photo 1You may have read on, our mid-summer review of Thoughtree (the Beta) but I’m pleased to reevaluate my recommendation now that it has hit the iTunes App Store, all tweaked and tuned for iOS 7 and free for the taking.

Developer, Jude Abeler, offers journalers his “personal thought network” for practical productivity, with a classic user interface in black, white and green. Its charming tree logo reminded me of my children’s’ book collection, which included The Giving Tree. Both are delightfully unfussy.

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In Thoughtree, you won’t find any frills or bells and whistles, No photos, date stamps or inspirational imagery, either. Simply create a category based on your project, ideas, or mind meanderings and assign it a symbol. Thoughtree has thirteen with an option to purchase an additional 25 symbols for $0.99. Then, just “go out on a limb”. Get those dreams down on the page by tapping the tree icon at the bottom of the screen. Editing is just as easy. Tap DONE and you can continue to favorite, delete or share your thoughts via Facebook, Twitter, email and messaging. Tap the search icon and Thoughtree delivers a keyword search area.

Conspicuously missing are automatic date entry, and any number of user customizations, like choices in backup applications and storage, font, color and size, and the option to add pictures. Security is by far the most important to this journaler. Developer Abeler admits, “I figured those who value security would put a pass code on their phone”. We will see security in future iterations.

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Would the addition of these features change the overall appeal of this uncomplicated app or would they relegate it to the ranks of more popular journaling software? Personally, I love the simplicity. But I want to have the privacy and security that I feel is lacking. I must have DropBox for a back up solution. And I really hate scrolling for pages and pages to get to the latest entry.

Thoughtree was not designed to emulate any other journaling app. It was developed for a quick and simple scribbling of ideas. If down-sizing your journal and capturing an unadorned idea is what you’re after, Thoughtree is free, ready and waiting in the App Store.

Cost: Free
Score: 1.5 out of 3 for use, features and interface


IMG_0181Marianne Jelley is an IOS/OS staff writer for, a college instructor, seminar facilitator, a recent divorcee´ (again), a voracious reader, the mother of three grown sons and grandmother to her 3 grand-girls. She and her Jack Russell Terrier, Tucker, live on the Long Island Sound, in Connecticut.