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WritingOutliner is being continued as DocxManager

Posted in: Book writing software by Edwin on September 7, 2019 | No Comments

ANN: WritingOutliner is being continued as a new software product – DocxManager

A screenshot of DocxManager:

DocxManager’s Outline view

Click here for some details comparing WritingOutliner as DocxManager.

DocxManager – the (second) rebirth of Writing Outliner.

Posted in: Book writing software by Edwin on May 20, 2019 | 2 Comments

My dear Writing Outliner followers, thanks for the constant attention to my software product.

DocxManager is the second attempt for a software that’s tightly integrated with MS Word. Basically, like Writing Outliner it’s a kind of an outliner, but more importantly, it’s a document manager and a static website generator – yes, generate a professional looking website out of your Word documents!

Here is the new, under-construction website https://docxmanager.com, and here is a screenshot of DocxManager:

In the mean time, I’m working on features like importing exiting Writing Outliner project, and so on, preparing for the release.

New plan (again) for WritingOutliner

Posted in: Book writing software by Edwin on November 1, 2014 | No Comments

Update 1: The latest news – after in depth communications with my dear users, we’ll be stick with MS Word at the moment, instead of a standalone version, in other words, we’ll be enhancing the design of the WritingOutliner.

 

ANN:

In order to take WritingOutliner to the next level,

we have a new plan (yes,again).

Writing Outliner v1.5.20.790

Posted in: Book writing software, Outliner Software, Version History by Edwin on December 19, 2011 | 10 Comments

A new version of Writing Outliner software is ready for download now. This is a minor update with just one fix for the potential, critical data lost problem.

As announced in the previous blog post, significant modifications are being made to Writing Outliner software, and while Paul Yip (a new development member of the Writing Outliner software project team) was working on those changes, he finally reproduced the problem and he seems to have found the source of the problem and have fixed it, so we decided to release a new version based on the original version, before the significant changes are ready for download.

All Writing Outliner users are highly recommended to upgrade to this new version.

To upgrade, registered users please click the ‘Check for updates‘ link which can be found at the bottom of the left pane in Writing Outliner.

Trial version can be download here.

New Function Added: ‘Auto Title Case’

Posted in: Book writing software, Version History by Edwin on January 22, 2011 | No Comments

Start from today, from time to time I’ll write about new functions being added as the Writing Outliner software developments goes.

And this is the new ‘Auto Title Case‘ for document titles, now when you first time edit a document title in the outline, Writing Outliner software will automatically turn the title into ‘title case’. It’s a small function, but image the time it can save us in the long run 🙂

The following screenshot should demonstrate it well:

The upcoming corkboard (index cards) feature in Writing Outliner

Posted in: Book writing software by Edwin on November 22, 2010 | 3 Comments

Hi,

As you might already know, the upcoming new version of Writing Outliner (a word add-in that makes writing book-length long documents much easier) will include a corkboard feature that allows you manage your documents with index cards in a writing project, or you can use the note cards for plotting,  or just use the note cards to jot down your ideas, etc.

Here is the preview screenshot of how the cork board and the cards will look like, I’m trying my best to get it out by the end of this month, or maybe earlier next month.

Writing Outliner Beta 4 (Update 1)

Posted in: Book writing software, Version History by Edwin on July 2, 2010 | No Comments

Hi folks,

I’ve just uploaded a new beta version of Writing Outliner – 0.9.9.492 Beta 4 (Update 1).

This version includes the following bugfixes and enhancements:

  • Enhancements of document compilation (merging separate documents into a single one):
    • Compilation error under Vista Enterprise + Word 2007.
    • Style handling problem reported by forum member MuppetGate in this forum post (happens only when ‘Include titles’ option is not selected).
    • Now the ‘compiled output’ will not be opened in the current document tab, but instead, open in a new tab (and one tab only). This is more convenient as it will not change your current document selection.
    • Shows an icon on the ‘compiled output’ document tab so that it can be identified easily.
  • Occasional error (something like ‘Access violation’) that happens when closing Microsoft Word.
  • Shows a balloon hint window to tip the user that he/she can restore  the Writing Project Manager pane when it’s is minimized. Some users reported they lost Writing Outliner, I guess this might be the reason 😉

Download address of this beta 4 (update 1) of Writing Outliner Word add-in. Note there is an alternative download link at the bottom of the download page.

