By Ayami Tyndall
And there are plenty of style options too. Nodes have various shapes to choose from, and you can set their color, and of course add text. There are also arrows to connect nodes on different branches.
Now, while Thinking Space makes data entry and re-arrangement fast and easy, it is also a bit limited. Nodes arrange themselves automatically (you can only control order) and there's no satisfactory way to interlink different branches. So that's where our second app comes in:
But with the freeness comes a little more clunk. You can move the items anywhere, but you can only drag them one at a time, which makes moving a whole set a bit slow compared to Thinking Space, where sub-nodes move with their parents. Smart Diagram also lets you choose colors and styles and such, but the interface is a bit rougher than Thinking Space.
So, between these two apps, the possibilities are almost endless. For mind mapping and idea organization, Thinking Space wins the day. But for complex charts with multiple threads and interconnecting nodes, Smart Diagram overcomes its clunkiness to give you total free-form charting.