Power Structure
Power Structure
1.8

3.4

Power Structure free download for Mac

Power Structure1.8

19 November 2004

Story development environment.

Overview

Power Structure™ is the first story development environment designed for 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™ there are no complicated forms to fill out, no new theories of story or arcane terminology to learn.  Instead, it conforms to you, its nine unique story views giving you a Playground of the Mind™ where you can explore, develop and yes, even structure, the best writing of your career.

Instantly jump from looking at the smallest detail of your story to the big picture with the click of a mouse.  Graphically track conflicts, subplots, characters and themes so you never lose track of what you set out to do and what you've accomplished.

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10 Reviews of Power Structure

4.75
Anonymous
27 November 2004
Version: 1.8

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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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Lord-Lightning
11 November 2014
Version: 1.8
1.8 in 2004. 1.9.9. in 2014 0.1.9 update iterations in TEN years. I've heard of 'tectonic' but this is criminal at $179. Fonts are crap. No export to any known TXT, RTF. --- or anything else useful for working on your manuscript. Can't some smart developer buy this and give the best writing app in the business a decent kick in the pants?
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Lord-Lightning
27 July 2013
Version: 1.8
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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3.5
Lord-Lightning
21 July 2013
Version: 1.8
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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3
Lord-Lightning
28 June 2012
Version: 1.8
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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2.5
Lord-Lightning
31 December 2011
Version: 1.8
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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3.5
Lord-Lightning
19 September 2011
Version: 1.8
Managed to download 1.9.2 but it will not run on OSX Lion (10.7.x)
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Lev
10 October 2009
Version: 1.8
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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4.25
Anonymous
22 January 2005
Version: 1.8
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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4.75
Anonymous
27 November 2004
Version: 1.8
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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4.5
Anonymous
20 November 2004
Version: 1.8
If you are serious about writing, this is IT! it talks perfectly to Movie Magic Screenwriter. Low tech - high creativity.
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