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Competition with winners and prizes – Story Lite, fiction, non-fiction, essay, story, writers, writing, bloggers, blogging, free

We are having a sort of test competition to see how it goes. The prizes are Amazon vouchers. Just send in your most interesting and original uses of the Story Lite software and we will decide.

You also get your work in Story Lite publicized on our website, so that is a bit of fame too.

We also have a points system running for entries in Facebook and Twitter etc, if that actually works. This is a trial.

We intend to have monthly competitions for fun prizes, perhaps even stretching to Kindles, Sony Readers etc once we get going.

New v1.1 Story Lite Apple Mac installers now released, free productivity software

May 2014:
The current version is Story Turbo – download from here >

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The Apple Mac installers for v1.1 are here, they have a streamlined interface and some changes internally, so if you are on v1.0, get this version, it is better.

The Download page is the main place but they are here, with the Windows installers too.

Sign up is not required now to download the software. New features like a Social Media Forum and competitions are coming very soon. Let us know what you think of the changes.

Story Lite version 1.1 out – free no sign up needed – go get it folks

Latest version of our unique productivity software is now out for Windows (Mac/Linux in next day or two).
No sign up required – just download and run!

This has interface improvements and some minor tweaks ‘under the hood’.

If you already have v1.0, I will email you soon will special discounts on all future releases of our commercial software (coming soon).

May 2014 – new version
Download Story Turbo now >

ibooks on the iphone and ipad

This looks very nice; can keep the kids occupied I suppose.

ibooks on ipad iphone - Winnie the Pooh

ibooks on ipad iphone - Winnie the Pooh

No one ever mentions climate change these days, it seems to be last year’s thing. Isn’t the constant recharging of batteries on all these mobile devices, er, excuse me, bad for the planet? That sounds so 2010!

Most normal homes now have 2-? mobile devices on practically all the time – smart phones, netbooks, laptops, ipads, tablets… wall flatscreen TVs in many rooms… just sitting there using up a bit of power.

I know some older people who switch off their mobile phone when not using it… this is a bit weird as they cannot be called. Or perhaps that is the idea.

This mania for social media, always connected, being rammed down everyone’s throat now (even in print ads for saucepans etc), I always think you should look at the bottom line, which is device manufacturers profits and service providers profits… marketers and the app developers are along for the ride. Perhaps social media will be ‘so 2011‘…

This Pooh story on ibook for  iphone/ipad is a modern objectification of a nice old book into this advanced multimedia object. It is all a sort of training for future connectedness, and immersion in modernity. Which is not what Pooh was about at all (the new Disney cartoon versions have Tigger as lead character, and a scooter girl being active).

But of course a book is technology. Adapt and survive.

Our tech writer Azeema is blogging here about some of these ereader devices over the next week or two. We were going to have a section on ereaders and ebooks, maybe later.

Story Lite is a publishing format, and we are producing an ipad version soon. So who are we to talk about energy use? 

Here is the link:

ibooks on the iphone and ipad >

New video of fiction writer using Story Lite

I am just making a new video as current videos are about features not benefits…

Now live on Youtube and our front home page.

I used Story Lite to do the notes and ideas for it, which is one of the strengths of the program.

I can add boxes, edit, move boxes around, get things in right order, change layout etc, very fast. In Word you’d have to use Split Screen, and all that, which is a nuisance. Of course if I was making a professional final document for publishing I might export from Story Lite as RTF into Word or Open Office and do the pro level layout for actual publishing.

So before I actually start editing the video, I exported the layouts – this just puts all of the content of the boxes, in order, from the Story file out into a web version (HTML) or a text version with formatting (RTF).

I have pasted this web version into here, just for fun really. I also want to see how Facebook’s RSS Graffiti handles this post.

Here it is:

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FICTION

How to use Story Lite

This is main box for editing chapters.

One box per chapter

or One big box for all text.

Can split up text into other boxes for:

Editing

Rearrangement of story sections

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HOW TO USE …

1: Boxes

This is main box for editing chapters.

One box per chapter

or One big box

2: Have a box for

Protagonist

Antagonist

Sidekick

Characters

Plotlines

Timelines

Places

Moods

Highlights

Climaxes

3: Story Structure

Depends on type of story

Simplest is

Problem / Challenge

Struggle

Climax / Success

Might be biography style

4: Working

Show making boxes

Moving boxes

In view
Out of view

Layout design

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Have a box for

Protagonist

Antagonist

Sidekick

Characters

Plotlines

Timelines

Places

Moods

Highlights

Climaxes

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Story Structure Boxes

Depends on type of story

Simplest is

Problem / Challenge

Struggle

Climax / Success

Might be biography style

Modern / post modern

Comedy – farce with doors opening etc

Detective etc

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Working

Show making boxes

Moving boxes

In layout view
Out of layout view

Layout design – arrangement

When stuck for ideas, or thinking, can move boxes around

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Images:

Writer starting story

Using pc to add boxes for:

Ideas

Notes

Main fiction text box

Can use layout of boxes for arrangement of notes etc.

Drag boxes away, out of view.

Drag back in to see or have handy.

At end, or whenever, export all boxes to word processor.

Can easily share file with someone else.

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