Power Writer (Novel and Fiction Writing Software)
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- Reorganize an entire novel via drag'n'drop in the Outline mode.
- Examine any text with the search engine of your choice.
- Customize the program to work the way you write.
- Real-time spell check with (optional) auto-correction and auto-spacing
- Powerful thesaurus with definition dictionary.
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Power Writer doesn't tell you how or what to write. It formats, outlines, and keeps all your notes in one convenient spot so that you never have to scrounge your desk for the Post-It note with a character's middle name or an inspired line of dialogue scrawled on it.
It's a snap to use too.
Many EULA agreements, if you read the fine print, licence you to install a program both on a deskstop and a notebook, honoring most users' needs these days. Amen.
There are a number of irritations involving files and other external factors that make it seem that the person who did the specs didn't use computers very much. Worse, I lost some work, apparently because Power Writer wants to put the documents in its program file instead of where I want to store it. Any program that can't remember from one session to the next where the user stores his files is poorly designed in other ways. AND YOU DON'T PUT DOCUMENTS OF ANY KIND IN THE PROGRAMS FOLDER -- YOU PUT THEM IN THE USER'S DOCUMENTS FOLDER! If the user wants elsewhere, he'll move them elsewhere.
Sometimes you watch a movie that should have won an Oscar but ended being a stinker because of one or two bad decisions -- usually coming from the top. Power Writer is the software equivalent of that. I'm also returning it and going back to Word.
I think it is useful to any writer that just needs a way to organize thoughts, historical or environmental data, and keep their eye on the goals of the story.
See my review of Dramatica Pro 4:-)
The help files aren't very helpful, but email support was good. I've experienced some strange issues they've never seen before, never did get to the bottom of them, but they helped me make them "livable".
The tutorial didn't make a lot of sense to me, I'd prefer a different format because while you're reading it, you can't be doing what it suggests (setting up a file, etc) at the same time. That would be something to consider doing in the future...making the tutorial/help files in a pop up box that won't disappear as you play with/practice on the actual files.
With a lot of playing around & trying different things, a LOT of looking through help files and emailing support, I've figured the program out for the most part.
The best part about the software is the outline pane on the left, it has become invaluable to scan the entirety of the storyline (w/ plot headers) instantly. Also the ability to track characters is excellent (IF you take the time to keep the files up to date!).
Obviously, the more you put into this software, the more you'll get out of it. This software does not "prompt" you to do anything, but the tools are all there if you so choose to type the information in. When your story covers 35 years of a family's history, with several interwoven back-stories and sub-plots, you're wise to track it all from the beginning.
My only regret is not having this software 5 years ago when I started this project; it would have made it so much easier! For the money, I definitely recommend this software.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was not happy, sent back. Features it had was not useable for me.Published 19 months ago by Sue Sew
This is a complete waste of money.Microsoft has the same program that can be downloaded for free.Could this software have been copied from that site?Published on June 20, 2013 by B. Peterson
Like the other reviewers, I like this software. It is my software of choice for writing my book (and I researched quite a few before picking this one). Read morePublished on August 21, 2011 by Amazon Customer
I never write reviews but I had to for this product. Although, this product does take a little time to familiarize yourself with how it works, it's worth it. Read morePublished on June 12, 2009 by Cherokee
I ABSOLUTELY love this software, and while others are close to it, this one is far more superior. It has alot of different functions and makes writing notes easy, checking off... Read morePublished on October 24, 2007 by T. Pinsonneault