Overcome writer's block by turning your writing process into a brainstorming exercise.
How many times have you faced a blank document, trying to figure out how to begin at all? Or find yourself stuck on a particular segment of your work you just can't seem to go beyond? WriteMapper helps you generate ideas for your writing, by turning this problem into the visual exercise of brainstorming ideas using a mind map. This is has an even greater helping effect for people who are more visually stimulated, allowing them to conjure up an endless stream of thoughts, ideas, and scenarios.
Uses Mind Maps
Everyone already knows what a mind map is and gets how a mind map works — all that's left to do now is to fill it in with your thoughts and ideas.
Get a brainstorming productivity boost from using keyboard shortcuts, allowing you to be trigger-happy and fire away editing and creating nodes.
Quick Add Siblings
Record the next point that pops up in your mind as quickly as you can think it up by quick-adding a node using the Enter keyboard shortcut.
Quick Edit Nodes
Refine your initial thoughts or correct mistakes directly on the WriteMap by using the Shift+Enter shortcut, without opening the editor.
Making a carbon copy of an existing node and its children allows you use your existing ideas as a starting point and reimagine and refine them.
Each action of yours in creating, editing and deleting nodes is recorded into an action history, which allows you to undo and redo without limits.
Toggle between having the mind map branch out to both left and right, or focus on its hierarchical flow by having all child nodes on one side.
Work in comfort, day or night, with a beautifully-designed dark mode interface.
WriteMapper was designed to be a joy to work with — besides being easier on your eyes in Dark Mode, it's also an aesthetically pleasing, pretty sight to look at. The app is also configured to be compatible with macOS Mojave's Dark Mode, having the ability to detect if the Dark Mode setting has been turned on on your Mac, and if so, will automatically take up Dark Mode for its interface appearance as well. If you have a default preference you'd like WriteMapper to always open up with, you can also indicate this from the settings window, and the app will remember that configuration the next time you start it up.
Attention To Detail
Each part of the WriteMap's window has been fine-tuned to look great in Dark Mode, be it while viewing the mind map or the content editor.
You can toggle Dark Mode from the menu bar (under View) on desktop, or by right-clicking the WriteMap's background, and from the More menu () on iPads.
On macOS Mojave, WriteMapper automatically detects if your Mac has Dark Mode enabled, and helps you switch to it upon starting the app up.
You can also define if the app should apply Light or Dark Mode during each time it's opened, by setting this from the option in your Preferences.
Boost your writing productivity with a range of simple keyboard shortucts.
Don't like having to take your hands off the keyboard, finding that it slows you down? We've got just the solution — besides triggering actions from the toolbar or menu bar of the app, it's also got keyboard shortcuts incorporated into almost every action you can perform in WriteMapper. Whether zooming in and out, or selecting different nodes across the mind map, we've got it all covered. Besides actions that can be performed on the WriteMap itself, we've also integrated keyboard shortcuts into the content editing experience, so that as you're typing your notes into the distraction-free editors of individual nodes, you can format and style text at the same time too.
For almost every action you can perform in WriteMapper, there exists a corresponding keyboard shortcut you can use to trigger it quickly.
We designed hardware keyboard shortcuts to work with all operating systems WriteMapper is available on, whether macOS, Windows, or even iOS.
Continue using keyboard shortcut definitions you're used to on other apps and systems, such as the ones for the undo and redo actions.
You can view the corresponding keyboard shortcut for each available action by browsing the options in the menu bar and right-click menus.
On iOS, you can bring up the list of supported keyboard shortcuts by holding down the command key (⌘) while the WriteMapper app is open.
You can also configure keyboard shortcuts to use custom key bindings, from the option in Preferences — should you so prefer!
Emojis are supported in WriteMapper and in exported files, so use them freely.
Everyone's finding more and more uses for Emojis, as more and more apps and operating system ecosystems begin to support their use. WriteMapper allows you to use Emojis freely, so whether you'd like to use them as icon headers in the content editor, or liven up the look of your WriteMap and draw more attention to certain sailent points of individual nodes, go ahead and inject that bit of color and cuteness into your WriteMap.
Use As Icons
Demarcate the ideas in your WriteMap better using Emojis as little graphic icons, helping your eyes and brain easier grasp the title of each node.
Or, an alternative use of Emojis in the app is to use it within the content editor, allowing you to label individual points or supplement your text.
Text documents can be exported from WriteMaps containing Emojis, and will get displayed when viewed in apps that also support Emoji capabilities.
Emojis on Mac
You can easily input your desired emoji from your Mac by hitting the Command + Control + Space keyboard shortcut while an input is actively selected.
Emojis on PC
For Windows users, you can too natively input emojis from the touch keyboard in the icon tray in your task bar, or from the +. or +; shortcuts.
