Create mind maps

Create maps using the add button located in the bottom left corner of the file browser. On iPad the add button is located in the top right corner.

iPadOS home screen

You can also create maps directly from the home screen. Escape has a Today widget which you can add to home screen. The maps created using the extension are located in the root folder of Escape, in iCloud Drive. If iCloud Drive is not enabled, the new maps are created in the root folder of your local storage.
The file name is inherited from the text of the root topic.

Edit mind maps

Create topics

Tap and hold any topic, until a new topic appears, and then drag & drop it to its parent's side.

Create tasks

Create a topic then add a task percentage icon from the icon editor. You can choose between 0%, 25%, 75% and 100% percentage complete.

Edit topic/Adjust style

You can edit the topic text, the notes, the link, or the attached photo. You can also adjust the topic colors, the shape, or the text style.

Editing a topic works the same way as editing text in a notes app. The topic editor consists of the keyboard and a row of buttons used to switch between editor sections.

Double-tap the topic and then select the relevant editor section using the buttons above the keyboard.
Note: You can add up to 5 icons on a topic.

Cut, copy, paste or delete topics

Double-tap the topic and then choose the desired option from the context menu.

Organize topics

Drag & drop any topic to where you want to place it. A red line connection confirms when the topic is attached to a parent topic.

Fold and unfold topics

Tap any topic to fold and unfold its sub-topics.
Note: The root topic cannot be folded.

Batch operations

You can apply the same operation on all sibling topics at once. You can add, remove, check and uncheck multiple tasks, or sort topics by completion, priority or name.
Tap any topic, choose Batch Op from the context menu and then chose the desired operation from the context sub-menu. The operation is applied on the topic itself and its siblings.

Paste or Import

Paste text, photos or links

Double-tap a topic and then choose Paste from the context menu. Pasting on a topic creates a sub-topic containing the pasted info.

Pasting multiple items

If pasted text contains multiple lines, or if the clipboard contains multiple photos or links, several sub-topics are created, one for each item.

Pasting into an existing topic

If you want to add text in a topic that has already some text, double-tap the topic, and then tap again and hold the topic, until the standard context menu appears, and then choose Paste. If you want to paste notes, photo, or a link into a topic, double-tap the topic and then paste the info into the relevant editor section.

Import Mindmanager MMAP

Escape uses MMAP as the native map format. Use the option "Open in Another App" and then choose Escape, or drop maps in Escape folder in iCloud Drive.
Note: Relationships and callouts in MMAP files are currently not supported but they are preserved for round-tripping maps.

Import other formats

You can import Text and OPML files. Use the option "Open in Another App" and then choose Escape, or drop maps in Escape folder in iCloud Drive. They are automatically converted to mind maps.

Copy or Export

Copy the text, the photo or the link of a topic

Double-tap the topic and then copy the info from the relevant editor section. For photos, tap Share button in the photo editor and then choose Copy.

Copy outline text

Double-tap the topic and choose Copy from the context menu. The text of the topic and its sub-topics is copied to the clipboard, organized into logical outline levels.

Export/Share maps

Mind maps can be shared as MMAP (MindManager format), Outline text, PDF or PNG.
Tap More Options button in the File Browser, or swipe left on a file, and then pick an action from the share screen.
When editing a map, you can tap the Share button on the navigation bar.

Export/Share topic photo

Tap Share button in the photo editor.

Control Escape from other apps

The Custom URL Scheme lets other apps communicate with Escape and ask it to perform certain actions. The following actions are available:

Create map

Map is created in the root folder of Escape in iCloud Drive, or in the root folder of your local storage if iCloud Drive is not enabled.
Name parameter is percent encoded. Example:escapeapp://newMap?name=Project%20ideasIf Name parameter is missing, the file name is inherited from the text of the root topic.

Open last used map

escapeapp://openMap Open the last recent map.



For viewing mind maps on desktop you can use MindManager Viewer.


Restart editing tips from Help & Info section on the first screen of the app.


PRO add-on

Escape comes out of the box with a full set of mind mapping features, completely free. Besides, we built some features for power users, in a PRO add-on available with a subscription.

There is a 1-month trial period when you can check them freely. Please see Subscription Terms for more details.

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