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    WriteItNow V5

    Discussion in 'Software' started by Michael Pless, Jun 13, 2015.

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    WriteItNow V5 - Software to aid with the planning and organization of a novel-length work

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    I was using WiN 4, glad it's getting updates (even though I dont really need anything else!)
     
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    Love this programme
     
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    For those who have V5, or anyone trying to decide if it's for them or not, the manual is a free download, and is perhaps the best of its type I've ever encountered. To those with V5, it's a wonderful companion because it shows how to get the best out of the program. To those considering the program, it will demonstrate the depth of development this fine piece of software has received. And because WriteItNow is still in development, will continue to receive in years to come.
     
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    I'm new to WriteItNow V5, about a month of occasional use on a 10.11.3 Mac desktop. The good news is, what I know about the program I really like, with the bad news being it regularly freezes requiring shutdown and restarts. By freeze I mean the cursor in whatever I am doing stops functioning, however I am still able to save and close. When I reopen I can begin again with no loss of content.

    I can't detect a repeatable pattern when it freezes. I can be in a chapter or developing a character or event and things just stop. I've reinstalled the program, I've tried with no other programs or browsers open, but no luck. I've also sent my content file to the program developer to see if he could duplicate the issue. He couldn't which suggests there is a conflict within my system that is causing the problem.

    The program creator has been great attempting to help me sort this out. He's even refunded my money. He says, and I believe him, that he knows of no one else who has this issue. My last hope before looking for an alternative is to ask here whether anyone has had similar issues, and if so, did you find a solution?

    Note to anyone considering WriteItNow. My problems notwithstanding, I strongly encourage you to buy this program. I'm convinced my problem is unique to maybe just me. The program is as good as the reviews and users say and well worth your money.
     
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    awesome, it looks like it will export for self publishing on google play and kindle. have just downloaded it and am looking forward to trying it out!
     
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    WIN runs in Java, regardless of platform. Is there a chance your Java installation needs updating? Rob has probably got you to look into this already, but it's worth asking the question.

    I run mine in a windows VirtualBox in Linux and it has never fallen over or misbehaved. I've even had it run fine in a WINE installation on Linux, and the only issue was the spell-check dictionary wouldn't update with user-added words.

    I'm sorry I can't be more help because I am not an Apple user.
     
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    My wife purchased this for me last week. I have been playing around ever since and find it outstanding in regards to having a very detailed outline for your story. Wish I had it sooner. Scrivener was just not my cup of tea, it wasn't as organized in my opinion. WiN5 is just right up my alley.
    I like how you can plan events and create locations that can be added to any chapter or scene. The timeline it creates if really helpful also. Character creation is simple and I really enjoy how you can chart out relationships between characters. Reminds me a little of a more complex flow chart diagram.
    The scene editor creates a great visual of who, what, where, and when things are taking place in your chapters. I have had the most fun with this feature. It really lines up everything for you and sets up an outline that will keep you on a logical track.
    It doesn't write the story for you, but its outlining features sure work better than random notes all over the place on my computer and writing notebooks.
    One of the best gifts the wife has given me. Now I have to be nice to her the rest of this year, she earned it. She knows nothing about writing or software for writing. She just picked it because she thought it looked cool.
     
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    I think you're referring to the "Scene Summary" - if so, there is also an equivalent for the chapters. I suggested this to Rob, the program creator, during the last beta testing and he put it into V5. If you don't like the default template, then you can customize it and use your own.

    Don't miss out on David Lovelock's downloadable (from the help menu) Guide - it's a terrific piece of work and very useful.
     
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    Thanks Michael, I will definitely check it out.
     

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