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Persona is an innovative character development tool for fiction writers. Readers long for engrossing, character-driven narratives, but even the most experienced storytellers struggle to create strong, compelling characters. Persona is a unique and inspiring app that helps you organize and centralize your character data. Categorize characters by archetypes, fill in crucial background data, and more. If lack of inspiration is hurting your craft, you need a creative kickstart -- get Persona today!

What's New

Version 1.1.1:
  • Resolved an issue where a character printout might not display an image that was specified for the character.
  • Resolved an issue where a printout of all characters might display an image for one character that was specified for another character.
  • Resolved an issue where interactions between the Man in Charge and the Companion would display the incorrect text. more...

Requirements

OS X 10.6.6 or later

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Xenophile Member IconComment+694
Xenophile
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I heard this is personally used by Jerry Bruckheimer.

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Version 1.1.1
Jonnyonenote Member IconReview+6
Jonnyonenote
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Just an observation.... If you need these tools to flesh out your characters, to make them "real," to make them believable, and to act/react to other characters and situations, then perhaps you have not looked into the souls of your characters. A true writer/novelist does not have to rely on software tricks based on movie clichés and prototyes; the best characters are the ones that write their own storylines, that take the author by surprise. You don't need software for this. You need imagination.

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Version 1.1.1
Derekcurrie
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I was checking out the demo of Persona and applied it to one of my characters. I found that he fit three of the provided personas, not fitting perfectly into any of them. That was interesting to know and helped me understand these three aspects of the character. But now what? How do I define him inside Persona? I can't, not that I know of. It can't venture beyond its set of archetypes. So humph.

Xenophile
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No way dude, you need bloatware!

How to develop the ultimate characters:

1. Acquire a lean and robust character from elsewhere.
2. Lard him up with traits.
3. Profit.

Mariner does it every time.

Dominick Member IconReview+1
Dominick
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I was using other apps of this developer and when they introduced persona I purchased it instantly: what a mistake i made!

I will mention my 3 biggest complaints about this program:
- Say no to dropbox/cloud programs. As a creative person you often work in other places but Persona does not work in dropbox or cloud solutions, it popups up that the file has been edited and ask you to save it anyways (which never succeeds) or reverts, which always blanks out the entire file. Thank you mariner!

- Incomplete : The software and the suggestions are incomplete the build a character and it clear they based this program on one or two films instead of looking at multiple films.

- Its the outside which matters : The software focusses more on the outside of a person instead of personal dilemma's, setups/payoffs etc. A shame.

I do not recommend it and I warn you to not use this program until mariner starts acting like a professional company again.

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Version 1.1.0
Lord-Lightning Member IconReview+307
Lord-Lightning
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Now it is at v1.1 this is looking like a proper writer's app. Still a long way to go but, as with all Mariner apps, this will just get better and better. I wish I would have waited to hop on at this price. It is an outstanding value for what will become a very useful and even important app for writers.

Recommendation: Buy at the sale price of less than $20.

Then just sit back and read and read and read. Well worth the price of admission now.

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Version 1.1.0
Karlos1001 Member IconReview+4
Karlos1001
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I think it is my fault, but this is not what I had expected. I had hoped to build-up a comprehensive profile of each character, then to either have printed, copied into Scrivener or even better... to have exported the whole project, links and all... to a mini website, where I could quickly follow the links to each character and be offered differing layouts (Family connections, groups, friendships, histories etc...).

The program 'seems' to be centred around it pulling info from a database, based on what you chose from various drop-down menus (ie type - leader, follower etc...). Whereas I had thought it was a way to build my characters and then export them in such a manner as to be helpful, which it does not.

Software however cheap or reduced, really should offer more than this. My guess is they will either drop it, or offer better export options in the future... especially the mini site idea... which if done well, could be invaluable.

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Version 1.1.0
Wheninrome Member IconReview+8
Wheninrome
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Seems that Mariner is trying to work the entire scope of the writing process with this offering. I do use Contour and StoryMill from Mariner, and personally, glad to see an app like this. I do agree that there is a lot of “free” information already available, but I like having some of that information readily accessible, which is what Persona does for me. I am intelligent enough to know that the profiles and personalities shown here are not comprehensive, but there is plenty of information that will serve to get me started on a character and to think about some aspects of a character’s personality I might have otherwise missed. I also appreciate the juxaposition of personalities. I consider this a “springboard” type of product. As far as price, I am a firm believer of supporting the small (or mid-size - whichever Mariner claims to be) company, perhaps now more than ever.
Overall, Persona is a good “first effort.” It does need a bit of tweaking but again, I have used it as a starting point for my writing and pretty satisfied with it.

