Storyist
Storyist
4.2.1

5.0

Storyist free download for Mac

Storyist4.2.1

14 November 2020

Story-development tool for novelists.

Overview

Storyist is a powerful story-development tool for novelists and screenwriters. With an intuitive interface that puts you in control, Storyist provides:

  • Word processor with a page-layout view and support for headers, footers, and style sheets;
  • Storyboard with customizable story sheets for tracking your plot, characters, and settings; and
  • Project manager with fast, project-wide search capabilities to keep your writing organized and accessible.

What's new in Storyist

Version 4.2.1:

Storyist 4.2.1 fixes an issue that could cause the search field in the project sidebar to be displayed incorrectly on Big Sur.

Big Sur Support
  • Storyist runs natively on Apple Silicon
  • Storyist adopts the unified toolbar design when running on Big Sur
  • The split controls have moved from the main toolbar to the navigation bars at the top of each split. To split a view, click the right-most button. Holding the Option key changes the orientation of the split. You can close the split by clicking the x-mark next to the split button
  • You can now set the sidebar text size by opening the Appearance tab in the Theme pane of the Storyist Preferences window and setting the sidebar size to Small, Medium, Large, or System
  • The sidebar adopts the new, flat icons in the sidebar, along with the new outline style
Show Previous Versions
  • If your project is stored in iCloud, the Show Previous Versions window now displays versions stored in iCloud in addition to versions stored on your computer. Clicking the new cloud download button makes them available on your computer
  • The Show Previous Versions window now includes a Share toolbar item that lets your export your previous versions (comments and all) using the standard macOS sharing services. You can, for example, send them via Mail and Messages
  • The Show Previous Versions window now includes a toolbar item that lets you open the versions browser. Previously, you could only open the versions browser using the File > Revert To > Browse All Versions command
  • The Show Previous Versions window now includes a file size column that shows the size of the versions (if they are downloaded to your computer)
  • Manually created versions are now available (on the Mac on which they were created) even if macOS prunes them from the list of previous versions
Window Tabs
  • The File > New menu and the Project view context menu now include items to open a new window tab in addition to opening a new window
  • The Add (+) button in the tab bar now creates a new tab for the current document rather than creating a new project
  • Window tabs now show the selected project item title in addition to the document title
  • The General pane of the Storyist Preferences window now has a checkbox to show/hide the document titles in the tab titles
Misc Enhancements
  • It is now possible to import word count session data using the Import Word Count Data menu item in the writing goals popover. This feature is useful if you want to edit session data manually
  • Exported session data (Export Word Count Data) now includes the starting and ending word count for each writing session. Previously, only the total count for the session was available
  • The "New" context menu items now have a "New Book" command on Big Sur
  • The Storyboard view now handles background-aware colors on Big Sur
Bug Fixes
  • Toolbar customizations are now properly restored after quitting the app
  • Fixed a bug in the outline template editor (available from the File Info inspector) that prevented the list from updating in certain circumstances after you made changes
  • Fixed a bug that caused Storyist to crash when switching a book from outline mode (View > as Outline) to text mode (View > as Text)
  • Fixed crash that could occur when closing a split view leaving the book editor in the remaining view
  • The Duplicate and Delete items are no longer enabled in the context menu of the Project item
  • Fixed a bug preventing multiple windows from being restored when reopening a project. Previously, only the first previously open window would be restored
  • Fixed a bug that caused section names to be removed in certain circumstances

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15 Reviews of Storyist

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Miner
08 March 2019
Version: 3.5.2

