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Power Structure(TM) is the first story development environment designedfor writers who aren't in search of an electronic muse,but who have a story that they want to tell, and who simply want a better "place" to do it.

With Power Structure(TM) there are no complicated forms to fillout, no new theories of story or arcane terminology to learn.

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Mac OS 9 or later

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Lord-Lightning Member IconReview+307
Lord-Lightning
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The developers have written a cordial reply to my query and yes, they confirm that development has ceased - with only maintenance updates being done as needed. Tragic, I know, but at least the developers get full marks for integrity - and that means a lot these days. So 'good on you Write-Brain' for your honesty. But in closing, I still feel that you are killing off one of the best story writing apps ever to make it to the Mac. Who knows, one day someone may see its real potential adn breathe life into it again.

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Version 1.8
Paolo Tramannoni
+1

It's really a shame that this software was abandoned. We purchased it despite its high cost and ugly user interface, because it contained features common to no other software. Contour is interesting, but not as 'free-flowing' as PS was. The best idea is probably to rebuild the structure of its questions in Scrivener.

Lord-Lightning Member IconReview+307
Lord-Lightning
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This app was at version 1.8 in 2004. At July 2013 it is only at 1.9.9. Is it really dead? This could be the best writing app on the block but the developers seem hell-bent on killing it. It is just a lunatic approach to servicing customers who paid a shirt-load of dollars expecting Power Structure to grow with them. Even dinky little nothing apps for writers have at least got a forum for users to jaw bone… not Power Structure.

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Version 1.8
Lord-Lightning Member IconReview+307
Lord-Lightning
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Almost July 2012 - this brilliant, crippled app is still dead. So damn sad. It is just about the best there is even after all this time. After two years in development the Marshall Plan Novel Writing app for Mac (about $150) turned out to be an overpriced simplistic outliner built on the 'do it my way' approach. Power Structure beats it hands down and it has been lying with its toes to the sky for the last two years - or more. Even stone dead it has the kick of a mule - a very special app for novelists. Please bring it back to life. Properly.

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Version 1.8
Lord-Lightning
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Nearly a year later and STILL supine.
What is the matter with the developers? They have one of the best apps for writing - anywhere, and they are doing their level best to kill it off by starving it to death. They have to be a bunch of accountants - I can't see how real writers or industry professionals would let this die. They just can't see its potential at all.

Lord-Lightning Member IconReview+307
Lord-Lightning
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I raised the issue of the godawful fonts back in September. I would like to put a question to the development team of this great but crippled $180 application, How is that a writer's application can treat text with such contempt? Steve Jobs built the Mac on the back of his experiences with fonts and calligraphy. The ONLY application - let alone one specifically writers who look at text all day - among the vast number of Mac applications that can't get its font issues resolved. JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

I refuse to do the old Navajo Indian trick of lying on the ground begging and grovelling - just do the right thing, Fix the unresolved jaggie fonts.

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Version 1.8
Lord-Lightning Member IconReview+307
Lord-Lightning
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Managed to download 1.9.2 but it will not run on OSX Lion (10.7.x)

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Version 1.8
Lord-Lightning
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Nor will 1.9.4 run on Lion 10.7.2.
It throws an initialisation error 13 on start-up then crashes.
Console shows PowerStructure: kCGErrorInvalidConnection: CGSGetWindowTags: Invalid connection
and
PowerStructure: kCGErrorFailure: Set a breakpoint @ CGErrorBreakpoint() to catch errors as they are logged.

It still runs fine on OSX 10.6.8 so it is probably a 10.7.X issue.

Lord-Lightning
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The problem is the new Lion issue with the Library. Here is a solution for any others using Lion OS who might also be having the same problem with this outstanding app.

the app is tryng to read the validation code but can't get permission?

Of Course. The answer is to reset the ROOT permissions.

Here is a quick fix:

1. Click on Finder, and hold the Option key, and select Library

2. Click on Get Info

3. In Sharing and Permission, click on the + sign, and add your User Name, with Read & Write permission.

It should now work fine if you have validations left - you only get three, so you are screwed if you forgot to de-validate when you got your new computer.

Lord-Lightning
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Progress report:

After successfully getting the app to fire up (after realising the LION issue with Root permissions - no thanks to the company, the Validation panel says,

There was a problem registering. The server says:

You have used up the three registration credits available and will need to uninstall the program from one of the other computers that it is currently validated on.

NOTE: Remember to use the UNINSTALL program on this other computer or you will NOT get the validation credit applied back to our online database!

If you don’t understand it, please report this message to ScriptPerfection tech support. It has been placed on your clipboard so you can paste it into an e-mail.

The oddball validation system has eaten the app.

This validation system alone has cost me two days of work - can you developers give that back? No! The whole trial of getting Power Structure to work has taken the better part of two weeks and I still can't get it to run because of the locked up validation system.

Thee must be a better way to treat paying customers. People change computers. That is a fact. With several hundred apps and thousands of documents one has to trust the Apple Migration Assistant - well it does not work with apps like Power Structure that were clearly broken at the time. Why not figure a way to punish the pirates - not paying customers. Using these flaky licensing systems is just poisoning the way I feel about buying any more apps from from this stable. I feel obliged to send notifications of problem software to fellow writers. People like me also let out our experiences be known on MacUpdate and other professional and amateur web sites. You are shooting yourselves in the foot. I can't believe businesses can actively try to kill off their loyal customers and limit other potential customers ever trying the organisation's products.

If I had known about the problems I would encounter with this app (and Dramatica and MM Screenwriter) I would not and could not now recommend them to anyone.

