Mental is a concept mapping app for the iPad.
Concept maps organize knowledge in the form of a graph of concepts. Concepts are represented as a noun phrase enclosed in a rectangular box, and are connected to other concept boxes by arrows labeled with a verb or conjunction. These arrows and labels define the relationships between the connected concepts. Concept boxes may have relationships to and from several other concept boxes, creating a graph of concepts, or concept map.
Users create concept maps as autosaved documents. In a concept map, they are able to create and remove concept boxes, edit the enclosed text, and move the boxes at will around a zoomable and pannable canvas.
They can create relationships to connect the concepts, a relationship being represented by at least three graphical objects:
⁃ an editable label signifying the relationship;
⁃ one or more edges connecting the 'subject' concepts to the label;
⁃ one or more edges connecting the label to the 'object' concepts.
Users are able to move the labels at will, the edge connections being preserved. They may remove relationships as a whole, or individual edges while preserving the relationship.
⁃ export to pdf and sharing;
⁃ map style chooser (font, color scheme).
Built for iOS 10 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Ratings and Reviews
Good start but could use refinement
Not a bad first crack. It is admirably simple and let's you focus on just making the map without too many distracting features.
But could use interface refinements to make it better. Why not a double tap to create a new concept instead of having to hit the add button at the top of the screen? The linking feature was a bit hard to figure out at first. Would also be nice to customize the links so that they could be curved and not just straight. And ability to select multiple elements of the map and move in unison would help in rearranging large maps.
Export: dev has made progress here and added vector-based PDF export which is an improvement from raw image export. Basically, now you can copy text and do lossless zooming on exported PDFs.
It would still be nice to see if export could be offered for mind mapping formats that could maybe be used to make exported files compatible with other software.
Would also be good to have the option of no labels for connections.
Excellent but missing some key fetures
This, with out doubt, is one of my favorite apps to use for college work, especially science related because it lets me organize everything and makes it so much easier to study. While using this app I've notice some key features have been missing, like: an undo or redo option, the unnecessary ability to write everything you write with a capital letter at the beginning of every word, and sometimes I don't need a verb on the connecting line and the space that is left annoys me and it looks uncompleted. Also I would like if you would put an option for a large text box, that would be nice also.
Overall a very useful app for college and has let me organize science related material very easy to understand and study. Thank you
Simple and effective mapping
Downloaded this to get some concept mapping capabilities on my iPad. The app has very few features, but is simple, straightforward, incredibly easy to use, and so far seems to be very reliable.
The export feature is fantastic, and the price (or lack thereof) can't be beat.
Would like to see ability to change colors of individual nodes, links, etc. otherwise, this app is nearly perfect.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.