In this post I will share my experiences of the using the iPad and iMindMap HD app as a presentation tool.
I have been a mind mapper for more than 25 years and one of the reasons I bought my iPad was to be able to be able to create electronic maps on the move. I had previously used iMindMap for the iPhone and loved it but was frustrated by the restrictions of the small screen.
When Buzan released iMindMap HD specifically for the iPad I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it even though it was a bit more expensive than most of the apps out there.
One thing that particularly interested me about this software was the promised presentation mode.
I have to say that whilst the software has some great features, it is it’s shortcomings that are driving me mad. Take the presentation mode for instance.
Limitation 1 – You can only usepresentation mode with the iPad VGA adaptor.
As a result you cannot test the presentation mode without purchasing the adaptor and you cannot use it on the iPad screen in a 1:1 meeting or discussion. To me this is a serious limitation that needs to be addressed quickly.
Limitation 2 – There is no way to change the branch display order in iMindMap HD..
If limitation 1 wasn’t bad enough this one is a real deal breaker. Currently imindmamager HD can only display branches in the original order that they were created! If you create a map and then edit it by adding or cutting and pasting branches, the display order gets mixed up making the presentation mode effectively useless.
Being able to edit an rearrange a map is one of the major reasons for using electronic mind mapping software. So expecting a user to get there map perfectly right first time in order to be able to present it is just insane.
Limitation 3 – You can’t import maps produced on desktop version of iMindMap HD.
iMindMap HD has limited functionality compared with it’s desktop big brother. You can expert a map created on the iPad and edit in the desktop software but there is currently no way to import a map into the iPad. This is another serious and frustrating flaw in an otherwise great product.
So iMindMap HD has promise but at the moment it has some severe limitations that stop it being the outstanding app that it coupled be. Come on Buzan, get your fingers out and fix these stupid little design flaws in iMindMap quickly.
The Presentation Doctor