Scapple Review: Simple and Quick Idea Organizing ToolCindy
Produced by Literature and Latte, Scapple is known as an easy-to-use tool for recording or inspiring ideas and build connections between them as quickly as possible. Many people use Scapple as mind map software, while the slogan of this software is “Rough it Out” which is well interpreted by its name. “Scapple” is a verb and means to work or shape roughly without smoothing to finish. Actually, though we live in a high-tech era, many people prefer to let their ideas burst out on paper with a pen. Scapple aims to recreate the experience of jotting down notes on a piece of paper. Let’s see how this software may help dig and enrich your brain.
Scapple runs well on macOS and Windows. It might be a pity for Linux users that Scapple isn’t compatible with Linux operating system.
- macOS: Requires Mac OS 107 +
- Windows: Requires Windows XP (SP3) +
Comparing with other professional mind map software in the market, the price of Scapple is incredibly low. Scapple offers two versions and charges differently.
Standard Version ＄14.99
A license for the full version of Scapple. This is a download product.
Educational Licence ＄12
Only available to students & academics. Requires institutional affiliation.
All expressions I could use to describe the UI of Scapple at first sight is “Outdated and Simple”. Its interface has been designed to be as minimal as possible. However, as a small desktop application mainly used to catch ideas, such as simplicity and conciseness perfectly correspond with its simple function. In the latest version, the Inspector has been modernized and now appears as a sidebar rather than as a floating panel. As far as I am concerned, it looks more like a notebook rather than mind map software.
Unlimited Structure and Connections
Different from mind map software that starts from a central topic, Scapple doesn’t force users to develop around a central word or phrase. Just write down any ideas flash by wherever you like. What’s more, users don’t need to follow the hierarchy structure and can build connections among any ideas using dot lines, solid lines arrows or double-headed arrows with a drag-and-drop operation.
In Scapple, you can create background shapes to group notes even when they are connected crisscrossing. You can move notes around and make room for new ideas and connections. Besides, it’s easy to delete, edit and resize notes. This app can definitely increase your productivity at the office.
Easy to Use
As is mentioned above, Scapple owns very simple functions and UI designs with almost no built-in visual elements, making it occupy very small disk space of only 80 Mb. I would like to regard it as a sketch board rather than a piece of the mind map software. Users don’t need to follow certain rules in developing ideas or making connections. Complete freedom is allowed!
Pros & Cons
- Completely freedom.
- Customise tha appearance of notes.
- Stached notes in columns of related ideas.
- Can only work with straight lines, thus making it unconvenient to connect ideas that are placed far from each other.
- Don’t have built-in symbols and images.
Simple Tool with High-Efficiency
For me, Scapple is of high-efficiency in recording, collecting and inspiring ideas in both work and life. For people who enjoy freedom and need realtime inspirations, it can be a good choice. For those OCD in mind mapping, other professional mind map applications such as Edraw MindMaster and MindManager are more worth trying!
In spite of its very few limitations, Scapple is perfect for most mind-mapping and flowchart-making tasks, and I recommend it to anyone who’s been struggling to find an app that won’t lock you into a strict hierarchy of items.