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Thread: Favorite writing software?
January 18th, 2010, 06:11 PM #16
January 18th, 2010, 08:34 PM #17
I'm a user of OpenOffice, too.
Does what I need just fine
January 19th, 2010, 02:18 AM #18
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January 19th, 2010, 04:19 AM #19
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I sometimes use open source software such as Openoffice and Google Docs.
January 19th, 2010, 12:41 PM #20
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January 20th, 2010, 04:40 AM #23
Well, I don't know abot Word 03 but Word 07 certainly exports to PDF
January 24th, 2010, 06:49 AM #24
I recommend PDF Creator which you install as a printer on your Windows system. When you want to print (from any software you have installed) you select the PDF Creator printer and it comes up with an options menu (including PDF security) and allows you to save the PDF file - simple.
A very useful tool for anyone needing to produce PDFs.
January 24th, 2010, 12:12 PM #25
I downloaded (from the link graciously provided by Shevdon) and started using the program, Roughdraft. So far I really like it. Very simple and very much geared to the requirements put forth by editors. I simply go up to my tool bar and select double spacing and 'bam', I am typing double spaced.
I realize I can do the same with my OpenOffice but I'm too lazy to learn all the commands to get my manuscript to fit all the requirements using it. I find Roughdraft easier as it does it all for me, thus leaving me free to concentrate on what I should be working on. My story.
January 24th, 2010, 02:32 PM #26
I am surprised there's only one mention of yWriter! I believe I found it because of someone on this forum...
I started out using MS Word, but found it really difficult to keep up with a giant word file or multiple files. yWriter is fantastic because it manages your project with scenes and lays it out for you pretty much however you like - you can over complicate it or not as much as you prefer.
The guy who programmed it - Simon Haynes - is an author himself, as is evidenced by a lot of the insights that went into the design of the program. And it's free!
His website also offers oodles of other donation-ware:
Short answer: I use yWriter 5 for drafting, revision, pretty much all of it.
January 24th, 2010, 02:59 PM #27
I just watched the promo vid for yWriter. It looks very interesting. I may download this and try it out. At the very least it is a great tool for outlining.
January 24th, 2010, 05:02 PM #28
January 24th, 2010, 06:19 PM #29
I downloaded yWriter and I do like it for organizing my ideas, characters and outlines. Sadly, I cannot actually use it for "writing". However, when used alongside a program like Roughdraft, I do indeed like it.
January 25th, 2010, 09:58 AM #30
My favourite program is Word Perfect, but they don't make that for Mac anymore. The one I use is Pages (comes packaged in iWork). WP didn't load up my files with code, and allowed me to set the dictionary to Canadian in preferences. With Pages I have to select all/choose Canadian English for each document. Irri-freakin'-tating
But it was worse with Word. I still have Microsoft Word among my applications, but I don't use it.
I'm surprised by the concept that any of these programs can't handle novel length files. None of mine has ever had a problem with large files. A friend of mine writing his doctoral thesis had a bad go of it. But that was in the early 90's. He was using WP running on a Windows PC. Some kind of bug built errors if the file got too big, so his thesis got all broken up into sections.
His problem was that he forgot to make a format template, so all his file settings were essentially random. It's been a long time and a switch to Mac for me.