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Storybook was a free Open Source novel-writing software project: for creative writers, novelists and authors.

In October 2013 it was withdrawn and the web site closed up. Many people had paid for "Extra Features" in Storybook 3.2 Pro and Storybook 4 Pro and were left unsupported. (Suddenly ... The project was dead and Software Santa had to pull down one of the most useful novel writing applications he had ever listed ...  :'( )

UNTIL ... one of the people who was working on the original project posted the open source code HE still had as a "New" project called oStorybook and made ALL the Features that had only been paid "Professional" features available as a regular part of the FREE Download!

IF you HAD Storybook before and you want to Upgrade to Storybook Pro for FREE toss out Storybook and go get oStorybook instead!

Storybook - No. 1 Open Source Novel Writing Software!

About Storybook

Storybook is a free Open Source novel-writing software for creative writers, novelists and authors. Starting with the plot to the finished book — with Storybook you'll never lose the overview. Storybook helps you to keep an overview of multiple plot-lines while writing books, novels or other written works.

Storybook assists you in structuring your book

Manage all your data such as characters, locations, scenes, items, tags and ideas in one place. A simple interface is provided to enable you to assign your defined objects to each scene and to keep an overview of your work with user-friendly chart tools. With Storybook Memoria each object can be tracked in relation to time.

 Storybook comes with 4 views:

    The Chronological View shows the scenes sorted by date. Each strand has it's own column.
    The Manage Chapters and Scenes view shows all chapters and their assigned scenes. Scenes can be moved and renumbered by Drag-and-Drop.
    The Book View shows all chapters and their assigned scenes sorted by chapter and scene numbers, as you would read it in the final book.
    The Reading View shows the text as in a final book. Strands can be shown or hidden.

Storybook helps you to keep the overview, especially helpful for complex stories with two or more plot-lines (strands). Imagine it as a kind of a interactive, dynamic mind map.

    Strands (Plot-Lines): Each scene belongs to a primary strand. Optionally, other related secondary-strands can be linked to a scene.
    Characters: Add, edit or remove characters and assign them to scenes. A character's gender can be male or female, or you can add your own genders, too.
    Locations: Add, edit or remove locations and assign them to scenes.
    Tags and items: Tags and items can be assigned to scenes, locations and characters. The time frame can be defined by setting a start scene and end scene. A table overview shows all assigned objects.
    Chapters: Define your chapters and assign scenes to them.
    Parts: Large projects can be split into well-arranged parts.
    Object Tree: A hierarchic tree shows all characters, locations, tags and items as well as chapters and their assigned scenes. Below the tree all important information about the selected object is shown. If scenes are missing or exist twice, a warning informs you.
    Global Ideas: While writing authors have all kind of ideas that come up suddenly. No more Post-it needed! With the "Global Ideas" feature, you can save your ideas anytime and assign them to the levels "Not started", "Started", "Completed" and "Abandoned".
    Adjustable view: All views can be re-sized to fit to screen or to get a better overview. Even more working space is available if you hide the information panel with a simple click on the tool bar.
    Task List and Navigation: The task list shows all scenes with a status other than "done". With the "Go to date" respectively "Go to chapter" navigation you can easily jump to the desired date or chapter-number.

oStorybookoStorybook is resumed Storybook software in a "grinding" fully Open Source.

The 4.9.9 version is the simple recovery of the original code which was removed all items related to the "pro" version. To avoid having too large a software package (more than 80MB) various dictionaries and other tools grammar checks are available in an additional package.

The standard version includes only English and French. When changing language without the prior complementary integrated package you may experience a software crash. In the future this anomaly will be corrected in order to download the necessary application languages. The project is ongoing recovery / development, be forgiving.

You can help in different ways:

    • by intervening directly in the various discussions already open, or by creating a new thread that you seem more appropriate;
    • participating as contributors, for example, what is the translation in the context of internationalization;
    • integrating the development team if you have the necessary skills (Java).
    If you are a single end user, you do seem a draft novel. I hope oStorybook will be useful and that you enjoy it. I also hope that you will share your experience and so that I will have the chance to discover a new author.

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    « Last Edit: March 28, 2014, 07:03:48 PM by Software Santa »


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