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Scapple is an easy-to-use tool for getting ideas down as quickly as possible and making connections between them.

It allows you to make notes anywhere on the page and to connect them using straight dotted lines or arrows. It aims to recreate the experience of jotting down notes on a piece of paper.

Cost: Low - (US$20.99, Jul 2023)

Operating system: Mac and Windows

From the website:


  • Write notes anywhere on the virtual paper
  • Connect notes using drag and drop
  • Completely freeform
  • Stack notes in columns of related ideas
  • Drag notes directly into Scrivener
  • Customise the appearance of notes including font style, colours and a choice of border styles
  • Create background shapes to group notes
  • Simple (even fun) to use
  • Move and arrange notes easily
  • Full screen mode (Mac OS X 10.7+ and Windows only)
  • Export to popular formats or print your ideas

Scapple video tutorial

Watch a brief tutorial for macOS.


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