Scapple for Mac makes note-taking quick and effortless, and lets you make connections between your notes using a straightforward drag-and-drop action. This premium app comes with an impressive array of options for customizing the look and feel of the notes, along with a powerful export feature. This app can definitely increase your productivity at the office.
Following a quick installation, Scapple for Mac greets you with a minimal interface. Commonly used actions can be triggered through intuitive shortcuts: double-click to create a new note and drag one note on top of another to create a link between them. You can also drag files or Web sites into a canvas; image files are applied directly, while other files and Web sites are given a link. A nice touch is the ability to extend the canvas infinitely in all directions, so you never run out of space. Performance-wise, Scapple performs well while keeping its system footprint relatively low. The only major downside of this app is its lack of multiple device support -- you can only use it on a Mac.
While Scapple for Mac possesses an impressive array of features, its lack of device support makes it far less useful than it could have been. It remains a worthwhile app, though, but only for those who do all their note-taking on their Mac and don't need to synchronize their notes across devices. If you want a note-taking app that's compatible with your iPhone or iPad, this isn't it.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Scapple for Mac 1.1.
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 dotted 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 with paper, you can move notes around and never run out of space.
What's new in this version:
- Enhanced for Mavericks, including support for tags and responsive scrolling.
- 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 vers... See all new features »