MindNode makes mind mapping easy. Mind maps are a visual representation of your ideas, starting with a central thought and growing from there. This allows you to brainstorm and organize your thoughts in an intuitive way, so you can focus on the idea behind it.
MindNode 3 for iOS was just released and it comes with a completely new user interface designed for iOS 7. New features like MyMindNode – a service that allows you to embed your MindMaps on any website – and iCloud folder integration mean sharing your documents between all your devices has never been easier.
I’ve been using MindNode for years and I’m a fan of version 3.0 (my review). What I like about MindNode is that Smart Layout makes it easy to build large maps without having to worry about rearranging nodes, and the beautiful new default theme on iOS 7 looks great on the iPhone and iPad. In the new version, MindNode also supports keyboard shortcuts on the iPad: this allows me to create a map in a few minutes like on my Mac while retaining the iOS app’s handy Inspector menu. I rely on MindNode to organize topics for my longer articles and reviews, and I highly recommend it.
Our thanks to Pixelmator for sponsoring MacStories this week.
Pixelmator is a full-featured image editing app for OS X that takes advantage of Apple's latest technologies to make image editing twice as fast and fully compatible with Mavericks. Version 3.0 brings numerous improvements to Pixelmator, such as Layer Styles (to quickly apply non-destructive changes to individual layers) and Liquify Tools (to shape images in multiple ways).
Built exclusively for the Mac, Pixelmator 3.0 integrates with Mavericks features like App Nap and Compressed Memory to make the app consume less resource and be faster overall. Other existing OS X integrations, such as Retina display and full-screen support, are even more impressive on Mavericks and Apple's latest line-up of MacBook Pros.
Pixelmator 3.0 FX is a free update for owners of Pixelmator 2.0, and it's available at $29.99 on the Mac App Store. A free 30-day trial is available here.
Our thanks to Smile for sponsoring MacStories this week with PDFpen.
PDFpen is the premiere Mac app for editing PDFs to add signatures, text, and images, as well as make changes to correct typos. PDFpen can perform OCR (Optical Character Recognition) so that pictures of text in your document will be turned into real text that you can use. With support for cloud services, PDFpen can keep your documents available across OS X and iOS thanks to PDFpen for iPhone and iPad.
With version 6.1 of PDFpen, Smile added support for PDF stamps: you can now browse a library of standard business stamps (e.g. Approved, Confidential, Sign Here) to quickly apply to your documents without complex editing required. In this version, Evernote users can also save PDFs directly to Evernote Business notebooks.
PDFpenPro — the advanced version of PDFpen — received some cool new features as well. The new version adds support for automatically detecting and creating form fields for an entire document (in addition to per page) and there’s a new “Create Links from URLs” command to detect and create links in a document.
PDFpen is available on the Smile Store and the Mac App Store. A free demo can be downloaded on the Smile site.
Federico’s note: I have two Doxie scanners at home and my family and I have been using them for almost two years to scan important work/health-related documents and old photographs. I like the Doxie scanners because they produce higher-quality scans than what you’d normally get with an iPhone’s camera, but they’re portable and they don’t require much desk space.
Our thanks to Agile Tortoise for sponsoring MacStories this week with Terminology.
Terminology is an app for anyone who loves words. A Universal app for iPad and iPhone, Terminology is part dictionary, part thesaurus and part research tool. Terminology starts with a great offline dictionary with concise definitions, and extends the dictionary with deep word relations. Find the right word by browsing more and less specific words, and more. If what you need is not in the dictionary, Terminology offers customizable actions to integrate with other reference website and apps.
Federico’s note: I use Terminology on my iPhone and iPad, and I’m a fan of the design changes and actions that were introduced with version 3.0, which I reviewed here. Gabe Weatherhead has some great examples of how you can make Terminology work for you with custom actions.
Delivering much greater levels of efficiency and productivity when you record important lectures, meetings and other events, CaptureAudio & Notes incorporate the sophisticated marking system and text notes to audio recordings. Simple to use, yet very powerful. With Universal support for Audio Recordings with precise time marking using a flags system, you are now able to enter typed text notes independent of audio recording.
CaptureAudio users can now sync across multiple devices using Dropbox sync. Once the Dropbox sync has been established, CaptureAudio keeps track of the changes, and updates the devices both ways to keep everything up to date; Audio Recordings, Text Notes, Recording Tags, Custom Flags Sets — all aspects of the sessions are synced between devices. With CaptureAudio, you can also tag your recordings with keywords: tag with a client name, particular class or activity… CaptureAudio keeps your recordings organized the way you think.
Thousands of users have successfully added CaptureAudio to their productivity suite. With CaptureAudio & Notes, you can stop forgetting and start capturing.
Our thanks to Macminicolo for sponsoring MacStories this week with their Mavericks promo.
The Mac mini gets better and better as a server and Macminicolo has been hosting them since they started this niche market in 2005. They host your Mac mini in a very high end data center where you can use it for all kinds of things. They’re known for their personal service and impeccable uptime.
To celebrate the release of Mavericks, they have a promotion running through the end of October. They’ll host your Mac mini for just $10/mo for nine months. More info here.
Federico’s note: I have been using two Mac minis at Macminicolo for the past year, for both personal (media server and automation) and work purposes (MacStories), and I couldn’t be happier. Great service and great support.
Our thanks to Smile for sponsoring MacStories this week with PDFpen Scan+.
Smile just released a new app in their PDFpen suite of PDF editing tools. PDFpen Scan+ lets you scan documents, articles, receipts, and more, using your iPhone or iPad camera.
PDFpen Scan+ performs OCR right on your device, with support for 16 languages. Once OCR has been performed, the text in the scanned document can be copied and pasted into another document or the PDF can be exported with searchable text included. You can also open your scans in PDFpen for iPad or PDFpen for iPhone for further editing or share them via Dropbox, Evernote and other services for seamless editing on your Mac.
PDFpen for iPad is the mobile version of Smile’s award-winning PDFpen for Mac. With PDFpen for iPad, you’ll be able to sign contracts, make changes, and fill forms when you’re out of the office or on the go.
PDFpen provides iCloud and Dropbox support, so you can edit your PDFs seamlessly on your iPad, iPhone and Mac (you can also exchange documents via Box, Evernote, Google, and more). PDFpen lets you sign and return documents without printing or faxing, directly from your iPad — so, for instance, you’ll be able to fix typos or correct price lists immediately while an issue is foremost in your mind without having to wait to be at your desk with a Mac.