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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 in Version 1.3.1

• 1.3.1 is a patch for 1.3 that fixes a crashing issue on systems older than 10.10.

1.3 Release Notes:
• You can now label connections between notes. To do so, select two notes and choose “Connection Label…” from the “Notes” or contextual menu. Double-click on an existing label to edit it.
• The Inspector has been modernised and now appears as a sidebar rather than as a floating panel.
• You can now assign note styles via the inspector using the new “Note Styles” palette.
• Create new note styles by dragging notes into the inspector.
• Drag a style out of the inspector to create a new note of that style.
• A “Scapple” folder now appears in iCloud Drive.
• The footer bar and other UI elements have been refreshed for a more modern appearance.
• Holding down Shift and Command in Movement Mode now speeds up moving notes even more than just holding Shift.
• New options added to align notes horizontally or vertically in background notes.
• You can now assign the keyboard shortcuts Cmd-Opt-1 to Cmd-Opt-9 to note styles.
• Tiled background images should now appear the same when exporting and printing as in the UI.
• Quick Look previews now appear correctly on High Sierra.
• Numerous bug fixes.



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Customer Reviews

Really sloooooows down with a lot of elements

As many have noted, the primary strength of Scapple is its flexibility. But the more you use it, the more the flaws become apparent. The biggest one: It really slows down when you have more than 50 or so elements in a mindmap. I’ve got a Scapple mindmap with about 850 elements, and it’s now it is as slow as a turtle on antidepressants. Now when I add a note and start typing, there’s a lag between each letter. V……e……r……y f………r……u……s…..t….r…..a…..t…..i….n…g. It takes two or three tries to select a note….. and just when you think you’ve got it selected, previous efforts kick in and deselect the note. Another issue: You can’t have multiple type sizes in a single note. If your title or opening is 14 pt for, say, emphasis or visibility, then all subsequent copy is 14 pt, chewing up space. The awkwardly named “New Background Shape Around Selection,” which basically lassos multiple elements so they can be moved as a group, generally requires 2-3 tries to work. The Inspector is disorganized. For example, there are options for a blue, brown, green, and pink bubble, then the next option is “Red Text, (why just red text?)” followed by “Title Text,” then it’s Yellow Bubble again. The Inspector lists font size, but not the name of a font for the note body. If a note gets magnetized, then it every note it touches also gets magnetized and attaches to it, which gets frustrating when you are trying to move notes around. You only want to move one note, but you can wind up with a herd tagging along. If you want to, say, "center in a background shape,” yes, all the notes get centered, but then they overlap each other so they are unreadable. It’s easy to connect notes and groups of notes, but it would be nice if you could establish a hierarchy of connection…primary, secondary, tertiary, etc. I’m a big believer in bullets, but Scapple doesn’t have bullets or other organizational elements. There’s a lot of stuff I’d like to do with Scapple, but it looks like I’m going to have to somehow export my notes to MindNode for more granular organization that also shows context. I love Scrivener, and can definitely see a lot of potential here, but a bit more development may be required.


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This app is designed for OS X
  • Mac App Store Price: $14.99
  • Category: Productivity (Mac)
  • Updated: Nov 30, 2017
  • Version: 1.3.1
  • Size: 10.5 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Literature & Latte
Rated 4+

Requirements: OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor

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