Emojis on iPad
Ensure that the Emoji keyboard has been added to the list of available keyboards in Settings, then select it from the globe icon found on the iOS keyboard.
Auto-magically expand lines of text content into new child nodes on the mind map.
While immersed in the writing experience of the distraction-free content editor, it might be easy to inadvertedly slip back into your old ways and end up jotting down your futher sub-points inside of the node, instead as separate child nodes on your WriteMap which you can then continue to further develop later on. We've got a quick and easy solution to remedy this awkward situation: selecting the lines you want to turn into nodes, right-clicking and choosing the "Auto-Expand Lines" option will help you to turn those lines into their own nodes in the mind map, leaving you free to continue brainstorming ahead.
Instead of having to manually shift your writing out from the content editor into nodes individually, this helps you let the app do the work for you.
With text selected, you can use the Command+Shift+E (⇧⌘E) shortcut on macOS and the Control+Shift+E shortcut on Windows to trigger it.
After the action is completed by the app, you can carry on editing the nodes and rearranging them in your WriteMap as you deem fit, without skipping a beat.
This automated action integrates into the undo/redo action history, letting you accurately retrace the steps taken in creating your WriteMap's structure.
Matches Color Tags
When the resultant child nodes are created using this function, they adapt to use the same color tag as the node they're created from, ensuring consistency.
Edit, style and format your writing however you like with laser focus, distraction-free.
Beyond being just a mind map, each individual node on it can be "opened" up to a content editor, where you can write and jot notes you'd like to include under that node. Designed to be free of distractions to allow you to go deep on the point you're making in each node, the content editing interface is free of any extraneous or unnecessary elements which serve marginal or even no purpose. Besides that, while in the content editor interface, the toolbar also transforms its functions. Reaching for it exposes a set of tools for you to format and style your text, as well as adjust the font size of the letters you're working on at the moment, among other options also available.
More Than Mind Maps
A mind map turns into a fully-fleged WriteMap with the added difference of being able to write notes and formatted text in each node of a mind map.
You can transition into the content editor of each node by double-clicking or double-tapping it, or by using the Cmd+E or Ctrl+E keyboard shortcuts.
Designed For Focus
The content editing interface was rid of any unnecessary visual elements in its design, with the full intention of letting you focus on your writing.
Besides entering plain text, the content editor allows you to organise your writing using several text formats, such as lists, code blocks and links.
Applicable text elements in the editor such as links and quotes are visually styled to mirror the node's current color tag for further aesthetic quality.
Set Task Status
You can also toggle the node's task status from within the content editor, by selecting the tag icon from the toolbar at the bottom of the screen.
Besides being able to edit the contents of the node, you're also able to directly edit the node's title from the content editor without leaving it.
View Node Info
The content editor also displays relevant information about the node, similar to what's displayed on the left and right of each of the WriteMap's nodes.
Adjustable Text Size
You can adjust the editor's text to your a size most comfortable for you from the toolbar. This can also be saved as a default from the preferences menu.
On the iPad, you can configure the default preference of whether to automatically focus to show the keyboard, every time you bring up the content editor.
WriteMap File Format
Manage your files however you like, without being bound by third party cloud storage.
With regard to file operations like saving or opening files, the WriteMapper app, on all platforms it's available on, operates in a familiar fashion, just like any other app you'd expect on a computer system. You can save your work as a WriteMap file (.writemap) and store it away on your computer's local storage disk, before coming back to work on it sometime later on. The way this works also means that conventional cloud sync systems will also work as intended with your saved WriteMap files, and you can use services like Dropbox, or iCloud to sync your WriteMaps between your devices.
With the WriteMap file format, we were able allow you to use your operation system's capabilities to manipulate your WriteMaps as individual files.
Like regular, traditional documents, you can save your work to a specified folder in your computer or iPad, naming WriteMaps as you wish.
Across all platforms, WriteMapper is able to remember the recent WriteMaps you've worked on, and have them easily within reach from the recents menu.
Directly open the WriteMap file you wish to work on, namely from Finder on macOS, from File Explorer on Windows, and from the Files app on iOS.
The usual keyboard shortcuts also work with these file operations, hitting ⌘S or Ctrl+S will save the current WriteMap, and ⌘O or Ctrl+O will open one.
Use Cloud Sync
Share and sync your WriteMaps with others and across devices with your preferred third-party cloud services like Dropbox, iCloud and OneDrive.
On macOS and Windows versions of the app, you can also specify a default folder to which you can save all WriteMaps to and open all WriteMaps from.
When you save, export or copy a file, the app shows you visual confirmation when the action is confirmed to have been successfully completed.
For a quick example of a WriteMap file, open the tutorial from the Help menu on desktop, or from the recents menu on the iPad.
