Scapple 4+

Literature & Latte

    • 4.4 • 118 Ratings
    • $20.99



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 1.4.2

Scapple 1.4.2 prepares the app for macOS Ventura while making several enhancements and bug fixes along the way.

• Improved handling of unsupported image types
• Enhanced adaptive colours in contexts such as printing and boards with dark backgrounds
• Fixed bugs in RTF export, QuickLook, labelling, and the user interface

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
118 Ratings

118 Ratings

The Expensive Manzana ,

OK, long-dated tweaks would make it perfect

Scapple has no competition when you need to capture and make sense of a lot of ideas or bits of information.
Works better than an outliner for problems that do not have a well-understood structure because it lets you visualize things and move around bits and pieces like a mindmapping tool.
Scapple works better that a mindmapping tool if the chunks of information you need to visualize are text with dense content (not just one-word concepts), notes, paragraphs, tec. Some people use it as a drafting tool, juggling around paragraphs, for short prose, speeches, essays, etc.

The only issue, which is getting really old, is that it has very poor graphical elements. The straight lines and arrows do not blend well unless you have a very rigid layout. It is a pity, because Scapple is great to put together networks of data with lots of connections, and the straight lines become a distracting visual nuisance. A little tweak to use softer curves (simple Bezier or splines) would elevate Spline’s original but dated interface to the level of a killer app.

I am consistently more productive using Scapple than any other outlining tool; I can work fast and focused even if the end product is an eye sore.

TheBarometz ,

Scapple is everything I never knew I needed

I expect there are an infinite number of uses for this app. I initially expected it to be useful in drafting story arcs, but within a few weeks I was relying on it for a number of other tasks as well. Character sketches, scene outlines, storyboards … This app is so versatile and easy to use that it’s now among my three favorite writing-related apps. My favorite features include the ability to save “note styles,” and to import images, but it does so much more. It allows me to manipulate text far more than should be expected from an idea-drafting tool. It lets me choose from a variety of fonts, text sizes and text colors. I can place text in any of several different bubble shapes with different background colors and border colors. Scapple lets me align, distribute, group and connect elements in ways so many ways … Scapple is everything I never before realized I needed. I’ve been using it for more than a year, and I can honestly say that I hope there never comes a time when I’ll have to write without it.

CaptainGoose ,

There Is No Better Productivity Software That Exists.

This is app can do absolutely anything you want it to when it comes to planning, organizing, managing, and innovating. Anything.

Many people will at first simply see at as a another mind-mapping tool. However, these people would be missing out on what is arguably the most useful business tool that exists (excluding process automation tools, of course—but those are no fun to talk about).

My favorite way to use Scapple is as a high-level dashboard that contains every idea, concept, and visual graphic related to my current project(s). I like to be able to open one window and simply sit back at the start of my workday and glance over and be reminded of everything I’m working on. In addition to serving as a “digital bulletin board”, I can also add text/paragraphs and link descriptions to objects and form relationships among everything on the page—images, ideas, current projects, future projects, priorities, to-do lists, etc.

In addition, it’s great for mocking up landing pages and web pages.

Finally, the lack of structure is what makes this app so great. Unlike other mind mapping tools, you can continuously add to a mind map (or dashboard in my case) for an infinite amount of time. Every day you can add something new to it and it’s easy to move everything around so that it continues to make sense.

This app could seriously be sold for a lot more money…so you might as well get it now while it’s so cheap.

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