Scrivener & Scapple are amazing standalone apps. However using them in tandem is just as easy & beneficial. Scrivener an essential writing tool that I’ve covered multiple times is a great writing studio app for a variety of needs that allows you to gather & produce all your work in one place. While Scapple is an amazing visual tool that allows you to take ideas & organize them in anyway you please.
Importing & exporting data between the two has never been simpler & theres multiple ways to do so.
As showcased in the video above there are multiple ways to import & export content between the app. Let’s break down a few.
Drag & Drop
The simplest of methods is dragging & dropping certain elements to import between the two applications.
You can easily drag Scrapple notes into your Scrivener binder or take scrivener text highlighted & convert them into Scapple notes.
Export as .OPML
If you’ve created a chart via Scapple that’d you like to export into notes into scrivener than simply export the Scapple document as a .OPML file & use the Import files feature via Scrivener to get them all synced into your binder. This allows you add further context & notes to your imported outline.
Of course you could also export as text formats if thats what you prefer.
Export Entire Chart
If you’d prefer to just export out the whole Scapple chart you’ve created into Scrivener then they’ve made that just as easy. No need to lineup & use a screenshot tool when you can simply export out as .PNG using the same export & import menu.
Once imported you can easily adjust image size & organize it wherever you please inside your Scrivener project.
These methods of import & export are highly useful in multiple scenarios. Let’s say your workflow revolves around you brainstorming ideas within Scapple. You can takes notes, make charts, and setup a visual aid for your story or whatever you may be aiming to create. From there you can export out elements or the chart entirely into Scrivener for organizational & reference purpose. You can now work in Scrivener with all your research & notes in one place. Making it easy & efficient to work between the apps. At the end of the day what makes these apps so powerful is that you can use them in any way you please. I’ve seen multiple workflows from authors, screen play writers, project management and more.
While Scrivener serves as an all in one writing tool, Scapple is the visual board for getting that idea out of your head & onto your mac or pc.
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