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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.

Feature highlights:

- create mind maps by simple taps
- many business style themes to choose
- create folder to organize maps
- 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, .xmind, Markdown, image or PDF
- support 3D touch
- import XMind files*
- support iCloud Drive
- and more...

Capture Ideas Instantly

Not only does mind mapping unleash your imagination, but also capture it for you. Lighten 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 iPhone and iPad 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 taps lead you to choose among various types of themes. Business style themes assist you to make professional mind maps for work.

Star It to Highlight

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.

*Some additional elements of XMind 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 2.7.2

- Fix some bugs

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Ratings and Reviews

3.6 out of 5
19 Ratings
19 Ratings
Clurichaun ,

Inexpensive and Works

…Other mindmapping software available. It costs half if not less than the well known, usual 3 that you see on the App Store. I own those other three as well and they all have their strengths, however if I were to choose the one ultimate, full featured, mind mapping app that works acrosss all three devices it’s obviously ithoughts, but you will pay for it and for some it’s way more involved than they like. Lighten comes from a very nice, full featured mindmapping site and now IOS app, XMind, which is top of the line and not cheap but worth the price for what you get which is piles of options. This, is their light version which is super easy to use (although directiosn would be nice) but they are practically giving the apps away so with the prices so low, it’s hard to complain but apparently not for everyone :) It helps to research before you buy. I like it; it has some good looks to choose from, notes, pictures, can fine tune line size, fonts, shapes and bust out some maps really fast, plus syncs across the cloud.

RedbackSpider ,

Could be great but not quite there

I use mind mapping software to think through ideas. In the past I’ve used XMind, but have to say that as you shift this did not support a workflow that shifted from Mac to IPad to IPhone.

So I was very pleased when this product was announced as a key feature was “Lighten makes it possible to instantly have access to all your mind maps anywhere and anytime. Like magic, everything is exactly as you left it on your Mac or iPhone/iPad.”.

Sadly while this does work sometimes, it is not very fast so you end up having multiple versions and you then have to redo work (when the app detects to versions it allows you to select 1, but won’t merge changes if you have done work on two machines). When I reported the “slow synchronize” I was told to use Evernote to synchronize, but I don’t have that product. I was then told to use some other tool. This is no different to the import / export workflow I had before, so not a great response and it seems to mean that one of the primary selling points of the app is simply not useful.

Others have reported crashes on iPad and I nave seen this too. The only way to reduce these seems to be to wait a few minutes after kicking off the app to let it settle down. Not great for capturing spur of the moment ideas, but it works.

I really think this could be a great app, but it’s implementation is currently not solid.

dimitarsp ,

Excellent mind app software and value but missing feature

This is great, especially considering the value compared to XMind and MindNode for the price. It doesn’t have all the feature of the other two apps but it’s fantastic the unload ideas quickly. The only missing feature for me is the ability to import markdown text files


XMind Ltd.
5.9 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, French, German, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese

Age Rating
Rated 4+
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