CopyWrite
CopyWrite
2.296

4.1

CopyWrite free download for Mac

CopyWrite2.296

11 September 2009

Project management tool for writers.

Overview

Note: CopyWrite is no longer under development, and it is no longer available for sale.

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 in CopyWrite

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.

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76 Reviews of CopyWrite

Lord-Lightning
13 March 2007
Version: 2.2.9

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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.
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Aglee
15 September 2007
Version: 2.2.9
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.
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Lord-Lightning
13 March 2007
Version: 2.2.9
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.
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Ferruccio-Busoni
14 February 2007
Version: 2.2.8
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?
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StrictlyBagel
20 January 2007
Version: 2.2.8
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.
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4.25
anonymous-wombat-96
28 September 2006
Version: 2.2.8
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.
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4.75
Cfahey
12 April 2006
Version: 2.2.7
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!
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4.5
Anonymous
12 October 2005
Version: 2.2.5
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. :)
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Anonymous
08 October 2005
Version: 2.2.5
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.
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Anonymous
15 August 2005
Version: 2.2.4
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.
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Anonymous
14 August 2005
Version: 2.2.4
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.
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4.5
Anonymous
22 April 2005
Version: 2.2.3
Pretty good update. Adds a nice fullscreen text column sizer control I know I requested just a few weeks ago, thanks! Overall, I love this app!
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Anonymous
17 April 2005
Version: 2.2.2
Interesting how Jer's Novel Writer, a pretty obvious knock-off of CopyWrite that's pretty late to the game, is submitted to MacUpdate the same date as the previous reviewer's post ...
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3.25
Anonymous
12 April 2005
Version: 2.2.2
Well, I drove Copywrite for a tes drive, and it's good, but a little bit slow and buggy. You can try out the (now free) beta version of jer's Novel Wrietr (at http://jerssoftwarehut.com/index.shtml), wich is, IMHO, the best creative software out there.
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4.75
Richo
01 March 2005
Version: 2.2.1
I've noticed every piece of software which gets developed with care goes through a phase where it gets hammered by some, but they survive because they do get developed with care, as with this one. It's had its glitches and still has occasionally (haven't all programs?) But in layout, intended operation and overall stability it more than justifies the cost to those looking to write creatively. So never mind the bitches, if this is what you need you won't find better in this bracket. The new fullscreen mode is a big plus too.
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4.5
Anonymous
24 February 2005
Version: 2.2
I tried out CopyWrite to work on the outline for my NaNoWriMo entry, and was sufficiently convinced to shell out the shareware fee before NaNoWriMo 2004 started. Considering I've written over 100,000 words using it on a Wallstreet G3, I suspect I've been a crueller user than many. It does exactly what it claims to, and I've very rarely run into problems. To cap that, the support is first class - I know for a fact that a couple of my suggestions made it into 2.1, and I can't recall ever having to wait more than a few hours for a reply to a mail. Even on a Sunday! I moved laptops this week, and my request to have a prior activation deleted took all of an hour, at what must have been before 7 am local time for the developer. Thoroughly recommended for creative writing.
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Anonymous
23 February 2005
Version: 2.2
Another user suggested my response to the recently-posted rant was 'cranky'. I feel the need to clarify. Readers might note that no matter how good or bad - or downright nasty in some cases - the reviews on this site have been, I have taken in every opinion, good and bad, and have not said a word. They're your opinions and that's what these sites are for. All suggestions, no matter how they're delivered, are always taken to heart (many even make it into the next version). However, when a user first berates and threatens a business owner in e-mail as a first-contact tactic, then immediately posts patently untrue comments about licensing in a public forum, calling for people to sue, no business owner in their right mind would allow such comments to stand without setting the record straight. Fair is fair. Many of you know full well how fast, pleasant, and courteous the technical support from Bartas Technologies has been after a long-standing relationship (and I thank all of you who've written in support or have taken the time simply to thank me for helping them), but this is the first time it's ever become necessary to actually step in and comment on a rather nasty public display. The customer's problem was solved within a few minutes of my seeing the e-mail (after normal business hours, on my personal time, at that) making the rant all of you saw (and the nasty e-mail) rather silly. I apologize to anyone who was offended by this incident and / or by my response and sincerely hope that you will judge the software and the company for yourselves, through your own experience. Again, many thanks to those of you who've shown your support - it has put me quite at ease with the whole ordeal. To anyone with a technical issue, no matter how frustrating, please remember that shareware developers are human beings, not auto-responders. Ask for help by all means (most of us actually LIKE helping people), but don't threaten and curse - at least not right away. ;-) Take this with a grain (or bag) of salt - I just needed to get that off my chest.
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Anonymous
23 February 2005
Version: 2.2
Each time I choose the Create button in any tab other than "All," the entire program crashes! Crashes! I haven't seen such a sloppy release version of a program since OS 9 days. How could you not catch such a serious bug before this went out the door?!?!? I'm using a completely up-to-date, well-maintained and fairly new Mac, so I don't think it's just me. Also, I don't understand the Zoom implementation in full screen mode. Rather than letting me adjust the zoom on my text as written, the text first appears in the normal font size than gets "transformed" to the zoom size a couple of seconds later. This is very distracting and slows the program down. It also deafeats the whole purpose of full screen mode. I guess I won't be writing in full screen mode much anyway when the program just crashes any time I create a new doc! I'm using the latest version of Panther on an iBook G4, so I'm pretty sure these are bugs in the program and not an issue on my computer. Hope this stuff gets fixed quickly, but the crankiness of the developer (see his response about a customer below--yikes, hope he doesn't talk about me like that!) doesn't make me hopeful.
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contact-87
23 February 2005
Version: 2.2
To clear up the misconception posted anonymously about the activation system: The user wrote a very nasty letter demanding his activation be reset, then five minutes later posted his anger here. As stated in the license agreement, your single-user license allows you to activate CopyWrite on up to two computers simultaneously. Activating it on a third computer requires a previously-activated computer to be deactivated. Had the user bothered to wait more than a few minutes for a response from technical support, he would have noticed that his activation limit was immediately reset upon (a very foul-mouthed) request. Moving to another computer is most definitely not a problem. Anonymous poster, I recommend you have a little more patience with technical support than a three minute response time.
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3.25
Anonymous
22 February 2005
Version: 2.2
This looks like an excellent program for creative writing, the full-screen component is particularly good. I have one major complaint - the prorgram runs ridiculously slow. On the G3 Powerbook it is unusable because everytime I go to do something I get the spinning rainbow beachball for a few seconds. Even on the 1GHz G4 with 768MB RAM it is sluggish. These are both after importing a 23000 word story I am working on. Up until now I have always preferred the laptop for my creative writing (one of my main uses for it) but if I want to keep using CopyWrite it looks like I'll have to switch to the desktop.
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3.25
Anonymous
22 February 2005
Version: 2.2
beware! this software requires "activation".this means you have to buy a registration codeand afterwards activate this piece of software afterwards. the latter online. now, as soon as you switch computers - lets say you buy a faster mac and sell your old one - hard luck! copywrite won't work anymore. wrong computer. sue them. now, all legal software will work be it ms-office, beit adobe PS you name it... just the 25 bucks copywrite won't. software requiring "activation" isn't worth a second thought because you alwayshave to rely on the software company. who knows what will happen after bartas' bankrupcy? thats no security for the future!
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4.5
Anonymous
23 November 2004
Version: 2.1.6
I finally made the switch last month. Haven't looked back. I'm using it to organize my novel as I write, and I am delighted. It's a stable, hassle-free writing environment. This product does exactly what it says it does. It is for CREATIVE WRITING. Not formatting. When I'm done writing in CopyWrite, I export to MSWord to format my manuscript for submission. No fuss. No hassle, no weirdness, but a well structured environment for creative writing. Very nice app. A few requests - (1) Version control is awesome. But I would like to be able to add a label and comments to each version of a doc, separately from the comments for the doc itself. (2) It would be hugely beneficial to have the file browser on the left in a drawer, rather than above my document. (3) as a paranoid writer, I'd love it if CopyWrite's internal doc format was xml, meaning something I felt I could recover myself in a crash. But there haven't been any crashes. So, really, these are small things. First Creative Writing application I've trusted since MS Word 5.1 back in 1991. Very happy.
