NovaMind 5 Express
Developer: NovaMind Software
Current Version: 5.5.8
Last Updated: 3 years ago
Download Size: 27.4 MB - Download
Brainstorm and organize ideas; solve problems; get things done better and with less hassle.
NovaMind 5 Express is easy to use Mind Mapping software with powerful Mind Map creation and layout options and unmatched design freedom.
Create interesting and meaningful Mind Maps using the wide range of different shaped topics such as lines, rectangles, cloud shapes, parallelograms, arrows and ovals. You can even use custom shaped topics, giving you unparalleled flexibility of topic shapes.
Using NovaMind is easy because it has familiar toolbars and inspectors, customizable window layout, single click insertion of topics, hotkeys for all common operations, layout assistance to keep your Mind Maps looking great automatically, automatic coloring and topic shapes to make your Mind Maps visually appealing without all the work. Printing assistance shows you exactly how your Mind Map will appear when printed, including how big your text will be when printed. Automatic text coloring makes your text white when on a dark background and black when on a light background - no need to worry about legibility.
Callouts (like speech bubbles) add extra information. Floating topics allow you to create separate mini-Mind Maps on the same canvas. Group topics visually using boundaries. Attach free floating shapes, images and text to topics. They can either push other topics out of the way or float behind or in front of the other topics. Shapes can have text and images on them, allowing you infinite flexibility to enhance your topics.
Add topic notes to record extra information. Hyperlink to as many web sites as you like on a single topic. Drag and drop emails from Mail to hyperlink to emails.
The layout system keeps the Mind Map in the most compact format possible while allowing you the freedom to lay out subtopics at any angle from their parent, either linearly or radially. You can move any topic to wherever you want it, and NovaMind will ensure that your topics don't overlap. No other Mind Mapping program even comes close to this.
There are over 3,000 images available directly through the media browser, which also makes available your iPhoto, Aperture, and Lightroom libraries. You can add your own folders of pictures for easy access, and do Flickr searches directly from within the media browser, and drag and drop images directly into your NovaMind Mind Maps. You can have up to 5 images directly on each topic - 4 topic images, and a background texture.
Themes, color sets, font sets, rainbow coloring, color array coloring, and inherited styles allow for easy formatting of topics without having to set explicit settings on every topic, and to easily try out different color schemes. Individual topic settings can go right down to the level of gradient fills, glassy button look, shadows and reflections, so you can make your Mind Maps look stunning.
NovaMind 5 fully supports Lion with full screen mode, resume, autosave, save in place, and versions.
Imports and exports include iMindMap, XMind, FreeMind, MindNode, SimpleMind, OmniOutliner, OPML, text, PDF, PNG, JPEG, TIFF, GIF, EPS, BMP, RTF, MS Word.
Fixed a problem when hyperlinking to files in some rare circumstances.
A couple of other minor bug fixes.
Most Helpful Reviews
Very Nice, works well with iThoughts HD on iPad. Needs some new features - So far, I'm pretty happy with this app after a few days. I love iThoughts HD on the iPad, but when I sat down to map out several chapters of Human Anatomy, I found it was taking too long, so I came looking for a desktop app that would also sync (sort of) back with iThoughts. NovaMind does that as well as any I could find. Here are a few features I'd like to see: - Ability to move a node to another tree (probably by dragging severing it, then dragging it onto the new root topic) -smoother zooming in/out with trackpad gestures -add ability to connect nodes that are in different trees (ie, reference a node in another tree. iThoughts HD does this very nicely) - some more hot keys for colorization - As a previous reviewer said, it can be a bit slow, and my machine runs way more advanced software like butter. Some speed enhancements would be appreciated. On the whole, I'm happy with the app, and in love with Mind Mapping in general. No major complaints. I'll update my review if anything changes.
Very Slow for Big Maps - I use mindmapping during meetings to take notes. Novamind is fine until you have a bunch of branches, say 10 main branches, each with 10 branches. Then it is V E R Y S L O W. Having said that, I'm back to using Novamind because all of the other Mac mindmapping tools are worse.