Put ideas in orbit

Digital notes are great for moving from device to device. But for doodlers, they can be a bit limiting. Mindly offers a simple tool that lets users lay out their thoughts in a more visual way, using a three-tiered map of circles. A complete Mindly document looks like a solar system, with the central idea in the middle. Users can add dozens of elements with a second tier of orbiting sub-points and even a third if you have some deeper thinking to do. Link any circle to a Web page, an image, an icon or even a simple note.

Mindly gives doodlers a way to save and visually organize their notes and talking points. (Mindly)

The result is a clean but complex diagram that could be great for complicated tasks. The free version lets you share your map using the Mindly format or as a PDF. Upgrading for $6.99 lets you export your maps into formats such as HTML and add an unlimited number of elements to each document. Free, for iOS devices.

Hayley Tsukayama