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New app Notes With Links – for Microsoft Office 365 / 2013 – Word, Excel, PowerPoint

This is Story Turbo as an Office app, with extra benefits

April 1 2014: The Notes With Links Office Store page is down for maintenance as the price is changing, this is not as simple as it sounds (this is not a joke btw!). I will email members when the new version is live.

Office app Notes With Links for Word Excel PowerPoint

Office app Notes With Links for Word (and Excel, PowerPoint)


WHAT DOES IT DO?
Multi-user
Notes With Links has panels for notes so you can collaborate and share when reviewing a document, or just use them for arrangement. Use for editing with others, marking, commenting, reviewing, sharing. Or just organise your own notes better, using separate panels.

Active reference links
It has active reference links from places in your documents to the particular note.
It works with Word, Excel and (some limits) PowerPoint as a side panel app, and is saved with the document.

Office app Notes With Links for Cell in Excel

Office app Notes With Links for Cell in Excel

Notes panels for multi-user editing, reviewing, collaboration, sharing

Notes panels for multi-user editing, reviewing, collaboration, sharing

Notes panels for multi-user editing, reviewing, collaboration, sharing

Notes panels can be used by another person to add comments or marking to a document or spreadsheet

Notes panels for multi-user editing, reviewing, collaboration, sharing

Notes panels are contained within Office and do not need any special shared accounts, just the app

I need your feedback – you are not alone!

I sent out a mail last week with the heading “You are not alone… in using Story Software”.

I am making a all new version 3 of Story Turbo and Story Lite, so I need some feedback.
The survey is here:

Story Software Survey – please spend a few minutes to help get a better app >

Version 3 will probably have a new name and have a mix of desktop and online activities.

If you have done it already and have further comments please use our contact form

I will be posting the results of the survey by next week.

Thanks
Geoff Davis

Back to life, back to reality: freeware writing software

I have discontinued Story Lite v2.2 as most people just went for the Story Turbo upgrade (new window) which is same but has Images too.

So the old Story Lite v1.1 freeware is back, this has fewer features but is very usable as a notes writing organizer.

Nag nag nag:
You just have to sign up to download the freeware Story Lite. It still has the old nag screen asking for your email for updates etc, just do that with the same email, will get merged. It is too expensive to recode just for that.

More on new Story Lite v2.2 out this week

Story Lite v 2.2 is due out. We will go to v2.2 not 2.0 as we are adding more features.

  • Transparent box backgrounds
  • Z level – can layer boxes (z is height above flat page / screen surface)
  • More exports and accurate HTML Web

This is in addition to all the other new features we already mentioned, group boxes, snap to grid, 400% zoom, recent file list, many more functions and shortcuts.

This means you can do quite artistic text page layouts if you want.

Later we are adding many other exports to social media sites and blogs. This will be along in the next update due in a month.

Comments and feedback for new features welcome, as they might get in quite soon!

New version of writers app Story Lite 2 out soon – update

Operation Lust - sex and crime novel

Operation Lust - sex and crime novel - no images in Story Lite sorry!

There is a new version Story Lite 2.0 coming out, this has all the features of Story Turbo, but no images. Feedback has been that people want the writing app to continue and adding images makes it a bit of a desktop publishing app, which is a distraction.

Story Lite 2.0 new features are:

  • Snap to grid – line up boxes
  • Group boxes – very useful, can now have a multiple box arrangement and move it about, even clone it
  • 400% zoom – see more
  • More shortcuts for zooming windows
  • Many speedups and improvements

So we are making Story Lite into the main writers app, and Turbo will continue down the writing, DTP, presentations, slide shows, etc path.

We are also adding spell check, text styles and pagination to selected boxes, so Story Lite can be used as you main word processor – this means you don’t have to export from the outline version in Story Lite, you can completely finish a work in it. Obviously you might still want to export to Word etc for more formatting, but you don’t have to.

We also have a new web app coming out, and an iPad version later on, probably next year now. These will be based on Story Lite and also not have images.

For more on text styles, see the blog entry on it, there is a new example file for them.

Story Mobile, iPad and tablet app with images, text, Instagram social media integration

Story Mobile crowd funding

Story Mobile crowd funding

Last week to invest and get a return in Story Mobile, my iPad and tablet app with images, text, Instagram etc integration.. pls visit:

Story Mobile crowd funding iPad and tablet images, text, Instagram app >

iPad app Story Mobile – crowd fund, invest and get a return

Story Mobile iPad tablet

Story Mobile iPad tablet

Crowd funding is the new way to get projects off the ground, and also get a return on your investment. People power!

