Scapple
Scapple
1.4

4.5

Scapple free download for Mac

Scapple1.4

17 November 2020

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 1.4:

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

Big sur
  • UI and icons updated to match the new look of macOS 11 Big Sur.
Apple silicon
  • Scapple is now a Universal app, running natively on both Silicon and Intel machines.
Changes
  • 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.

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22 Reviews of Scapple

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Derekcurrie
04 July 2019
Version: 1.3.3

Most helpful

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.
(3)
5
Macbookpro
16 November 2020
Version: 1.3.4
It's been updated to 1.4 to be Big Sur and Apple Silicon compatible. Plus, there are other improvements, refinements, etc. Great app to get ideas down
(0)
Derekcurrie
04 July 2019
Version: 1.3.3
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.
(3)
Dr-Sparks
17 March 2019
Version: 1.3.2
"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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5
DrPfaff
20 July 2018
Version: 1.3.1
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.
(2)
5
Teksestro
30 November 2017
Version: 1.3
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!
(2)
5
Haevuus
21 November 2017
Version: 1.3
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!
(5)
5
ivanm
25 June 2017
Version: 1.20.1
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.
(1)
4.5
le-petit-compositeur
28 May 2017
Version: 1.20.1
Great app, no redundant bells and whistles, just the most important elements put into freeform canvas.
(1)
4
Funjoy
29 December 2016
Version: 1.20.1
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.
(3)
3.5
Max-G
03 February 2016
Version: 1.20.1
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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4.5

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