Monday, July 28, 2008

Liquid Story Binder XE

I've long wanted something for my PC like Scrivener - which Mac-using friends and fellow writers have raved about - but the program's creators are too snobbish to consider adapting it for PC users. Then, several days ago, I found out about Liquid Story Binder XE.

The site has this to say about it:

Liquid Story Binder XE is a uniquely designed word processor for professional and aspiring authors, poets, and novelists. Writing software for those who require the editing ability of a commercial text editor as well as a document tracking system. It is for those who want the freedom to create, outline and revise but are tired of losing track of their work.
There are also some cool features that sound very helpful (this is only a selection of "most promising"):

A Multimedia Organizer
Sort pictures into Galleries or Storyboards, quickly access custom MP3 playlists, even record yourself reading your latest chapter using a microphone.

Pick and Choose Flexible Features
Pick and choose the file types that work best for you. Liquid Story Binder never tells you how to write! Flexible file types allow you to use your imagination. Use a Dossier for characters, places or things, or a Builder to preserve important snippets.

Create the Perfect Working Environment
Choose a color scheme that suits your writing style. Save window positions and open files for quick and easy access using Workspaces. Open dozens of windows simultaneously - or just a simple textbox centered in the screen.

Advanced Outlining Tools
Timelines, Outlines, Dossiers, Sequences and Storyboards. Liquid Story Binder XE provides the tools you need to plan your next great novel.

Take Liquid Story Binder With You
Liquid Story Binder can be installed on a flash card or USB drive. Take your writing wherever you need to go. Use XE on a friend's computer, at school, or at work.

Universal Search
Liquid Story Binder XE can search every Chapter, Note, Builder, Timeline, Storyboard, Outline, Dossier, Sequence and Backup for a single lost word or phrase. Can't remember where you wrote that important paragraph? Just use XE's Universal Search.

So has anyone ever used this program before? Any tips for a newbie?

1 comments:

S. Megan Payne said...

This is wonderful software. I suggest exploring the help files and a couple of tutorials before digging in. Muck around in the file types with test data, then import whatever you got. (personally, I store old material in builders)

As you work in it, you'll learn how to use almost all of its functionality to the max. Also join the Yahoo group he lists on his website. We're all dedicated users and Jesse Wall, the builder, hangs out there and updates versions faster than you could imagine (besides being phenomenal tech support).

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