SimpleMind for iPad and iPhone FAQ

Getting started

How to get started
Check the Editor Help for common editor functions
Where can I purchase SimpleMind™ for iPad/iPhone™?
I have upgraded SimpleMind+ via InApp purchase. How can I install it on my other iPad/iPhone?
Full functionality not available after InApp purchase: what to do?

Sharing

How to share a Mind Map
How do I exchange Mind Maps with other devices running SimpleMind?
How to create an outline
How to export a Mind Map to a word processor or spreadsheet
How to print a Mind Map

Mind Map Files

Where are my Mind Maps stored?
How to back-up Local Mind Maps
How to import a Mind Map
What Mind Map formats can be imported?
Importing Freemind files
How do I transfer Mind Maps created with SimpleMind Free to SimpleMind Pro?

Dropbox and Google Drive

How to use SimpleMind with Dropbox or Google Drive
How to connect SimpleMind to Dropbox or Google Drive
How to copy a Local Mind Map to the cloud

Miscellaneous

How to change the name of a Mind Map
How to create a folder
How to get rid of the Trash image displayed in the Mind Map editor
Which keyboard shortcuts does SimpleMind support?
How to revert: "You have denied this App access to the photo library."
Zooming out disables editing

Note: Several features as mentioned on this page are only available in SimpleMind Pro or SimpleMind+ after InApp purchase. Those features are not available in SimpleMind + without InApp purchase. Check the feature matrix for details.
 
 

Getting started

How to get started

A Mind Map is a visual representation of hierarchical information that includes a central idea surrounded by connected branches of associated topics. It's a great way to organize your thoughts and to share your thoughts with others. A Mind Map starts with a central theme to which you can add topics (bubbles, balloons). You can add child topics to each topic. A topic and all of its child topics are called a branch.

When first starting SimpleMind a new Mind Map will open. Enter any text as your Central Theme. To add more Topics, use the -tool and drag it anywhere you want. To add a Cross Link, drag the -tool to an existing topic. You will find all your Mind Maps by tapping the Mind Maps in the top left corner.
To learn more, check out the Editor Help.

If you use the full edition, we recommend linking SimpleMind with Dropbox or Google Drive first to avoid losing any work.
 

Where can I purchase SimpleMind for iPad or iPhone?

SimpleMind Pro can only be purchased from Apple's iTunes, or if you have the free SimpleMind+ version: use InApp Purchase to get full functionality. Please note, family sharing is not available in SimpleMind+ because Apple has not implemented family sharing for In-App purchases.
SimpleMind for iPad/iPhone requires iOs 5 or higher.

SimpleMind is also available for Android, Mac and Windows.
The Android version can be purchased via Google Play store.
The desktop version for Mac and / or Windows can be purchased from our website.

SimpleMind for iPad/iPhone is not available in a bundle with SimpleMind for Desktop or SimpleMind for Android.
 

I have upgraded SimpleMind+ via InApp purchase. How can I install it on my other iPad/iPhone?

  • On the device you want to install the upgrade, start SimpleMind+
  • Inside SimpleMind+ open the Help and InApp purchase screen. This is available from the mind map editor Tools dropdown. On iPad this is the top right button, on iPhone the bottom left button.
  • In the help screen you will find a button named "Restore Previous Purchases".
  • Click the "Restore Previous Purchases" button and wait at least 30 seconds for the App to contact the app store.
  • The app store will then tell the app that you have purchased the app and "Full Functionality" will be activated.
  • This will NOT cost you any money !

Note: Login to the same iTunes account as you used when you originally purchased SimpleMind+

We recommend using Dropbox or Google Drive to sync your Mind Maps across devices.
Using SimpleMind on a different platform, Mac, Windows or Android requires a license for that platform.
 

Full functionality not available after InApp purchase: what to do?

