updated 03:10 pm EDT, Mon June 2, 2008
Storyist novel/script app
Storyist has released the first version of its self-titled writing software, designed solely for Macs. The program is meant to aid in the creation of novels and screenplays, and in addition to a standard word processor, it includes a component called the Storyboard. This maps out a story using virtual index cards, which are in turn posted on a digital corkboard. Through the latter, writers can pick scenes to edit and rearrange them at will.
The app also separates story material through use of the Project Manager, and relies on an element called Story Sheets to help users keep track of plotting, locations and characters. A variety of project templates are included to further facilitate the writing process. Storyist is a $60 download or $70 on CD, and free as a 15-day trial. Mac OS X 10.4 is required.