Scapple
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Free-form mind mapping tool.   Shareware ($14.99)
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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
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 reading for compatibility with Windows version.
  • Scapple now drags out rich text to Scrivener (requires Scrivener 2.5).
  • Rearranged inspector for consistency.
  • When exporting only selected notes, only the selected items in a stack are now exported (previously the whole stack beneath the first note selected in it would be exported).
  • Export now prioritises stack order over cluster order.
  • When notes are stacked, they now always maintain their left alignment with other notes in the stack, even when auto-sizing is enabled and the notes are right- or centre-aligned.
  • When splitting a note, the new note now uses the default note width rather than the width of the note it was split from while editing.
  • The Preferences panel now applies changes when it loses focus even if the focus was still in one of its text fields.
  • Indenting notes is now limited so that you cannot indent so much that a note’s text disappears.
  • When double-clicking to create a new note, the placement of the note will now depend on the default alignment as set in the Preferences.
  • Notes created by double-clicking on lines now use the default note style rather than the style of one of the connected notes, even if “Use selected note style for new notes” is set in the Preferences.
  • You can now drag any file type onto the canvas. Notes containing links will be created for files other than text or image files.
  • You can now drag URLs onto the canvas from web pages.
  • Fixed bug whereby the board would not reload when versions were restored.
  • Fixed bug whereby notes set to use black text colour would always use the default text colour.
  • Fixed bug whereby the “z” QuickZoom shortcut didn’t work on all international keyboards.
  • Fixed bug whereby printing documents with coloured or patterned backgrounds may result in the arrows or text not being visible in the print-out (or exported PDF) because the text would always be black and the connecting lines would use the default text colour regardless of whether the background was set to be printed or not.
  • Fixed bug whereby connecting lines did not use default text colour.
  • Fixed bug whereby quitting the app while editing a note would cause the edits to that note to be lost.
  • Fixed bug whereby Paste would not work for images on the clipboard.
  • Fixed minor bug whereby auto-sizing wouldn’t work if you changed the font size while a note was being edited.
  • Fixed bugs affecting stacks when used with right-to-left direction.
  • Fixed display bug which would cause the window to appear before it was fully set up.
  • Fixed bug whereby double-clicking on a line inside a shape would create a new note that was not connected to the line.
  • Fixed bug whereby alignment and indent was lost when pasting text into a note.
  • Fixed bug whereby the default alignment set in the Preferences wouldn’t be applied when using Apply Note Style > Default Note Style.
  • Shadows at the edges of the board no longer get clipped when printing or generating a PDF or PNG.
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 more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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Scapple User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 1.x:
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Hkim reviewed on 27 Feb 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.
[Version 1.1]


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+48

Ronnb reviewed on 20 Feb 2014
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.
[Version 1.1]


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LuukLuuk reviewed on 08 Feb 2014
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?
[Version 1.1]


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Philosopherdog reviewed on 20 Jan 2014
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.
[Version 1.1]


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Ckueny reviewed on 06 Nov 2013
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.
[Version 1.1]


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suzaiinwatsongmailcom3940 reviewed on 27 Jul 2013
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
[Version 1.0]

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+22
Dan-D. replied on 12 Mar 2014
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?
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macuser96 commented on 02 Jun 2013
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.
[Version 1.0]


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Radus reviewed on 28 Apr 2013
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.
[Version 1.0]

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Amberv replied on 28 May 2013
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. :)
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Radus replied on 29 May 2013
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?
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Amberv replied on 29 May 2013
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.
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+8

Darrel reviewed on 20 Mar 2013
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!
[Version 0.9.0.4]


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+1

+700

Jazzyguy reviewed on 17 Oct 2012
Great app!!! I love it!
[Version 0.9]


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Creanima78 rated on 11 Jun 2013

[Version 1.0]



EIIR rated on 13 May 2013

[Version 1.0]



Dogclaws rated on 25 Apr 2013

[Version 1.0]



+73

Myka rated on 16 Feb 2013

[Version 0.9.0.2]


Downloads:9,224
Version Downloads:3,445
Type:Business : Applications
License:Shareware
Date:23 Oct 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $14.99
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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 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.


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