The I post for #26Tech A-Z Challenge will preview some of my favourite organisation, ideas gathering, structuring or storyboarding apps – Index Card Apps.
Many overall writing programs such as Scrivener, Storyist, Write It Now, StoryO or Final Draft have in-house corkboards and card like functions (see the Favourite [Writing] App posts for more on Scrivener and alternatives). The following list are standalone apps that give similar functions.
For a current list, please see the Listly List: Index Card Apps, which you are encouraged to add to or vote on.
Real Life vs Electronic Index Cards
Firstly, I have to point out that there’s still a lot of inspiration and creativity to be found in simply juggling around index cards (or sticky notes) on the floor or table. But only to a certain point.
When sticky notes or cards started falling off my walls or floating in gusts of wind, I welcomed the addition of digital index card apps for permanent structure, and easy re-ordering as I storyboard ideas.
Index Card for iPAD or iPhone.
Features: colour labels; touch and drop organisation into stacks, auto-save; corkboard, outline and column mode views, word count, export as RTF, Dropbox or iTunes sharing; and for Scrivener for Mac OS users – sync with title, synopsis, long text and sort order.
Website: Index Card App
Cardboard Index Cards (Android)
Appstore: Cardboard Index Cards (Google Play)
Story Skeleton (iOS)
Features: outliner mode; corkboard and index card mode; import and export in Scrivener format.
Note: Story Skeleton was profiled in a previous #52Tech post here.
Website: Story Skeleton website.
Writer’s Blocks and Writer’s Block Essence (Windows desktop)
Writer’s Blocks is a great Windows desktop index card app, although Writer’s Blocks 4 is expensive compared to many writing packages. The newer cut-down version, Writer’s Blocks Essence, provides many worthwhile features at a more budget-orientated price. Trial versions are downloadable.
Website: Writer’s Blocks.
SuperNoteCard (Windows, Mac OS or Linux desktop and Online)
SuperNoteCard by Mindola is slightly older software which is still available to download and purchase. Current users also have access to an online version. There is also another version – SuperNoteCard for Scriptwriting.
Features: tag cards; stack decks and cards to organise; comes with templates for fiction and non-fiction examples; note types such as characters, settings, scenes, plot points; bibliography append; a writing editor also.
Other Simple Apps:
Text Block Writer : If you’re after a simple trial at using digital index cards, Text Block Writer is a free simple download for Windows Users. Text Block Writer.
Throughline Interactive Index Cards: From the people at Storymind and Dramatica, this simple and cheap app is available for Windows. Demo available also. Throughline.
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