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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2009
So why buy Storyist? You can write fiction with a word processor, right? Ah, but does your word processor automatically format your novel or screenplay for submission?

And writing and formatting are only the beginning of what Storyist can do for writers. Its big strength is organization. Here's an example: Orson Scott Card once wrote about a lovely scene he constructed in which one of his characters called his mother on the phone; then, during revisions, he remembered he'd made the character an orphan. He began keeping a "bible" listing all the decisions he made in the course of a story. With Storyist, he would have that "bible" at his fingertips, right next to the manuscript and fully searchable, so he could find out in a flash whether his character had parents or siblings. And if he discovered that it got in the way of his writing, Storyist 2 has a full screen mode that would allow him to banish it from view (but it would still be lurking in the background in case of need).

I have been using Storyist since version 1.1. It was a great product then, and with version 2, it's even better--more flexible and powerful. In brief, it allows writers to organize not only their characters, plot, and settings but all the miscellaneous ideas, notes to self, reference sources, web links, and more that come up in the course of writing a novel, screenplay, stage play, or short story. It offers multiple windows where you can display alternate views of the manuscript. You can import pictures of your characters and settings (or just generally into the notebook) and, once there, drag them into as many locations as you like. You can also link sections to characters, notes, plot points; import and export files to standard formats; link notes to one another; set up your own categories for outlines and timelines (although a visual timeline is still in the works). The program comes with ample help files and a printed manual, and if you get stuck or just don't like reading manuals, you can find instant support on the Storyist forums--often from the developer himself. The program is intuitive enough to start using right away, although it takes a while to master all the options it offers. Do yourself a favor and take the time to learn it: you'll never want to write using only a word processor again.

Storyist is not limited to fiction writing, but it is best suited to fiction because it comes with preset, customizable forms for managing characters, settings, and plot. It includes standard industry formatting for scripts and novels and customizable templates. Screenplay writers can step through the various layers of formatting (character, action, parenthetical, etc.) with just a few key combinations. You can use it to develop your story on a series of virtual index cards and then transfer the results to the manuscript; you can also just sit down and write, knowing that the outline, index cards, and plot points are there waiting for that moment when you write yourself into a corner and need to plan your escape route without the distractions of dialogue.

If you have a Mac running OS 10.4-10.6 and a Great American Novel in the works, Storyist will help you keep everything organized and in one place. Download the demo and see for yourself!
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2009
Let me be blunt. Storyist 2 is simply the best software for writing a novel on a Mac.

How do I know this? I'm one of those people who is constantly searching for the perfect software fit. You know the type. I've used and discarded just about every word processor for the Mac since MacWrite, back in 1984. I believe I've finally found what I need in Storyist 2.

Storyist 2 gives me multiple templates for the various professional formats used by publishers and producers. It helps me manage my project by forming collections of images and data on characters, settings, plots and any additional categories that come to mind. Storyist 2 gives me a storyboard, an outliner, and a very powerful string search tool. It gives me any number of bookmarks and in-text comments (both of which may be made invisible to place out of the way). Storyist 2 gives me split-screen and full-screen editing, and it gives me sophisticated exporting.

In short, Storyist 2 gives me everything a writer needs from software and does it elegantly. (Just as an aside, my previous tool was Scrivener. Storyist is better.)

There is also a very special additional advantage that comes with Storyist: Steve Shepard, the product's principal designer and engineer. His is the voice of Support at the Storyist web site [...]. He is also very active on the Storyist forum [...] and is supernaturally fast with good solid answers to tough questions. I personally consider him an important part of the total package. (Do you think Billy G ever chimes in when you have a question about Word? I think not.)

So, if you're trying to birth a novel, Storyist 2 can be the midwife. If you just want to check out software (as I often do) download a free demo from their web site at [...]
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2009
I've been using Storyist since NaNoWriMo of 2007. Before that, I was using OpenOffice/paper; everything is in a binder on my bookshelf, and I'm pretty sure I've lost a chapter or two. Storyist has allowed me to buckle down and get really serious about writing. Now I've got a three book series in Storyist, complete with characters, settings, notes, everything, all in one file. There is a lot to Storyist - I'm not sure I've uncovered everything - but the moment I have a question, I pop over to the forums: [...] and ask away. The developer is always quick to respond and willing to help.

Your manuscripts are automatically formatted to industry standards, so if you entertain aspirations of being published, that's a great boon. If, like me, you like to have your characters visible as you write, you can do that. Divide the screen between the manuscript and your plot points? Got it. If you're still unsure, download the demo and see for yourself. Stop by the forum if you have questions.

