Great as-is, but could use a little more.
This app does what it says it does well. It is one of those apps that I would like to give a 4.5 because it does what it says cleanly and easily, but it leaves me wanting just a little more. Half of me really wants some more capability, but at the same time I often dislike apps that try to do too much. I think this is just a little shy of being the perfect balance of simplicity and capability. Some things that are great is the how simple it is to get thoughts down, and how amazinly flexible it is. Unlike Mind maps or other items that have a strict structure. This is very freeform. What I am missing is quicker ways to change some of the shapes and colors even if just mindor changes. Maybe a way to have some stored styles. I think that one feature would take the app to another level. Curved lines would be nice but sometmes they can also get annoying. Short answer is, I like this app and I use it.
I use Scapple to make whiteboards in Evernote (then add a whiteboard tag)
I’ve tried MindJet, Concept Mindmap, xMind, Mindnote — probably a few others. They are all basically the same old mindmap, and so not much differentiation. But what I really love about Scapple — and this use case is new and exciting for me — is that I can use it to create whiteboards in Evernote. Most of the other mindmaps are expensive and they also save to a zip-type format. So if you try pasting it in Evernote it just won’t work — you can’t view and Evernote will want to decompress the zip before you open it. With Scapple you have a dynamic view and you can open it, make changes, have those changes viewed in a shared Evernote folder — wow. Then I also add a Whiteboard tag to my Evernote notes that have these files in them and now I can keep track of all my whiteboarding. It’s really transformative and simple. Hey Scapple - please add a “save to Evernote” feature within the app so I don’t have to save the file to the desktop first. I would like to add it directly.
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.
I also have Scrivener, and often find myself using Scapple in place of that app's Corkboard to both organize and goof around with my thoughts. It's amazingly easy to use — even for me, and I'm a tech idiot — and I love the way whole chapters can suddenly take shape just by moving a few notes around or reversing connections. If anyone else has ever wracked his or her brain for that one missing sentence or a thought that was in the wrong place, you'll know what I mean. Easy, useful, and worth every cent.
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