Good Word tutorial about style, numbering, sections and so on.

Posted in: Book writing software by Edwin on May 5, 2010 | 1 Comment

Since I’m implementing functions related to styles and templates for Writing Outliner Word Add-in, I’m doing some research on the Internet, and I found this user’s guide to Microsoft Word by Charles Kyle Kenyon, it’s a very good article for Word users, especially legal users, who deal with large Word documents which contains complex numbering, styles and so on. I recommend it.

A proposal for project-level style in Writing Outliner Word addin

Posted in: Book writing software by Edwin on April 29, 2010 | 7 Comments

Style in Word is a good tool for formatting large documents, however, the UI design of Microsoft Word seems does not encourage the use of style.

Obviously, as a Word addin which claims its main purpose is to deal with  book-length documents in Word, Writing Outliner should take advantage of the underlying styling features of Word.  There are also several posts related to styles in the Writing Outliner Word addin beta test forum.

So this will be my next major work  for the upcoming beta version 4. And here is my proposal, and I appreciate all kinds of input.

Note: if you haven’t tried Writing Outliner Word Addin nor you have looked at the screenshots of it, you’ll find the following description a little difficult to understand, because it’s based on the UI of this Word addin.

  1. In the left project outline, there is a top-level folder called “Template Repository”.
  2. Under that “Template Repository” you can insert new Word documents, each of which defines a set of style sheets you can use in any Word documents  all across the project.
  3. In each “style template document”, you define styles in a visual “what you see is what you get way”,  look at the screenshot below, each text line in the “style template document” defines two things:
    1. The text line itself is the style name.
    2. How a line looks like is exactly how that style that’s named after that line looks like.
  4. Once a “style template document” is defined, you can select a specific “style template” for each drafts in the writing project;  If you don’t specify one, the default one will be used.
  5. You can only define styles in the “style template documents”, because the styles are global in the project. Does this make sense?

That’s all for now as a starting point. Honestly, I don’t have too much experiences of using styles in Word, so I will really appreciate your input!

defining global Word styles in Writing Outliner Word addin
Let’s start the BETA test of Writing Outliner Word Add-in!

Posted in: Book writing software, Version History by Edwin on March 15, 2010 | 12 Comments

Hi Folks,

Finally, I can start the beta test of Writing Outliner Word Add-in today!

What you can do with this version?

  • Project-centric writing, keep all files together;
  • Use the Project Manager Outliner to outline book-length documents, each outline item is associated with a Word document.
  • Tabbed document editing – edit multiple Word document at the same time;
  • Instant, Google-alike full text search, find any documents in the project, you can search by text, title, status, label, tags, notes, synopsis, or match all these fields!
  • Document tagging and search by document tags, for example, search by “tag:MyTagA or tag:MyTagB
  • Attach icons (status and label) to documents and search by the icons, for example,  you can specify the status icon of certain documents as “Needs Review”, and when you want to see only those documents, all you need to do is to  input “status:needs review” in the search box.
  • Import existing documents (supports doc, docx, RTF, text, wri, all file formats that supported by MS Word).
  • Embedded File Explorer tab for viewing and importing files in your harddisk, or  exporting files from a Writing Outliner project to disk.
  • Drafts compilation and branch compilation, the Drafts folder or a specific document branch will be merged for output.
  • And so on…

You can see some screenshots in my previous blog post.

And I hope you think this is a good start!

Download and feedback

Please download the beta version here.

Please report bugs, make suggestions and post comments in the beta test online forum.

Thank you!

Update 1

I have just uploaded a new version which solves the following two problems:

  1. Error message is displayed when opening the sample project: “Wrong Project Property: Modified (Last Modified Time)”;
  2. The error report technical information does not contain the most important info for locating the source of the problem.

Sorry for the problem, please download it again!

Update 2

If you couldn’t download the software with the above link, please DO let me know, and try this download link.