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With PAGE 1 there is new software for authors and everyone who wants to become one. The tidy interface of the app provides an overview of individual projects, their chapters, the locations, people, storylines and more that appear in the novels. Tools for research are also offered - as well as a calendar that helps to keep the chronology. PAGE 1 is currently available in the basic version for Windows. A plus and all-in version with extended functions are being planned. Further information, the program in comparison with other authoring software and the price can be found below.
Unfortunately, I cannot provide you with a test for PAGE 1 as I have not (yet) via CrossOver on the new M1 MacBook got up and running. Based on the available screenshots and videos as well as the information on the website linked above, the following features of the program can be summarized:
I already presented writing programs with organizational aids for authors here in August 2019: Author writing programs for Mac and iPad with / without Duden exam, thesaurus and writing style analysis. Maybe you already know the macOS and iPadOS apps mentioned in it DramaQueen, FocusWriter, PageFour, Papyrus Author, Patchwork, Ulysses and so forth. Compared to these, PAGE 1 offers the unique advantage of being able to edit several chapters at the same time using the chapter manager, without having to scroll, search and jump through the entire document.
In addition, previous users praise the clear structure of PAGE 1. The calendar, which can not only be used for your own organization, can be used for the chronology of history. Storylines that run parallel or one after the other should be able to be managed in the coming versions. Then there is also the option of plotting the story of the novel with a storyboard. That sounds extensive, but it should be easy to use, resulting in a short, steep learning curve. Unlike the aforementioned apps, some of which have a long, flat learning curve.
As already mentioned, the basic version has so far been available for 125 euros; the plus version for 150 euros and the all-in version for 175 euros are still pending. If you want to try out the authoring software for your next (or first) novel, there is also a free demo version available. This can be used indefinitely, but its functions are limited. Only one project with a maximum of four chapters can be created, which also cannot be exported. But that should be okay for a test. To the website of PAGE 1 with all information as well as download and purchase options you come with this link.
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