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Old 11-16-2011, 12:11 PM   #51
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I use Mac and Linux, and the only cross-platform solution I really like is HTML -- so I use Bluefish with local pages on Dropbox to generate and organize the material. For the formatted manuscript, I use LibreOffice.

I do like Scrivener on the Mac, and I do like Zim on Linux, but nothing is as seamless across platforms as HTML, and it's very flexible when it comes to organizing information and prose.
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Old 12-29-2011, 04:24 AM   #52
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I'm using Scrivener and MS Word.
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Old 12-29-2011, 08:20 AM   #53
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I loved Scrivener with the N.W contest, but my trial ran out, and since I am broke now, No more wonderfulness, I can't buy the full version.

If you got the money, go Scrivener. It is MAGICAL. Even if you DON'T have the money, buy it. The guy who makes it does it by himself, so go support an Indie.
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Old 12-29-2011, 09:33 AM   #54
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I've recently moved to Scrivener too (but I still use Writer's Cafe for its wonderful Storylines feature). If you are a user of Scrivener, I recently uploaded my custom layout for it:
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Word Perfect x5, I also use Word 10--I prefer WP in that the grammar checker makes sense, I love the little drop down thesaurus box, and the control I have over work space etc., and the reveal codes window is fantastic--not just the tabs and so, it shows you everything.
This. (Though I'm still back on X2.)

I'm looking into Liquid Story Binder, as well.
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Old 12-29-2011, 05:44 PM   #57
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I migrated to Scrivener a month or two ago. Prior to that I used Open/Libre Office for a few years, with about a decade of Emacs before that.

Scrivener doesn't really help me with composing a rough draft, but I love it for revision work. When I write, I put the program in full-screen, typewriter mode, ignore its other features and just type. When I give what I wrote a quick once-over the next day, I break it up into scenes and write summaries. On subsequent drafts, I add meta-data.

As much as I think Scrivener is a great tool for organizing a large amount of text, the program's greatest feature (IMHO) is its ability to keep all bells and whistles out of my way until I want to use them.
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Old 12-29-2011, 06:02 PM   #58
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As much as I think Scrivener is a great tool for organizing a large amount of text, the program's greatest feature (IMHO) is its ability to keep all bells and whistles out of my way until I want to use them.
That and its export/compile functions. I love that I can work in my preferred font, line-spacing, etc, then output it in a completely different format that suits a given editor, without changing the original.
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Old 12-29-2011, 07:23 PM   #59
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I'm using StoryMill at the moment, but started on Scrivener. Both are really good
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Old 12-29-2011, 07:48 PM   #60
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I really like Scrivener, but it's not very portable, which is its biggest drawback for me. I'm an administrative assistant, and sometimes I end up working on more than one computer at work as well as my laptop at home, and Scrivener doesn't seem to work off of just a flash drive. It seems like it would as long as the program is installed on the actual computer, but that's not an option at work. So right now I'm back to pen/paper and Word. Which is a shame. I really like the organization options with Scrivener and some of the other programs out there, but I really need something completely portable.
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Old 12-29-2011, 07:52 PM   #61
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I'm falling for Scrivener. I was just a plain old text editor to write because all the other crap from some of the other word processers was getting in my way.

I've probably not used all the features to the best of my abilities, though.

However, I haven't purchased it since the NaNo trial ran out, but the hubs still owes me a Christmas present so that may be it.
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If you are a user of Scrivener, I recently uploaded my custom layout for it:
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I just tried to download it but the web site tells me the file doesn't exist. Something about the key being invalid.
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Old 12-29-2011, 08:49 PM   #63
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iaWriter is my software of choice. I use the version for iPad, so it's very portable. I can easily export directly to email or save to the cloud. It also has a focus mode that lets you only see the line of text you're working on so that you don't get bogged down in wanting to go back and revise. The program is definitely not ideal for revisions, but for the simplicity of getting first drafts done, it is perfection.

It used to have a feature that allowed you to sync to Dropbox, and I hope they bring that back with a future release.

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Old 12-29-2011, 10:25 PM   #64
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I've always used MS Word (I had the 2009 or 10 version on my old computer, but all I have on my new computer is 2003, which is fine for me). I once tried using yWriter, though. It had a lot of cool things, but it didn't work well for me in terms of getting the story onto the page.
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:51 PM   #65
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My favorite was Word Perfect 4.2. The entire program could fit on a 5-1/2 inch floppy and run off of any computer. It was fast, simple, efficient unlike any of the bloatware made today.

So what do I use today since "advances" in computers have made WP4.2 obsolete? Paper and a fountain pen. Then transcribe using Open Office or Google Docs.
There are Notepad replacement programs out there that might work well, too.

I use Notepad++, because it allows me to create syntax highlighting for scripting, programming, HTML, etc. And it, too, can run from a disk (I use a USB flash drive).

I'm thinking about buying NewNovelist. But I'm always paranoid about software anymore, that doesn't provide a trial. I mean, if even Microsoft will let you try MS Office...
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I purchased Contour (2 licenses). I gave one license away to the winner of my 10,000 hit giveaway!

Anyway, I haven't fully tested it out, but so far it looks pretty impressive with helping me outline a decent plot.
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When it comes to just first-draft writing, getting the words on the page, I've been using Ommwriter. It doesn't have many (or really, any) formatting features, but it blocks out everything else on the screen, which helps keep me from getting distracted.
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:15 PM   #68
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I tried Scrivener, but I just didn't like the feel of it, so right now I am trying WriteWay. It isn't free, but I was able to get the top version at half price, so no complaints there. You can use it on up to three computers, save in different formats, use a very good storyboard, move scenes and chapters around, keep extra scenes, have all of your research in one spot, and it even has a spot for using characters. I like this better then Scrivener, because WriteWay was made specifically for Windows, though there is a Mac version coming out, sorta the opposite of Scrivener, which I am not sure if there is a Windows version or not.
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Old 12-31-2011, 12:35 AM   #71
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I've tried everything: yWriter, Scrivener, MS Word (for ten years), and finally tried Pages.

I'll never use anything else.
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I didn't know there were so many different writing software out there. I knew a little about yWriter and definitely Scrivener. I really do like Scrivener though. It is taking me a little bit to learn to navigate though, but that's mostly because I've used MS word for so long. However, I'm really debating on buying it though. Simply because at this moment I'm not really trying to publish. (I'm want to learn a way lot more about it before I do.) So, once my trial is up, I might just go back to MS Word or yWriter. yWriter is free right? Are there any other free software programs out there?

EDIT: To Scrivener Users: I'm trying to learn a little more about using the corkboard to outline. Did the tutorial offer any help, or did you just have to learn? Thanks in advance.

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I tried Scrivener, but I just didn't like the feel of it, so right now I am trying WriteWay. It isn't free, but I was able to get the top version at half price, so no complaints there. You can use it on up to three computers, save in different formats, use a very good storyboard, move scenes and chapters around, keep extra scenes, have all of your research in one spot, and it even has a spot for using characters. I like this better then Scrivener, because WriteWay was made specifically for Windows, though there is a Mac version coming out, sorta the opposite of Scrivener, which I am not sure if there is a Windows version or not.
I agree completely.

I'm not saying Scrivener is not OK. It didn't work in a way with which I was personally 100% comfortable. May be fantastic for others, but it's definitely not for me.
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I downloaded a few free trials and settled on trying StoryBox because I preferred its interface to others. I've used it to plot and write one first draft, and I feel obligated now to purchase it, rather than just use the free version. But since I have a discount for winning NaNo, I'm considering trying Scrivener before committing to spending money on one or the other.
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