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Anonymous
13 October 2004
Version: 2.1.5
I'm not a fan of Word at all. Way too much stuff going on gets in the way. I think CopyWrite is promising software. I especially liked saving my characters, places, etc. all as one the project. The notes drawer held all the text I pasted without a problem. The app has a lot of small features that sweeten it, such as status (first version, final, etc.). But there is no thesauras! I rely on Appleworks' thesauras while doing my final edits. I usually do one edit just to review my verb choices and I like to be able to see the alternatives easily. Also, I could not import colored text. For example, I tried to import an email, containing some blue text, and saved it as both plain and rich text It imported as all black. Copying and pasting didn't work either. If this software had both a thesauras and better importing, I would buy it in a heartbeat. Oh, and something funny: the read me file opened in Textedit.
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Anonymous
24 September 2004
Version: 2.1.5
looked promising but it can't deal with footnotes in the main text. Which wipes it out for use on any kind of technical writing where these are essential.
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Anonymous
15 September 2004
Version: 2.1.4
Comparing this product to TextEdit is rather dimwitted ... Apples and oranges, as it were.
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3.25
Anonymous
04 September 2004
Version: 2.1.4
Good for writing raw text but lacks the ability to add pictures and tables. I don't ask for Dramatica or AppleWorks, but something in between. I don't thing CopyWrite is better than TextEdit...
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Anonymous
02 September 2004
Version: 2.1.4
Great for a writer, but really needs an OPML input.
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3.75
Anonymous
26 August 2004
Version: 2.1.4
Desparately needs an OPML input. For many of us, the writing process starts with outlining in NoteBook or OmniOutliner. Would be great if we can input our outlines into CW.
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5
Anonymous
28 July 2004
Version: 2.1.2
FWIW, I LOVE the icon. I think it's one of the best I've seen! AND, I also love the program. The only thing I can think is that whomever delivered the critical diatribe on the icon has something wrong with his or her computer. The "C" in the circle is pure class.
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Anonymous
21 July 2004
Version: 2.1.1
Desperately needs a new icon!!! Interface is fantastic, but needs a bit of polish usability/design is brilliant! but man, i hate that icon (I'm sorry!)
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contact-87
08 July 2004
Version: 2.1
For those who downloaded version 2.1 and experienced a problem starting the application, please accept our apologies. To resolve the issue, simply re-download the disk image.
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Anonymous
08 July 2004
Version: 2.1
There must be something wrong with this version (2.1.0), the program crashed immediately upon launch. It can't open library: /Library/Frameworks/DisclosableView.framework/Versions/A/DisclosableView because it doesn't exist!
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4.5
Anonymous
08 July 2004
Version: 2.1
The writers below must be talking about some other software, or perhaps have something peculiar with their individual machines/network. This software has been rock solid for me since day one. The developer is responsive. I always pooh-poohed the need for a writer's program until I began writing a serious work myself a couple of months ago. I couldn't go back to Word or anything else now.
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Anonymous
25 May 2004
Version: 2.0.5
Did you bother to submit a bug report?
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Anonymous
24 May 2004
Version: 2.0.5
I did. Three different computers, seperate setups and the works. That is why I am so dissapointed with an unusable program. I also have no come across more disgruntled users who have had issues with this program and am currently trying out some of thier suggestions. So far no real luck, I may just end up building something in FileMaker.
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Anonymous
24 May 2004
Version: 2.0.5
Sir: I'm not sure if you're even talking about the same software. I've had none of your problems. This software is very reliable and wonderfully useful. I think you should see if the problems you're having occur on another computer.
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1.5
Anonymous
24 May 2004
Version: 2.0.5
Decently outlined program. It would be very usefull if it worked. However it does not. This program should never have made it to 1.0 and been released as a working (pay for it) program. Bugs are abundant and unfortantly not just superficial, the render the entire program unusable. Just by creating a few documents w/info and deleting one or two your project file is reduced to nothing more than trash. I do think this could be a viable program for writers in terms of organization. I think the cost is a little outrageous even if it worked. I think a return to the drawing board code wise would be a good step as this is one of the more worthless programs out there currently.
