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April 29, 2013

Scapple App for Writers

Hear ye, hear ye, writer folks! A handy new app called Scapple has been designed just for you.

Made by Literature and Latte, the company that thought up Scrivener, Scapple creates a virtual sheet of paper on a user's Mac.

When set to full-screen, you have a beige sheet of virtual paper and a mouse arrow. Users can double-click anywhere to add a note and enter typing. By double-clicking elsewhere one can add another note.

The idea is to just click and write and to get ideas on the page. Zooming options allow you to control spacing and readability. Writer's block is no joke, and Literature and Latte makes products with the intent to help writers get over the hurdle and into the intuitive process of writing.

The app lets users drag one snippet onto another, joining them by a dotted line. Assorted key combos held down whilst dragging and dropping yield optional arrows, and users can keep creating new notes without clicking, using key shortcuts to create a new note, a new note joined with a dotted line or a new note with arrow. Using the arrow keys instead of return creates notes in new directions. 

When in the “freeform” mode, users can also drag snippets of text right into Scrivener’s cork board. Users can export material as PNG images, PDF, various text formats, OPML and more. One can also select several snippets and copy them all together.

The app is packed with clever shortcuts that enable the brainstorming process to storm away, so that there's not much time wasted thinking about the app. So quit stalling and go thicken that plot.

If you’re a writer of any kind, or just like to doodle with words, you owe it to yourself to check out Scapple. It’s just $15 to buy, and you can try it free for 30 days first.

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