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.
  • Enable the Mind Map Explorer via Preferences – General Options and check in Application style: Single window with Explorer.
    Mind Maps Explorer
  • “Mail Mind Map” supports a wider range of MAPI enabled mail apps.
  • Command to show where the file is located has been added. Use File – Show in File Explorer.
  • “Favorites” button available on toolbar.
  • 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 a cloud directory. All your local mind maps will be moved to that location.
  • Open mind maps via the main menu – “File” – “Open Mind Map…” or use File Explorer.

New Features

  • Each (new) mind map is opened in a new window.
  • Use Alt+Tab to see all windows, or hoover over the SimpleMind icon in the taskbar.
  • To see your recently opened mind maps use the main menu – “File” – “Recent Files”.
  • Use “File” – “Share” – “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 from the topic toolbar.
  • The note tool Add notes 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 maintains the same quality when resizing. Increasing the image also increases the number of pixels ensuring your newly added image will still look good.
    New features
  • An Image in a topic, this used to be called embedded image, can be as large as 640*640.
  • Adding images results is 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 the density of the image shown in the mind map.
  • Improved look of Labels.
    New features rounded labels
  • 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.
    New look for stylesheets
  • The built-in style sheets support dark mode, meaning if you switch to dark mode the style sheet will as well.
    Light 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.
    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 – Advanced Options – Topic Tools)
  • Improvements to the advanced search mode.
  • General improvements and minor bug fixes.

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


Version 1.30 – Released 11 October 2021

  • Use the new Full Screen Button to easily switch to full screen editing.
  • Improved look of topics with borders in the Natural Stylesheets.
  • Word wrap improved for far east languages.
    Word wrap Far East Languages
  • Reorder stocks icons and stylesheets by tapping on “rearrange”, next use drag and drop.
  • 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…


Version 1.28

  • Version 1.28.3 – Released 3 March 2021
    • Thai translation
    • Minor bugs fixed
  • Version 1.28.0 – Released 7 Dec 2020
  • We have been very busy adding built-in OneDrive support on iPad/iPhone and Mac. All platforms now support OneDrive. Also on all platforms built-in Dropbox support has been updated to the latest API to ensure continued Dropbox cloud support.
  • Open linked mind map in new window: Shift+Click on link or keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+H.
  • Sort Local Mind Maps by name or date.
  • Second click on Inspector tab hides the inspector.
  • Clear history in the Files tab via the right click context menu, clears the history of opened files without deleting these files.


Version 1.27 – Released 24 August 2020

  • New Radial layout.
    Radial layout new feature
  • New Stylesheet “Colored Circles”, looks great with the new radial layout.
  • New Linear layout, great for making simple timelines.
    Blue steel stylesheet timeline layout
  • New Stylesheet “Blue Steel”, with a cool flat look.
  • The “external link” icon is tinted.
    Topic with link icon and checkbox
  • New Topic border styles: circle, left arrow, right arrow and parallelogram.
    Topic shapes and topics with custom width
  • The minimum width and height for topics can be set via element style or the new topic resize tool. This allows manual sizing of topics.
  • Enable the “topic resize tool” via Preferences | General | Topic Tools.
  • New keyboard shortcut “Remove checkbox” Shift+Ctrl+Space
  • New command: “View | Focus Editor”, default shortcut Shift+Ctrl+0
  • iPhoneLink removed
  • Bug fixes and other minor improvements


Version 1.26 – Released 21 April 2020

  • Open a blank mind map or start from a template.
    • 11 predefined templates available.

      new feature templates

    • Add your own templates. Read more…
  • Export topics with a date as .ics events. This can be imported in calendar apps. Read more…
  • Path style “rounded” added.
    Rounded lines
  • New layout directions for the List Layout: “Top – Right to Left” and “Top – Left to Right”.
  • Add new topics directly in outline. Use the shortcuts or menu.
  • Add date directly in outline.
  • Show dates, or filter topics with dates, in export outline and print outline.
  • Wifi link has been removed, we recommend to use clouds instead.
  • Paste on collapsed topics.
  • Drag and drop URL or filename into empty space to create a new topic with link.
  • Mind Map Style restored in main Style menu.
  • Bug fixed where SimpleMind could not save a mind map with an error like “unable to access ..\SimpleMind\1.0\.cache\providers\smmx_0\mindmap.xml”
  • Small bug fixes and improved performance.

Version 1.25 – Released 2 Dec 2019

  • Easily style topics, lines and more, with the new Style tab in the inspector. Open with Ctrl+5. Read more…
    Style in inspector
  • As a result the old style toolbar is hidden by default.
  • Tap once in blank space to display the mind map style when the style inspector is open. Read more…
  • Hide or show the standard toolbar via the main menu View | Toggle Toolbar.
  • Map searchbar: Restore State – restores collapsed and hidden topics when search bar closes.
  • The standard toolbar and style toolbar can again be placed on a single dock row.
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements.