MindNode for iPhone and iPad gains new outline feature with Apple Pencil support

Mindnode Outline On Ipad
Mindnode Outline On Ipad (Image credit: IdeasOnCanvas)

What you need to know

  • MindNode for iPhone and iPad now support outlining for the first time.
  • iPad users can use Scribble and their Apple Pencil to write straight into MindNode.

MindNode for iPhone and iPad just got a big update that adds support for outlining for the first time. The same feature came to the Mac earlier this year.

This being a touch-based interface, the iPhone and iPad version does work slightly differently with one big improvement on the latter – Apple Pencil support. That means users can take advantage of Scribble and write directly into MindNode without having to deal with a keyboard.

The full list of new outlining features includes:


Capture your thoughts in a hierarchical form directly in the outline. Add, remove, indent, and outdent Nodes. Rearrange your ideas by dragging and dropping. Edit your mind map and outline side-by-side.


Choose the interaction that works best for you. Outlining supports touch, an external keyboard, or a trackpad. You can also use Scribble with Apple Pencil to add your ideas.


The outline has been updated with a fresh visual design. The new, linear representation makes it easier to distinguish node levels and identify the structure of your thoughts.


  • Added support for displaying the mind map on an external display while using the outline in full-screen mode
  • Added a "Show on Mind Map" action to reveal the node on the mind map
  • Added support for indenting and outdenting using gestures - swipe a row to the left or right
  • MindNode will now remember if a document was closed using the full-screen outline or mind map
  • Improved searching in the outline by adding a hint to remove filters to view more results

The new outlining features do require a MindNode Plus subscription, so keep that in mind when planning your outlining fun.

You can download MindNode from the App Store now.

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Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.