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4.5
Anonymous
13 May 2004
Version: 2.0.5
I wrote a comment 1/8 regarding CW bugging demo users with a nag screen every 15 minutes while trying to use the program. That was not only annoying, but it was unacceptable, as was the response I received from CW's report. I just downloaded CW 2.0.5 and I am happy to report that sometime in the past 5 months, this real nag of a nag screen practice has been done away with. CW no longer has a nag screen pop up every 15 minutes. The nag screen shows up only at the application launch, some features are disabled, and the demo is limited to 5 projects. Now that's a fair policy which encourages purchases once the product is experienced without unnecessary interruptions to the creative process. Thank you Bartas Tech.
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Anonymous
14 April 2004
Version: 2.0.4
Bartas nailed it! EXACTLY what a writer needs! Affordable, too!
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4.25
Anonymous
13 April 2004
Version: 2.0.3
This is a great program for a professional writer. Especially if you add DEVONthink for storing and organising your reference documents.
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4.75
Anonymous
02 April 2004
Version: 2.0.3
This is a great program! Developer is quite responsive to queries, even sent me a personal note when he updated the program to fix a bug I'd reported. The only thing missing, which the developer has promised will appear in a future release, is a feature that would allow you to select which documents to include in the program's wordcount/goal window. Otherwise, this program is peerless and flawless.
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4.5
Anonymous
26 March 2004
Version: 2.0.2
I read earlier (or may be on another site) that someone was upset at how often the software is updated. I have to say, that is the most ludicrous thing I've ever heard of. People complain left and right that Apple takes too long to fix relatively simple problems (and in some cases, they do), yet a small shareware author is criticized for taking advantage of his or her flexibility (due to their small size) by fixing bugs or smoothing out annoying wrinkles within days of their being reported. What in the world is wrong with that? I was one of the people who reported one of the more recently-fixed bugs in CopyWrite. Even though it crashed, it still kept the data safe, but it still crashed at a certain point. The bug was fixed about a week later. Would that ALL software authors responded to issues so quickly and so well! Bravo, Bartas Technologies! Thanks for a wonderful, useful program and even better customer support!
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Anonymous
16 March 2004
Version: 2.0.1
Nice!!! I didn't even realize there WAS a 2.0, much less an update for it! Serves me right for unchecking the 'automatic update' box. I downloaded this one and took it for a spin and imported my old projects. Smooth as silk! I can't believe how far this thing has gone since its 1.0 release. I LOVE THE FILTERING AND VERSION CONTROL! Way to go, guys! I'm clicknig the 'buy' button now! Hear it??
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4.5
Anonymous
04 March 2004
Version: 2.0
TO THE GUY WHO SAID HE COULD WRITE A BETTER FREEWARE VERSION--- Well? Where is it? 2.0 has arrived and it seems as though it's shut you up. For a review, I have to say the author outdid himself. I'm happily chugging along with my book (technical manual) and updated to 2.0 smoothly. I haven't had a single problem with the software and I don't know how I ever got along without it! It's like Expose ... once you start using it, you could never go back to the old days!
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Anonymous
02 March 2004
Version: 2.0
he author is doing a great job with this program-- only hope he keeps it from getting bloated (which I've noticed is the risk of having a great "core" app.). Regarding the comparison with MacJournal, I use both; in a way it's a question of apples and oranges. CopyWrite is aimed at writers, and though it did not precisely fit my working methods, I was readily able to adapt to it. Using CopyWrite in conjunction with Bruno Blondeau's iOrganize and iPasteboard is nirvana (at least for short projects-- haven't tried it yet with a book-length manuscript).
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stickman67
02 March 2004
Version: 2.0
For those who are commenting on the price, please visit the author's website. He is offering unlimited free use of the software to students and others who only want to use it on projects comprising fewer than five files. So authors who are writing a book of more than five chapters will have to shell out for this, but students, for example, who only use it on one paper at a time, will not have to pay at all. Maybe those who pay the $29.99 are subsidising those who can't afford it (or won't pay!), but I think overall it's a pretty reasonable. Whether it is worth $29.99 is another story. I won't know until I've tried it out. The first paper for my graduate diploma is due in two weeks, so I guess I'll know soon enough!
