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Scapple By Literature and Latte

Last updated on March 16, 2017

Scapple is a minimalist designed Concept Map application for macOS and Windows which allows the user to add text anywhere on the document and can then choose to connect it to other text or not.

“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.” (

The interaction is elegant:

•  The user clicks to type and can move text anywhere
•  Drag onto other text to connect with dashed line and option-drags to connect with a solid line and an arrow
•  Drag onto connected text to disconnect

The company also created Scrivener, an advanced word processor for the Apple ecosystem designed in Cornwall by Keith Blount.

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