If you do not have access to the full version functions after you have InApp upgraded SimpleMind+ this is most likely because your upgrade to full functionality wasn't completed successfully. Something may have gone wrong with activation, like a hiccup on the network or some other reason. To fix this you can use "Restore Previous Purchases". To do this:

  • First start the SimpleMind+ app.
  • Inside SimpleMind+ open the Help and InApp purchase screen. This is available from the mind map editor Tools dropdown . On iPad this is the top right button, on iPhone the bottom left button.
  • In the help screen you will find a button named "Restore Previous Purchases".
  • Click the "Restore Previous Purchases" button and wait at least 30 seconds for the App to contact the app store.
  • The app store will then tell the app that you have purchased the app and "Full Functionality" will be activated.
  • This will NOT cost you any additional money!

 

Sharing

How to share a Mind Map

Sharing a Mind Map is possible in native .smmx format, as .pdf, a .png image, , html outline, text outline, Freemind .mm and .opml.

  • In the Mind Map editor use the Share dropdown.
  • Select "Open in...".
  • Select a format and use "Open".
  • Select the app you want to open the file with.

You can send a Mind Map, located in the cloud's folder, in any format to the cloud. Use the Share Dropdown and "Export to Cloud".
Please note: This is a one time send. Only .smmx files will be synchronized, Mind Maps in for example .pdf format, will not be synchronized.
 

How do I exchange Mind Maps with another device running SimpleMind?

You have the following options to exchange Mind Maps with another device running SimpleMind:

  1. Use Dropbox or Google Drive to automatically synchronize Mind Maps.
    Set up clouds on SimpleMind for iPad and iPhone.
    Set up clouds on SimpleMind for Windows.
    Set up clouds on SimpleMind for Mac.
    Set up clouds on SimpleMind for Android.
  2. Share your Mind Map via Mail.
  3. Use the build-in Wifi-link to manually transfer Mind Maps to and from SimpleMind for Desktop Windows or SimpleMind for Desktop Mac (Full).

How to create an Outline

How to export a Mind Map to a word processor or spreadsheet

To create an outline document, export a Mind Map as .html outline. The .html outline maintains the hierarchical structure in the Mind Map. It can be imported in word processors and in some spreadsheets. This will result in a hierarchical list with topic texts. Each topic has a sub-list containing its sub-topic texts. Use the Bullets and Numbering options in the word processor to number these lists to your liking.
 

How to print a Mind Map

If you have a printer that supports AirPrint, you can print directly from your device. In the Mind Map editor use the Share dropdown and use "Print".
If your printer does not support AirPrint, you can send your Mind Map as .pdf via mail to your desktop and print from there.
 

Mind Map Files

Where are my Mind Maps stored?

SimpleMind for iPad/iPhone can store Mind Maps

  • Locally on your device
  • on Dropbox
  • on Google Drive

Local
Local Mind Maps are stored in the private application directory on your device. This directory is not accessible from the outside. Local files are not stored on a cloud. This means if your device breaks down or is stolen, you will lose all Local Mind Maps. Please remember to make a back-up on a regular basis.

Dropbox or Google Drive
Mind Maps are stored in the cloud and the build-in cloud support synchronizes the Mind Maps in the cloud with your device. Additionally the cloud's web-interface can be used to restore previous versions of your Mind Maps.
 

How to back-up Local Mind Maps

To keep Local Mind Maps safe, make back-ups on a regular basis. That way, the Mind Maps are save if your device gets stolen, drowned or accidentally uninstalled. Make sure you store your back-up in a cloud or send it by mail for safekeeping.

In the Local Mind Map Explorer, click the Share Dropdown in the bottom left corner and select one the exporting options. This creates a single archive with extension .smmstore containing all Mind Maps and other relevant information. To restore the backup, import the .smmstore archive.
 

How to import a Mind Map

SimpleMind can open native files (.smmx), Mind Map back-ups (.smmstore) FreeMind (.mm) and .opml files.

