Just installed… Hi…
As soon as saved, had a failure to autosave – due to permissions – an error message that had no way of being closed. Had to close the document. This appeared after saving the document to a location that I had permissions to write to and was fine after reopening the document.
Though full PDFs, when imported, are saved within the Scapple document, it appears, only the first page of a PDF is viewable. Either all pages or none would be better. Preferably all, as this would broaden the usefulness considerably. A scroll bar maybe?
Being able to import a selection of file types to create content is obviously good, but aliases for other file types and web clippings would make this application tremendously useful. We then have a broad range of applications and their files to comment on and easily reference.
Would expect a reference, to see the original, of any imported file, within the Finder.
Would expect a means to edit imported documents (pictures) within their default application. In other words, to be able to launch a file from their representation within Scapple.
Would want to view a file in place, optionally full size or as an icon, that is, a compact version, a screen size version and a full scale version without having to change the underlying format of the document.
Would want to have collapsible notes, down to a size of selected text, then editable to form a synopsis which doesn’t also edit the full note.
I need to know where the images and files are saved, when imported, so that I can edit them, if not able to within the application. Not being able to do so means saving the original also, so having two copies, inside and outside of Scapple. That could be a lot of pictures and space and the need to manually update their in application counterpart after editing. This then also necessitates access to the file name of pictures to be able to find their out of application counterpart.
Arbitrarily restricting a persons choice of expression, based on subjective valuation of necessity or utility is akin to dictating your taste for someone else; because these one size fit all underpants are sufficiently hard wearing and stretch to cover 97% of the market, should we not have further choices? If a person wants to display every letter in a note a different colour, font and size, who is to say that this isn’t of personal benefit to the individual? This functionality doesn’t even complicate the interface, it’s just what you get in every application that has text editing. You might just as well limit words to no more than three syllables, because this happens to be, personally, all you need.
Visually, text speaks, it differentiates itself, tells you what to look at, essentially, optionally, informatively, when and why, without having to resort to fade or colour, though these help. If note taking is really only about monotonous piled up text, why have a variety of boarder styles? Beyond italics and underlines, fonts convey information that can be well recognised and responded to. Exactly what are you imparting with a particular boarder style and who else is meant to understand this arbitrary convention? Will we remember why we put some things in this box and others in another? If there is no reason, the first rule of design is don’t do it. If there’s only one reason to do it, such as it looks good, you still don’t do it. Only if there is use, or more than one reason to make any decision, should it be made, because every decision has purpose, or should, otherwise it gets in the way as useless clutter competing for attention. Expression is a valid and very important reason. Because we ‘read’ our contrived environment, what’s arbitrary, or seen to be so, is interference.
Not allowing an expression through a variety of complimentary fonts is the same as writing without economy. It’s verbose and unwieldy. Introducing coloured boxes and boarders at the expense of font expression is arbitrary and has limited scope to convey subtle and very useful information that has universally or even personally understood meaning.
Imagine someone who speaks with no expression, only louder or quieter monotone. You can’t tell when they change topic, make a frivolous aside, explain expansively, or interject with a little quip… Oh, but they wear expressive shirts, ties and trousers, changed moment to moment, to help them convey their mood and ideas as best they can; though what these mean, who really knows? All we can do is feel sorry for them, for their inadequacy in communicating effectively. Perhaps this is why news papers, books and magazines frugally come printed in a variety of colours, in colourfully bounded boxes, yet we still get identifiable information conveyed by simple and appropriate monochromatic text. All it takes is a style sheet, or two, to set header text, body, etc…
If a coffee stain is meant to suggest the, flexible, ready nature of the application, why can’t there be, for example, initials that scale, larger, even illuminated? Yes, you want to make it essential, but that shouldn’t mean restricted, rather that it does what is deemed necessary and essential with least effort or distraction from the interface, and that anything more is up to the individual to bother with at their discretion.
Looking at the paper to digital image of the hand written Scapple notes, contrasted with the application rendered ‘facsimile’, it’s interesting to note that the handwritten example is more legible, with a sense for necessary padding inside boxes, has gravity, impact, immediacy, contrasts of scale, energy, exuberance, tension, serious intent with more casual suggestion, resolute and open confidence along side the tight and tentative, expressed without reading the words… conveying many subtle contextual hierarchies – perhaps the nature of notes, handwriting and letter setting - the ability to determine easily what is important moment to moment and how we feel about it, rather than having flaccid, impenetrable, uniformity, enforced. Notes are not body text. Though often it’s all we need, very often, more times, it’s not enough.
Otherwise a very good start with the promise or the hope of being brilliant.
Don’t tell me at this price I shouldn’t expect more, as I read in response to someone else who wanted curved lines, that it doesn’t warrant being better for the money, or… perfect for our expectations as is within your power to convey, because decisions are there to be made correctly, for a set of reasons, not arbitrarily. Simple, doesn’t mean a straight jacket, applied just because you don’t see the straight jacket. It should mean appropriate hierarchy of function and, essentially, it appears that is what you have come up with, in the main… because awareness grows. Well done.