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3.75
Anonymous
01 March 2004
Version: 2.0
Cool! There are a lot of nice things added here. Version control and the progress meter are two neat ones. The filter thingie could be useful, though I haven't started really using it yet. It's a lot faster too.
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3.5
Anonymous
01 March 2004
Version: 2.0
2.0 is really good. Much improvement over the last version. There is only one thing I would suggest: On the notes section on the right hand side. I think it would look a lot better if maybe it would have little titles and then a double click would bring up a window with the full note. It is just very unorganized, i find myself adding - and +'s to make it look somewhat organized and it gets rather tedious. That is the only thing it is missing though. A great piece of software. BUT $30? That is too steep for my poor wanna-be writer's blood, I'll stick to the cheaper organizing apps like Hog Bay Notebook or Omni Outliner or iOrganize until this thing drops in price. For some reason it seems like a lot to pay $10 for a notes section (that being the only difference between this app and the others.) Overall its good, but not so far superior to warrant charging $30.
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Syn252
28 January 2004
Version: 1.1.9
So I have been one of the lucky few to help Bartas beta test version 2.0 and I have to say ... HOLY #@@#$ %^^@ %##$%!!!!!!!! Straight from the Author's mouth: "I'm almost embarrassed of version 1.x now..." I totally see why! I can summarize in three words: MUCH, MUCH BETTER. This thing gives you FULL CONTROL over your projects with a lot of nice touches you don't see in ANY of the competition. Naysayers, eat your hearts out. I *KNEW* this app had potential! :-) Sorry to rub it in, but I had to post SOMETHING to let people know that Bartas has something nice up their sleeve!
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4.5
Anonymous
25 January 2004
Version: 1.1.9
Well I happen to think the overwhelmingly positive score this little REALbasic app have gotten so far have proven that it works just fine for many, many people. I think it's a great organizational tool. A recent word with the author has assured me that a lot of new features (including some formatting) are on the way with a new version. The most important for me is spell checking. That's supposed to be on the way too. Although the guy won't tell me specifically how long it'll be, it's "currently in beta". I hope it comes soon!
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3.5
Quantumpanda
13 January 2004
Version: 1.1.9
I've been testing out new versions of CopyWrite as they come out. While certain things are definitely improving, it still is missing two key elements that would make it better than a plain text editor for actually writing. Despite the developer's belief that creative writing does not require formatting, for this program to be usable for generating manuscripts without having to work through the entire text by hand in another app, it needs to be able to generate boldface and italic/underline text. Without that, you have to finish the text, import it into a different editor (such as a word processor), and go through every segment to add that formatting. This is an added step beyond normal proofreading that a professional writer should not have to take. The other issue is a display problem. CopyWrite's writing window does nothing whatsoever to visually distinguish paragraphs (such as an indent or space between), so if you want to be able to see your paragraphs when you write, you have to add an extra return after each one to give the visual break. Again, this makes CopyWrite not suitable for professional writing. If these two issues were addressed, CopyWrite has the potential to become a coveted tool for the professional writer. Ideally, this app would be best suited to become a complete manuscript generation tool, with a no-frills "writing" mode similar to its current operation (with the above issues addressed), and a "manuscript" mode, which would include a spelling checker, a punctuation checker (grammar checkers usually aren't much good for anything beyond that), and the ability to take specific documents from a project and generate a properly formatted manuscript, ready to print or export and submit. Without that, it's just a glorified text editor with a few project-management capabilities.
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Anonymous
03 January 2004
Version: 1.1.9
Cry us a river. Perhaps we should tell Apple the same thing, eh? AFTER I install this new patch..
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Anonymous
03 January 2004
Version: 1.1.9
A version 1.1 (not 1.1.x - 1.1.0) mustn't have any major bug. It's a public release and it a very bad mark for the developer if he's too bad to find some beat testers that find bugs. releasing a new version every 2 days having a new bug fixed is a good promotion, though - but it has nothing to do with software culture! That's just bullshit (sorry, but it is). Just my 2 cents...
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4.5
Anonymous
02 January 2004
Version: 1.1.8
MacSmiley, nag screens go away when you register the application. If you used it long enough to be THAT bothered by a nag screen, you should've bought the thing anyway! I've been using CopyWrite since it came out and for once am almost done with an entire book in just that short period of time. Sure, it has its problems, but it's at version 1.1. The thing is, I'm loyal because it helped get me past my biggest problem, organization. My advice to you is to stop complaining and pay for the darned thing if you want to use it.
