Let’s Talk About Scapple

Hello again boys and girls. Vivian here. I’m a HUGE fan of Scrivener, often talking about how great it is and how versatile and wonderful the program is for writers. If you haven’t tried Scrivener, you’re CRAZY. Click this link to go to their site and then download the free trial. Seriously, do it.

We’re not here today to talk about Scrivener, though. I assume that many writers who have been doing this for a while have invested in a writing software that will help them work efficiently and create ebooks, etc etc. What I really want to talk about is Scapple, Scrivener’s blossoming younger sibling.

Scapple is basically a software for plotting and planning. It’s totally freeform, unstructured, and uninhibited.

more here - Let’s Talk About Scapple (The Software, Not The Breakfast Meat Product) | Smutwriters.

My New Whiteboard: Scapple

Scapple has been on my radar for a while but it wasn’t until recently that I decided to step in and give it a shot. It really was the product I was looking for: it’s both part mind-mapping and part free-form text editor. Everything is drag and droppable allowing for me to work quickly. I can get my ideas onto the screen, make connections between those ideas, and then step back and see the big picture. Here’s the first five chapters of my new unnamed project:

more here – My New Whiteboard: Scapple | I make stories..

Scapple Business Model Canvas

Many of you may be familiar with Alexander Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas. A staple of the startup scene, it’s a great shorthand for brainstorming and mapping out a new business venture. We took a Creative Commons-licensed PDF of the canvas1 and turned it into a digital, editable Scapple board (pictured below).

Scapple? Scapple is a brainstorming tool created by the good people who make Scrivener.2 In the words of its creators:

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.

Combining the Business Model Canvas and Scapple together has allowed us to quickly map out where our business is going, without having to go through laborious cycles of printing and scanning paper. Plus, everything looks better in color.

Download model here - The Civic Beat Reader » GitHubbed: Scapple Business Model Canvas + WordPress Recipe.

Scapple – Let Your Imagination Run Free

Scapple from Literature & Latte, not to be confused with scrapple, a meat dish I’d rather forget I’ve ever heard of, is a handy mind-mapping tool that I have found very useful for brainstorming new novels. At first I wasn’t sure what to make of the software. I’d never tried mind-mapping before and when I opened the product to a blank screen, it seemed too simple.

Ah, but that’s where its true beauty lies. Scapple is simple, but it’s brilliant at the same time. The simplicity is what gives your imagination free reign to create.

Without a clue what I was doing, I double-clicked in the middle of the Scapple screen and typed a name for one of the major characters in my story. Scapple automatically puts the text into a bubble for you. You can then format the border, fill and shape of the bubble and font size/color of the text, which again sounds so simple, but it’s a powerful feature you can do a lot with.

more here -  Scapple – Let Your Imagination Run Free – Author Catherine Chant.

NaNoWriMo Tools – Part 3: Get Organized

I know. I know. I can see you squinting at me.

I said that too much organization for NaNoWriMo was a bad, bad thing.

But some of you are going to do it anyway, either because you have the experience to make it work or because you’re freaky control freaks (not judging, truly) and need to know what’s coming for your story to feel comfortable.

Here’s the thing: organizational tools are also super-helpful if you really get in a snag mid-month. And it will likely happen to all of us to some degree.

Here are some of my favorite organizational tools for noveling. (And remember, I’m a Mac guy, so these will mostly be for that platform. Please, please chime in with options for PC in comments!

via NaNoWriMo Tools – Part 3: Get Organized | The Refined Word.

Scapple for Windows is now available

What is Scapple?

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.

via Literature and Latte – Scapple for Mac OS X and Windows.

Station Design and Documentation Tools

Documenting an amateur radio station is very easy when you have one radio running barefoot (no amp or other gear), yet gets very complex quickly with each additional radio/operating station or accessory exponentially adding complexity to the documentation effort.

I am experimenting with using two writer’s tools to plan and document my station:

Scrivener – a multi-file cross-file editor and project writing system.


Scapple – a freeform graphical relationship editor.

via Station Design and Documentation Tools – Scapple & Scrivener | With Varying Frequency – Amateur Radio Ponderings.

Easy, Elegant Scapple Brightens Mind Maps

Scapple isn’t a spelling mistake for that Pennsylvania Dutch concoction made with pork scraps, corn meal, flour and spices.

In fact, scapple is actually a word meaning to work roughly, or shape without finishing.

It’s also the name of a dynamite new mind mapping program from Literature and Latte, the folks who brought the Mac world Scrivner.

Mind mapping isn’t exactly a new category of software and the folks at L&L aren’t me-too types, so you know they wouldn’t try their hand at this kind of software if they didn’t think they could add value to it.

That they did.

Scapple is not only easy and fun to use, but it’s one of best mind mapping programs for creatives in the market.

via Easy, Elegant Scapple Brightens Mind Maps | Reviews | MacNewsWorld.

Making Connections with Scapple

During the last few weeks of April, I was working on a couple of end-of-semester projects for class. To help clarify my thinking, I really needed to sketch out how the various pieces of the project fit together, just so I could visualize it.

I suppose I could have gone to the local office supply store and purchased several large sheets of newsprint, but the later part of April happened to be when the team at Literature and Latte released Scapple.

Scapple is a completely free-form editor that lets you get ideas down quickly, move them around (or not), and make connections between them (or not). In short, you can place any item anywhere on the page that you like, and connect it to any other item—or just leave it to stand by itself.

It’s a great tool for mindmapping, though it’s not limited to that. It was certainly ideal for my purposes. I downloaded the trial version, installed it, and had the basics figured out in about two minutes. I was able to sketch out what I needed really quickly, and much faster than I could have done it by hand. It’s also possible to export a Scapple file as a PDF or PNG file, which made it incredibly easy for me to include my sketch in my presentation to the class.

more here - Making Connections with Scapple – ProfHacker – The Chronicle of Higher Education.