to mind maps, links to documents or store full-size images in the cloud.
We like to keep it simple. You need one license per platform (Mac, Windows, Android and iPad & iPhone) and you pay only for the platforms you use. SimpleMind is sold at the sharpest price possible per platform. Always.
As a result, we don't have special discounts for students, resellers or existing client discounts.
SimpleMind for Mac and SimpleMind for Windows are both sold in the same store. Because of that, we can offer a combination pack or multiple desktop licenses at a large discount. Those prices are visible when you purchase SimpleMind Desktop. It's not possible to upgrade an existing license later.
How to (re)install SimpleMind depends on where you purchased SimpleMind.
- SimpleApps edition – Use the original download and activation e-mail to (re)install SimpleMind. Should you not have this, please contact us and include the original e-mail address and order number or a screenshot of SimpleMind – About.
- Mac App Store edition – Read how in Apple Support.
- If you purchased SimpleMind Pro+, install SimpleMind Pro+.
If you used in-app purchase in SimpleMind +, install SimpleMind+ on your other device and use "restore purchase".
- Read how in Apple Support.
- Read how in the Google Play Store help.
Tip! Make a back-up of local mind maps and import those on the new device.
Learn more about how licensing works.
SimpleMind Desktop Trial
- SimpleMind shares the mind maps and settings with the SimpleMind Trial. After installing the full version continue working where you left off, even if the trial expired.
- Transferring mind maps is neccesary only if you purchase SimpleMind for Mac in the AppStore.
SimpleMind +, Free or Lite
- Mac: SimpleMind Lite to Pro.
- iPad&iPhone: SimpleMind+ to Pro.
- Android: SimpleMind Free for Android will prompt you to transfer the mind maps. Should this not happen automatically, or if you declined, do this manually.
iPad&iPhone and Android
If editing is not possible, for example moving a topic, most likely you’ve zoomed out too much. Zooming out beyond a certain level will switch the mind map to read-only, this prevents unwanted changes.
Zoom in to bring back the normal functionality.
If you prefer to work zoomed out, you can adjust the editor scale in Preferences.
A trash can image in the mind map means the mind map is in the trash can.
Deleting a local mind map moves it to the local trash folder. To remind you that you’ve deleted this mind map, the mind map displays a trash can image. To get rid of this, move the mind map to any other folder. The same applies to mind maps accidentally created in the trash folder.
Use “Empty Trash” to completely and irreversibly delete the mind maps in the trash folder.
- SimpleMind won’t start, I see a window "Activating SimpleMind Pro".
This means you still need to activate SimpleMind. Check this video.
- I purchased SimpleMind Pro, but still see “30-day Trial has expired”.
The SimpleMind Trial and SimpleMind Pro are two different applications. Uninstall the trial, or on Mac, delete the SimpleMind trial.app. This will not delete your mind maps.
- I am unable to download/the download file is corrupt.
If you get an error message stating that the downloaded setup file is corrupt, this is either because the download was incomplete, or a virus scanner has blocked the download. You need to temporarily disable the virus scanner and re-download the setup.
Download and (re-)install is not handled by SimpleApps, but by the store where you purchased SimpleMind. If you have any problems, please contact the store for support.
Mind maps are not stored on our servers, nor do we have access to your mind maps or data. Therefore we cannot restore your mind maps.
If you stored the mind map on a cloud, you may be able to restore a previous version of your mind map via the cloud's website. Some clouds, like Dropbox, can even restore a deleted file.
To delete, rename or move mind maps, tap "Edit" in the mind map explorer. Select a mind map and tap the command at the bottom of the mind map list.
Or navigate to the mind map.Left swipe a little bit and tap "More" to rename, move or duplicate.
Tap "Delete" or left swipe completely to delete the mind map.
Tip! To copy an existing (local) mind map to "Files" use "Share" - "Open in.." and select Files. If the file is already stored on a cloud, you can also use the Files app itself to move mind maps.
This can happen when SimpleMind was not installed via the Google Play Store. For example, you used another app/store to install SimpleMind.
The only way to fix this is to install SimpleMind directly in the Google Play Store. First make a back-up of your local mind maps (if you have any). Remove the app and install again from the Google Play Store.
Note! If you use SimpleMind Free, it is not possible to make a back-up. Deleting SimpleMind will also delete your mind maps.
Security and privacy
We never share or sell your data. You’re our customer, not our product.
What data do we collect:
- SimpleMind for Mac (App Store), SimpleMind for iPhone&iPad and SimpleMind forAndroid:
The Play Store and the AppStore sell SimpleMind. We do not collect or have access to your personal data.
We do not have access to your mind maps or any related data (voice memos, images etc.).
- SimpleMind for Mac (SimpleApps edition) and SimpleMind for Windows:
MyCommerce sells SimpleMind and takes care of order processing and delivery. Similar to how you purchase a book from a bookshop, not from the author (us, SimpleApps). After your order is completed, MyCommerce forwards us your name, address, e-mail address and product keys. We store this in our customer database. We use this information to send you a copy of your registration details should you ever lose the original.
MyCommerce does not give use payment details, like credit card numbers. Your data is not shared with or sold to anyone else.
We do not have access to your mind maps or any related data (voice memos, images etc.).
- Access to microphone: required to add voice memos to topics. Recorded voice memos are uploaded to your cloud of choice. Never to our servers. We do not access the microphone for anything else.
- Access to Accounts (and identity): required to be able to authorize with Google Drive. This is actually a Google requirement. Connecting to Google Drive is the only place where SimpleMind accesses Accounts. If you don’t connect SimpleMind to Google Drive, SimpleMind won’t need access to Contacts.
- Access to Contacts: required to be able to add or open a link to a contact. If you don't link to contacts SimpleMind won’t need access to Contacts.
- Access to External Storage and Documents: required to be able to exchange data with other apps and to be able to store mind maps in the “External Directory”.
- Access to Internet and Network state: required to be able to synchronize with the built-in clouds.
- Install Shortcuts: required to be able to add a shortcut to a mind map on the start screen at user request.
Please contact us if you have a different question, or to send us feedback.
- Android: firstname.lastname@example.org
- iPad/iPhone: email@example.com
- Mac: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Windows: email@example.com
- or use the feedback button from within SimpleMind.
E-mail is the fastest way to reach us. We will answer your question as soon as possible.