Would you care to do a review about PageFour for us?
I'm always looking for new writing/idea tools. (It's a hobby of mine.)
you can download a time-UN-limited trial (there's a limitation on the number of "Notebooks" (three I think) and pages in each (30))
That's enough though to give you a good sense of the programme I reckon. There's a quite positive review of it by Tom Colvin here
(and he's a real
writer, not like us
The tabs are nice to have, there's lots of keyboard shortcuts (unfortunately not customisable - Ctrl+Z on a german keyboard is not
). There some nice options for spelling/correction.
I already have a list of requests/suggestions to the developers, most interface related - I'll wait till I've used it a bit (more) before sending on.
There's the equivalent of an outline on the left - well, it works like a folder tree with "pages" instead of files. You have to double click a page to display it (ouch), although I guess it's mimicking explorer there which is logical e.g. if you want to move a page to a different location you dont want it to open on first click: but, a bit of a pain as Curt says.Importing
to import word document you need Word 2000 or newer (ouch agin). I use Softmaker Office 2008 ...
You can import individual files or you can select a folder and filetype (doc if you have word, rtf and txt) and it will import all files of selected types.Exporting
only in "Notebook" format (havent looked at that yet). For something that's aiming at writers, I really dont understand this - surely they will want to pass on their work (+ formatting even) to someone else?
Review linked above says: PageFour maintains its files in Rich Text Format, or RTF, the format which I think should be preferred by writers
- so maybe there is some way to export or convert but it's not explained in the help file ...Hah, they are
RTF files - now why didnt they say that in the first place
Personally, what I'm looking for is somewhere that I can organise my growing collection of notes/ideas about various topics (which often overlap) and where I can then actually produce something
from them - I'm still not sure what exactly and maybe that's part of my problem - I'm not sure if PageFour is the programme for this but I'm gonna try it.
For info about PageFour and some other writer's software see the SOFTWARE
page on Tom Colvin's blog (Becoming A Writer Seriously