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Anonymous
01 January 2004
Version: 1.1.8
MacUpdate needs an edit button. The version I tested was CW 1.1.1 so if anything's changed regarding the every-quarter-of-an-hour-nag-screen-while-you-write situtation has changed, please let me know.
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Anonymous
01 January 2004
Version: 1.1.8
I bought my iMac a little over a year ago, and as a novice, I actually liked this product. What I didn't like was the nag screen actually nagging me for real every 15 minutes! I can see a nag and the beginning/end of a session, I can understand the demo limit of 3 projects. But come on guys, a nag screen in your face every 15 minutes? This is not conducive to a sale. When I emailed my complaint, I got a return email stating that this was pretty much 'standard practice' in shareware, so if I don't like it, I should look elsewhere'. Really, that's what they told me. Now that Tech Tool Pro 4 just told me that CopyWrite's app was corrupted, I gladly deleted it from my hard drive. CopyWrite shot itself in it's own foot with this customer.
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Anonymous
17 November 2003
Version: 1.1.7
I agree that it isn't worth the twenty bucks. Just because another developer in dreamland put a $100 sticker on his doesn't mean that makes this app worth the twenty. NEITHER of them are worth the money, but hey, while there ain't nothing else out there with the right tag, better to pay twenty than a hundred, right?? This app fits cleanly into the 10 buck bracket. Nothing original, no work on the interface, buggy drawers (if opened next to the screen edge). If twenty bucks still means something to you, use it in demo mode.
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4.25
Anonymous
14 November 2003
Version: 1.1.7
Not worth the 20 bucks? Are you kidding me? Take a look at some of the competition's pricing for more or less the same feature list. 20 vs. 100 ... I'll take Copywrite any day. The only real competition is Ulysses and trust me - Copywrite's interface blows those guys out of the water.
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Anonymous
14 November 2003
Version: 1.1.7
Okay, I've looked at the program and to be honest, I think the comments are a little harsh. It probably isn't worth the 20 bucks, but a lot of software isn't worth its ticket price anyway. If version 2 addresses its shortcomings then let's wait and see - it can't hurt! Let's try to be positive! I'm still waiting for that other guy's freeware offer - I guess that is just vaporware anyway, so I'll wait for version 2 to assess whether that version makes the cut...
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Anonymous
14 November 2003
Version: 1.1.7
Well, if version 2 fixes all the problems and adds to the features, I 'll wait until that version comes out. It's obvious that this isn't really version 1 anyway, but some kind of experiment in using realbasic - put the pieces together logically and you get a working app. That, unfortunately means that with next to no programming experience almost anyone can create a shonky product...
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2.25
Anonymous
04 November 2003
Version: 1.1.3
I think that simple is definitely a plus at the beginning, but as the writer becomes familiar, there are more needs. Some writers still prefer to handwrite so it comes as no surprise that some find this software adequate. I really think there is some distance to go before this software matures enough to fork out the dough. I don't know if the guy that claims he will release a freeware version soon is full of hot air or an agent provocateur, but in any case it doesn't hurt to use copywrite in demo mode until the end of the month if you are really pushed.
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4.75
Anonymous
30 October 2003
Version: 1.1.3
As a professional writer I found CopyWrite to be exactly what I needed-- no more, no less. It works the way I do and I suspect the developer is either a writer or knows a few. Unlike similar apps I've tried, it's not "bloated" in features OR cost. The developer is highly responsive, and it is well worth the USD$20. I've never plugged S/W before, but felt this one was worth a comment!
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Anonymous
22 October 2003
Version: 1.1.3
I agree that the interface needs some work - as a payware application, the author could have bothered to at least customize the icons - yuck! As for stability, if you want to have some fun with the drawers, try re-sizing the window a couple of times and opening and closing the drawers - groovy guru!! The author needs to address this too!! Even if you've got money to burn, I would wait until the software matures to release level - it's a little premature!! I might wait for the other guy's freeware version...
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4.25
Anonymous
22 October 2003
Version: 1.1.3
Great tool, great UI, great stability, great support, great price.
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Anonymous
22 October 2003
Version: 1.1.3
