Seeing as we’re getting a lot of questions about whether Scapple is going to be made for iOS or Windows, I figured I’d answer those questions here to save having to repeat myself.
Before continuing, it’s important to bear in mind that Scapple was really my own personal pet project–it was something I wanted for my own writing. As a Mac developer, I wrote it on the Mac, and over a couple of years, in my spare time away from working on Scrivener, I polished it up for release.
At this time, most of our non-Mac resources are tied up with getting Scrivener for Windows to have feature parity with the Mac version, and with developing Scrivener for mobile devices (starting with iOS). Our existing Scrivener users certainly wouldn’t thank us if we diverted development resources for these other platforms away from Scrivener. Moreover, as I write, Scapple has only just been released. We have no idea whether it will even be popular enough to justify its development on other platforms–although we hope it will be!
1. Will there be a Windows version of Scapple?
We certainly hope so. Lee, the Scrivener for Windows lead developer, is very interested in producing a version of Scapple for Windows. However, his first priority is Scrivener, and getting the Windows version up to speed with the Mac version. So any work he does on Scapple will be in his spare time, and he has very little of that right now. Scapple is a fairly simple application compared to Scrivener (although it’s still tens of thousands of lines of code), but even so, it has taken me over two years to get from my initial noodlings with the idea to something that is ready for release, simply because Scrivener consumes most of my waking hours.
In other words, we really hope that there will eventually be a Windows version of Scapple, but it’s too early to say when, or to make any definite plans or promises at this stage.
2. Will there be an iOS version of Scapple?
Again, we certainly hope so, but there is nothing in the pipeline at the moment, simply because all of our iOS development is currently focused on Scrivener.
I know a few users feel that Scapple would be right at home on the iPad and that we should have made it for the iPad first. However, I’m a Mac developer because I still like using my Mac for the vast majority of my writing, so I hope no one will blame me for developing software that I want to use myself before porting it to other platforms. Given that Scapple is the equivalent of taking a large piece of paper, or a whiteboard, and scrawling notes all over it, it generally works best on a decent-sized screen, although it is more than manageable on an 11" MBA. It’s also primarily a writing application, and the Mac is a far superior writing machine than any i-device. Please note, however, that this is just my opinion–I do appreciate that some users genuinely like the iPad as a writing device! The point is just that, as the developer of Scapple, I naturally built it for the platform I use.
So, we definitely hope to produce an iOS version in the future, but for now all of our iOS resources are being poured into Scrivener for iPhone and iPad; in the meantime, please take Scapple for what it is: an app built from the ground up for the unassailed OS X.
3. Please remember that this forum is for the Mac version
Finally, I’m going to ask politely that we keep all discussion of versions of Scapple for other platforms out of the main forum–if you have any comments, please leave them as replies to this thread instead.
Finally, thank you to everyone who likes the idea of Scapple enough to want it on other platforms. We appreciate your enthusiasm, and we do hear you. We just have to be realistic about what a small company with a behemoth still in the works for other platforms (Scrivener) can do when it comes to porting an app that has only just gone on sale.
Thanks and all the best,