- Calli
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2009
I have also been using Storyist from it's early days (when it was ONLY a hundred times better than Microsoft Word), and have been very happy with my decision to stick by it.
In its latest build, it is a fantastically organized word processor which has many intuitive tools for organizing your data--be it character information, relevant images, plot points and other useful tidbits, or even compiling separate manuscripts for different books or screenplays--all within a single document. Since I started using Storyist, I've used it for virtually all of my writing needs, be it for school, or working on my own novels.

It has an abundance of useful features, such as:
* A very efficient system for organizing information relevant to your work, and optionally displaying it alongside your manuscript
* A Fullscreen Mode
* The ability to view multiple separate parts of a manuscript, or different manuscripts simultaneously (Via the Split View function)
* A very simple but elegant means of quickly formatting text appropriately. (IE: Proper differentiation of character dialogue and scene action in a manuscript)
* Easy manipulation of styles
* In-text bookmarks and notes
* Setting Word Count Goals (with optional Growl notification)

And dozens more, each one immensely useful in its own right. Depending on your manner of writing and your organizational needs, Storyist just might be the end-all writing solution you've been looking for; especially since its creator and programmer is extremely responsive to the needs and requests of the Storyist community.

If you'd like to find out more or download the free fifteen day trial (the trial being is in every way identical to the full program), be sure to visit the fabulous new website. If you're thinking about making the purchase, or debating between Storyist and another product, you can swing by the official forum and ask people who work with the software about it. We'll be happy to give you the facts.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2009
I've been using Storyist for novel writing for over two years. This is a solid product with responsive support and a great community on its forums. Storyist gives the author the ability to keep their notes and outline organized with their manuscript, and reorganizing is as simple as drag and drop. It also does a good job of staying out of the way when you just want to hunker down and write.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon September 11, 2012
I am writing a screenplay based on my comic The Subterranean and needed something to get it into the right format (which can be daunting for newbies like me). This software has proved very useful. I wished I had it while I was storyboarding my comic because it has an amazing cork board feature where you can type info into an outline, rearrange, and color code as digital index cards. I wrote my comic on index card-sized sticky notes (by hand, of course). It was a nightmare trying to keep them all organized. To get all the sticky note info into the screenplay I use my Mac's voice recognition capability, speak what I've written, and it's all typed into screenplay format. It is VERY cool!

I'm also writing a book for Kindle and Storyist has been extremely helpful in getting all the chapters organized and in the right format. As soon as I finish I will upload to Amazon. It is reportedly very straightforward. I will update this review to verify.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2013
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I know Storyist. Read the manual, use it for awhile, then reread the manual and find what you missed, like how to set the page numbers, so read the manual carefully. You will love this program once you get the hang of it. It allows the creative sentences that WORD fights you, it sets up the pages and margins for the publisher although each first chapter page is tricky. I don't know about other writer programs, but I wrote 114,000 words in 88 days, and I am now in final draft; I'm in my second hundred pages of a sequel. In short, you can use it for novels, short stories, scripts, poetry, etc. Enjoy!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2013
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I had recently switched over to the Mac world, and needed a new writing tool. With Storyist's low price and positive reviews, it was worth checking out. Was actually discussing this software with another author when it was delivered, as she had a book that needed to be rewritten as a screen play and wanted my opinion of software options. In only a few minutes after loading, I realized this fit both our needs.
If you want something to keep track of character profiles (with photos), story sheets, automatic formatting, or just your own notes- It can be as much as you require. Or Storyist can sit quietly in the background as you write, counting words and tabulating chapters. It will be what you need it to be, and that was what it was created for.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2014
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I am very unhappy with this software. I don't think it is user friendly at all. I imported a novel I'd been working on in Pages, and it won't let me put page breaks in it. Also, one of the most irritating things is that every time you open it, it jumps to the beginning of the novel and doesn't remember where you left off. So you have to scroll through the document to find that place, or else use the search feature which is a little helpful.

I am formatting this for the Kindle, but I think I'm going to have to switch over to Word when it's done (luckily we have a Microsoft computer as well), and do all the reformatting there, which is going to be a pain. At least it lets you export to other formats and Word is one of those formats.

One of the reasons I bought this software was its ability to prepare the book for e-publishing and then publish it on Amazon, but with the mess it's in, I don't think that is going to be possible.

This software may be fine if you're starting from scratch, but if you're importing a work in progress from Pages, be aware that you may have some problems.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2010
It is great to review quality products such as Storyist.

Authors today have few super choices when putting together their novel, screenplay or stage play. Storyist has answered the authors need for a focused and collective authoring environment. We wrote a full review on our site [...] when Storyist came to our attention as one of the first authoring tools to build an exported file matching the requirements of today's ereaders. Check it out.
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