Beta Release of Scapple for Windows

So, Literature and Latte have recently released a beta version of Scapple for Windows (not Scrapple, but Scapple :)). (They had already released a Mac version.) I gave it a whirl this weekend. It’s similar to mindmapping, but freer.

Here is a link to download it and learn more: http://www.literatureandlatte.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=44&t=24110

I try REALLY, REALLY hard to be selective about the technology I blog about, because we’re reaching a point of glut in some areas. Here’s why I think you want to give Scapple a whirl just to SEE if it’s something that will benefit you:

We think so much faster than we type. And our thinking does not start out in the perfectly formed paragraphs and sentences into which we eventually hone our thoughts. Scapple really works with that!

So, in Scapple, double-click and jot a thought. Drag your thoughts around and juxtapose different ones. Sequence and re-sequence thoughts until you start to see or come up with a point (roughly, a paragraph). Hone thoughts into sentences. Re-sequence if prudent. Then, drag and drop the sentence-containing nodes from Scapple to your word processor.

Scapple Is Not Necessarily for Paragraph Drafting: That’s Just My Main Interest in It

There’s a lot more to Scapple (you can drag PDFs into Scapple, export your Scapple, etc.). You can use Scapple for mindmapping without using it for paragraph drafting. But so far what I’ve been most interested in regarding Scapple is its ability to allow you to work digitally with your paragraph-drafting thoughts the way you work mentally with them. This can’t quite be done with traditional mindmapping software because traditional mindmapping software forces hierarchy onto nodes. VUE may be the exception, but Scapple works a lot more fluidly than VUE for some reason. 🙂

Anyhoo, it’s worth a gander, in my opinion.

So how about you? Do you stall yourself in writing by spending too much time trying to determine how to phrase a thought before typing it? Do you lose thoughts in this way? Do you use paper-and-pencil to capture thoughts? Do you find that writing slows down the process and wonder if typing thoughts might work better? Do you think audio-recording your thoughts is better? Is all of this technology getting in the way? (After all, people wrote just fine before!) Or, are these applications making advances? What do YOU say?

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