This is a supplementary post to the #26Tech Favourite Writing App post of today. In that post I profile Scrivener, one of the most popular all over writing and writing project management apps.
This post provides nine alternatives to Scrivener. All are great overall writing apps.
Alternatives to Scrivener
So, you’re saving up for Scrivener, or it’s not quite for you? Here are some good alternatives (price in approx. USD) –
By Spacejock Software. Windows. Free.
Multiple scenes, sections and structural organisation, character and location profiles, POV and Storyboard views. Wordcount and track progress functions.
Available here. For Mac OS and iOS – iPad. $59 / $10.
Popular Mac and iPAD writing environment. Story development tools, storyboard with index cards, outliners; plot, character and setting sheets, manuscript and screenplay templates. Export to mobi or epub amongst other formats.
Available here. Windows. 30 Day Free Trial, $35.
Book organisation, notecard and storyboards, and compile to ARCs, PDF and epub formats.
Available here. Windows and Mac OS desktop. Free limited function trails. $60.
Book and story elements organisation, index cards / corkboard, timeline feature, full screen editor, snapshot function, export as RTF. And an interesting floating mindmap function for character relationships.
By Gorilla Film Production Software. Windows and Mac OS. Free trial. $80.
Story outliner, timeline, index cards, story development tools, and presentation (slideshow) modes. Print out a visualisation of the story in reports. Export to Final Draft and other screenwriting software formats, or to MS Word.
Available here. Windows, Linux or Mac OS. Trial downloads, purchase for $40.
Story development guide tool, a notebook, corkboard, research organizer, inspirational quotations, writing exercises, journal, pin-board and daily writing tips.
Free opensource software, unsupported. Linux and Windows.
Plotline structure, characters, locations, scenes, chart tools, task lists but no text editor / word processor functions. Note: older versions of Storybook are available to download from multiple sites if you search. The last commercial version – Storybook Pro, has been discontinued.
By Software for Writing, for Windows. 45 day trial, $39.
Outliner, tabbed word processor, organisation features. A structure around notebooks, with dictionary and snapshot backups of your work in progress.
Black Obelisk Software. For Windows and can work on portable USB key, free trial, $46.
Before Scrivener for Windows came out, LSB was my go-to fully-featured writing project organiser. It contains basically everything that Scrivener did at the time and more – corkboards, writing editor, research folders, binders, character lists, collections, checklists, playlists, journals, timelines and mindmaps, and much more.
Highly customisable (and sometimes complex) free-form rich-text based workspace. Since the arrival of Scrivener for Windows, Liquid Story Binder has ceased development, but is still available for sale, with Wikis and a user board still active in using the app. LSB is missing compile options, but can save to rich text.
#26Tech: This was a supplemental post to the Favourite Writing App post for my A to Z challenge.
You will find the other posts under tag: #26Tech or an index post will be provided on May 1st.
A to Z: in April you will find other bloggers providing A to Z posts on many topics, through the 2014 Blogging from A to Z Challenge.