Compatible File Exports
View and edit the result of your work on your writing app of choice with file exports.
WriteMapper is not only great for structuring and planning your thoughts and ideas within the app, it's also meant to get them out of the app as well. The software helps you transform your hard work creating a fully fleshed out mind map by allowing you to export it to various text documents. The supported file formats were chosen to be widely compatible, and include Markdown (.md), HTML (.html), Microsoft Word (.docx), Plain Text (.txt) and Rich Text Format (.rtf). At the click of a button, the app goes about automatically generating a fully-formed text document for you, which you can then give it its final polish using your preferred text editing app.
Exports were designed to fit into your existing workflow, with mutiple file formats allowing you to open them in your text editing app of choice.
The exported file uses the hierarchy you created in your mind map, arranging the root node as its title, and subsequent nodes linearly nested below.
Besides titles of individual nodes, the text content you entered into the editor of each node gets attached as paragraphs under each sub-title.
To the fullest applicable extent, the contents of each exported text document format is styled in accordance to the styling applied in the content editor.
Copy To Clipboard
For use cases such as for pasting into an input field, you can also copy the exported results directly into your clipboard for your immediate use.
Exported Microsoft Word documents come complete with style metadata for elements such as titles and headings, allowing easy transition across apps.
Helps you spot and correct your typing mistakes faster and easier than ever.
When in a hurry to get your writing done, or when you've been at it for an extended amount of time, it can be sometimes difficult to have your typing be on point for your whole duration of work. That's why we've introduced the spellcheck function to the app, which helps you spot and correct your typing mistakes quickly and easily, without any fuss: simply right-click on misspelled words with a red squiggly line indicators, and choose the word you meant to type from the list of corrections that appear. If you prefer not to see any red squiggly lines while working, the app also lets you turn off the spellcheck function from the settings window.
Spellcheck on Desktop
On desktop versions of WriteMapper, spellcheck shows the familiar red dotted underline for misspelled words. Right-clicking it shows suggestions.
Spellcheck is also applied within the text inputs when you're actively editing the title of a node from the WriteMap view, upon entering quick edit mode.
You can also set whether or not to enable Spellcheck at all from the app's preferences window. This is available on macOS and Windows versions of the app.
Edits triggered by spellcheck from the right-click menu are also saved to the app's undo/redo history, allowing accurate navigation of your actions.
Autocorrect on iPad
On the iOS version of WriteMapper, you can use the built-in autocorrect and suggestion capabilities to correct your typing mistakes.
Gain clarity on what’s left to do, by being able to mark individual nodes as done.
While in the process of organising your thoughts, it's inevitable that you finish perusing some before others. In a WriteMap with many nodes, or if your working style is to bounce around the place, it can be hard to keep track of what's been already worked on, and which nodes need further work before you can move on to the next step. The Task Status function allows you to indicate which nodes have been completed, by toggling an option from the right-click (or long-press) menu of each node. When Task Status is toggled on, a checkmark icon will be displayed on the left-sided info rectangle in place of the information of that node's depth.
Toggle In WriteMap
To mark a node as completed, right-click or long-press the node and select the "Toggle Task Status" option, which also appears in the menu bar.
View In WriteMap
When marked as "done", a checkmark icon will appear in place of the node's depth info on the left side of the node, while it is selected.
View All Statuses
To easily view the Task Status of all nodes on the WriteMap, use the tilde (~) keyboard shortcut, which will reveal the info of all nodes.
In Content Editor
You can also view and toggle the Task Status of a node from the tag icon in the toolbar while in the content editor, without having to leave the editor.
There's also a dedicated keyboard shortcut for toggling the Task Status of the currently selected node, with Control + Shift + Enter.
Illustrate your ideas with images inserted into the content editor to complete it.
The content editor of the WriteMapper app not only functions as a text editor, but also allows you to insert images to supplement your writing, be it from a file on your computer, or from a URL. On the iPad app, you can use drag and drop to insert images into the content editor instead. Once inserted into a node of the WriteMap, the image data is then imported and stored within your WriteMap file itself, so that there is no need to retain the original file for the WriteMap to refer to and load data from. These images also processed and included when exporting to compatible text document formats, such as DOCX and HTML.
On desktop, you can insert images in your WriteMap from the toolbar in the content editor, whether from a URL or from a local image file on your computer.
Drag & Drop
On the iPad version of WriteMapper, you can insert images into the content editor by using the drag-and-drop function native to iOS devices.
Saved In WriteMaps
Image data is handled and saved internally by the program to WriteMap files, so you don't lose images even if you delete the original image files.
For applicable text document formats like DOCX, exports will include images, text-only formats like Markdown instead use the image source URL or path.
Get a bird's-eye view of your writing structure from the visual nature of mind maps.