Wow - some people are far too angry for their own good. I paid for this software because it works for me. The interface blows Ulysses away and it seems that every update released polishes it a bit more. Try this app - you won't be disappointed. If you can write a freeware version that does the same as this, more power to you. Put your money where your mouth is.
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2.75
Anonymous
21 October 2003
Version: 1.1.3
Copywrite is a newbie programmer attempt to de-core Ulysses. I do not mean that in a critical way, but the copying is almost shameless. Throw in a couple of drawers and the Ulysses interface is cleaned up a little. Having said that, the interface is minimal (do not read minimalist) and well, ugly. The fact that the author said he is happy to write applications for either the windows or Mac platform should explain all... Ulysses is much slicker but way overpriced. Z-write is both cluttered and unMac-ish. If you can wait a month, I will release a freeware version that will eclipse CopyWrite's functionality (however, as freeware I will not spend any more time on my interface than CopyWrite's author obviously hasn't)
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3.5
Anonymous
26 September 2003
Version: 1.1.1
A good start. Easy to use and an elegant interface. My only complaint: it needs *some* word processing elements, like italic, bold, and alignment. I use these as part of my creative process, and without them, my hands are tied. Give us a few wp functions and you'll have my money...
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2.75
Anonymous
21 September 2003
Version: 1.1
Works for me, but it's Z-Write with a hint of Ulysses, as far as I can see. Not exactly innovative, yet quite functional and staying true to the concept of a writer's tool that's straight forward. If you're in search of a more elegant execution of the same idea, check out the Ulysses text editor for writers.
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Anonymous
20 September 2003
Version: 1.1
AngryObserver, I guess it depends on your point of view, eh? If it's better, who cares? I think CopyWrite does a better job in layout, etc.
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Anonymous
20 September 2003
Version: 1.1
This should be renamed to CopyCat. I've NEVER seen anybody rip off another company's application in such an obvious way. This is almost a 1:1 copy of blue-tec's Ulysses - from features to layout to the "getting started" guide, you can clearly see where this product is coming from. Yet it stays miles behind Ulysses in usability, not to mention that this guy here has NO vision. This is not what we need on Mac OS X. Competition is good, but just taking an existing application, making changes to the interface and labelling it as your own creation is not the way to go.
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4.75
Anonymous
19 September 2003
Version: 1.1
Great! Mad props to Bartas! I wrote last week to give a few ideas for things I wanted to see in future updates and nearly every one of them were there! Thanks, dude!
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3.75
Masterkew
16 September 2003
Version: 1.0.1
Copy Write is pretty cool. One thing: the window dragging and overall graphical speed of window redrawing is slow and choppy.
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Anonymous
16 September 2003
Version: 1.0.1
ever had a look at this? www.blue-tec.com
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4.5
Michael-Welsh
14 September 2003
Version: 1.0.1
In general, I agree with most of the comments below. As a specific item, I'd like to see the Notes‘ drawer's text be totally visible (line wrap more centered) without having to move the application window over, which in turn cuts down on the browser drawer's width. A small, but irksome detail. For an app so early in development, this is generally a good and useful effort. I'd pay for it, and I did.
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3.25
Anonymous
14 September 2003
Version: 1.0.1
I like this application a lot - I like the layout, particularly the ability to change the foreground/background colour of the typed text part. Two things I think it needs: it needs an option to auto-save every xx minutes instead of saving as you type - sometimes I fiddle about with a sentence, but want to go back easily to the original version etc. I also think that as a minimum it should be possible to type in italics, and then export as rtf to keep the italics. Without that latter property this is no use to me for writing. On the performance front, the drawers could be a bit quicker on the open/close - and entering new items in the browser, each time I added a new item, the Status dropdown duplicated all of its entries again, so that each item showed twice, then thrice, then...
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4.75
Anonymous
13 September 2003
Version: 1.0
EXCELLENT! I've tried a few different apps that were aimed at the same goal but they either didn't have the right features or were too expensive to register. It's a strong start for a 1.0. I give it a five on all counts except features. It has **almost everything. A great app!
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Anonymous
13 September 2003
Version: 1.0
Oh god it's another Z-Write Clone! Let's come up with some new ideas why don't we? That said, it seems to work better under X than Z-Write.
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4.1

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