Scrivener or equivalent for Windows XP?

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Wed Feb 27, 2008 5:25 am Post

Greetings:

I'm a XP Pro WIN Word user. I came across and article in the NYT Mag featuring scrivener. Went on-line, and was very impressed with it. But alas, upon further reading, found that it does not support Win OS...only Mac.

Is there any WP software out there that approximates the many powerful features(outline, corkboard etc) of Scrivener for Windows?

Thanks,

Mick

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Wed Feb 27, 2008 11:47 am Post

Check out Keith's links page. There's a list of some Window's based apps, which you might find useful. Also do a search for yWriter, which is developed by a programmer turned writer.

This question has been asked before so search the various threads for other's answers. Without risking the wrath of Windows users, perhaps you should think about switching. Scrivener is a unique way of writing management and part of that uniqueness is based on the different experience offered by the Mac. I use both platforms (and Linux) so I can stand by that assertion.
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Wed Feb 27, 2008 5:38 pm Post

Thanks very much for the response Chris...while the elegant UI of Scrivener (and the Mac) is indeed a very seductive/tempting alternative, unfortunately, like many WIN 'users' I'm too cost prohibitively invested in other WIN biz Apps...but I 'spose it's never too late to consider rehab?

Cheers, Mick

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Wed Feb 27, 2008 5:45 pm Post

kozmick wrote:Thanks very much for the response Chris...while the elegant UI of Scrivener (and the Mac) is indeed a very seductive/tempting alternative, unfortunately, like many WIN 'users' I'm too cost prohibitively invested in other WIN biz Apps...but I 'spose it's never too late to consider rehab?

Cheers, Mick

Get a mac. Get an external drive (I made a 300GB firewire 400 for <$US100) Spend $80 on parallels. Run transporter on your windows box and create the file on the external drive. You know have you entire windows box on your mac.

I do this with several windows installs. I also use parallels to run Linux and Solaris. Works perfectly and no one even knows that my work issued laptop is not turned on.

If you want to move to mac it is pretty easy to do.
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Wed Feb 27, 2008 7:31 pm Post

Hi kozmick,

I'm like you a Windows user, but will soon be switching over to Mac.
But some very nice programs that I think you should check out is yWriter that Chris Rosser mentioned (http://www.spacejock.com) and Liquid Story Binder XE (http://www.blackobelisksoftware.com). Both are very nice. yWriter is free (!) and does a lot of stuff. LSB XE will set you back some dollars but is on the other hand extremely powerful. Outlines, timelines, storyboards, background- and fontcolor of your choice, dossiers for characters, things and/or events, even a playlist for making your favourite music while writing. It has everything and then some, except, (and this goes for yWriter as well) NO CORKBOARD. Aaaarghhh.
But if you can live without that...

Then on the other hand... like Jaysen says... if you, and me, were to switch to Mac and never be bothered with ugly viruses, gutwrenching crashes (or rather gutwrenching problems when trying to salvage your files after a crash), expensive programs, noisy laptops (this one) and so on and so on... life would perhaps be simpler and we could all write that next blockbuster

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Wed Feb 27, 2008 10:05 pm Post

Thanks to all for the support...vital while flirting with rehab(a mac)...in the meantime I've downloaded/installed yWriter and Liquid Story. While both appear to be extemely powerful, unfortunately, I don't see much in the way of documentation/tutorials and support? Did I miss something? Forums etc? Art there any aftermarket books, print or ebook, that would accelerate the learning curve?

Tnx, Mick

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Thu Feb 28, 2008 1:15 am Post

kozmick wrote:Greetings:

I'm a XP Pro WIN Word user. I came across and article in the NYT Mag featuring scrivener. Went on-line, and was very impressed with it. But alas, upon further reading, found that it does not support Win OS...only Mac.

Is there any WP software out there that approximates the many powerful features(outline, corkboard etc) of Scrivener for Windows?

Thanks,

Mick


Storybinder hands down...

In fact, it has a couple features that I wish Scriv had
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Mac OSX

Use the tools that best fit the need.
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Wed Mar 05, 2008 8:20 am Post

Hi.

Liquid Story Binder will be on discount on http://www.bitsdujour.com on 11. March. It will cost $15.95 instead of $45.95 (but only on that day).

Franz

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Wed Mar 05, 2008 8:54 am Post

Also on KB's links page is PageFour (http://www.softwareforwriting.com/pagefour.html), which as he says is probably the Win app closest to Scrivener (and despite all the functionality of Liquid Story Binder, the one I'd choose).
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Wed Mar 05, 2008 5:41 pm Post

Thanks Franz...I've installed LSB...very powerful, perhaps too much so in terms of the learning curve to take full advantage of it...but the timeline is a gem which I have already put to good use...at the special price of 15.95 is makes it a good investment just for the timeline...

Hi Hugh,

Thanks for the link on Page Four...quite impressive, especially the apparently "seamless"compatibility with MS Word...appears to have a very intuitive and easy-to-learn user interface...I'll give it a serious look...

Thanks all...and don't forget to 'ave a good laugh today...and everyday...

Cheers, Mick

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Sun Mar 09, 2008 7:34 pm Post

...note pad...

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Fri Mar 14, 2008 1:30 am Post

kozmick wrote:Thanks to all for the support...vital while flirting with rehab(a mac)...in the meantime I've downloaded/installed yWriter and Liquid Story. While both appear to be extemely powerful, unfortunately, I don't see much in the way of documentation/tutorials and support? Did I miss something? Forums etc? Art there any aftermarket books, print or ebook, that would accelerate the learning curve?

Tnx, Mick


The author of yWriter is an Australian SF author who occasionally posts to the writers group I frequent (Vision Writers). He also co-edits Andromeda Spaceways in-flight magazine, so if you can't contact him through his own site (it tends to go neglected in between Hal Spacejock releases, since he's only a part-time nerd and manages it himself), then the ASIM forumites might be able to help.
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Tue Apr 15, 2008 2:28 pm Post

Like you, I'm stuck for the time being in the PC world (though I'm strongly considering a MacBook). In the meantime, a nice little application that has the "cork board" metaphore is Super Note Card (http://www.mindola.com). It is a Java application which is also available for Mac OS.

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Tue Apr 15, 2008 6:09 pm Post

Thanks Vermonter...brilliant...complements and completes the creative writing ensemble nicely. Reasonably priced...extremely powerful at any price.

Now...'time machine' module?...anybody? :)

Cheers, mick