CopyWrite
CopyWrite 2.296
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Project management tool for writers.   Shareware ($24.99)
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CopyWrite is the project management tool for writers.
Word processors are for layout, CopyWrite is for writing. Whether you're working on a novel, an article, a thesis or a book report, CopyWrite is flexible yet simple enough for writers of all kinds.
Any creative process is inherently messy - writing especially - keeping organized means finishing faster. CopyWrite helps you write better.
What's New
Version 2.296:
  • Fixed a registration problem that can affect some users.
  • Fixed a problem where automatic project backups were not being triggered in some cases.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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aglee commented on 15 Sep 2007
I just took a quick look and saw two obvious UI flaws.

First, in the dialog for creating a new project, the "Choose..." button opens a file selection panel that doesn't have the "New Folder" button.

Second, it wasn't at all obvious how to change the default name of the initial document that was created for me ("New Document 1"). Double-clicking it didn't make the cell editable. Even the Inspector doesn't let me change the name. Isn't that what inspectors are for? Right-clicking a table row and selecting "Rename" is the kind of thing I'd expect from a Windows app. And I don't say this lightly, because I see Bartas is a strictly Mac development shop, and I generally like to support dedicated Mac developers.

These may be petty observations in the grand scheme of a great app, but I will say that two silly UI annoyances in the first two minutes made me lose interest in exploring any further.
[Version 2.2.9]


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Lord-Lightning commented on 13 Mar 2007
Can't see a single function here that Scrivener doesn't do better. Much, much better.

http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.html

Sorry Bartas. You didn't listen when you had the opportunity. Bye Bye.
[Version 2.2.9]

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Gaijin_de_Moscu replied on 10 May 2007
Yep, I did the same: moved away to Scrivener. Copywrite seems to be falling hopelessly behind the active competition.

But I'll check out the updates when they come.
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Ferruccio Busoni commented on 13 Feb 2007
Is there any way to order chapters? Each chapter is a document, and I have labeled them "Chapter I, Chapter II", etc. But since CopyWrite orders them alphabetically, it screw up when I get to "Chapter IX". Is there no way to override this ordering?
[Version 2.2.8]

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gryphonent replied on 11 Mar 2007
Nope, there isn't. I've been asking for this (and other) features since May 2006. Nothing has been done since. I'm seriously contemplating a switch to Scrivener now. It's a shame when good software is left to wilt. Try emailing the developer... maybe you've more luck on your side.
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gryphonent reviewed on 20 Jan 2007
I liked Copywrite, I really did. However, after reported bugs went unfixed and suggestions were not implemented... not to speak of no update since May 2006, I started looking around... and found Scrivener! It has everything and more that is missing in Copywrite, starting with footnotes, outlines, structures, tables, and image support. Yet it is very simple. Sorry Bartas Technologies, but I've moved on.
[Version 2.2.8]


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gotheek reviewed on 28 Sep 2006
I'm trialling copywrite for a single simple reason:

Version control.

I'm a mac user who uses macs because I want to get things done.

I haven't found a version control system of ANY kind that doesn't need tinkering under the hood (bonnet here in australia) to get it working.

Copywrite handles versions, it handles the writing, it handles imports and exports.

I agree with the base philosophy; I want to write. I don't want to muck around with formatting and that sort of thing.

As a creative writer, this product is a boon to my creativity and takes some serious concerns away from me vis-a-vis losing versions and getting confused between them.

As soon as I have the money, I'll be buying three licenses: two for me and one for a friend who's a writer.
[Version 2.2.8]


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cfahey reviewed on 11 Apr 2006
I purchased CopyWrite about a week ago, and this rock-solid app makes it very simple to manage my writing projects. I don't normally post reviews of software, but this is that good. The user-interface is perfect for a creative; a simple interface with basic options. It is very easy to link source material, store notes (by document and project), and the versioning and backup features are the perfect answer to my neurotic fears my work might be lost. Because I rarely know where a story is going, the creative workflow once demanded I flip back and forth between finder windows and word processing app. Now I can store and categorize all material in one project file, and simply use a drop down menu to access the material I need. If you are a creative writer who just wants to sit down and write, this is the software to do it. It just stays out of your way, but gives you the peace of mind of project management and backups. Thanks for your great work guys!
[Version 2.2.7]


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Anonymous reviewed on 12 Oct 2005
I've been very pleased with CopyWrite's features and ease of use. But here's what really blew me away: I was notified of a free update to my software, which I accepted. After downloading it, apparently because of something wrong on my end, my entire project failed to open. I got a mac error number and no book. Insert vulgarities.

