scapple: to work or shape roughly, without smoothing to a finish.
- The Chambers Dictionary

Ever scribbled ideas on a piece of paper and drawn lines between related thoughts? Then you already know what Scapple does. It's a virtual sheet of paper that lets you make notes anywhere and connect them using lines or arrows.

Join up your thinking however you want. Scapple doesn't force you to make connections—every note is equal, so it's up to you which notes have connections and which don't. You have complete freedom to experiment with how your ideas fit together.

Creating notes is as easy as double-clicking anywhere on the page; making connections between ideas is as simple as dragging and dropping one note onto another. And unlike real paper, in Scapple you can move notes around and never run out of space.

• Simple—and fun!—to use
• Write notes anywhere
• Connect notes using drag and drop
• Move and arrange notes easily
• Stack notes in columns of related ideas
• Label connections
• Create background shapes to group notes
• Customise the appearance of notes
• MathType support
• iCloud syncing
• Full screen mode
• Export to popular formats or print your ideas
• Easily drag notes into Scrivener for further development

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What’s New

Version 1.4

Scapple 1.4 provides compatibility for both macOS 11 Big Sur and Apple Silicon.

UI and icons updated to match the new look of macOS 11 Big Sur.

Scapple is now a Universal app, running natively on both Silicon and Intel machines.

• Drawing and zooming optimised - Scapple should now be much faster with large boards.
• Added a preference that allows you to use solid lines instead of dashes for connections without arrows.
• Numerous refinements and bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

nomad411 ,

I felt let down at first, but not anymore..

I use Scrivener, and I always thought this would be a nice complement to it. So I finally broke down and did buy it last night, and to be honest, I felt let down. I even figured I’d ask for a reimbursement in the morning. While waiting, I figured I decided to read through the help guide. This app is so simple, I thought I wouldn’t need to at first. I was wrong. The features I thought were missing WERE there..

Turns out, this is a wonderful little tool. As simple as it first appears, it does allow for a lot of flexibility in thowing ideas down and playing with their organization afterwards.

I gave it 4 stars because I think there is one thing missing. There should be a button to press to send directly as a new Scrivener document. You can still start Scrivener, drag your ideas into it and re-arrange them there, but to be able to click a button to launch a new Scrivver with my map as text bits would be awesomer. :)

edmondtw ,

Wonderful but missing one thing...

Connections between nodes would be perfect if the connections could be labeled and if different end-points (arrows, ERD endpoints, etc.) could be selected. For example, if there is "Boy" and "Dog", and they are linked, it could be Boy Pets Dog, Boy Owns Dog, Dog Bites Boy, etc... Having this detail would really complete this app.

IsNotAPipe ,

It felt like there was something missing.

I was looking for something to mindmap with, and have used lots of different tools to made for just that. The problem is that so many of them make the table look very specifically, and make it impossible to make a layout that I liked, or actually represented my ideas.
Scapple gave me that kind of flexibility through how simply it was put together. The app lets you quickly create nodes, connect them, label them, without any effort. It has a really simple design that doesnt make anything too distracting, and helps you move from one idea to the next.
I've used this throughout school, and now through work.

A couple improvements are needed, however.
I wish there was an option to curve your lines, so that the connections weren't so rigid once everything is finished. Something like Pages or Illustrator, where you can drag the line into a curve. This would definitely make it a little easier to see some of the connections, without having to move one node halfway around the page to see how everything connects.

I would also like to see a system to share with others, and work on multiple platforms. If Scapple could work on iPad and be connected with iCloud, I would be able to start a project on one device and finish with another.

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