iThoughtsX is a mindmapping tool for the Mac (iOS and Windows versions also available.)

Mindmapping enables you to visually organise your thoughts, ideas and information.

Typical Uses:

      • Task lists.
      • Summarising.
      • Brainstorming.
      • Project planning.
      • Goal setting.
      • WBS
      • Course Notes/Revision.
      • Meeting Notes.
      • GTD


Import and export to and from many of the most popular desktop application formats:
      • MindManager
      • iMindmap
      • Freemind/Freeplane
      • Novamind
      • XMind
      • Mindview
      • ConceptDraw
      • OPML (OmniOutliner, Scrivener etc.)
      • Excel/Numbers/Outlook/ToodleDo (CSV)
      • Markdown
      • Plain/rich text
      • import only support for CMAP, Scapple, Mindmeister, Mindnode, Mindmapper, SimpleMind and MyThoughts

Export to:
      • MS Powerpoint/Keynote (PPTX)
      • MS Word/Pages (DOCX)
      • MS Project (XML)
      • PDF
      • PNG
      • Markdown
      • Website (HTML + attachments)
      • Flashcard ( /
      • Things (Task Management App)
      • iCloud Calendar/Reminders

Plays nicely:
      • Cloud synchronisation with iCloud, Dropbox and WebDAV
      • Handoff (start editing a map on one device - finish up on another)
      • Send and open email attachements
      • Cut/Copy/Paste within and between maps and other apps (e.g. Mail, Safari and Notes etc.)
      • Upload and download community generated maps from Biggerplate

Flexible Topic Attributes:
      • Colour / Shape
      • Images / Icons
      • Notes
      • Rich text (using Markdown)
      • Hyperlinks (websites, other maps, other topics)
      • Callouts / Floating topics
      • Boundaries / Groups
      • Auto-numbering
      • Named relationships between topics
      • Style support (predefined collections of colors, fonts, shapes etc.)

Task Management:
      • Assign start/due date, effort, progress, priority and resources
      • Email task reports (by project, by resource)

Advanced Mindmap Features:
      • Multiple layouts (horizontal, vertical, fishbone etc.)
      • Multiple link styles (curved, tapered, right angled etc.)
      • Embedded documents (PDF, XLS, DOC etc)
      • Over 100 builtin icons and 90 clipart images.
      • Over 30 background canvas patterns (with option to import more.)
      • 10 system 'Map Styles' (with option to import more.)
      • Presentation mode.
      • Rule based sorting - including option to sort continuously
      • Encrypted, password protected maps.
      • Outline View
      • Search and Replace text within topics and notes.
      • Filter topics (text, date etc)
• Topic Summaries
• Conditional Formatting

First class macOS integration:
      • Retina support
      • Versions support
      • Fullscreen support
      • Spotlight integration
      • Quicklook support
      • Pinch to zoom
      • Dark Mode support
      • TouchID support

Please visit the website for more information, screenshots and videos.

What’s New

Version 5.29

New Features:
• Option to hide callouts
• 2 new callout link styles

• Option to have link lines anchored to the centre of the topic
• Import support for the latest XMind file format
• New system style (Gray)

• Various bug fixes and performance improvements.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
74 Ratings

74 Ratings

Bandihoot ,


iThoughts is amazing. It’s one of the two most useful and most used apps on my mac, the other one being omnifocus. iThoughts is an amazing productivity tool. Once you figure it out and how it flows, it’s a great and fast tool for generating thoughts and grouping them quickly and efficiently. It’s easy on the back side of that brainstorming to go back and add more organization by changing the colors of specific groups, changing the way the outline looks, etc. It’s all just so darn easy once you get the groove of it. I’ve probably been using it for five or six years and I have now bought this program for every device I own: mac, windows, iPad, iPhone.

This developer is very responsive with quick answers back by email to questions. There are a couple of things that I think aren’t in iThoughts yet and would be important additions. The first of those is the ability to password protect documents. Much of the information that I put into iThoughts is highly confidential from a business perspective and, since docs cannot be protected, I find myself trying to figure out how I can hide them on thumb drives or whatever. It’s less than ideal. It would also be good if there were a better flow for being able to access documents between computers and portable devices. It is possible now, but it seems tedious and doesn’t flow well.

Those pieces of input aside, I wouldn’t be deterred. iThoughts is the real deal and deserved a great review.

333M333 ,

Outstanding! Feature-rich, easy-to-use, and beautiful

This is so easy to use, and ye so powerful and so feature-rich, and still so beautiful. It’s an amazing accomplishment by the developer and hugely useful for all kinds of projects, from simple to complex.
I do not like the "mark-down” aspect (see negative reviewers’ complaints about this) but at the end of the day it’s not that big of a deal, and the benefits of the app far far far outsrip the mark-down inconvenience, which you pretty much ignore anyway.
I would strongly recommend that the developer write (or hire someone to write) a better, more comprehensive manual, because the app does a LOT more than the online tutorials and guides suggest.
I’d also recommend better integration with either a calendar system (not just export) or with a gantt or with both. Btw, I can’t get the app to import CSV files despite following the instructions.
Anyway, I have my complaints about every app, and my complaints about this one are far fewer, and the app is so much better than the alternatives. It may seem pricey compared to some of the super-cheap ones, but it has features that make it worth the investment.
I look forward to further development of the app — In the meantime, it’s a joy to use.
P.S. The develop is VERY responsive to inquiries (and is very nice even if you ask dumb questions, which I’ve done!).

MrPicasso ,

Elegant and extremely functional

iThoughts is so elegant and fun to use that it's hard to accept it is so functional and useful. The ease with which I can throw together a mind map to organize what would be a jumble of ideas and half-aware connections makes iThoughts my go-to application for so many different planning and communication tasks. I just need all of my colleagues to get a copy so they can quickly view, collapse, focus, and organize their work as well. Craig is constantly coming out with new functioanlity and improving the program that he and this program have spoiled me for what other developers and programs need to do.

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