Scapple
Scapple
1.3.3

4.4

Scapple free download for Mac

Scapple

1.3.3
04 July 2019

Free-form mind-mapping tool.

Overview

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 advantage of doing this in Scapple instead of on paper is that you don't run out of paper (the Scapple canvas expands to fit as many notes as you want to create), you can move notes around to make room for new ideas and connections, it's easy to delete and edit notes, and it's easy to export your notes into other applications when you know what you want to do with them.

I'm well aware that there's already a plethora of mind-mapping software out there. Where Scapple is slightly different from most is that it doesn't force you to make any connections, and it doesn't expect you to start out with one central idea and branch everything else off that. Instead, you are free to write anywhere on the virtual paper and individual notes can be a short or as long as you like. Creating and removing connections is as easy as dragging one note onto another. Most importantly, because its purpose is to allow you to get ideas down and make connections between them quickly, Scapple is dead simple to use. Although I'm currently writing a full manual for it, the QuickStart Guide a little further down should contain everything you need to dig in and get using Scapple.

What's new in Scapple

Version 1.3.3:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.10 or later

  • Scapple’s licensing and activation system has been updated to work with our new e-commerce provider, Paddle.
  • Find and Replace now allows loose punctuation (so that straight quotes will find curly quotes).
  • Reduced the minimum window width when the inspector is not shown.
  • Worked around an Apple bug whereby text turned automatically white against a dark background would become permanently dark when edited.
  • Fixed a bug whereby the background color may not immediately be updated in areas outside of the visible area after changing the color.
  • Fixed a bug whereby the typing attributes for new notes may not be correct and may fall back on using Helvetica black until editing ends.
  • Fixed a bug whereby the Preferences panel was too short on the Mac App Store version.
  • Fixed issue with the notes count in the footer bar being placed wrong when toggling the inspector in a narrow window.
  • Fixed a bug in Replace & Find whereby the selection may be off.

21 Scapple Reviews

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Haevuus
21 November 2017

Most helpful

I was beginning to despair about ever seeing this handy-dandy tool undated. In all honesty, I had begun to cast about for something else to fill the gap…and I found nothing that pleased me. Even though most offerings cost significantly more, they had bells, whistles and dancing-baloney that simply were not needed to get the job done. Sheer overkill, most of 'em.

How I see The Job: When ideas come pouring out faster than you can pigeonhole them, an app can't be asking for levels, indents, formatting decisions, background color, or any other fru-fru folderol. That just takes the precious heat of the moment and mis-directs it away from the critical brain-dump.

With Scapple, you can just start clicking all over the field, splattering the background with your gems of concept. Then when the creative firestorm has charged on by, you can go back in cool reflection and start making sense of it all. Scapple has enough formatting and connecting bits to keep the ideas sitting softly in your right brain, or once you drag everthing into a fixed structure you can use, just export it on down the road to your operating apps.

Yeah, it took Keith Blount a little time to re-visit this little tool, but when he weighed-in and took it to 1.3, he made it significantly better without gumming up the works. I don't think he even raised the price.

And hey…fifteen bucks?! For that you get a five-star, go-to gizmo!
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Version 1.3
Derekcurrie
04 July 2019
Oh good. Now it can check for updates. I was back on v1.3.02 and hadn't manually checked to see it had been updated, until now.
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Version 1.3.3
Dr-Sparks
17 March 2019
"Scapple 1.3.2 30 Nov 2017". MacUpdate's date at the top is not correct. That date was about Scapple 1.3.1. The 1.3.2 version that downloads was launched in January, 2019: https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scapple/release-notes?os=macOS
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Version 1.3.2
2 answer(s)
Dr-Sparks
Dr-Sparks
04 July 2019
"Scapple 1.3.3 04 Jul 2019". — According to the release notes link I posted above,, this version was launched on 26th June 2019.
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Viktor
Viktor
05 July 2019
The dates on MacUpdate.com refer to the day we updated the listing. We do not represent the release date of a certain update
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DrPfaff
20 July 2018
An unbelievably simple app that does one thing exceptionally well. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles of other mind mappers, but it really helps you focus on what you need to do. It takes about one minute to learn the program, and then you never have to think about it again. I use it for planning events and software development projects. I started using the 30 day free trial, and bought it after just 4 days. Well worth it.
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Version 1.3.1
Teksestro
30 November 2017
Easy to use, intuitive interface, does its with just enough features to make it incredibly attractive, without becoming complicated. To top it off, it's cheap!
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Version 1.3
Haevuus
21 November 2017
I was beginning to despair about ever seeing this handy-dandy tool undated. In all honesty, I had begun to cast about for something else to fill the gap…and I found nothing that pleased me. Even though most offerings cost significantly more, they had bells, whistles and dancing-baloney that simply were not needed to get the job done. Sheer overkill, most of 'em.

How I see The Job: When ideas come pouring out faster than you can pigeonhole them, an app can't be asking for levels, indents, formatting decisions, background color, or any other fru-fru folderol. That just takes the precious heat of the moment and mis-directs it away from the critical brain-dump.

With Scapple, you can just start clicking all over the field, splattering the background with your gems of concept. Then when the creative firestorm has charged on by, you can go back in cool reflection and start making sense of it all. Scapple has enough formatting and connecting bits to keep the ideas sitting softly in your right brain, or once you drag everthing into a fixed structure you can use, just export it on down the road to your operating apps.

Yeah, it took Keith Blount a little time to re-visit this little tool, but when he weighed-in and took it to 1.3, he made it significantly better without gumming up the works. I don't think he even raised the price.

And hey…fifteen bucks?! For that you get a five-star, go-to gizmo!
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Version 1.3
ivanm
25 June 2017
I love Scapple so much – it has become my brain's extension in the last 5 years. I use it for to-do lists, product design drafts, game designs, software development notes, cheatsheets of what I've learned, etc.

Yes, it's not updated for years but there's not so much to add. It's a great virtual whiteboard with some mind-mapping features.
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Version 1.20.1
Great app, no redundant bells and whistles, just the most important elements put into freeform canvas.
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Version 1.20.1
Funjoy
29 December 2016
Basic, basic, basic ... but useful. For an app that hasn't been updated in more than two years I still find it useful to make/draw back-of-the-envelope style mindmaps. It's simple and attractive, but lacking basic features present in mindmap apps like iThoughts or MindNode like groups and locking. Also, for an app that hasn't been updated in more than two years $15 seems a bit too high. Lately I've seen this app included in a bunch of app-bundle deals and it's a lovely addition to have but I am not sure I'd recommend it at the current $15 price.
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Version 1.20.1
Max-G
03 February 2016
While for the most part this app is great, it certainly needs some fine-tuning. Imho basic features like group/ungroup and lock/unlock are missing. And changing the appearance of connections/arrows is a crime. I do hope this isn't abandonware, the app is way to good to let it slip away. An alternative for Scapple seems to be the app 'Big Hairy Goal'. Although not working together with Scrivener as seamlessly as Scapple, imported BHG-files do show up as picture and allow drag/drop of text v.v.
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Version 1.20.1
1 answer(s)
MeB6023
MeB6023
15 March 2019
Big Hairy Goal has much improved in the past 3 years. You may check out the new version https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/49516/bighairygoal/download
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Hkim
27 February 2014
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
$14.40

4.4

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.10.0 or later
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