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Authors: I'm making you a writing program.

Azuaron (1480137) writes | more than 4 years ago

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Azuaron (1480137) writes "I'm making a web-based word processor program for authors (primarily fiction, both short story and novel length). I'm going to make chapter planning, story boarding, and character tracking easy, in addition to the standard word processing functions necessary for story writing. Slashdot authors: what would make your life easier while writing stories?"

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Sounds good (1)

nesfreak64 (1093307) | more than 4 years ago | (#33555860)

Are you planning an open beta in the near future? I'd say make it possible to write notes in the margins that you can clean up for a final draft. Alternatively, I'd also ask for an option to make the margins non existent ala Open Office's web view. Not sure what else I could ask for, it sounds like you've got a good start. I'd love to check out a preview if you happen to have one in the near future.

Re:Sounds good (1)

CTU (1844100) | more than 4 years ago | (#33556922)

I'd like to check out the beta if you open it up myself. It sounds like it could really help with writing. :)

Re:Sounds good (1)

Azuaron (1480137) | more than 4 years ago | (#33560110)

I'm currently in the planning stages. I'm of the opinion that software should be planned first, then written, which is why I'm asking for suggestions now.

I will keep everyone posted when the open beta comes around.

A Couple of Suggestions (1)

Dragon Bait (997809) | more than 4 years ago | (#33557136)

With any software -- web based or otherwise -- I want a means of making multiple backups in multiple locations.

Backups aren't worth anything if they aren't tested ... I need to restore from my backup that I had stored at Aunt Saddie's before your web server crashed and my house burned down.

I want to be assured that I can open the file [file format] in 50 years (although I'll settle for 5). With a computer based software package, I'll probably hang onto the word processor installation media. What are the odds that a dot-com company will be there in 5 years? (No offense. I'm betting my blood sweat and tears on your software being there when I need it.)

I need multiple levels of security. I need to be able to update and write. I need my editor to be able to edit and comment. I need my spouse to be able to read and comment. I need friends to be able to read and send suggestions. I need everyone else to not be able to get into my story until I'm ready for them to. No. I haven't completely thought out the full security model, but hopefully you get the idea.

A notification process alerting my editor of a new chapter is ready with a handy link would be useful.

Time tracking of how long various people were on each page would be a nice to have. How long did it take me to write chapter 2? How long did my editor spend reading chapter 2?

A full version control would not be unwelcome.

Good luck, and keep us posted.

Re:A Couple of Suggestions (1)

Azuaron (1480137) | more than 4 years ago | (#33560178)

Wonderful suggestions. There will be a complete versioning system (I don't know how many times I've edited something several times then thought, "You know... this was all much better five days ago...").

As for backups (and file formats), the files will be downloadable/uploadable in doc/odt/pdf/txt (at minimum) and more will be added as standard word processors advance (for instance, docx). Further, I'll have distributed-redundant servers to help prevent a server shutdown from ruining everyone's day.

The multiple layers of security is an excellent idea that I hadn't given much thought to. I will definitely implement different user types (author, editor, commenter, reader) and integrate that into the versioning system.

Thank you for your time and thoughts. I'll be sure to keep Slashdot in the loop as the project moves forward.

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