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superpsycho

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Tools we found so far
« on: 05/03-09:37 »

This thread is some of the writers tools I've run across so far.

Heard a couple people, that use this, say it was pretty good. I've not tried, mainly because I'm a cheapskate and will avoid paying for anything if I can.

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« Reply #1 on: 05/03-09:44 »

This one I found through another site. It looks interesting. Almost like a story board. Looks like it might be great for doing a family history or textbook. You can try it for free too.
 
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« Reply #2 on: 05/03-09:57 »

The site I go to for free software is cnet downloads. They scan everything for virus and there are a lot of reviews normally. You do have to make sure you read the terms as you install. Some offer browser tool bars but all you have to do is tell them you don't except it.

One of the free writer's tools I found there was yWriter5. I've looked at it but it looks like more then I want to tackle, so I gave a copy to my son-in-law, for him to try. It's like an organizer for chapters, characters, and everything else you could think of.  It is free so you might want to try it. yWriter here
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« Reply #3 on: 05/03-10:06 »

Proof reading/Grammar Software.

One item I did pickup at cnet is called ginger and I am now using it. It's supposed to be proofreading software. It's not perfect but it does call attention to potential problem areas. It doesn't handle professional specific jargon well, but it catches stuff my brain would skip over. This one you might find worth trying and it's free.
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« Reply #4 on: 05/22-16:19 »

I ran across this program developed by Richard Salsbury who's done a few short stories. It's fairly straight forward editor that has a couple interesting features. I like the small side menu which can be drive menus, list or notepad. I haven't played with it much yet but the one draw back is it saves in RTF or Text only. Not a real big issue but it's annoying. The plus is you don't have to be a genius or programmer to use it. It has mode setting for different document types but I'm not sure yet what the results are. Take a look, it's another free piece of software someone may find useful.

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« Reply #5 on: 06/05-12:30 »

If you have a kindle, or the 'kindle the for PC' app, then a couple books that were recommended by several people on the other site "Elements of Style" and "How to Speak and Write Correctly" are available free from Amazon.

I haven't had a chance to read them yet so I can't tell you if they'll help or not. When I get the chance to read them I'll let you know.
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« Reply #6 on: 06/05-13:12 »

This one I found through another site. It looks interesting. Almost like a story board. Looks like it might be great for doing a family history or textbook. You can try it for free too.
 
Scrivener Writers Studio

I actually use Scrivener instead of Word. The benefit is that it automatically sets you up into a manuscript format for submissions (and it has various options for short stories, novels, screen plays etc.)

It's also a great way to keep your character descriptions, research, and images organized in one spot for easy referral.

The cork board function is good for organizing ideas as well.

My only complaint is that I didn't find the software very intuitive. In the beginning it was a bit of a process to learn how to use it, but they do provide an extremely useful tutorial that teaches you the basic functions. I recommend spending the 30 mins to do it to familiarize yourself with the software. Once you get the basics, it's great. Plus, the free trial is for 30 days. However, if you don't use the software everyday for a month it lasts longer. You have 30 times of use to use it. So it could last you longer depending on how often you use it to write.
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« Reply #7 on: 06/05-19:51 »

Here is one I've been playing with and isn't to bad. It's not exactly what I was looking for but it's better then anything else I've found for poetry. It gives you syllable count, words that have the same meaning and words that rhyme.

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« Reply #8 on: 06/05-19:54 »

I actually use Scrivener instead of Word. The benefit is that it automatically sets you up into a manuscript format for submissions (and it has various options for short stories, novels, screen plays etc.)

It's also a great way to keep your character descriptions, research, and images organized in one spot for easy referral.

The cork board function is good for organizing ideas as well.

My only complaint is that I didn't find the software very intuitive. In the beginning it was a bit of a process to learn how to use it, but they do provide an extremely useful tutorial that teaches you the basic functions. I recommend spending the 30 mins to do it to familiarize yourself with the software. Once you get the basics, it's great. Plus, the free trial is for 30 days. However, if you don't use the software everyday for a month it lasts longer. You have 30 times of use to use it. So it could last you longer depending on how often you use it to write.
That's nice to know. May give it a try if I get a chance.
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« Reply #9 on: 06/29-18:35 »

This is good stuff.
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« Reply #10 on: 11/20-00:15 »

This one I found through another site. It looks interesting. Almost like a story board. Looks like it might be great for doing a family history or textbook. You can try it for free too.
 
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I've see a number of people who've said this was a very good package, on other writing sites.
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« Reply #11 on: 07/02-10:58 »

I just downloaded a free app called "A Novel Idea."  There is a pro version for $2.99.

It allows you to write down scenes, characters, locations and ideas for various novels.

You can group your characters, tie them into locations and scenes, and has detailed menus for developing your characters.

Thus far I have found it to be very helpful.  It does everything but write the manuscript!
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« Reply #12 on: 10/15-22:25 »

I've been using Grammarian Pro for years. It is an excellent tool. It has a pulldown menu with dictionary and thesaurus look-up auto-keyed to any selected word. Grammar checker which does a pretty good job of catching errors. Worth the money for this hack who types with his thumbs and causes regular spell checkers to overheat and shut down.

Unfortunately,  it is only available on the Apple Mac platform and OSX.
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« Reply #13 on: 10/16-16:07 »

I've been using Grammarian Pro for years. It is an excellent tool. It has a pulldown menu with dictionary and thesaurus look-up auto-keyed to any selected word. Grammar checker which does a pretty good job of catching errors. Worth the money for this hack who types with his thumbs and causes regular spell checkers to overheat and shut down.

Unfortunately,  it is only available on the Apple Mac platform and OSX.
A lot of people use Apple so the info is appreciated.
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« Reply #14 on: 10/15-10:26 »

Ginger software is great. Though I don't think any software can be perfect.
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