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Scapple is the software equivalent of how I work out my rough ideas on paper. (If I didn't hate the word "brainstorming" so much, I'd probably call it brainstorming software.) When I'm in the early stages of any project, whether that's a writing project or a software project, I tend to throw a bunch of ideas down on a big piece of paper, spacing out as-yet unrelated ideas, clustering related notes, and drawing connections between them, trying to work out how everything fits together.

In short, then, Scapple is a tool for getting early ideas down as quickly as possible and making connections between them. The main more...

What's New

Version 1.1:
  • Mavericks compatible.
  • When creating a new note with Cmd-Return, the new note now maintains the indent level of the selected note.
  • Showing or hiding the footer bar will now determine the setting for new documents.
  • Added View > Page Guides, which provides guides showing where page boundaries will fall when printing.
  • Minor changes to file format and file more...

Requirements

OS X 10.6 or later

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Hkim Member IconReview+170
Hkim
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This is a killer application for me. It is so simple and because of that is flexible. I missed the old version of Stickybrain and for me, this is the successor.
I would highly recommend Scapple for anyone that wants to sketch out ideas or workflow or their thoughts in general.

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Version 1.1
Ronnb Member IconReview+65
Ronnb
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This is a most excellent bit of software in both flexibility and design. Unlike other "mind-mapping" software, it is easy to use. Maybe I would have called this "foolscap" instead of "Scapple", but it is a must-buy for me.

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Version 1.1
LuukLuuk Member IconReview+11
LuukLuuk
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All other similar tools are too boastful and cluther your mind with too many features, whereas Scapple gets to the point: what's on your mind and how does it relate to your other entries?

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Version 1.1
Philosopherdog Member IconReview+99
Philosopherdog
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Simply brilliant. But what do you expect from the author of Scrivener. I've always found other mindmapping tools too limiting. A dropbox sync setting would be nice for those working on more than one machine. Love to see an iPad companion to this app.

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Version 1.1
Ckueny Member IconReview+9
Ckueny
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It seems that my mouse pointer slipped, and Macupdate's web site translated this into a 2.5-star rating for Scapple which I never posted and can't remove. I've only started to evaluate Scapple, but rather than leave Macupdate's spurious low rating, I'll give it five starts all around. It looks useful, and if it's even half as good as their Scrivener, it's a winner.

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Version 1.1
suzaiinwatsongmailcom3940 Member IconReview-19
suzaiinwatsongmailcom3940
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Scapple seems like that it is a good mind mapping tool but i want to read the reviews of this tool. can please anyone share. http://www.mindmappingsite.com/sw-tool-reviews/software-reviews

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Version 1.0
Dan-D.
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I guess we all want to read reviews and comments about this and other apps – that’s the reason most of us visit MacUpdate, isn't it?

What's wrong with the reviews over here? Or what other kind of reviews are you looking for?

macuser96 Member IconComment+3
macuser96
+1

That's EXACTLY what I was looking for for a very long time. Everytime I was asking for an application that lets me collect ideas and/or todos, people told me to use a mind-map and/or a todo-list. They never understood that this was not what I wanted.

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Version 1.0
Radus Member IconReview+25
Radus
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It is easy to use and fun to use. But it should be better integrated in Scrivener:
- import scapple map into scrivener and open it as an external application ( now a scapple file is of "unsupported file type" ?? )
- maintain links to files dragged onto a scapple map, and give a way to open them in their favorite application
But nevertheless easier than other mind mapp apps, 5 stars, but room for improvement.

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Version 1.0
Amberv
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Importing native files into the Binder as research items is a feature, I'm not sure what you mean about it being a downside. It's great to be able to host files in the project Binder so they can be easily opened in their parent applications for modification. If you want to fully import Scapple notes into the software you can do that do. Just drag a selection of notes into a freeform corkboard in Scapple, for the best results.

On the second point: I think all you need to do here is create a link to the file. You can already create hyperlinks by selecting some text and using the Edit/Add Link menu command. Just type in `file://` to specify you want a link to the filesystem, and drag and drop the file into this box to print its path. Now you should have a clickable link in a Scapple note. We might streamline this in the future, but it's not high priority as it was never designed to be a file manager, but a way to jot down notes to yourself. However we do recognise that people "think in files" more these days than they used to. :)

Radus
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thats good -the feature import ... works now, when i used it the first time it just did not import the scapple file;
yes to keep things organised it is better to import and keep in the container ( it would be nice to use latex-pdf from LaTexIt? in that whay, like in omnigraffle pro)
is there a way to sub/superscript words or letters?

Amberv
+1

I just tested LaTeXiT and it looks like the best way to use it is to type your formula into the LaTeXiT window, and then drag the formula out as PNG to the Scapple board. If you try to type the formula into Scapple first it won't work because that requires the target to be a rich text control so that the selected text can be replaced by a graphic. Scapple notes are just plain-text (with light formatting). We don't intend to change that any time soon as we want to keep the underlying format clean and simple. Rich text adds a lot of weight to the data file. But it works fine if you go in the other direction *from* LaTeXiT as described.

Darrel Member IconReview+40
Darrel
+2

After seeing Microsoft Office OneNote on a PC for the first time just a few weeks ago and immediately recognizing its simplicity and value, I was unable to find a comparable application for my preferred platform until now. Scapple is *exactly* what I was looking for: a free form virtual board for writing down notes and ideas without all the (mostly unused) extras and features of your typical outlining program. Till today I've been using PostIt Notes (also known as FLYNs = "effing little yellow notes") for these purposes, but very likely no more. I'll be a registered customer as soon as 1.0 is released. The only thing I don't like about Scapple is its name!

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Version 0.9.0.4
Jazzyguy Member IconReview+3699
Jazzyguy
+1

Great app!!! I love it!

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Version 0.9
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hced
Version 1.1
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Version 1.1
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Version 1.0
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Dogclaws
Version 1.0
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Myka
Version 0.9.0.2
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Downloads 10,729
Version Downloads 4,950
License Shareware
Date 23 Oct 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $14.99
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