  • Locate the file in your mail. Long press to select Open in SimpleMind.
  • The file will now be opened and saved as a .smmx Mind Map in the Local folder.

Alternatively, use the native Dropbox or Google Drive support to import Mind Maps.

  • First upload the Mind Map file you wish to import to the cloud, then open SimpleMind for iPad/iPhone on your device.
  • Go to the build-in cloud's Explorer in SimpleMind and locate the file.
  • If the file is a .smmx Mind Map, you can now directly open it. The file will remain in the cloud and any changes you make on this device are uploaded to the cloud.
  • If the file is a Freemind (.mm) or .opml file, tap "Convert and Open". The file will be converted to the native .smmx Mind Map format which is then uploaded to the cloud.

 

What Mind Map formats can be imported?

SimpleMind for iPad/iPhone can import native files (.smmx), Local Mind Map back-ups (.smmstore) FreeMind (.mm) and .opml files.
To import a file from a different Mind Map application (XMind etc.), please check if that program supports converting to Freemind (.mm) or .opml.
 

Importing Freemind files

SimpleMind for iPad/iPhone can import Freemind files (.mm). Freemind Import is quite limited and only intended for a one-time import to convert the Freemind Mind Map to the native SimpleMind format. SimpleMind will extract text, notes and hierarchy from the Freemind file. All other attributes such as links and icons are ignored. Any rich text is flattened to plain text. Freemind does not save spatial information and SimpleMind uses its own lay outer to position topics. Once imported, the Mind Map is stored in the native .smmx format.
See also: Importing a Mind Map
 

How do I transfer Mind Maps created with SimpleMind+ to SimpleMind Pro?

SimpleMind+ and SimpleMind Pro are different Apps and cannot access each others files as per Apple's requirements.
You have two options to transfer Mind Maps you created with the free SimpleMind+ to SimpleMind pro:

  1. From the SimpleMind+ Mind Map editor go to Mind Maps list and select the Local tab.
    Select "Export Local Mind Maps" (the button at the bottom left).
    This creates an email with a single file attached that contains all your mind maps.
    Send this email to yourself.
    Locate this email in the Mail App and open this attachment.
    If you get an option, select SimpleMind Pro to open the attachment.
    This completes the transfer.
  2. Use (temporarily) SimpleMind Desktop as intermediate. The free trial version will do.

    Once you installed the desktop (trial):
    In SimpleMind+: Save Mind Maps to desktop.
    In SimpleMind Pro: Open Mind Maps from desktop.
    This video shows how to exchange Mind Maps with the desktop.

 

Dropbox and Google Drive

How to use SimpleMind for iPad/iPhone with Dropbox or Google Drive

SimpleMind has native, build-in support for Dropbox and Google Drive. This allows automatic synchronizing of Mind Maps with other iPads, iPhones, Windows or Mac desktops and Android devices via your cloud account. After connecting SimpleMind to the cloud Mind Maps can be directly opened from and saved to Dropbox or Google Drive.

Synchronization with the cloud is done inside SimpleMind at regular intervals and at shutdown. When SimpleMind synchronizes with the cloud it will synchronize:

  • The Mind Map currently opened in the editor.
  • Any Mind Map modified on this device since the last synchronization.
  • All Mind Maps starred as "Off-line available".

In this video we will show you how to work with Dropbox. The same applies to Google Drive.

 

Starring a Mind Map to make it Off-line available
Marking a Map as Off-line available allows you to work on the Mind Map, even when you are not connected to the internet.
By default a Mind Map will only be synchronized when opened in SimpleMind and you are connected to the internet. Mind Maps that have not been opened are not synchronized. Starring a Mind Map will mark it as "Off-line available". This assures the Mind Map is synchronized even if it is not opened. In the cloud's explorer right-swipe the Mind Map to star it.
 

