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xLine is the easiest mind-mapping app, the best way of brainstorming. It's perfect for idea collection and thought structuring. It allows you to visually organise your thoughts or ideas.

A mind map is considered a great way to brainstorm and generate more ideas. It helps you create a number of small ideas from one big idea, to see how different ideas could be connected, and to create a plan of action. Visualize your plan of action and carry out those strategies with your team. xLine is your ideal partner for brainstorming new ideas which can be brought to life on mind maps that resemble the informational structure of more...

What's New

Version 2.0.4:
  • Improved reliability
  • Improved OPML format support


  • OS X 10.6 or later

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I downloaded a trial version, and I created a simple mind map of family relationships. When I moved any item around, all of the other items attached to it also moved around the layout in unpredictable ways that really began to irritate me. I did not like that, for it made me feel that I had no control over my layout.

I opened up my licensed copy of Mind Node Pro, and I duplicated the items. When I moved an item (box) in Mind Node Pro, only that item moved. The others stayed where they were, which is how I want the program to work.

So, on first impression, I won't be investing in software that irritates me when I use it. I don't have the time or interest to figure out how to make xLine work in its default just like Mind Node Pro functions in its. I don't even know if it can. All I know is that is that if I get a bad first impression, I am not inspired to investigate further. Some things out to work right out of the box, and placing objects where you want them on the page ought to one of those fundamental features, it seems to me.

It would not be fair to rate this program with any star(s) since I am unwilling to spend more time with it. So, I am merely making this brief comment on my first impression.

If you try xLine out and it works for you, fine. Just keep in mind that if you can't find a way to control where you want you boxes of text to appear on the layout, then you need not stick with this program, for there are others which can do that with ease.

If the program will allow you to get control of object placement on the layout, then you'll have to compare its features with its competitors to see if it matches them in value, or if it falls short in respect to the price requested.

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Version 2.0.2

For the heck of it, I exported my Mind Node Pro as an OPML file, which is importable into xLine. For some reason, xLine inserted an additional iteration of the Main Idea and presented it as an item at the far left of horizontal tree structure. It is impossible to remove that redundant item, for deleting it ends up deleting the entire tree.

Also, while moving a single item (box) this time does not create the same level of layout chaos as the version created by xLine itself, it still is not possible to move only one item without affecting the placement of other objects. Out of "politeness," I suppose, other items move out of the way if your replacement of one item comes too close to them, again making it impossible to get exactly the placement of objects that you want. Have fun!

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Downloads 10,868
Version Downloads 1,755
License Demo
Date 24 May 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $27.25
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