1. Fluent Mind Map – iOS Update

    December 23, 2014 by accidentalfish

    I’ve completed work on a major update to the iOS version of Fluent Mind Map. It contains a few bug fixes but primarily is about new features including:

    • iCloud Drive support
    • iOS 8.0 Document Picker support (use DropBox, OneDrive, Box etc.)
    • A selection of themes to apply to your mind maps and a theme editor so you can create your own
    • Save mind maps directly to your photo library

    The new document picker support replaces the DropBox specific support in previous versions. While developing this I have come across a bug in DropBox – some files, but not all, previously saved to DropBox via the application will not open through the document picker. I’ve reported the issue to DropBox as it does look to be on there side (and permissions related in some way) but in the meantime you can fix this by moving them out of the app folder into a new DropBox folder.

    The bad news is that I completed the testing on this work just as the Apple services required for updating app’s in the store shut down for the Christmas period. They open again on the 29th December and I’ll get the update posted as soon that happens.

    As always I hope this update is useful to you.

  2. Fluent Mind Map Themes

    December 14, 2014 by accidentalfish

    I started to think about adding some different colour schemes into Fluent Mind Map while working on the W8 version. The file format has been “theme” ready since I released the very first version on the iPad so this weekend I went ahead and added that functionality into the Windows 8 version. There’s a screenshot from the app below:


    There is also a basic theme editor included so you can pick your own colours if you want something different. Any edited / created themes will be available on your local device for all your mind maps but they also carry around with your mind maps so if you share them the theme will go with them.

    The app is available in the Windows Store now, hope you like the updates.

    I have made a couple of underlying changes to increase the flexibility over what I had in mind back when I first created the iOS app and so although the iOS app will read these files the text will always be white if you work cross platform. I hope to get the update out soon that will include proper support for themes as well as the iCloud support I mentioned previously.

    Finally – thanks to my (new!) users of the W8 version for the feedback so far. It’s really useful, massively appreciated, and helping me to make the app more useful.


  3. Fluent Mind Map and Windows 8

    December 6, 2014 by accidentalfish

    I’m happy to announce that Fluent Mind Map is now also available on Windows 8.1. It’s fully file and feature compatible with the iOS version and so if you’re using Dropbox (or soon on iOS) or OneDrive you can freely share your work across both iOS and Windows 8.

    I redesigned it from the ground up to fit in to Windows 8 UI paradigms and to work well with both touch and keyboard and mouse.

    I’ll be updating the website in the next few days (frankly Microsoft caught me on the hop with a super quick review) but in the meantime you can get it on the Windows Store here and below is a screenshot to whet your appetite. 


    And I’ve not been neglecting the iOS app – nearly complete is a version that adds iCloud support, iOS 8 extensions (specifically the document provider so you can use the storage solution of your choice), and the ability to save photographs to your photo library. iCloud and photo library support are frequently requested features and so I hope this update is of value to you.

  4. Fluent Mind Map v1.2.1.0 (and Mocking Pad news)

    October 9, 2013 by accidentalfish

    I pushed a new version of Fluent Mind Map to the App Store last night. This is mostly a bug fix release and a few tweaks for iOS 7 – which this version now requires.

    • Visual tweaks for iOS 7 – primarily the status bar now drops down with the toolbars.
    • Bug fix for node clipping on the first show of a mind map
    • Bug fix for Dropbox preview loading when an unexpected file is in the DropBox application folder and more previews need generating
    • Bug fix for an intermittent crash in the editor

    If anyone see’s an editor crash following this release please do get in touch. One user has reported a frequent crash in the editor but I’ve struggled to replicate it – I found one crash, whichI fixed, in a lot of testing. It may be my own habits are biasing my testing and leaving me blind to something so if you do see a crash please do let me know – I take such issues very seriously.

    Finally some, I hope, welcome news if you’re a Mocking Pad user. Firstly I’ve had a problem with the DropBox integration reported to me that I am working on resolving, however I’m also in the middle of an iOS 7 update so that it better fits into the new platform. Visually this is quite a big overhaul as its a large application however I think the benefits are worth it: the cleaner style of iOS 7 should really help focus on the content and that was always one of my aims with this application.