For easy visual comprehension of the data on your WriteMap, we've made it a point to include several functions that will improve the ease of manipulating and editing your mind map. For instance, you can zoom in and out on the WriteMap to get a more complete picture of how your idea is shaping up, at any given moment. Nodes that have children nodes attached to them also can be collapsed (and subsequently expanded) to be hidden away for the time being, while you focus on other portions of your work. The info on the left and right side of a node normally only shows up when you hover over it or select it, but for comprehensive visual reference, you can also simultaneously view the info of all nodes by hitting the tilde (~) key on your keyboard, while in the WriteMap view.
Pan or Drag
To scroll a WriteMap that's larger than the app's window, you can drag the background around. On desktop, you can also scroll with the trackpad or mouse wheel.
Arrow Keys To Traverse
Besides selecting nodes with your finger or mouse cursor, you can also indicate your selection by using the arrow keys on the keyboard.
If you'd like to resize the mind map to see everything at once, or reset zoom levels, you can use the zoom function found in the toolbar, or its keyboard shortcuts.
Collapse & Expand
To hide a node's children from sight, click or tap the white round buttons on the right edge of each node, or use the backslash (\) keyboard shortcut.
Collapse Other Nodes
If you want only one node's contents visible, you can collapse everything else by right-clicking or long-pressing a node then selecting "Collapse Other Nodes".
View Node Info
Basic information about a node is displayed on its left and right when you hover your mouse cursor over it, select it, and also in its content editor view.
Toggle Node Info
You can switch between displaying positional info and wordcount info of each node, shown on the right-hand side of nodes in the WriteMap.
View All Info
A convenience keyboard shortcut to help you to take stock of your work; you can use the tilde (~) key to display the info of all nodes of the WriteMap at once.
Toggle Map Layout
Depending on how you want to view the contents of your mind map, you can switch between having its branches on both sides, or to only one side.
Set Your Defaults
You can also set the default mind map layout to use when creating new files (centered or cascading), which will be saved and used for all your future work.
Go Full Screen
Utilize all of your display's real estate in displaying all of your nodes on the mind map by going full screen in the app from the menu bar on desktop versions.
Save time and gain assurance knowing your work is automatically saved as you work on it.
We've all experienced times where we've had to deal with re-doing a document, having lost your work as a result of not saving your work, coupled with an accident like your computer crashing. If your WriteMap file has been saved before and has a destination location for the app to save to, the autosave function will run periodically, ensuring that your work is saved in frequent intervals. On the iPad, your autosaved work may be found in the recents menu, or in the Files app, by navigating to On My iPad → WriteMapper. The autosave function is enabled by default, and you can also disable this from the settings window, if you wish.
The app triggers the save function every few minutes, and will save your work if there is an existing file to save to on desktop versions of the app.
On the iPad version, files are autosaved to the Files app, and may be found in "On My iPad → WriteMapper", and from the app's recents menu.
Autosave can be configured to be enabled or disabled according to your desired behaviour of the app, by setting it from the preferences window or menu.
When a WriteMap is autosaved by the app, it will also show you visual confirmation when the action is confirmed to have been successfully completed.
Import other filetypes into the WriteMapper app, and work on them as a mind map.
Besides exporting, you can now import other filetypes into the WriteMapper app, and work on them as a mind map! For starters, WriteMapper supports import of most of the filetypes it currently exports to, namely Markdown (.md), HTML (.html) and DOCX (.docx) files. Furthermore, we've also included import capabilities for the OPML file format — which is one of the most-asked-for features from our users.
The import feature supports multiple filetypes, which makes it easy for you to get data into the app and get going from there without missing a beat.
The app parses the file you've imported, intelligently turning linear documents into nested, structured mind maps observing the hierarchy of its headings.
Directly get a quick overview of the state of your work in its document form.
Get a quick overview of the state of your work in its document form, directly from the WriteMapper app itself with the new full document export preview feature. Besides being great for proofreading, the preview mode also allows you to toggle various modes of exploring your preview, helping you digest your writing quicker and easier than ever before. A handy full document word and character count calculator is also included, which displays that information for you in preview mode.
Get a cohesive picture of what the flow of your work is looking to be using the Full Document Preview feature, directly accessible from the toolbar.
It's great for letting you peruse the entire document created by your mind map, checking through your work and examining it once through.
If you wish to hide each node's contents in the preview, you can do so, leaving just the headings in the full document mode to further inspect.
You can get a wordcount of the entire WriteMap in by selecting the info button option from the toolbar, where other useful info is also displayed.
Navigate To Node
If you find something you'd like to edit, you can directly navigate to the specific node by selecting the "Open Selected Node" option from the toolbar.
There is also a further option to display the full document in an indented fashion, making the hierarchy of your work more prominent and distinct.