Monday, October 21, 2013

Scrivener + Scapple: indispensable design tools

Scrivener: a virtual binder and writing tool.

Scapple: a free-form brainstorming tool.

Since switching to OSX, I'd been in search of an organisational tool to replace OneNote, my once go-to application for keeping all my design materials together.

After using the combination of Scrivener and Scapple for the last few months, I'm happy to report that this duo of applications not only are a worthy replacement for OneNote, but they also manage to exceed it in many ways.

I'll probably write a more in-depth review at some point, but suffice it to say that I'm quite pleased with what I can do with Scrivener and Scapple.

From keeping research materials, design sketches, wireframes and mockups together, to binding recordings of user research interviews to transcriptions, Scrivener is a versatile tool to keep organised.

And Scapple is awesome for getting ideas out of my head and onto the screen. I can move words and images around and make arbitrary links, unlike more restrictive mind-mapping apps I've used in the past.

Check them out - you won't be sorry you did.

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