MindNode & Things 3 Review (Mac and iOS)

MindNode & Things 3 Review (Mac and iOS)

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This is my review of MindNode and Things 3 for Mac and iOS. They are both beautifully designed apps, which are extremely well suited to the Apple ecosystem. I would highly recommend both. One is a mind mapping app, while the other is a to-do list and project planning tool.

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lots of YouTube Oliver here and today's video are going to be having a look at two apps my node and things I mean these are two separate apps they're made by different developers but they are linked there is there is ways at the integrate with each other and I do think they have a very similar UI the kind of the design language feels very similar between the two so it might be nice to do them both in one video and so things is a organization app it allows you to create to-do lists and sort of manage your tasks group things into projects and so on and it's a really great way of managing all of the jobs that you have to do my node is a my mapping application and it basically allows you to create all sorts of nice mind maps there's all sorts of different themes and templates lots of Advanced Options it also has a really nice quick entry tool and one of the features is that it allows you to create to-do lists within mine Maps and those to-do lists can then be exported into projects in things so they do have quite close integration and ok well let's have a look ok so this is my node this is the application that you presented with when you you click on the icon there's multiple ways of creating a new mind map so you can either create it using the canvas in the application or you can use the Quick Start menu so let's firstly have a look at how you do it directly through the application interface so you first you presented with a central node and you can give that a name let's just call it mind map and basically if you want to create a new branch off that if you hit enter it creates a branch ok so here's an example branch hello YouTube if you only create a sibling we press the Enter key and what that does is it creates a branch at the same level and we can just put something here and if we want to create a child you hit the tab key and it creates a child and then again say you want to create another sibling being hit the enter key and so on and that's how it works so you can create as many branches as you want so it's those two keys the and in a tab key they'll probably use the most and you can then create lots of mine laughs you can have as many main nodes as you want as well if you right-click and click on new main node and just give that a title you can have as many of those as you want within the same kind of Asst so let's have a look at some of the options it will have here so when you have the formatting sidebar enabled you can choose various different things so you can choose whether you want it to be aligned you can also choose to have say a pill which is like a kind of oval almost instead of it just going to align for a branch you can choose the colors that you want here you know you can specify the size of the the width of the line you can choose different borders and again choose your border styles you've got your branch styles and which again you've got this kind of slider here which will adjust the thickness of the line and you can choose the colors you can choose whether you want a dashed line and all that sort of thing obviously you've got your font options and colors down here and then your branch can be angular if you prefer them to be like straight lines or rounded if you prefer them to be more curved and you can also choose to have a manual layout so by default you get an automatically out and it'll be laid out just in order when you create a new and child or sibling you can have them horizontally or vertically however you prefer to do it but if you choose manual layout what that does is lets you just grab the branches and put them any way if you have auto layout on they'll automatically just snap in to that place you can't actually move them around and start something worth pointing out but I do quite like the auto layout because it comes in really useful especially when you use the quick entry and you can also add notes so say I when I come here and I want to add a note you just click on the notes you can just type any information in there and it saves it and within these you can are tasks you can add stickers and you can add images so if you click on they're basically just turns it into a task that you can check off stickers you can choose like a little icon so for example you might only use that mortarboard there and you can also insert an image by clicking on that if you want to connect two nodes together so say I want to connect number 2 here down to this hello youtube so if we select them both and then come here where it says to connect two nodes then draws this line so that does is it allows you to kind of have the two things linked together and you can sort of you know if you're making a big map and there were certain points that what kind of link to each other you can show that with an arrow the other option that you get up here is about folding of the current section so if we go to this node here because there's two children you can unfold in the child nodes in case for example you might have a really complicated mind map and you want to just simplify it all down you can do it like that now the other way of creating a new mind map is by going over to the quick entry which will appear in your menu bar and all you need to simply do is just type in and you can use the tab in the end and it creates a bulleted list of what you want to actually appear in the mind map so I'll quickly demonstrate that now okay so I just quickly typed a few things in here so you can see that I've got hello YouTube is going to be the main node and within those there's going to be four different child