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Version 4 is out! For both macOS and iOS.
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Miner
08 March 2019
Version: 3.5.2
Version 4 is out! For both macOS and iOS.
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4.5
Hutchisonb
25 September 2011
Version: 2.3
This is my favorite of the story writing apps so far, although I haven't much experience with it just yet. I'm still using the trial, but like it so far. I'm hoping it goes on sale/discount again, maybe for the NaNoWriMo 2011 this November.
(1)
5
Drfrank
02 November 2010
Version: 2.3
My dilema, upgrade to Scrivener 2 or buy Storyist? I've owned Scrivener for three and a half years, but after briefly testing Scrivener 2, I decided to purchase Storyist. Why? Storyist: I liked the icon, the program name, the website, the manual, the videos, hey, I even liked the developer's voice, but the preceding list certainly wasn't why I purchased Storyist. Sure, it's a cocoa app, and 64 bit, but frankly, both programs are carefully crafted and share remarkably similar features. I purchased Storyist because of the almost inexplicable joy that you experience when you sit down and use very thoughtfully engineered software. Bluntly, using Storyist pushed my 'happy' button. It's cliché to call software elegant, but Storyist is ELEGANT. If you have a story to tell...
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5
Miner
18 September 2010
Version: 2.2.3
I tried several of these novel writing apps during my annual stab at writing a novel in the (Inter)NationalNovelWritingMonth: started with Ulysses (which I find too focused on text-only, and not intuitive to my brain), moved on to Scrivener (absolutely great), StoryMill (like the concept, but cannot get the hang of it), and since last year Storyist. Fort apps like these, personal taste is more important than any other, imo, and amazingly If found that the touch of extra structure and discipline Storyist imposes on my writing works like a charm. It is full featured, and for now my winner, by a nose length, over Scrivener, which is quite a feat in itself. Of course, the next Scrivener which is just around the corner might change all that again. What a blessed platform the Mac is!
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An-onymous
23 March 2010
Version: 2.1.6
Extremely efficient and cordial Support team. The little bug concerning .docx import was found and will be corrected in the coming version. It happens only to .docx files whose type (.docx) is not displayed in the Finder. Meanwhile, if necessary, it suffices adding .docx to the names of the files to import. For the other issues, it is just a matter of getting used to Storyist. This app is quite versatile but it takes some (well deserved) training to become freer than without Storyist. 5 stars.
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An-onymous
13 March 2010
Version: 2.1.6
Thank you for the detailed reply, Storyist. It demonstrates two things: - your attention and quick reply to customers' trouble - the complexity of an (any ?) authoring software, as illustrated by the many links you have provided and the importance of the users' FORUM. I was dreaming of something more intuitive with a softer learning curve. Instead, my demo time is almost completed with no significant progress neither in the novel I am writing nor in the mastering of Storyist.
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An-onymous
11 March 2010
Version: 2.1.6
Not funny ! I appreciated the quick reply to my review. But I disliked the inadequacy of its content. I can believe that the Storyist demo.dmg that I have recently downloaded through Mac-update may have been incomplete. I suppose so because of the reply I got (see below) and because I have found that it was named "Storyist-AutoUpdate-2.1.5.dmg". Therefore, as advised in the reply, I have re-downloaded the demo form storyist.com, I eventually got a newer and hopefully complete demo called 2.2.6. HOWEVER : the .docx files are still impossible to import. When trying from storyist, the files names are dimmed as inaccessible (I had firsdt checked with Finder info that they were fully readable and writable). And when trying to open them from the file (using "open with Storyist"), one gets a message saying "Storyist cannot open files in the Microsoft Word document format" I have also downloaded the guide.pdf from storyist site (indispensable and lacking in both demo files). It is clearer than the help menu but it is just a list of features illustrated with some screenshots, not a tutorial. To sum : I feel that I have lost time and money (I pay the downloaded megas). Storyist may be a good product, but the demo and the so-called "Guide" are IRKSOME.
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An-onymous
09 March 2010
Version: 2.1.6
I expected much of this app. Unfortunately, I found the demo frustrating : - no "Read me" file or .pdf guide to be printed and used conveniently in parallel with the ongoing work. Only an help menu. - impossible to import Word.docx documents (using a New MacBook Pro with Snow Leopard). Instead, one gets a cryptic, undocumented and not engaging message "An importer for this format is not registered with Storyist". ???? - Many examples in the help menu do not correspond to the actual menus in Storyist - The image imported to the "collage view" are pasted below instead of upon the relevant window. To sum : it seems that this app is not completely updated nor ready for Snow Leopard and IT LACKS A PROPER GUIDE; the help window does not suffice, even with the large example within it.
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D-Mac
06 March 2010
Version: 2.1.5
It would be nice to have direct support for footnotes or endnotes, which are sometimes useful in fiction writing. Or, at least the addition of support for wiki links to notes that can be exported as proper footnotes or endnotes.
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Southpawami
02 November 2009
Version: 2.1.2
It seems there is a rather distracted view of this software. I think I remember paying $25 for the 1.x version I believe, and I'm still happy with it. At that time, Storyist was a very hot piece of software that everyone was happy with getting. My 1.5.2 version still serves me well, and has several features I still don't have a handle on(like the auto linking which interferes with typing if you don't know what's happening). And this software has most everything that's useful to me except a full dark screen with green or yellow type for typing. I'm sure this 2.x version isn't as bad people are making it out to be.
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  • Intel 64
  • macOS 10.14.0 or later
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