Developer: Literature & Latte

Current Version: 1.3.1

Last Updated: 3 months ago

Download Size: 10.5 MB - Download


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

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


Release Notes:

• 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.


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 1.3.1
Review by Aspennow

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.

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
Version 1.3.1
Review by Jakela

You stand a better chance of throwing the I Ching than consulting the manual - Scapple does allow you some freedom and can help you get your intuitive thoughts on the page. But as far as the app itself, it is the anithesis of intuitive. What you get is an array of features that at first blush seem cool. But just change one of them one iota from the default buy mode and you will find yourself in a morass of frustration, confusion and anger. your best hope is consult the 120 page help manual. 120 pages?! My Mac came with two! Oh, and if you do decide to submit yourself to the manual, you will be reading a form of English that while grammatically correct is unclear and invariably refers you to 5 other manual sections. Trying doing this while you have the app open is beyond the pale. Today, all I wanted to do was simply change the background color of my notes. I thought it would be simple. After the first hour I attempted to find the answer in the labyrinth manual, only to find the answer incomprehensible and referring me to three other areas. one feature supposedly is to just drag a note with your color change into the Inspector. If you want to see something bounce back faster than a paddle-ball toy, try it for yourself. After 1.5 hours, I found my answer, but it had nothing to do with the instructions in the manual, and was hidden in Preferences. I previously bought Scrivener from these folks and if you want to be committed to Bellevue, this is the app for you. Makes Scapple look like childsplay. As far as support goes, the website forums etc are useless. inquiries are answered, but it takes days to get them from UK.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people