Storyist
Storyist 2.4.5
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Story development tool for novelists.   Demo ($59.00)
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Storyist is a powerful story development tool for novelists and screenwriters.

With an intuitive interface that puts you in control, Storyist provides:
  • A word processor with a page layout view and support for headers, footers, and style sheets.
  • A storyboard with customizable story sheets for tracking your plot, characters, and settings.
  • A project manager with fast, project-wide search capabilities to keep your writing organized and accessible.
What's New
Version 2.4.5:
  • Fixes a bug, introduced with the OS X 10.9 Mavericks support in 2.4.4, that prevented clicks on chapter titles in the Project view from navigating to the selected chapter.

Requirements
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.4.11 or later



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Hutchisonb reviewed on 25 Sep 2011
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.
[Version 2.3]


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Drfrank reviewed on 02 Nov 2010
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...
[Version 2.3]

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Maister replied on 22 Feb 2013
I have both and I like both: Scrivener is powerful, but also "Tech" and Storyist easy and friendly. I don't need to much technical apps, and when I need them is instead a simply DTP like Pages when I've finished to write. So I normally tend to prefer Storyist. But many ideas comes when I lounge around and there I've only my iPad Mini and Scrivener for iPad is an ever-workinprogress whereas Storyist for iPad far-back exists and is refined, works well with Mac release and splendidly in Dropbox sync. This is necessary and sufficient.
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Miner reviewed on 18 Sep 2010
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!
[Version 2.2.3]

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Storyist (developer) replied on 04 Oct 2010
Thanks for the 5-star review Miner!

And good luck with this year's NaNoWriMo.

I just want to mention that Storyist has some great things just around the corner too! Version 2.3 (released today) creates Kindle editions and includes a theme manager so you can customize interface fonts, colors, and storyboard backgrounds.

Next up: Storyist for iPad

-Steve
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An.onymous commented on 23 Mar 2010
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.
[Version 2.1.6]


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An.onymous commented on 13 Mar 2010
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.
[Version 2.1.6]


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An.onymous commented on 11 Mar 2010
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.
[Version 2.1.6]

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Storyist (developer) replied on 12 Mar 2010
Hi An.onymous,

I wasn't trying to be funny (I apologize if it came off that way), I was trying to help.

You said you were frustrated by the lack of a guide, specifically a PDF version. Fortunately, both a PDF an an online version are available in addition to the in-application Help, so I posted the links for you.

In case it helps, here are some of the support resources accessible from within the program:

* Getting Started Guide (Help > Show Getting Started Guide). This is a Storyist project that gives a brief introduction to Storying and points out some of the cool features for people who just want a quick intro and don't want to RTFM.

* User's Guide (Help > Storyist Help). This (or the PDF or online version) covers the program in more detail. Example chapters include "Working with Text," "Working with Storyboards," Tracking Word Count and Writing Time Goals," and "Saving and Backing Up Your Work." See http://storyist.com/support/users-guide/

* The Support Site (Help > Visit Storyist Website). This has a list of available help resources, which include instructions for opening a support ticket if you want.

* The Storyist Forums (Help > Visit Storyist Forums). A link to the user forums. As I mentioned in the previous reply, this is an active user community and you'll find many helpful writers there.

You might also be interested in the Storyist for Screenwriters screencast at

http://s3.amazonaws.com/storyist/Storyist-for-Screenwriters.mov

Also, you said that you got the message "An importer for this format is not registered with Storyist." You would get this if the docx importer was missing. Storyist importers are built as Automator Action plugins (http://storyist.com/support/developers/plugins/) and registered with the program at startup. The docx converter is packaged with the app, so my first guess was that the install was incomplete.

This issue hasn't come up in the forums before, and the only hit when you Google the error message is your post here. That doesn't mean it isn't happening, though, and I'd be happy to help you track it down.

Please do contact me at the support address or in the forums if you'd like to follow up.

