I’m willing to be the Mincey family room is home to one utility not found in most households. A couple of large whiteboards. You know the kind. Businesses and schools have them, of course. My engineer father taught me the value of thinking with my hand, and taught me to use a board to map out ideas, develop work processes, create flow charts, and to solve problems.
The whiteboard is a modern day twist on the old chalkboards of my father’s era. These days I prefer to take my whiteboard with me. All I did was add Scapple to my Mac and I can create and take with me wherever I go all the whiteboards I could ever use.
Yep. Scapple is a digital whiteboard for Mac users. The word scapple itself is indicative of what you get. Scapple, according to the Chambers Dictionary, means to shape or work something roughly, without smoothing to a polished finish.
Here’s what it looks like on a Mac screen.
Think of Scapple as freeform text editor meets digital whiteboard. Everything you put into a Scapple page is freeform; like using markers to write on a whiteboard.
However, each element can be moved anywhere on the screen, including notes and objects. Change colors or fonts on text, lines, and borders. Stack items. Draw lines to connect objects on the screen.
Just as it is with the standard marker and whiteboard, the rules are few, and there’s little to learn. Instantly begin roughing out ideas, set up a procedure or workflow, do a flowchart or org chart, or go simple and create lists and assignments, or flesh out ideas, plots, and characters for your long awaited novel. Setup backgrounds to match your needs– white, graph paper, green chalkboard, for example.
I’m serious. Scapple is a digital whiteboard for your Mac. It comes with fullscreen support, and you can export or print the page. Scapple is made by the same developer who publishes the popular Scrivener app for writers, but it has many other uses.
Scapple is highly recommended by the Mincey household, especially if you love whiteboards.