Version 2.4.0 – Released 11 June 2024

See what’s new in this video

  • Spotlight Search support – use Spotlight to search for text in mind maps – including notes.
  • Sort Children: sorts child topics alphabetically. Note: topic positions are only adjusted when in auto layout. Available from Topic Toolbar (see customization below)
  • Customize Topic Toolbar – show only the commands relevant to you on the topic toolbar.
  • Importing the basics of iThoughts files (*.itmz): hierarchy, text, notes, navigation links, icons and images in topics as well as crosslink relations.


Version 2.3

Version 2.3.4 – Released 3 April 2024

  • Service Update: many minor improvements and bug fixes.

Version 2.3.3 – Released 7 March 2024

  • New Layout Mode picker on iPad.
  • Improved contrast in Auto Focus and Search modes.
  • Compatibility problems with iOS17 and older versions fixed.
  • Updated built-in Dropbox integration ensuring continued support.
  • Service Update: many minor improvements and bug fixes.

Version 2.3.2 – Released 23 januari 2024

  • iOS 12 related crash fixed.

Version 2.3.0 – Released 8 January 2024

  • Switch to another layout inside an auto layout. For example start in horizontal layout and switch to a linear layout. Watch the video or read more…
    Switch to a different layout
  • Labels are included in outline exports and when copying as text.
  • On iPad: customize toolbar commands.
  • On iPhone: “Full Screen” command available on toolbar.
  • General improvements and minor bug fixes.


Version 2.2 – Released 28 August 2023

  • New Matrix auto layout
    • The matrix layout is ideal for compactly displaying your mind map.
      Matrix layout in different stylesheets
    • As in all layouts you can add checkboxes, icons, links etc to the topics.
      Meeting Matrix Exmple
    • Create multiple matrices and connect the topics with crosslinks.
      Multiple matrices
    • Read how to apply a layout.
  • Add Labels in Topics to add additional information inside the topic. Read more…
    Add labels in topics

    • Change the order by using drag and drop, or via the Label Toolbar.
  • Automatic Left/Right Text Alignment in auto-layouts. Optionally disable this via Preferences – General.
    Automatic Left Right Text Alignment
  • Create a New Mind Map from what’s copied to your Clipboard.
  • Use custom fonts. Select your downloaded custom fonts in Preferences – Fonts.
  • Turkish Language supported.
  • General improvements and minor bug fixes.


Version 2.1 – Released 11 April 2023

  • Images can be cropped to a shape via Element Style.
    Crop to shape
  • You can now add multiple cross-links between any two topics.
    new feature add crosslink to parent
  • …and add cross-links between parent and child topics.
    New feature Add crosslink to parent
  • Use ChatGPT to help you create mind maps. We have added features to streamline exchanging information between ChatGPT and SimpleMind. Read more in this post or in this support article.
  • Creating a new mind map on iCloud Drive lets you input the file name.
  • Full text search on iCloud Drive supported
  • Bugs fixed:“New mind map from selection” works on Mind Maps stored in Files
  • In addition to the the SimpleMind Viewer for Mac and Windows, SimpleMind for iPad&iPhone (free edition) can now be used as a viewer making it easier to share your mind map with people who do not have a paid edition of SimpleMind. Read more…


Version 2.0
Released 9 January 2023

  • We redesigned the way SimpleMind works with Mind Map files, making it easier for you to find, open and save your files. Read more…
  • Native iCloud support. Choose to store mind maps directly in iCloud
  • Link to mind maps and documents in iCloud
  • iOS 16 supported
  • General improvements and minor bug fixes.