I wrote a quasi-hostile "save me" note to the company, and first thing the next business day (problem commenced at night), I had word back, with specific suggestions. The service rep led me along with real-time responses via email until my unique difficulty was resolved, my manuscript saved.

I wrote a letter of commendation to the party, for forwarding, and found out I'd been getting hand-holding technical support from the company owner.

Try that at Microsoft. :)
[Version 2.2.5]


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Anonymous reviewed on 08 Oct 2005
I don't know what gradus has up his butt. I've used CW since its early stages and it has only gotten better with each update. The developer is great with responding to requests and that says a lot about the professionalism and commitment to their product; meaning that some of these interface changes were asked by the consumer. To say that it's a 'confusing mess' is completely absurd. What did you want? One button that asks you what you wanted to do and then have it do it immediately for you? Like gradus mentioned... it does have a full-screen editor. So if you don't like all the palettes, etc. then use the full-screen editor. You answered it yourself. By the way, I do agree that Ulysses is a great app but CW is a great app as well and the cost is nominal for CW; to me it's a no-brainer. And you know what? CW just keeps getting better.
[Version 2.2.5]


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Anonymous reviewed on 15 Aug 2005
Hmm. The review posted by "gradus" is a bit harsh. I happen to disagree completely. For one, the current version of CopyWrite is *not* really best suited to technical writing. The developer is aware of this and has assured me that this issue will be addressed in an upcoming version (specifically, the next major version). I know because I asked - I am a technical ghostwriter. Our household consists of two writers (my wife is a novelist). She swears by CopyWrite for creative writing efforts. For another, I disagree with the criticism of the UI itself. Knowing a little something about UI design myself, I have specifically written the authors to compliment them on its elegance. There is a lot of functionality in a very simple design and all of it can be hidden away or brought forth with simple keystrokes at will (their website has some screen shots of the various configurations). I happen to think the notes drawer is the best use of a drawer I've seen in an application yet as it keeps your notes right beside the relevant document. If CopyWrite had footnote support and some sort of illustration-attachment mechanism, I know of five (including myself) technical writers who would purchase it immediately. As for my wife, her recently-published novel was written mostly using this application (she had only discovered it a few months after starting her new novel, she demanded it for her birthday). So yes, I think the previous comments about the interface are pretty harsh. While it's "not quite there" for heavy technical writing, it seems to suit at least one "professional" writer I know just fine. I don't use it personally, so I'll refrain from rating it until the features I'm looking for appear.
[Version 2.2.4]


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Anonymous reviewed on 14 Aug 2005
To start on a positive note, you get a lot for your money with this program. It has many nice and interesting features (versioning, a goal meter and a full-screen view that lets you switch between documents, to name my favourite ones).

The weak point of this program is not its features but its interface. How any serious writer would be able to concentrate on his work with this confusing mess of palettes, buttons, levers, tabs and drawers is beyond me. The blurb above rightfully says that "any creative process is inherently messy", but the developer seems to have followed this truism too closely when he created the interface.

Judged by the comments here, CW seems to have many loyal fans. I don't want to question their rave reviews, but I suppose that this kind of program mainly appeals to technical writers, or to people who equate a crowded, unintuitive interface with professional software.

This is definitely not a program for writers who think that playing with ideas and words and plots is more rewarding than fiddling around with clumsily implemented software features. If you want a simple, straightforward program that stays out of your way but gives you all the flexibility you need for composing and rearranging your stuff, you will have to look elsewhere.

There are not many options, but you should check out Jer's Novel Writer, a program with a very, um, novel concept and very intriguing ideas about how a "creative writing" program should work. Another option, though a very expensive one, is Ulysses, arguably the most elegant and mature program in this niche. (It was the first to introduce full-screen mode, which says a lot about the inventiveness of its developers.)

None of these programs can "help you write better" (quote from the CW ad). No program could. But if you need proof that writers were better off if they still had to use quills and parchment, CopyWrite would be a great piece of evidence.
[Version 2.2.4]


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Downloads:22,248
Version Downloads:2,879
Type:Business : Word Processing
License:Shareware
Date:11 Sep 2009
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $24.99
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CopyWrite is the project management tool for writers.
Word processors are for layout, CopyWrite is for writing. Whether you're working on a novel, an article, a thesis or a book report, CopyWrite is flexible yet simple enough for writers of all kinds.
Any creative process is inherently messy - writing especially - keeping organized means finishing faster. CopyWrite helps you write better.


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