My husband taught me how to think. No, I’m not a ditzy blonde Valley girl who needs a man in order to think (I’m from Chicago; I can hold my own).
My husband, the poster boy for geeky engineers, uses a whiteboard, which is a good way to flesh out ideas, detail processes, create procedure lists, and so on.
As the official family poster girl for Mac apps I decided to see if I could get the white board to my Mac’s screen. White board. Mac screen. Get it? The app I’ve chosen to help me think better is called Scapple. Just think of it as a very good white board that uses the Mac’s screen for notes, shapes, ideas, processes, procedures and anything else formerly reserved for the conference room white board.
See? Whatever you can put on a whiteboard or a big notebook can be done in Scapple on the Mac, including notes and shapes which can be moved anywhere on the screen, connected as needed with drag and drop.
If you want, go old school with the original white board (green chalkboard with white chalk).
I think of Scapple as more like a diagramming and process app for the rest of us. It’s easier to use, just as useful, has almost no learning curve, and doesn’t cost as much as most diagramming apps.
So, if you’re intimidated by the complexity of diagramming apps, but certainly know the value of a whiteboard or notebook, Scapple is where it’s at. It saves files to iCloud, exports to common file formats, and even drops into Scrivener (the premier writing tool for Mac users).