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Version 1.1.0
Lord-Lightning Member IconComment+307
Lord-Lightning
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How odd? Character Writer and Dramatica Story Expert do not appear to be available on MacUpdate.

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Version 1.0.0
Lord-Lightning
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Oh, and Dramatica Story Expert has Novel, Screenplay and Short story templates and nearly seventy examples - Persona has one (Gilligan's Island). Yes, Persona and Story Expert are not comparable function for function but they are subjectively comparable and I'm afraid that Dramatica Story expert is a more than worthy contender for a writer's dollar than Persona - in spite of its strange and convoluted language from some far distant Galaxy called 'copyright issue avoidance'.

Lord-Lightning Member IconComment+307
Lord-Lightning
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Hi Logan, good to see you watch what folks think. My concerns - and suggestions, are in the short review. No need to go 'back door' to discuss this. Others might offer useful insights if you let the discussion out into the open air.

Writers - your market for Persona - need to copy and paste stuff they work on from apps that are not part of their normal workflow. That would be a good place to start. But I'm sure you are on to it.

I can go out to the internet to find this stuff (ie any Enneagrams, Myers Briggs, DSM 4 and 5, and a dozen other archetype and tropes sites I am too polite to mention) and copy stuff that I deem relevant to my specific task at hand.

Remember that the main reasons for writers even looking at 'character interaction' stuff in the first place are to enable more accurate character typing and to make sense of how characters of different types rub against each other and that is all over the net. Yes, Persona does that to a limited extent but it keeps it to itself and it constrains the insights to a limited repertoire - comprehensive, but still limited.

I would find Persona more useful if I could endow it with my own research on character.

Also I am sure you will recall that when I suggested this type of app a couple of years back it was to integrate with Contour and Montage and StoryMill and MacJournal. That would be powerful - even if it was a bunch of nearly empty boxes the user could add to.

For example, I am interested in the tropes most associated in the reader's mind with Mysteries, Detective stories and Children's Adventure stories and I do not need to delve into Romance, Horror or Sci-Fi. So character development applications - such as Character Writer and Persona are compared one for one against that frame of reference.

Character Writer lets me build character profiles relevant to my needs based on Enneagrams, Personality Profiles, Diagnostic Psychology, Background, Dialogue, Relationships and so on and make the web of insights I produce immediately available for my work - with a real sense of authenticity about the characters. I can add what I want to Character Writer - or for that matter my Scrivener character profiles - not have it proscribed for me as Persona does - and I can't copy my work form Persona to my Scrivener or StoryMill, or Montage, or Contour workspace anyway so it is absolutely unusable as it is.

Yes, I was disappointed that you released this app when it could not even export its files to anything. That function is primary for a writer.

Having said that, would I use Persona? Yes, definitely, if it allowed me to export text. Frankly, it is overpriced compared function for function with Character Writer ($49) and Dramatica Story Expert ($69) and even the new Windows app, Character Pro ($65) which combines Character profiling with Quick Story.

And because price is an issue, Persona adds very little, if anything, to the wealth of free information on the internet - so why not make Persona a tool to use that free information. As it is at the moment it just will not do the job.

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Version 1.0.0
Lord-Lightning Member IconReview+307
Lord-Lightning
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So what do you do with your character notes after you have built one? You can't export any data. You don't seem to be able to copy data either - so you can't paste it into your work. I can only think to PRINT, but do a 'save as pdf' when the print window comes up.
The app is so promising but at the moment it is a pale imitation of Character Writer. The archetype list is far too narrow - it is all available on the internet for free - and you can use what is there as you need to when you need to how you need to.
No Export - I don't believe it. Mariner does not work like that - this is a premature release, a very premature release.

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Version 1.0.0
Mariner Software, Inc. (Developer)
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Hi Lord-
We are always open to suggestions for all of our products, especially from long time customers, like yourself. Why don't you email me offline with more elaboration to your suggestions and maybe we can respond with a status or answers. Thank you!

Logan Ryan
lryan@marinersoftware.com
Mariner Software

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Downloads 1,617
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Date 04 Jun 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $49.95
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