As someone who’s a big fan of mind mapping, I’m always searching for an app that does exactly what I want it to do when putting ideas on “paper”.
Mind maps are a great tool for scatterbrained folks like myself who tend to think of everything all at once and need an organized way to keep track of ideas.
Dream-X is a great tool for keeping track of important thoughts, tasks, and ideas. Developed by Synaptic Wave, Dream-X is definitely worth considering if you’re in the market for a project management app.
Concept and Functionality:
Dream-X is brand-new, so I was anxious to see how it would perform against other mind mapping apps I’ve tried in the past. When I first opened the app I was greeted with interesting music and a choice of two different map themes.
There are also a couple of tutorial videos you can check out if you’d like to know what the app offers before you dive into creating your first project. Yes, Dream-X had a bit of impressive fluff at the beginning, but could it really hold up as a fully functional mind map app?
The short answer is “kinda”. I found Dream-X to be fairly intuitive, but significantly limited as far as customization. It definitely functions as a mind map tool by allowing you to branch ideas off of one main concept or goal, but the branches are limited as far as size and shape. This is purely preferential, though, as I like to be able to order the importance of ideas by size.
One thing I really like about Dream-X, though, is that you can add photos and tasks as branches. This is wonderful for folks who are managing a project and would like to keep track of photos or deadlines.
Overall, Dream-X has plenty of great ideas that make it a strong mind mapping app, but there’s always room for improvement when it comes to more customization options.
Perhaps one of the strongest features Dream-X offers to users is the ability to customize pretty much everything in your mind map. Though your options are fairly limited, you can still have control over idea colors and where ideas and points branch out from.
You can even add icons to your ideas to help recognize and organize them even more.
The only feature of Dream-X that really disappointed me was sharing your map. I found that it was way too difficult to fit the mind map on the screen for a photo export, and even then everything seemed to be way too small to read. This is really Dream-X’s only major downfall. It would be much easier if the app could export the mind map as a file instead of a photo.
Dream-X is available to download from the App Store for $6.99 and is designed for iPad. The price is fairly steep, but it’s on par with other serious mind map apps on the market.
Overall, there’s no doubt that the visualization and organizational capabilities of Dream-X are very cool and useful but it is a newcomer to a very established App Store/productivity niche and it needs more features to set itself apart from the rest of the pack.
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Dream-X requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPad. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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