Recommendation to a Free Novel Writing Software: Manuskript

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Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:18 am Post

Manuskript is one of the best free and open-source novel writing software I've ever tried.

Link (Not a prank :D ) :
http://www.theologeek.ch/manuskript/download/

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Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:09 pm Post

From that very page:
Warning: Though many features are already working as expected, Manuskript is still in heavy development. If you consider using it for serious work, do frequent backup !

(Bolding and red type choice is from the original.)

O-h-h-h-kay.
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Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:27 am Post

It's written in Python.

Wow :shock:

That's impressively hard core.
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Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:19 pm Post

Rayz wrote:It's written in Python.

Wow :shock:

That's impressively hard core.


Why so? My developer friends say that Python is an exquisitely lovely and easy language to write meaningful code in.
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Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:46 pm Post

Ah, good one! The main thing is the Manuskript is totally free, and the software is accessible which means anybody can make changes to it if they wish. This means that there are likely plugins and/or add-ons to allow you to do whatever you want with the program.

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Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:39 pm Post

devinganger wrote:
Rayz wrote:It's written in Python.

Wow :shock:

That's impressively hard core.


Why so? My developer friends say that Python is an exquisitely lovely and easy language to write meaningful code in.


Oh, it is. I’ve done some my best work in Python. And when I look at it again six months later, I still understand what it does, which is always a bonus.

I’m surprised when I see it used for GUI-heavy apps though, because it’s interpreted rather than compiled.

Still, Sublime is written in Python so …
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Sun Sep 23, 2018 6:06 am Post

Yeah, but there are ways around the interpreted vs. compiled thing, like pre-compiling or hooking into C/C++ routines for the speed-sensitive parts.
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Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:02 pm Post

New Manuskript version 0.8.0 is out. :D

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Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:40 am Post

Manuskript 0.9.0 is out! :)

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Sat Apr 06, 2019 3:59 pm Post

I've tried Manuskript over the last few days for a Laptop I loaded Linux on. ummm - there are better free novel writing tiles out there, IMO.

Bibisco, is surprisingly good, and Wavemaker shows great promise. The problem with most of the freebies is that if you've grown accustomed to the Scrivener way of doing things, and like that way, your options are much more limited. (Especially so for Linux!)

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Fri May 31, 2019 9:03 pm Post

Lalit1011 wrote:Manuskript is working slow for me. Is there any other better option.


I think, in the end, most people come back to Scrivener. I came to writing through photography, where any app that costs less than $100 (US) is considered a bargain. I bought Scrivener with that mindset. And considering its position as the leading software of its type, it remains a bargain, I think.

The only other software of this type I would even consider is "SmartEdit Writer", which is free, but far from perfect, it is NOT going to have all the tools Scrivener has.