Developer: Literature & Latte

Current Version: 1.2

Last Updated: 4 months ago

Download Size: 8.2 MB - Download


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 [email protected] or via our support forum at


Release Notes:

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


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.0
Review by Everythingchanged527

Great for helping children with writing papers and helping people with ADHD - I am a nurse practitioner who works with children and young adults with ADHD. One of the difficulties they have is going from what is in their head to an organized format (whether it be an outline or essay). Scapple is fantastic because it allows the freedom of mindmapping but so much more. Mindmapping helps children/adults with ADHD tremendously -It doesn't limit you to placing items in certain lines or in a certain place. -It allows you to group and connect things as you want. -And it is simple to use. I would highly recommend it be used to brainstorm and then organize what whatever you are working on. It can also be used as a study tool, for writing papers, organizing your life and home, writing a novel (it is the missing piece of Scrivener). You can add visual images which are key to people with ADHD, (they tend to be visual) add text and then manipulate it as you wish. I highly recommend that parents look into the app. This type of brainstorming is a proven aid in helping children with their writing. If you and your child are fighting over getting that paper done-try this, it should help a lot. I would suggest making some general graphic organizers templates for them, that later they can modify. For older children/young adults--it will allow you to organize your thoughts in a way that is natural to you. My only request is if in the future we could have more options for shapes, background papers, and colors. People with ADHD love options! Thank you to the creators of Snapple. I love your Scrivener but was looking for something with more flexibility. Now I have the perfect pairing. I look forward to whatever you are working on next.

Found helpful by 36 out of 37 people
Version 1.0
Review by mindmapperbros

Not sure - For this price I was hoping for a little more and I can't seem to understand this app. It's not a mindmapping tool and neither a writing tool so it doesn't really cut it. The OPML export doesn't seem to work (can't save it... just opens the dialog and I have to quit the app to get out of it!!) and it isn't pratical to keep changing the border style in order to get the style that I want. The interface seems confusing for such a simplistic app! I advise you to wait for futher updates but I guess they got it wrong from the start. It also crashed twice but not sure if it wasn't my iMac blame still...

Found helpful by 38 out of 92 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.2
Review by rainyeswindno

Writer’s work flow sleeper *hit* - If you need/ want ease of seeing a flow of text blocks and annotations of topic sentences for developing a large piece of writing, this is a good answer. It’s an old school interface, and it colorwheel's for 5 or 10 seconds when I save to iCloud. But I can get a “big picture” view of my work in progress, and it reduces the conceptual fatigue of re reading the whole text I'm working on when it runs to tens of thousands of words. Totally agree with the review that describes it as superb for developing ideas that begin with little immediate inherent structure.

Found helpful by 8 out of 8 people
Version 1.2
Review by Brustark

Handwriting feature—the only piece missing - The capability of having unlimited canvas for outlining one’s ideas is awesome. To make this app the perfect tool for this purpose is to have a handwriting feature. This will be a game changer

Found helpful by 7 out of 8 people
Version 1.2
Review by TheAppsExpert

Useful But Bad User Expereince and UI - App is useful but user experiene and UI are not that great. SimpleMind app was better even though it’s much more expensive.

Found helpful by 6 out of 9 people
Version 1.2
Review by the sheep are speaking

OK, long-dated tweaks would make it perfect - Scapple has no competition when you need to capture and make sense of a lot of ideas or bits of information. Works better than an outliner for problems that do not have a well-understood structure because it lets you visualize things and move around bits and pieces like a mindmapping tool. Scapple works better that a mindmapping tool if the chunks of information you need to visualize are text with dense content (not just one-word concepts), notes, paragraphs, tec. Some people use it as a drafting tool, juggling around paragraphs, for short prose, speeches, essays, etc. The only issue, which is getting really old, is that it has very poor graphical elements. The straight lines and arrows do not blend well unless you have a very rigid layout. It is a pity, because Scapple is great to put together networks of data with lots of connections, and the straight lines become a distracting visual nuisance. A little tweak to use softer curves (simple Bezier or splines) would elevate Spline’s original but dated interface to the level of a killer app. I am consistently more productive using Scapple than any other outlining tool; I can work fast and focused even if the end product is an eye sore.

Found helpful by 57 out of 58 people
Version 1.2
Review by OminousGasPains

Great Organizer - I’m a very visual person and use this app all the time at home and work to help me sort my thoughts out. I’ve used it to lay out PowerPoint decks, org charts, complex workflows and much more. Simple, intuitive and it works flawlessly for me. Drag, drop, done. Highly recommended.

Found helpful by 5 out of 5 people