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Lighten is a mind mapping app for the best way to clarify thinking, boost productivity, brainstorm, and visualize concepts on your iPhone and iPad.It offers a perfect balance between powerful features and ease of use.

Lighten is designed to be simple, but it has strong features. You can use it with iCloud to save and sync your mind maps. Lighten is a great choice to organize your mind, write notes, adjust plans and so on.

Feature highlights:

- create mind maps by simple taps
- many business style themes to choose
- highlight topics with stars
- add notes
- create to-do lists with tri-state checkboxes
- add relationship between topics
- share mind maps by .lighten file, text, Markdown, image, PDF and .XMind
- import XMind & XMind ZEN files*
- support iCloud Drive
- support touch bar
- and more...

Capture Ideas Instantly

Not only does mind mapping unleash your imagination, but also capture it for you. Lighten for Mac records your ideas and sparkles on the go into your mind maps, not letting them escape! Have fun!

Take Meeting Notes Conveniently

Elites always encounter information overwhelm in a lot of meetings. Lighten help you brainstorm, clarify thinking and note important things down on your Mac during the meeting, and share your meeting mind maps to colleagues.

Pretty Themes and Business Styles

With many different themes, Lighten help you make pretty mind maps quickly. Simple click lead you to choose among various types of themes. Business style themes assist you to make professional mind maps for work.

Lighten Up

In a big mind map, a star easily stands out. In Lighten, you can star the topic to highlight it, to make it eye-catching and easy to remember and understand!

Mind Mapping with To-do lists

To-do lists with tri-state checkboxes are embedded into Lighten to help you make schedules and do task management, boost your productivity and save your time. Lighten, seamlessly working with your imagination, makes your work more efficiently than ever.

*Support export to google docs, save images to Power Point, Keynote, Evernote.

Lighten for iOS

Lighten also provide application for iOS. Therefore, you can use Lighten both in Mac and iPhone/iPad conveniently. All the maps can automatically sync to all devices by using iCloud. You can download iOS version from App Store.

*Some additional elements of XMind &XMind ZEN files are not supported yet. Lighten’s new beautiful themes will automatically apply to the imported mind maps.

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What's New

Version 1.4


- Fix some bugs
- Open XMind ZEN files

And also, Lighten is the editor's love in App Store.
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Ratings and Reviews

3.3 out of 5

10 Ratings

10 Ratings

It’s a quick and easy braninstorming app


I wrote in content creation, and that includes writing articles for clients. After you wait for a client for a year or so, it gets hard to create new topics to write about. With Lighten, I mainly use it to branch out areas for the company, and keep branching out until I find something I like to write an article about. I also do it for some general brainstorming, finding ideas for a client’s marketing and lead gen, but mainly I use it for the article creation.

The price is a bit high, I’ll admit. It’s not really all that feature packed, instead going for a more simplistic layout. Maybe $5 or $10 would have been more apprioate. But it’s still a useful app, and I don’t regret the $15 I paid for it.

I do wish there was a way to share the maps in real time. You can download them and send them to people, but if my whole office could add ideas to their map and have it show up on everyone else’s, it would really help the workflow. Maybe in a future update they will add that.

Epitome of usability, intuitiveness, elegance and beauty


My goodness! I do not know how they pulled it off, but this gorgeous app is the absolute epitome of everything that makes a great app. It is very intuitive, incredibly easy to use, and has just the right combination of features to make it useful AND fun to use. The developers paid attention to the littlest details, creating an interface that is pure pleasure to use. They even made it so that while you are creating the mind map, you can do everything almost excliusively with the keyboard.

Jumping from the Mac app to its iOS counterpart is about as seamless as you will ever experience. I have wasted much time and money with a bunch of mind map apps, and this gem blows them all away. The first time I used it, within 10 minutes I had already created a fully developed map. The interface just makes it so eeffortless, and somehow seems to encourage the creative process.

This is a gem of gems, and you will LOVE it from the very first time you use it.

Rigid, Laggy, Annoying and Ugly


The worst thing is the fact that it locks all the topics in place where it wants to. It’s laggy and actions such as changing the line colors take about 3 seconds to update. Also there is no way to fold and unfold without right clicking or clicking a menu button. When you do fold or unfold it takes literally 5 seconds to update or just doesn’t work at all, randomly. The lines are pixelated and do not line up evenly to other connected lines. If you make a floating topic, it is then difficult to select focus of that topic, sometimes you must click it several times just to get the focus, which is an enormous hideous blue rounded rectangle. If you switch the balance from left to right or vice versa, everything will be a jumbled mess and not spaced evenly, but rather overlapped. Dragging a topic from one side of the main topic to the other will make the selected topic glitch in the opposite direction you are moving the mouse, and move further away, then finally move in the right direction.

This is a very disappointing purchase that I made. The developers should feel ashamed for rushing out a buggy app that has dozens of bugs which I discovered within the first 5 mins of attempting to use the app.


XMind Ltd.
2.4 MB
English, French, German, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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