Version 1.32 – Released 7 September 2022

  • Version 1.32.1 – Released 10 September 2022
    • iOS 11 and 12 related crash fixed.
  • “Add Image in Topic” or “Add Image” adds the image directly to the mind map. No need to select thumbnail size or the linked image size. Read more…
  • The image now maintains the same quality when resizing. Enlarging the image increases the number of pixels ensuring your newly added image still looks good.
    New features
  • An “Image in Topic”, this used to be called embedded image, can be as large as 640*640.
  • Adding images results in large mind maps, this can take longer to sync.
  • “Add Linked Image” adds an image as in previous versions: a thumbnail in the mind map opens the full-size image.
  • Use Preferences to set the default size and density for new images.
  • On iPad, view and edit Notes in a Note panel on the right side of the screen. Use “Note” in the menu to open or close the panel.
    New feature Note panel iPad
  • Linking to documents is now available in the Local and the Files tab. Add links to documents on your device or iCloud etc., links can be opened on that device only.
    New feature Links
  • Linking to mind maps is now available in the Files tab as well. Links can be opened on that device only.
  • Improved look of Labels.
    New features rounded labels
  • SimpleMind supports Quick Look thumbnails and previews. When using the Files app (or other apps that support Quick Look) you’ll see a thumbnail or preview for .smmx Mind Map files.
  • In Preferences disable “Center Connected Central themes” to show the bracket like shape. This bracket will be applied when using a free form or horizontal layout, with a “baseline” or “right-left” connection and has a border. An example of this is “Naturals+Colors”.

    new features center connecten
  • General improvements and minor bug fixes.


Version 1.31 – Released 10 January 2022

  • The style sheets have been updated with a fresh new look.

  • The built-in style sheets support dark mode, meaning if you switch to dark mode the style sheet will as well.

  • Change the default style sheet setting using the settings button in style sheets. Optionally use classic styles if you prefer the previous style sheets.
  • When making your own stylesheets you can set set levels for topics and relations. For example, set the first 2 topic levels to “rounded” and the rest to “none”.
    new features in custom stylesheet
  • Advanced search added. Search for checked state, any or a specific icon and topics with a date range.
  • Topics have more padding and there is more room in-between icons, checkboxes, topic text and links — making it easier to read and maintain oversight.
    More room inside topic
  • The hide tool will be displayed in central themes (if “display hide tool for topics” is checked in Preferences – Advanced Options – Topic Tools)
  • General improvements and minor bug fixes.

SimpleMind is also available for Mac and Windows.
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Version 1.30.0 – Released 11 October 2021

  • Version 1.30.3 – Released 8 November 2021
    • Edit (embedded) Apple Pencil drawings made with 1.30.3.
    • Support for screenshots to capture the entire mind map as a Full Page PDF.
    • Minor bugs fixed
  • Watch Video on Youtube Use the Apple pencil to add drawings as images.
  • Use the keyboard accessory toolbar to quickly add a drawing as a new topic.
    iPad add drawing as topic
  • Use the new Full Screen Button to easily switch to full screen on iPad. Long press for options.
    ipad full screen editing
  • Improved look of topics with borders in the Natural Stylesheets.
  • The icon inspector shows recently used icons and all icons used in this mind map.
    iPad recently used icons
  • Reorder stocks icons and stylesheets by tapping on “edit”, next use drag and drop.
  • Google Drive now includes “Shared with me”. This shows files and folders that you do not own, but that have been shared with you. In SimpleMind navigate to the root of Google Drive to see the folder “My Drive” and “Shared with me”.
    shared with me
  • Word wrap improved for far east languages.
  • Maximum thumbnail size increased to 640 pixels.
    Note! Adding large thumbnails can slow down performance and take longer to sync.
  • Thumbnails can be locked to a fixed position via the lock icon. This is especially useful when working on small devices.On smaller devices use two-finger-swipe to move the mind map when you see only the thumbnail and the image is not locked.
  • Swipe from the side to open the list with mind maps. Swipe from other side to open the inspector.
  • Improvements to the look and feel of mind maps.
  • Voice memos can be used in built-in clouds only.
  • General improvements and minor bug fixes.


Version 1.29 – Released 3 May 2021

  • Version 1.29.1 – Released 3 June 2021
    • Auto Derive Stroke Color added to Style Inspector
    • Minor bugs fixed
  • New brainstorm bar: designed to quickly get ideas on the canvas. It frees you from having to think about where each idea belongs within your mind map, and enables you to focus on idea generation. Once done, order your ideas using drag and drop. Read more…
  • InApp unlocked Pro functionality now supports Family Sharing