Muse — dive into big ideas 4+

Flexible boards for deep work

Muse Software, Inc.

    • 3.8 • 16 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases


Dive into big ideas with Muse: flexible boards for notetaking, whiteboarding, and connecting the dots.

For iPad & Mac, with local-first sync between your devices. Free for basic use, buy a membership for bigger boards and more storage.

The joy of visual thinking meets the efficiency of linear text — express your most complex ideas with ease.

Anything goes on a board — add images and videos, clip content from websites and emails, drop in documents and tweets.

A wide-open canvas mirrors how you think, with smooth navigation and a unique zooming interface.

A native approach draws on each of your device’s unique strengths with blazing fast, local‑first sync.

Drag and drop content between Muse and your favorite apps, switching fluidly from thinking to production work and back.


Muse is your creative sanctuary for thinking work. Use it to push yourself mentally and emotionally as far as you can go to find a pure, original, fresh result that is yours and yours alone. Here are some principles we used in designing Muse as a tool purpose-built for thinking.

→ Thinking is messy. Embrace the non-linear chaos of creativity. Don’t force labels, organization, or structure too early.

→ Ideas come from other ideas. Breakthroughs come from discovering new connections between seemingly disparate pieces of information.

→ Ideas love a sanctuary. Creativity is an act of vulnerability. Deep thinking needs a dedicated space that gives you confidence to express half-formed ideas, without fear of mistakes or judgement.

→ Tap the information firehose, but keep it at a distance. A thinking tool should help you take advantage of social media, email, and the web — without drowning out your own voice and original ideas.

→ People think best away from their desks. Reading in a relaxed posture in your armchair, sketching in a notebook in your favorite cafe, taking a long walk in the park — these are where some of our best ideas and freshest thinking emerge.



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What’s New

Version 2.0.13

- Some users who were unable to use sync will see a prompt to login again in the Preference window
- Other bug fixes and small improvements

Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Editors’ Choice

Brutal minimalism, be damned: Muse’s organized chaos wrangles your files, photos, drawings, and text to provide a perfect brainstorming workspace. If you need to go deeper, Muse’s unique file structure lets you jump in and out of its signature boards with a flurry of slick gestures.

Gerardox94 ,

Perfect if you’re willing to not be perfect

I used different apps in my class to use technology more effectively. However, I would lose hours getting everything polished, and ultimately never use that template again.

You can’t lock things into place. You might resize something by mistake. If you’re not OCD like I am or willing to let it go, it lets you work efficiently. The export to an interactive PDF is amazing and how I share personal “portfolios” for each of my students during class.

Upcoming features that include view-only link sharing is the reason why I subscribed. If you are mindful of clutter, you will be fine with the free version. Just download backups.

Paper Trade Advocate ,

Close, but still frustrating

There is no way to scale from within a board, so you have to make another board, transfer the content, then scale that board. For someone who thinks laterally and vertically this is frustrating and very time consuming.

I could deal with that though, probably my biggest issue is the text. Double tap the screen gives you a text box, but as soon as I start writing with the pencil it goes to a weird paragraph box that’s way harder to work with. There’s literally no way to use the pencil with the standard snapping text boxes, you have to write and then copy and paste the results over. That’s tough to work with y’all.

Finally, this thing needs handwriting recognition. I want to highlight a section and turn it to text like OneNote. In fact, it’s only because OneNote doesn’t do that on an iPad that I’m here looking for alternatives in the first place.

App Privacy

The developer, Muse Software, Inc., indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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