Hi, I’ve been using Scapple for a few weeks and I think it’s wonderful. Here is an unsolicited list of things I think are not so good or should be improved. Apologies if these items are possible, but I simply haven’t realised or found the relevant section in the manual.
‘z’ is a poor default choice for zooming, or indeed any action. When zoomed out, clicking cmd to select multiple nodes is a natural action and it may not be apparent that one’s changes are simply being undone. As long as ‘z’ is the default key for zoom, I won’t be the last person to make this mistake.
The inability to style connections makes boards unnecessarily cluttered. For example, wide but low contrast lines are an effective way of visualising long distance connections that can be easily followed without adding too much noise to the board.
The inability to specify the location of a connection label results in some unwanted and unnecessary note shuffling to ensure labels are visible.
Similarly, the inability to curve connections results in unwanted note shuffling to ensure sufficient distance between connections.
When selecting a note its connections should be highlighted. This would make it easy to view its related notes when zoomed out. On a large board where long distance connections may exist between notes, their relationship is lost all too easily (by being difficult to see).
The ability to assign keyboard shortcuts to specific tasks would be nice. I find myself aligning edges a lot and doing so via the context menus is mildly tedious.
The current search implementation does not reflect the visual nature of Scapple. A zoomed out, all-hits-highlighted, search would be a good fit.
I’m unable to reason about the behaviour of the cursor keys. The progression of items makes no sense to me (at least on the boards I’m using).
Neither undo nor redo focus on the relevant item, allowing destructive actions to proceed without feedback.
Renaming the default note styles probably shouldn’t require me to select such a style note beforehand - it is an orthogonal action.
Thanks for reading.