This should come under the heading of Very Bad Things. I don’t need to be trying out a new toy during NaNo. I just discovered, via lifehacker.com that the beta of a new piece of writer’s software is available. It’s called Scapple and is a freeform text editor/note maker, somewhat like a mind map, but text only. And only for the Mac. Sorry about that.
I expect to run into some bugs, but I’m going to try it out because I keep looking for a way to make random notes and connect them in various ways. Text programs are strictly linear, and mind mapping is invariably a bit more complex than I’m interested in. This seems to be what I’m looking for, and given that I consider Scrivener the best writing program in the world, I’d be surprised if this little app doesn’t turn out to be excellent.
It’s free right now because it is a beta, and I can’t resist trying it out. And I’ll do the right thing and report problems. It expires at the end of the year, but the retail version should be out as soon as the beta testing is over.
Interested? Go here: http://www.literatureandlatte.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=20396