Scapple for Mac - Beta Testing Has Begun!

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Thu Nov 08, 2012 8:49 pm Post

That must have been the problem. It works fine if I drag the standard Apple icons from Resources folders. Must have been a couple of non-compliant icons.

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Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:35 am Post

wow - this is fantastic -- absolutely what I've been looking for forever. and I've just started a new job and now have access to a massive imac -- this works brilliantly on a huge screen.

some suggestions, in case they're useful at this stage --

1. I'm already reusing a lot of my items using copy-paste...a duplicate function would save time
2. it's great not to have items connected to lines (as mind mapping software usually insists they are), but it would also be good to have lines not connected to items...a use case: I'm planning for a debate (I am) I need to gather arguments and examples - I'd like to keep them separate and then join various examples to various arguments. being able to draw a line or some kind of ven diagram to fit all my items around would be good.

Thanks for another great piece of software.

This will be great on the iPad as long as there's plenty of scope for zooming.

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Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:36 am Post

I really enjoyed the scramble, excellent tool. This working fine in Mountain Lion, with the except that the spell checker does not automatically correcting.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012 9:26 pm Post

I just installed the beta (I'm running Lion), so far it is looking good and it seems to be something I have been looking for for a very long time (thank you, thank you, thank you!), but at the same time I admit I am a little wary when it comes to putting it to the test. What worries me is the fact that, if I decide not to purchase it when the official version becomes available I will basically find myself locked out of any work I do with the beta. With Scrivener it is possible to export pretty much everything so that was a non-issue, but here it looks like the usability of the exported files would be somewhat limited so this could turn out to be a bit of a problem. I know that you left an early version of Scrivener as a free download when you first released that one, now, I am not suggesting that you do something equally drastic here, but I was wondering if it would be possible to change things so that after the expiration date, rather than becoming completely disabled, the program shifts to read only mode.

It's just an idea, though from what I've seen I'll probably buy it anyway, so that will take care of the problem as far as I am concerned. Again thanks for the excellent apps!

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Fri Nov 23, 2012 9:56 am Post

Clea wrote:it looks like the usability of the exported files would be somewhat limited so this could turn out to be a bit of a problem.

I don't quite think this is true. If all you're after is a read-only capture of the Scapple map, both the PDF and PNG export options will perform admirably. You will also be able to drag notes into Scrivener (this is already doable in the latest Scrivener beta), so you can easily work with them there as well, keeping the text editable. Scapple has a good set of options for exporting to formats that a lot of different programs can read, so combining a PDF or image and one of the text options could work nicely for you to reconstruct the map elsewhere if need be. So I'd say if you want to test it out, try some gibberish tests to see how this works for you.
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Sat Dec 01, 2012 12:03 pm Post

I'm downloading this now and I'm going to spread the word in my creative writing group and elsewhere.

I haven't seen the replies and suggestions yet, but I would love to see an icon with a few scribbles on a torn envelope. Perhaps a drawing scrawled with a lipstick (?) or something similarly impromptu.

Otherwise, a little more out there, biro scrawls on a banana.

Something that captures the spontaneity of the process.

Cheers, looking forward to checking it out!

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Sat Feb 16, 2013 10:07 pm Post

I have been using Scapple for a couple months, and it is a fantastic tool and easy to work with. I have had no problems with the program. I use it on a 13" MacBooK Air and have no problem reading the notes even when My thoughts go all over the place. Looking forward eagerly to the full/final version.

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Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:44 pm Post

Scapple is perfect just as it is! No problems at all. Over the years I bought and tried all of the mind-mapping programs out there and all of them had artificial restrictions that made entering longer text tracts difficult. And none of them were really free-form like a scrap of paper, until now. I’ve complained about that forever, it seems.
By the way, a dimpled white napkin, perhaps with two or three layers wrinkled up in one corner and a few scribbles on it like in your Help file illustration, would make a nice Scapple icon!
Scapple is the best tool for writing that I’ve found since, well, Scrivener! Love it!
The only thing better would be Scapple for iPad!

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Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:15 pm Post

Thanks, Jim, glad to hear you like the software! We have an icon already that has been designed. I don't know if it will be included in the refresh beta update that is due soon, but I do agree that the initial paper mock-up is a compelling direction and I'll probably use it as a basis for the website design.
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Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:12 pm Post

In testing the current version of Scrapple, I have a question about the Inspector option, "Point to note centers."

I created a new note, connecting it to an existing note; however, the dashed line connecting them does not point to either note's center. In both notes, the dash line connects about a quarter of the note away from its center. Should they be pointing to the centers?

Also, for a note whose connector does point to its center, when I move the note it's connected to, the location of the dashed line often shifts to a new location on each note.

How exactly is "Point to note centers" supposed to work? Is it supposed to "stick" to a note's center? I checked Help but couldn't find mention of it.

Howard

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Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:23 pm Post

Feature request: I would like to be able to add padding to a note to increase the separation between a note's text and its borders.

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Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:10 pm Post

Point to centre just means point to the actual note centre, not to the edge centre. So, imagine the line terminating at the centre of the note itself. The arrow is pointing towards the centre, it won't be at the centre of the edge. Thus, yes, it will shift when the notes are moved.

There are no plans to add options for extra padding around notes.

By the way, there is a dedicated Scapple forum for posting questions:

viewforum.php?f=40

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Wed Feb 27, 2013 3:32 pm Post

[quote="KB"]Point to centre just means point to the actual [i]note[/i] centre, not to the edge centre. So, imagine the line terminating at the centre of the note itself. The arrow is pointing towards the centre, it won't be at the centre of the edge. Thus, yes, it will shift when the notes are moved.

There are no plans to add options for extra padding around notes.

By the way, there is a dedicated Scapple forum for posting questions:

viewforum.php?f=40

All the best,
Keith[/quote]

Thanks.

BTW, I like the new icon.

Howard

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Wed Feb 27, 2013 3:36 pm Post

Thanks - considering the love/hate relationship users have with the Scrivener icon, it's a relief that the initial feedback of Scapple's official icon has been positive. :)
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Thu Feb 28, 2013 3:47 pm Post

I like the new icon.

As a naturally "red pen" kind of a reviewer, I'd say:
- The arrow becomes mushy at smaller sizes
- The wooden border is too thick, throwing off the aesthetic balance
- You can't actually make the app look like a blackboard with chalk lines

But that's me. Generally speaking I'm happy.