-Steve
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An.onymous commented on 08 Mar 2010
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.
[Version 2.1.6]

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Storyist (developer) replied on 11 Mar 2010
Hi Anonymous,

Actually, there is both a PDF and an online version of the User's Guide (and also a 76 page printed version), in addition to the Apple Help.

http://storyist.com/support/index.html
http://storyist.com/support/users-guide/welcome/

And Storyist does import .docx (and .doc, .rtf, .html, .txt, Open Office, and Final Draft).

http://storyist.com/support/users-guide/getting-started/#ug-importing-a-file

It sounds like perhaps you got an incomplete download. If you'd care to contact me at support at the domain storyist dot com, I'd be happy to help you. There is also an active user community at forums.storyist.com who are very responsive.
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D-Mac commented on 06 Mar 2010
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.
[Version 2.1.5]

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Storyist (developer) replied on 11 Mar 2010
Hi D-Mac,

Thanks for the comment. I can't say I get many requests for footnotes in fiction, but the folks using Storyist for reports and other non-fiction would certainly like to see this feature. I'm interested in hearing how you use footnotes (as opposed to comments) in your fiction writing. Drop by the Storyist forums (forums.storyist.com) if you feel like discussing it.

Note that Storyist does support comments in the manuscript, so you can at least collect the information for later conversion into footnotes.

Regards,
Steve Shepard
Storyist Software
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Southpawami commented on 02 Nov 2009
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.
[Version 2.1.2]

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Storyist (developer) replied on 14 Nov 2009
Hi Southpawami,

Thanks for the comment. I'm glad Storyist 1.5.2 serves you well.

I encourage you to check out version 2, which has a full-screen editing mode and is getting great reviews from users and the Mac press alike. For instance, John Martellaro at The Mac Observer writes

"Storyist, for me, was more fun to use than any of the other novel/screenplay creation tools. ... Because of that intangible feeling of using a thoughtful, finely crafted tool, the scope of the features, and the (available) printed manual, I'm rating Storyist one notch above all the rest."

You'll find more reviews and user comments here:

http://storyist.com/features/testimonials/

Regards,
Steve Shepard
Storyist Software
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Cocoanut commented on 12 Jan 2009
I basically like the software but it has an exceedingly annoying shareware reminder that shows itself every few minutes. Developers need to realize that this type of shareware reminder actually backfires and results in more people like me closing the application before giving it a good shakedown. I would that the developer drop the hard sell!
[Version 1.5.2]

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Storyist (developer) replied on 03 Feb 2009
Hi Cocoanut,

I'm the developer of Storyist and I'm delighted that you basically like the software. But a little puzzled.

In Storyist, the only trial reminder is the dialog that appears when you launch the app telling you how many days you have remaining in your trial. There are NO nag dialogs that appear after that while you're writing. Perhaps you are seeing an auto-update dialog (which you'll see if you choose to have Storyist automatically check for updates and an update is available) and are dismissing it by clicking "Remind Me Later"?

Regards,
Steve Shepard
Storyist Software
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CassandraK1664 replied on 17 Jan 2014
hello
I had completed the 2013 nanowrimo and received the winner code to be able to purchase Storyist at 50% discount... but when today I decided to purchase it my code is not valid anymore I find. All the other codes are good (for examples Scrivener's) until end of the month, yet Storyist's expired two days ago:(
I had started two of my new novels in Storyist (I used Scivener for my over 50K novel in the month of Nov), and now I am not able to get my writings from Storyist unless I pay full price for the software :( Is there any way to extend the winner code so I could purchase it with the 50% discount? or is there a trial version I could use to get the beginning pages of my two novels out of Storyist if extending the coupon is not possible? Please, help. Thanks!
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Leonledragon rated on 28 Dec 2011

[Version 2.3.5]



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Reel_mac rated on 20 Feb 2011

[Version 2.3]


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Storyist is a powerful story development tool for novelists and screenwriters.

With an intuitive interface that puts you in control, Storyist provides:
  • A word processor with a page layout view and support for headers, footers, and style sheets.
  • A storyboard with customizable story sheets for tracking your plot, characters, and settings.
  • A project manager with fast, project-wide search capabilities to keep your writing organized and accessible.


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