nodes and then within apps it's got another two child nodes and then things as a child node and a hello world so when obviously a lot matically the south so click create mind map and one thing I should note before hand you can use any one tab here to create the indent and you can use these buttons you can also add tasks by using this task button and you can add notes and that kind of thing so if we're going to create mind map it opens up another window here and as you can see it has created for us our different branches and automatically done that which is really handy now because this is tabbed we can drag them into the same window here we can view those together like that I'd use a nice way to have a look at it basically that is for me the quick entry tool is such a useful function because it takes all of the kind of hassle out of making the mind map look really nice and spending ages and think about the layout as you type in it you just focus on getting in the content that you want and generates a really nice looking mind map and if we want to create some tasks or why don't you do is let's click on a few things here and add tasks to them and it just lets you check things off and we'll come back to this in a moment because you can then export those tasks into things but just before we do that I'm just to give you an idea of what a massive mind map could actually look like here is something from a lecture that I wrote these are this is how I like to keep my notes as a university student I find this really useful I like the way it's laid out you can have so much information because these campuses are basically infinitely sized though they're really really good you can also press command F and that brings up the search you can type you know something specific in there and if you hit enter it then finds it in the mind map so it is it is a really useful way of presenting your notes and I prefer doing it this way instead of just having like written pages for me this is much more visual and it's all done automatically just with the quick entry tool okay so let's go back to the tasks that I was talking about before and so here you've got three different items the way it works is whatever the document name is that becomes the project title in thing so if we click on the little share sheet and you can share it to all these different platforms but if we got export two things three and this comes up and it just explains what it's going to do and it creates a new project and basically it does this so it generates it's called mind map 3 it's for hello YouTube because that was the title of the the main node and it support testing videos topics which are the three child node so they're very useful way of being able to organize that and then you can obviously check these off and so on we'll come back to things in just a moment but that that's why I do like the two applications and I thought I put them into one video because they're so closely integrated in that respect and that you could really nicely use them together just want a final note about my note before we move on to things as he a check bees off it does update the this kind of like ring here which shows visually the completion level of each task really nice feature and there is an iPad app which you can download if you use this for free you'll get a trial and then it becomes a viewer only what we'll do is I'll have a quick look at the iPad app now I would it's very similar but there are slightly some slightly different their features are used in a slightly different way ok so let's just have a quick look at the iPad app I just wanted to show you this because I actually really do like the iPad app as well I think it's just that the design at the views is really ingenious I think there's just some really clever features so firstly you get presented with this screen when you first launch the app which is just like an iCloud Drive screen where you can search for you know a file that you want to open plus would create a new mind map and of course you can also do your quick entry by clicking on that little lightning bolt symbol so if I just open up a mind map to show you so what you can see here is you have on the top left hand corner you've got some different symbols so the first one on the left the four squares takes you back to your file view and then obviously you've got your share option there where you can share it through different things you can also export it to things in view an outline which is a lovely way of viewer notes at a glance you can type in the search field if you want to search for something in particular you can also change the size if the box you can't move it round as far as I'm aware but it's really nice that you can view it in that way you know my my opinion it just works really well and I just like how there's all these little cards it's very kind of Apple design language as I've said before and then you can also the little bar in the corner there that just basically hides and shows the menu at the bottom so if we want to go ahead and make some changes we tap on something and then it'll select it like that you can click on the plus to create like a child node coming off it you can also drag this box up here and your style options come up a bit like on the desktop version where you can choose your shapes you can choose all your text format and your layouts and I just think it's a really lovely design for an iPad app I mean all the features are pretty much the same as the desktop version but I absolutely love the iPad version as well because it's just got such clever design features it's one of my favorite things about the whole app because there are lots of mindmap applications out there the design features are so clever and so nifty and they're very Apple and that's one of the things I just love about it the most and then of course you can go to edit things you can full nodes there different options there you can add like an icon there and the notes and that would add a child node or a sibling