Mind maps on the Blackberry with Mindberry

Filed Under Mindjet

Michael Deutch

April 9, 2009

On March 24th, MindBerry launched version 1 of the first mind mapping application for the BlackBerry phone. The MindBerry team listened to the world’s reaction and heard quite clearly the demand for integration with MindManager.

Yesterday, a new version was released that includes an export to MindManager! Now that’s a great turn-around time!

I just finished taking the new version out for a short test drive. My first try at exporting led to an error, but then MindBerry’s Luong Quoc Dat (@luongdat on Twitter) shared with me the secret…email the map in .xmmap format. My second attempt was a success.

Here’s a MindManager snapshot of a map that I created on my phone… (larger image)


Here are the basic features:

  • Navigate with trackball or the numeric keys
  • Fold /Unfold branches with Spacebar
  • Use keyboard shortcuts to access editing features
  • Drag and Drop capability to move selected nodes
  • Cut and paste selected nodes
  • Format with icons, colors, fonts, styles
  • Attach note to mindmap
  • Edit multiline nodes
  • Store maps on BlackBerry’s media card or in device memory
  • Send maps to yourself or others via email
  • Import and export MindManager and Freemind maps


Here’s what I liked:

  • Basic Mapping – I enjoyed making my first map and found it easy to use and navigate. I tested pretty much all the basics including adding map icons, notes and adjusting colors for fonts, lines.
  • Reflect a Topic – move an entire branch from one side of the map to the other side.
  • Preview changes – see the changes on your map as you’re scrolling through choices like font & line color, font type, etc…
  • Keyboard shortcuts – accomplish most tasks with keyboard shortcuts.
  • Fast to learn – The only thing I didn’t find on the help that was useful was that you can use the enter key instead of the trackball to finish adding or editing topic text.


Here’s what I disliked:

  • At first it felt like a multi-step process to accomplish many tasks like adding and editing topic text, notes, etc… I figured out that you do not have to scroll to say "OK" after adding text to a topic. You can just type enter.
  • Only 1 icon per topic allowed.
  • Icons didn’t export to MindManager.
  • Default settings for Fonts are likely to be too small for many users. They can be reset by adjusting the options settings.
  • I could not increase a font in the map beyond the current default settings even though it is possible to go into the options menu and set the default higher.


Some Reader Questions

  • What smartphone do you use (Blackberry, iPhone, other)?
  • What are you looking for in a phone-based mind mapping application?
  • When, where, and why would you map on your phone?

Add your answers into the comments!


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About the Author: Michael Deutch is Mindjet’s Chief Evangelist, content contributor for the Mindjet Blog and the Mindjet Connections newsletter. Get more from Michael on Twitter


5 Responses to “Mind maps on the Blackberry with Mindberry”

  1. Yuriy

    Thank you, a good topic and the news.

    I am looking for a mobile extension of my GTD system built using MindJet + Gyronix ResulsManager + Gyronix GyroQ and ActiveOwner’s Outlinker (linking MS Outlook items to MindJet-Gyronix activities).

    From h/w perspective: now I am choosing between HTC Diamond 2 (as it has a large screen) and BlackBerry(because it is classic).

    From s/w perspective: for the HTC option I would try using ‘Pocket Mindmap'[http://www.pocketmindmap.com/], for BlackBerry it could be probably MindBerry.

    Till now, I’ve found no other alternatives.

    My requirements for such GTD mobile extension would be:

    – comfortly organized the outline view of the map
    1) operations with the nodes should be quick, touch-screen friendly, and layout clear
    2) hiding / unhiding particular elements such as icons
    3) ability to show / hide additional fields used by Activities MindJet’s and ResultsManager’ ones
    4) font changes
    5) the outline layout customizable (sectioning topics, coloring)

    – no extensive editing capabilities are needed besides easy and quick entering new activities in a simplest format
    – touch screen-without stylus operations desirable to support

    Note: regarding MindJet MM8 itself – the outline mode better to be given also more designer’s attention, GTD users would like it much.

  2. Colin

    I currently use the HTC G1 phone.

    I have yet to find any compatible mind mapping software to use on the G1. I am on the look out, however.

    Since I use Mindjet to organize so many parts of my digital life, I think having a mobile version of a mapping application would be beneficial for:

    – pulling up existing maps for reference
    – quickly brainstorming ideas with friends/colleagues when out of range of a laptop
    – taking quick notes while on the go

  3. Jeff

    I currently use a Palm Treo, but I am looking to migrate to an Android based phone. Is there a version of this in the works for the Android platform?

    I keep my Personal Dashboard in Mindmap so being able to open and edit it on my smart phone would be a dream!