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Posted by tightbeam
Nov 24, 2017 at 04:11 PM


> But, the complexity of the applications seems to put some kind of mental barrier to use them for small things: for fast thinking.

This is exactly right. When all I want to do is what a tool like Scapple offers, then bloating the feature set diminishes the value. I don’t think Literature and Latte designed Scapple to compete with the heavier tools mentioned here. Scapple has a specific, narrow purpose, and does it well. That it *doesn’t* clutter its feature set is a good thing. Scapple vs Tinderbox, HyperPlan, etc. = apples vs oranges.


Posted by Amontillado
Nov 24, 2017 at 04:15 PM


Scapple is very nice for the reason it’s simplistic. A conventional mind map will have a central node that may be of no use beyond tying like nodes together.

But, like most mind map utilities, put 3,000 nodes into it and clutter may become a problem. Link up 1,000 different combinations of 10 nodes each and the spiderweb of lines may become difficult to navigate.

I agree it’s pretty neat, though. For brainstorming creative writing, it’s quick and easy. Magnetic background shapes are nice.



Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Nov 24, 2017 at 05:46 PM


Another white board app that compares to Scapple is Curio. Of course, like Tinderbox, Curio is much more than a concept mapping app. But it does that Scapple-like work pretty well. It is more expensive, so if all you want is what Scapple does, stick with Scapple.

As for the Tinderbox-Scapple comparison, here is another benefit of Tinderbox (if it is important to you): You can make clones (aliases) of your notes, so you can simultaneously view them different ways. Arrange them in a timeline and by priority and by cost and by whatever. Also with Tinderbox you can bang out the notes in rapid fire, if you need to. Type the note. Hit return twice and you have a new note awaiting your typing.

Steve Z.


Posted by Dr Andus
Nov 24, 2017 at 10:26 PM



If you search the forum for “concept mapping”, “concept mapper” and “concept map,” you may find some more examples of non-hierarchical mind mapping software.


Posted by Dr Andus
Nov 24, 2017 at 10:28 PM


Dr Andus wrote:
> >If you search the forum for “concept mapping”, “concept mapper” and
>“concept map,” you may find some more examples of non-hierarchical mind
>mapping software.

But after years of trying different concept mappers, nothing seems to match the speed and convenience of pen and paper as “the best for ‘thinking on paper’.”


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