node so it's so easy to actually work with this and I'm not going to go into loads of detail because it's very similar at the desktop version but I just I really wanted to show you how nice the iPad version actually is okay so let's have a lot of good things whilst are the top so in box if you get any tasks sent to you they would appear there today view this is one of my favorite things to use because it shows you calendar information here along with all of the tasks that you've got scheduled to concrete on the current day I find that so useful because you can make it down into a really small window you know and just pull out the corner of your screen and it just is really really useful you know and it's a really nice way of being you'll organize all of your work and just have it very minimal but let's just open it back out again and you can just click on the little scroll and it makes the sidebar appear on the little scroll handle and then you've got upcoming which is another view that I like to look at because it shows me for quite a while and what's on my calendar and also it will show any tasks on a specific day because these are recurring tasks which I'll talk about in a moment it shows them as that sort of circular arrow anytime which are things that don't have a specific deadline we've got some day which again you can say well it's not any time but it doesn't need to be done specifically logbook is anything that you've checked off so it shows you like specifically what you on what days what you know the tasks that you've done and all that kind of thing trash if you delete something it'll appear there and then you can empty the trash so it's not going to delete them straight away but by moving them to the trash it gets them out of your sidebar and it also doesn't affect the overall percentage completion of your project and that kind of thing so this is a project yeah you create a new project and and what that happens is that gives you a blank document you do type in the title you can give a description you create headings and then within the headings you create new to do's and basically within these two do's if we double click you can add specific notes you can also use the calendar view you can say today this evening some day or choose a specific date you can also add a reminder so if you want it to remind you at a certain time let's just clear that you can add tags you can also have a checklist within it so you know do this and then it gives you a little checklist and you can also specify a deadline and basically say if I thought tomorrow it'll tell me that there's one day left and you can just delete that like so there was many headings as you want and then within those headings you have all of your tasks click on the three little dots you get the options to archive move and remove and basically the when you complete any of these two do's as you can see the little circle up here you know as I'm checking them off is getting bigger because it shows on a I suppose you could say like a pie chart and the percentage completion of each of the whole project and then as you can see in the sidebar here when you have all of your projects at a glance you can see how much you've done of each one and you can also create groups which allow you to have multiple projects under one sort of area and if you click on the main kind of area head in it'll show your deadlines for each project and that kind of thing and then you can go into a project within that and then here I've got like a deadline set up and what I really do like is it tells you how many days left there are for each deadline really really handy feature so useful it really quickly at a glance see how many days there are until something's doing you can hard description you can create headings and then within those as before you can set up reminders as you can set up tasks and what these are because they're reoccurring reminders for example main body in conclusion if I come into this tells me it's going to repeat it daily because I've chosen to repeat something you just right-click on it to do and then choose to repeat because I've got something else selected and it would allow you to repeat a specific task ever come in here though one would choose you can change it and then it gives you the option however many days when you want it to start and finish you can add reminders so it gives you notifications you can add deadlines and all that kind of thing so you can kind of view later items and you're logged items and that's basically how it works you've got your kind of footer here which was it creating you to do's and you headings and all that kind of thing so it is it is a really nice tool and the way it syncs I should point this out is it uses something called things cloud it doesn't use iCloud drive and it has positives because it means it's not using up your iCloud drive storage and that kind of thing but then it is yet another account have to sign up to and you've got a sign in all your devices when you first get it set up and it just is a little kind of extra step but I mean they must have their reasons for doing it now things does have an iPhone and an iPad app but another thing worth mentioning is that the iPad and iPhone app is not a universal iOS app you've got to buy each one separately and they're not the cheapest I think around about like 10 pounds per app so if you're gonna buy the Mac up the iPhone and the iPad it is gonna set you back you know a fair bit of money I'll help this video has been useful and I've answered all your questions I'll leave all the links you need in the video description many thanks to the developers of both my node and things for helping to make this video possible do you have any questions please leave a comment and I'll do my best to respond if you liked the video please thumbs it up and if you want to see more videos like this coming soon please do subscribe to the channel thanks for watching and bye for now

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