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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

Why Story Turbo is the best writing software

“Every writer should know about Story Turbo.”
“By far, the best piece of writing software.”

August 2013

I recently ran a survey (results later this week) and got some very positive feedback.

The quotes are at:

Story Turbo testimonials and feedback >

If you are still using Story Lite, why not try Story Turbo (which has images and more features) since it’s free…

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

Story Turbo is now free

The upgrade to Story Lite is now also free, so download it now:
windows Windows


appleApple Mac
Of course you can continue to use Lite if you want, but I hope people will use Story Turbo instead, it is much better. The download links here are being updated.
The old links to Story Lite will also be left as many external sites link to this site. These will be informed and will eventually all link to Story Turbo.

Thanks
Geoff

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.

New price for 2013

Sale is over so price is going up to $3.95 or £2.50 – this is less than the start price last year. App prices are lower, so go with the flow.

Our other app Story Turbo is also going up to a similar amount. Turbo has image import as well.

Don’t forget to download the extras from the download page if you have not yet done so.

How to write using Story Software – mini-mini, Ku Klux Klan costumes and Burkas

You might wonder where this blog is going with a title like that. Well, in the modern way, I apologise to everyone before I start, for whatever, whenever, whoever. So there!

I was chatting to a friend about Story Software and he noticed that many so-called ‘for writers’ word processors (those aimed at serious writers) have a blank slate/screen, with few or no buttons, menus etc. This is basically a simple or minified UI (user interface) so people can concentrate on the task in hand and not get distracted.

As a biological example, higher animals have a complex and expressive area for sending/receiving information (the face) and a simple UI for mating. The intense relationship between the two might be about information processing in tiers, complex to simple, but that is getting into Rudy Rucker territory.

In the writing realm, consider the over-crowded and ever-changing UI of all-in-one software like MS Word, and a paper and pen.

So to focus, simplify the interface.

Story Software tip: use the shortcut Ctr-Shift-A to get your current text box or image to expand to full screen. This still has the toolbar at the top but I am adding a ‘minify the minify’ option to remove even that. This will be in v2.3 and called the mini-mini button.

It is actually easier to edit text at 100% so probably better to make your main typing box full screen manually but whatever, there are many ways to get the same result.

A simple user interface seems to be especially appealing to Mac users, so on the Mac everything will also go white, apart from the text, which will go whitey-grey.

NaNoWriMo

Last week saw the start of NaNoWriMo the November novel-writing sprint. I am starting a new graphic novel, this will be blogged about on Story Turbo.

How to write: ideas:

Talking of minimal UIs, in the area of costumes, there is the Ku Klux Klan’s white tent with eye holes, and the black burka with eye slot (I suppose, dominance and submission).

Story starter: two characters, one in KKK garb, other in a burka: ‘eyes meet across a crowded room’. Write a story to get to that point, without offending anyone (unless you really want to).

The above story starter could lead to tolerance, intolerance, racism, anti-racism (set in a Council office), aliens (for SF), student fancy dress party (for coming of age), spanking (if you want some sales), a graphic novel with black and white illustrations, perhaps a bit of grey…

Better, faster, more benefits for writing, creativity, productivity

New Story Lite v2.2 is out next week, the installer is made so I will put it online soon. I listed the benefits in the last blog, well OK, I listed the features.

NEWS: Live! To buy a Story Lite v2.2 license at sale price of 95c, go here >

Benefits are:

Easy to work with many boxes of notes and ideas because you can select and move around groups now, not just one box at a time.

This means you can make say a title box and a main text box, and drag them about, also clone them for repeats.

Neater line up of rows and columns, this will help you think since the brain works fastest with simple layouts. The snap to grid tool means you can set say 20 pixels as your grid.

Transparent text boxes and Z level, so you can make layered texts.

Instant shortcuts to zoom to boxes or view. Some of these are in the current version but there are more for power users.

Better paging system on the arrow keys, makes it easier to ‘paginate’ your layouts for presentations or slide shows.

Better web export, on a Publish button, and a link to ‘how to’ guides to get your work into Blogs, Content Management Systems (CMS) and Social Media, and anywhere else. There will be more on this topic later.
And in v2.3 (along later) the process will be automated.

You can lay text directly onto anything else, and control the layers – using the transparent text box feature, and the Z levels control. I will make an example of using this next week.

So, not long to wait.

Any ideas for new features just drop a line via Contact page.

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!

Add text styles to a Story Software document

Story Software text styles

Story Software text styles

Text Styles Template file

There is a new file for text styles, you can use this as a basic method to copy/paste styles into new boxes (or clone them). You can edit these to suit, they use a serif font (Times New Roman) and a sans serif font (Arial) and a number of styles like Heading, Subheading etc.

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