  5. Fluent Mind Map – Issue Resolved

    September 4, 2013 by accidentalfish

    A quick update: a fixed version of Fluent Mind Map was released onto the App Store last night and has resolved the issue. Fortunately Apple accepted my request for an expedited review (it’s the first time in 5 years I’ve needed to so I’d like to think I’ve treated the submission process responsibly over the years) and turned the review round in less than 12 working hours.

    Apologies again to anyone who was inconvenienced by this and thank you for your patience and supportive emails, I’m massively grateful for that.


  6. Fluent Mind Map – Update

    August 31, 2013 by accidentalfish

    I was in touch with my tools vendor, Xamarin, lat night and the issue is due to a bug in the tool but not what I thought. They’ve been able to advise me on a workaround and that does seem to work and so I’ve been up since super-early UK time to get a build prepped for the App Store again.

    That’s now uploaded and pending review with Apple and I’ve requested an expedited review which hopefully means the fix will go live within the next day or so.

    Apologies again for this. Thanks to those who have been in touch for being so understanding – really appreciate that.

  7. Fluent Mind Map – Nightmare Scenario

    August 30, 2013 by accidentalfish

    Firstly I want to apologise: the version of the App that went available on the App Store crashes on startup. I have no means to test what I believe to be the cause but I’ve submitted what I believe to be a fix and requested an expedited review. In the meantime I’ve pulled the App from the store. If you have it installed and Mind Maps saved don’t delete the app – leave it in place and when the new version arrives it should all work again with no data loss.

    In the meantime if this leaves you in a bind please get in touch by email (websupport@accidentalfish.com) and I may be able to assist.

    I realise my root cause above sounds a little vague. Fluent Mind Map uses a development tool called Xamarin.iOS that allows you to write apps for the App Store using the C# language and it contains something called a linker that amongst other things removes unused code to make the app smaller for download. When I produced my final release candidate I made a one line code change and this caused a crash on startup due to what looks to be a bug in the linker. I managed to resolve this in my Release Candidate but despite being built with exactly the same settings the version submitted to the App Store seems to have the same problem. I’ve reproduced the issue and fixed this by turning the linker off (resulting in a big binary) and submittted this to Apple. Unfortunately the only way to test this is to download it from the App Store. Hence my vague statement above.

    Hopefully the new version will be reviewed and released quickly.

    Finally let me apologise again: I was genuinely gutted to learn this and I will do all I can to get this resolved quickly. I’ll update the blog if I learn anything more.

  8. Fluent Mind Map 1.2 (and online update)

    August 26, 2013 by accidentalfish

    I’ve just submitted version 1.2 of Fluent Mind Map to the App Store for review. It includes the much asked for ability to connect a node to any other node (so not necessarily the parent node) and also a set of fixes:


    • Connect nodes to any arbitrary other node with a dotted line


    • Node property toolbar can no longer be shown while reparenting nodes
    • Fix for very large mind maps and image export
    • Various fixes for rare intermittent issues
    • Lower memory consumption in many operations leading to faster performance

    You can see an example set of the new connections here:


    I owe thanks to a generous user who spent a lot of time answering my questions on email and helped me get to the bottom of a particularly gnarly bug – thanks!

    Those watching the site might also have noticed changes to the online version of Fluent Mind Map on Saturday, I’ve added a lot of the editor functionality so that now you can create new nodes, pages and documents. I’ve also incorporated local saving of mind maps to your browsers “Local Storage”. You can read more about the update in the release notes or go ahead and try it out.

    Busy times!

  9. Fluent Mind Map Online – Editing and Saving

    August 19, 2013 by accidentalfish

    I’ve just pushed out version which includes basic editing as described in the release note:

    • Change a nodes text
    • Change a nodes colour
    • Change a node and all its childrens colour by double clicking the colour well
    • Drag nodes to reposition (still a little buggy)
    • Save changes to Dropbox


    There are a few rough edges around saving and you still can’t create anything new (documents, pages, nodes) but thats coming soon and should be in the next update.


  10. Fluent Mind Map Online – Update

    August 18, 2013 by accidentalfish

    Rather than blog in detail about every little change I make to Fluent Mind Map Online I’ve pushed out a release note page, it’s linked to from the version number on the product page or you can find it here.

    My hope is to make lots of small incremental changes so this seems a better way to go, though I’ll still blog about major updates.