We are crowd funding a new Story Mobile image/text editor for the Apple iPad, and later the Android tablet. You can invest and get a return on sales of this very popular app. Story Lite has 40,000 people using it, many have an iPad.

It will have same features as Story Turbo, image and text boxes on a huge canvas, with a zooming interface. Plus some extra features.

Story Software suits the iPad as it does all that zooming and panning.

Please visit to see Story Mobile videos and fund – starts at 2.50 UKP to 100 UKP.

Visit Story Mobile info and videos now on the Appsfunder site >

Upgrade to Story Turbo the business and multimedia presentation version of Story Lite

NEWS: Upgrade to Story Turbo the business and multimedia presentation version of Story Lite.
Extra features are:
Images
Arrows
Slideshow to make presentationa breeze – with multiple orders of slide views (unlike PowerPoint)

Many other features and enhancements.

This is nearly ready and will be out in November 2011.

If you are not registered please use our form to get a reminder:
Contact form >

Amazon Kindle Fire review for writers and readers, ebooks, Story Software Live version

News from Amazon is the expected iPad competitor, the color Amazon Kindle Fire. Funny name, but eh… Kindle a Fire… geddit? That has to be the naffest name for a corporate product since Chrysler car names – a small sporty car is called the Crossfire as in

“Chrysler’s hot new sports coupe, the Crossfire, has a name that does justice to the car’s edgy, explosive looks”

– in some parallel universe that is.

Amazon Kindle Fire ereader tablet

Amazon Kindle Fire ereader tablet

Anyway back to the Kindle Fire, it looks very good, is cheap, cheerful, and will knock a lot of iPad sales. The iPad is expensive and many people don’t buy in to the Apple DRM (digital rights management) experience. The Kindle Fire uses a custom Amazon browser, the Amazon Silk browser (is that to contrast with Google Chrome?). It uses Amazon’s cloud storage for backups, and Whispernet for delivery. In all these respects it can outperform Apple and also come in a lot cheaper. Will the Silk browser be available on the web as another browser? Don’t know yet.

The Fire will deliver color magazine content with news, sports, films, etc, plus advertising. It is a tablet rather than an ereader… so it will be interesting to see how that works out, given the current user base of the Kindle. One assumes a big take-up.

Amazon Silk

Amazon Silk

Silk browser

The Silk browser uses a lot of cloud computing concepts to prepare content for delivery (ie, caching, reducing file size by compression, and presumably custom content). This is creating another ‘walled garden‘. So does all this indicate the fracturing of the internet and web into many separate competing technologies and ecology?

We already have Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Apple producing app ecologies. These are all different as this is quite natural commercial activity, which tends towards segregation of core audiences. A lot of standards-based tech, but with a lot of proprietary tech mixed in – just enough to divide and rule.

This means developers have to produce for Apple OS, Android, HTML/CSS/JS etc Web OS (I mean the Web operating system, the ‘web as in HTTP’ rather than the defunct HP system) (for browsers) and Silk format; for desktop, Windows, Apple Universal and (possibly) Linux. This is going back to the old format wars. Software companies now have to develop many different versions of the same app, which is going against basic web internet principles. I suppose the argument is that tablets are not the web, it just uses the internet for delivery. For optimized apps, developers will have to use specific localized proprietary systems.

The use of HTML5 will be used to try and circumvent all this, but has a performance overhead.

Pricing and marketing

The Kindle Fire will retail at an amazing $199. There is also a Kindle Touch, with a touchscreen, so you page turn by tapping, which is easier than the little button it has now, and no keyboard, as with all this tech, the fewer button or keys the cheaper it is to manufacture. A lower price basic Kindle is also due out at 79$, and a sponsored with advertising version, at an even lower price. Eventually (sooner than you think) there will a free tablet ereader with live content, given away at train stations and malls. Compare this to Apple’s chase for the high end consumer and haute design.

We will be getting a Kindle Fire and testing it when they are available here in November.

Story Software

Here at Story Software, we are nearly launching our Story Live online version of the multiple box editor. This is in standard web technologies so we can deliver it anywhere. The Story Live system allows editing online, for saving in Story format (.sto), rtf and text. We are planning some sort of ebook publishing system off Story Turbo, the new upgrade version of the desktop application. All this is due November 2011.

See this Reuters Kindle Fire news item with video >