How to connect SimpleMind for iPad/iPhone to Dropbox or Google Drive

  • Tap "Mind Maps" to navigate to the Local Mind Map list.
  • Use the cloud icon and select " Add a Cloud".
  • Select the cloud. This will prompt you for confirmation to let SimpleMind access your cloud's folder.

Once connected to the cloud, you can use the Cloud Explorer to browse the directory structure and directly open Mind Maps from the cloud.

 

How to copy a Local Mind Map to Dropbox or Google Drive

After connecting to Dropbox or Google Drive Local Mind Maps can be copied to that cloud.

  • Navigate to the Local Mind Map list.
  • Tap "Edit" to put the list in edit mode.
  • Select the Mind Map you want to copy and use "Copy to Cloud" (located at the bottom of the screen).
  • Select the folder in the cloud where to copy the Mind Map to, and tap "Done".

See also the video "How to work with Dropbox" (the 2'15 mark). This shows Dropbox, it works the same way for Google Drive.

After you have copied your local Mind Map to the cloud you can delete the Local Mind Map since it's now a duplicate.
 

Miscellaneous

How to change the name of a Mind Map

To change the name of a Mind Map follow these steps:
Local Mind Maps: Tap Mind Maps and go to the local tab. Tap edit. Tap the Mind Map and tap rename (bottom side of the screen)
Mind Map in the cloud: Tap Mind Maps and go to the cloud's tab. Gently left swipe, select "more" - rename.

To be able to define the name of the Mind Map when creating a Mind Map:
When you add a new Mind Map, tap Mind Maps. Use the + (bottom of the screen), then New Mind Map.
When adding a local Mind Map the title will be the same as the central theme.
When adding a Mind Map in the cloud tab you will be asked to enter the name of the Mind Map.

How to create a folder

Tap "Mind Maps". Tap the + icon located at the bottom of the screen - add folder.

To move a Mind Map to a folder, tap "Mind Maps". Tap Edit and tap the Mind Map you want to move. Tap Move to Folder and select the desired folder.

How to get rid of the Trash image displayed in the Mind Map editor

If you delete a Mind Map it is moved to the Trash folder, rather than actually deleting it. Similar to how the mail app treats deleting email messages. To draw your attention to the fact that the Mind Map is actually deleted, a trash image is displayed in the editor background. To get rid of the trash background image, undelete the Mind Map by moving it to any other folder. The same applies to Mind Maps created in the Trash folder. Use Empty Trash to completely irreversibly delete the Mind Map.
 

Which keyboard shortcuts does SimpleMind support?

If you use an external keyboard, the SimpleMind Mind Map editor supports the following keyboard short cuts:

  • Tab: Add Child topic
  • Enter: Add Sibling topic
  • Command+B or Ctrl+B : Toggle Bold font for selected topics
  • Command+C or Ctrl+C : Copy selected element
  • Command+E or Ctrl+E : Edit Text
  • Command+I or Ctrl+I : Toggle Italic font for selected topics
  • Command+L or Ctrl+L : Add Cross Link
  • Command+N or Ctrl+N : Edit Note
  • Command+V or Ctrl+V : Paste
  • Command+X or Ctrl+X : Cut selected element
  • Command+Z or Ctrl+Z : Undo
  • Shift+Command+Z or Shift+Ctrl+Z : Redo
  • Backspace: Delete
  • Left-Arrow: navigate to parent topic (in relation: scroll to source topic)
  • Right-Arrow: navigate to first child topic (in relation: scroll to target topic)
  • Up/Down-Arrow: navigate to next/previous sibling topic

 

How to revert: "You have denied this App access to the photo library."

When trying to add an image to a mind map you may get the error message: "You have denied this App access to the photo library." To allow SimpleMind accessing your images / photos:
Open the Settings App and go to Privacy > Photos and enable the switch for SimpleMind Pro / SimpleMind+.

Zooming out disables editing

Zooming out too far will disable editing functions. To prevent unwanted changes the Mind Map will become read only.
Zoom in to bring back the normal functionality.