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scapple: to work or shape roughly, without smoothing to a finish.
- The Chambers Dictionary

Scapple is an easy-to-use tool for getting ideas down as quickly as possible and making connections between them. It isn’t exactly mind-mapping software—it’s more like a freeform text editor that allows you to make notes anywhere on the page and to connect them using straight lines or arrows. If you’ve ever scribbled down ideas all over a piece of paper and drawn lines between related thoughts, then you already know what Scapple does.

Scapple doesn’t force you to make connections, and it doesn’t expect you to start out with one central idea off of which everything else is branched. There’s no built-in hierarchy at all, in fact—in Scapple, every note is equal, so you can connect them however you like. The idea behind Scapple is simple: when you are roughing out ideas, you need complete freedom to experiment with how those ideas best fit together.

Creating notes is as easy as double-clicking anywhere on the canvas and then typing; making connections between ideas is as painless as dragging and dropping one note onto another. And unlike paper, you can move notes around and never run out of space.

• Simple—and fun—to use
• Completely freeform
• Write notes anywhere on the virtual paper
• Connect notes using drag and drop
• Move and arrange notes easily
• Create background shapes to group notes
• Customise the appearance of notes including font style, colours and a choice of border styles
• Stack notes in columns of related ideas
• MathType support
• Full screen mode (Lion and above)
• iCloud support (10.8 and above)
• Export to popular formats or print your ideas
• Easily drag notes into Scrivener for further development

If you have any questions or feedback, you can contact us by email on or via our support forum at

What's New in Version 1.2

• Bug fixes and minor refinements for Yosemite compatibility.
• Many minor bug fixes.


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Customer Reviews

Dings for Two Key Areas - Functionality & Price

This has the potential to be a cool app. Good for jotting down thoughts like you would on a whiteboard. My reason for 1 star is two fold. First, the line function is clumsy. There is no independent line function. You have to create a new “note" with the line pre-planned - i.e. to the left, right, up down or connecting to another note at the time you create the first note! (i.e. way before you may have any idea what 2 notes needs a line) This does NOT allow for free flow “brain dumping.” This makes you strategize which notes are going to have lines and where in advance, so your thinking is of the page design, not the content you’re trying to get on the screen. That’s a huge ding. So the graphics you see on the demo here are not created by being able to connect lines after the notes are written. That’s deceiving, so minus 2 stars for not only the lack of functionality but the misperception in the screen shots that it’s much easier than it is. The other stars-ding is on price. There is NO WAY in heck this is worth $15 bucks. Sorry developers, just sayin’. This is a very basic little text processor. Maybe $2.99 would be OK, but NO WAY is it worth the price. Minus 3 stars. Only one left. I don’t “hate it” as the stars description says. I just think it needs a lot more beef to justify the hype and price.

Scapple is everything I never knew I needed

I expect there are an infinite number of uses for this app. I initially expected it to be useful in drafting story arcs, but within a few weeks I was relying on it for a number of other tasks as well. Character sketches, scene outlines, storyboards … This app is so versatile and easy to use that it’s now among my three favorite writing-related apps. My favorite features include the ability to save “note styles,” and to import images, but it does so much more. It allows me to manipulate text far more than should be expected from an idea-drafting tool. It lets me choose from a variety of fonts, text sizes and text colors. I can place text in any of several different bubble shapes with different background colors and border colors. Scapple lets me align, distribute, group and connect elements in ways so many ways … Scapple is everything I never before realized I needed. I’ve been using it for more than a year, and I can honestly say that I hope there never comes a time when I’ll have to write without it.

iCloud Bug Causes Lost Work

I just purchased this app yesturday. I started working on a project and was liking the software. But this afternoon when I opened it up I couldn’t find my file! I knew I had saved it on my iCloud drive but it was no where to be found. I created a new file and tried to save it again to iCloud. There were no errors saying it couldn't save, even though I repeatedly presed `command-s`. But, when I check iCloud through finder or tried ot open through the application, no file.

I’d call this a severe bug, since it causing user files to be lost. Albiet files are being saved in a tempary directory hidden under ~/Library and I was able to recover by running a find command in the terminal. But I wouldn’t expect most useres to be that kind of technical aptitude and for them, their files are lost forever.

I wish I could give this app five stars, but right now it’s abandonware with over 500 days since the last update and a bug that results in file loss.

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  • $14.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.2
  • Size: 8.2 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: OS X 10.6 or later, 64-bit processor

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