Version 2.4.0 – Coming soon

  • 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.
  • Importing the basics of iThoughts files (*.itmz): hierarchy, text, notes and images in topics.
  • Command “Copy Link to Topic” now also places a link on the system clipboard. You can use that link in external applications such as Hookmark.
  • Improved topic tools positions – making it easier to use check boxes in tight layout schemes.


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

  • Improved contrast in Auto Focus and Search modes.
  • Press Ctrl while dragging a label to suppress nesting the label inside the topic.
  • Compatibility problems with MacOS Sonoma and older versions fixed.
  • Service Update: many minor improvements and bug fixes.

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.
  • Adjust Note panel font size in Preferences | Fonts
  • General improvements and minor bug fixes.


Version 2.2 – Released 28 August 2023

  • 30 September 2023: Version 2.2.1 Compatibility update for MacOS 14.0 Sonoma released
  • 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
  • Easily create a New Mind Map from what’s copied to your Clipboard. Available from the template picker in “New Mind Map”.
    New mind map from clipboard
  • Read only mode supported, redesigned commands for “View” – “Full screen” and “View” – “Read Only”.
  • Turkish Language supported.
  • General improvements and minor bug fixes.


Version 2.1 – Released 11 April 2023

  • Version Version 2.1.2 – Released 27 June 2023
    • Includes the Mind Map Explorer for the AppStore edition as well.
    • Optionally show the directory based Mind Map Explorer. Read how…
      New feature Mind Map explorer
  • 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.
  • Optionally open Mind Maps in Tabs – instead of opening in new windows. Enable via Preferences – General.
  • The File – Open panel shows a “New Document” button, allowing you to create a new mind map rather than opening an existing one.
  • Ctrl+Cmd+F keyboard shortcut for toggle full screen mode has been restored.
  • 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…

Crucial information for existing users
The built-in explorers, where you see your mind maps, have been removed.

  • The first time you start SimpleMind 2.0, you will be asked where you want to store your current local mind maps. This can be any directory, including iCloud Drive. All your local mind maps will be moved to that location.
  • If you stored mind maps in a built-in cloud, i.e. Dropbox, install the cloud app (for example the Dropbox app). The cloud app syncs the mind maps and shows these in Finder.
  • Open mind maps via the main menu – “File” – “Open…” or use Finder.

New Features

  • Each (new) mind map is opened in a new window.
  • Add links to any Mind Map, for example a Mind Map stored in iCloud.
    • Link to a mind map, a document, a webpage, contact or link to a topic.
    • This also applies to the AppStore edition, however links work on that device only because of Apple’s security measures.
    • The link to a mind map opens in a new window.
  • Control+Click the SimpleMind icon in dock to display a shortcut menu of actions.
  • To see your recently opened mind maps use the main menu – “File” – “Open Recent”.
  • Use “File” – “Add to Favorites” to add the mind map to favorites.
  • Use “File” – “Favorites” to see a list (with thumbnails) of the mind maps you have added to Favorites.
  • Use “File” – “Search in Directories” to search for Mind Maps. The first time you use this, add the directories you want SimpleMind to search in.
  • The history button in the toolbar has been removed.
  • Topic Properties has been removed. Tip! Use Control+Enter to add linebreaks in topics.
  • The note tool opens the Note inspector on the right size of your screen.


Version 1.32 – Released 7 September 2022

  • Version 1.32.1 – Released 7 November 2022
    • Bugs reported on v1.32.0 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.
  • Improved look of Labels.
    New features rounded labels
  • SimpleMind supports Quicklook thumbnails. This means when using Finder (or other apps that support Quicklook) you’ll see a thumbnail of your Mind Map.
  • 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.
    Fresh look for stylesheets in 1.31
  • The built-in style sheets support dark mode, meaning if you switch to dark mode the style sheet will as well.

    Dark Mode
  • Change the default style sheet setting using the settings button in style sheets. Optionally use classic styles if you prefer the previous style sheets.
  • Making your own custom style sheets has been made easier with the new stylesheet editor.
  • 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
  • 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 – General Options – Topic Tools)
  • General improvements and minor bug fixes.

SimpleMind is also available for iPad&iPhone and Android.
Read more…


Version 1.30 – Released 11 October 2021

  • Version 1.30.2 – Released 15 October 2021
    • Bugs reported on v1.30.0 fixed
  • Use the new Full Screen Button to easily switch to full screen editing.
    Mac 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.
    Icon history and all icons used in this mind map
  • Reorder stocks icons and stylesheets by tapping on “edit”, next use drag and drop. (MacOS 10.13+)
  • 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.
  • Thumbnails can be locked to a fixed position via the lock icon.
  • Improvements to the look and feel of mind maps.
  • 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…