Great apps completely ruined by fear of pirating. Crazy! Contour is just as good and half the price and has fantastic support and Celtx is free and beats the pants off MM Screenwriter at that price.

Go figure.

Lord-Lightning
+0

Aghh! the font jaggies are driving me nuts. The developers need to do something about making better font resolution and antialaising.

Lord-Lightning
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Well, from the horse's mouth. The design team do not intend to resolve the font issue. This makes Power Structure - an otherwise brilliant app - impossible to use on a Mac. Fonts are seriously jaggie and lines bunch up together with no line spaces. The text is virtually unreadable. My impression from the reply to my query is that Power Structure may get a little tizzie-up here and there under the guise of a higher version number but their actual reply indicates clearly that they do not intend to continue development. Here is their reply: 'According to development, that would require a rewrite with more modern APIs, and we don't have any immediate plans to do that.' So I now recommend other apps such as Scrivener and Plot Control and The Marshall Plan, if and when Evan Marshall finally fulfills his year-old promise to release his app. What a pity. Power Structure is the one application most tightly fitted to actually developing a story and leaving the author to change and alter the app to suit their own needs. Smart, flexible and intensely useful. Get with the times guys. Power Structure could be extra special and you are deliberately killing it. Have you realised the connection between this app and Star Wars? You are missing a fantastic marketing opportunity. Nuts!

Lev Member IconComment+457
Lev
+2

Just fired up PowerStructure to solve a narrative problem, first time for years. It still works. But it looks /very/ clunky nowadays. No updates in five years = abandonware, I guess.

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Version 1.8
Dingdongdaddy
+1

Ha, same thing here.

In many ways, this still runs rings around the newer story helper programs. If someone would freshen this up and give it pr push, we'd have a winner!

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Anonymous
+2

Really good app with a somewhat outdated appearance (to keep Mac OS 9 compatibility). Structure is what everyone needs while writing and some need extra help. And here it is. This app can be simple or very comprehensive, whatever you need it to be. Fact is, it's built from the writer's mind.

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Version 1.8
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
+2

This is a great product. Worthy of a detailed review, so here goes...

It's weakness lies in its look. It's still stuck in the OS 9 days. It is about time they updated the interface to reflect modern OS X features. But don't think it's not being developed - it is still very much an alive project and the developers are quick to respond to support issues and questions.

However, looks aside, its interface and functionality are top-notch, and you can take it as far as you want to - keep it simple, or really drill-down to the meat of the package.

I tend to first create a load of plot points that sketch out the story, then arrange the pace of the story roughly into a basic 3-act structure, then flesh out from there with more plot points, chapters, etc.

You can even enter details about the "ticking clock" of a plot point, what plot points must be achieved in particular chapter/act, how this bit moves the story forward, the height of the tension, and a lot more, and it can present all this information to you in timelines and graphs, so you can check you're not peaking too early, or too much, or whether your plot-lines are "tangling".

This isn't the software giving its opinion, it just represents what information *you've* assigned to elements. Great for getting the pace evened out and spotting plot weaknesses.

As you can no doubt gather from my gushing, this is a powerful piece of software if you want it to be. Me, I tend not to use these more "power" features so often with short stories, but on bigger projects like novels, I may turn to them to get an idea of how it is flowing from a "mile-high-view".

Great for keeping tabs on characters, ideas, etc. with a full array of features such as character lists (allowing a lot of detail to be recorded, again, only if you need to), premise, backstory, and more. You can view your story in several ways: index cards (in various ways), Act>Chapter>Plot Point (Gestalt View), just plot points, or chapters, etc.

As I've said before, use it as much you need to.

Sometimes, I just map out some plot points, get inspired and get on writing the actual story. If I get stuck, I go back to Power Structure, retrospectively fill out what I've done so far, maybe put in some plot points for where I want to get to, and find it very useful for trying to get past the "sticking point" as I can get a better overview of the story and play around with it easily.

This is it's strength: it doesn't dictate how you should write. It lets you write your way, and lets you use it in the way that suits you. This means you can dip in and out of it without finding yourself forced into a corner by what it thinks is best. I use it in different ways for different projects. You can even change the terminology it uses, if it doesn't suit you.

It's worth demoing and sticking it out. I bought it back in 2002, and after getting over the wealth of information it can store (my nature meant I wanted to fill out every field which just meant I never wrote anything!), found it to be an excellent tool, and worth the price I paid - although it may be slightly over-priced depending on what you need (hence one star off on the price rating).

The strength it has over standard outline tools is that it is aimed at writers (without trying to tell them how to write) so you can just get on and use it, without having to adapt a generic tool to a specific task.

I also use CopyWrite when I'm writing the actual drafts, as this is great for keeping together all the documents in a managed environment with versioning. Power Structure walks all over it in terms of its ability to structure and manage the actual story, though.

(Also, Power Structure's developers have a Windows product called Power Writer that is planned for Mac release. This directly competes with CopyWrite, and as it integrates with PS, means you can access all the information regarding characters, plot points, act structure, etc, within it as well. Very exciting prospects!)

I then use Mellel to prepare the final draft with all the headers, page numbering, etc.

I just hope they update its look soon, as I feel people may not give it a second look, simply because it looks dated.

Maybe they'll overhaul it if they get round to a release of Power Writer as well.

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Version 1.8
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
+1

If you are serious about writing, this is IT! it talks perfectly to Movie Magic Screenwriter. Low tech - high creativity.

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Version 1.8
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Downloads 2,830
Version Downloads 2,251
License Demo
Date 19 Nov 2004
Platform OS Classic / OS X / PPC 32
Price $179.00
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