General presentation

oStorybook comes with 4 main views:

  • Chronological view: shows scenes by date. Each story line (strand) has its own column.
  • Chapters and scenes view: shows chapters and attached scenes. Scenes can be moved and renumbered by drag & drop.
  • Book view: shows chapters and scenes sorted by chapter number and scene number, as they will appear in the final book.
  • Reading view: shows the text of the final book. Story threads can be shown or hidden.

oStorybook helps you keep an overview, which is invaluable for complex stories with multiple threads. It's a bit like mind mapping.

  • Adjustable view: the size of each view, also known as a visualization panel, can be adjusted. You can even toggle it to full screen, or hide unnecessary views. Every time, it's a simple click away.
  • Strands: each scene is linked to a primary thread (a frame). Optionally, other secondary wires can be linked to a scene.
  • Persons: add, modify or delete characters, and link them to the scene. A character's gender can be male or female, but you can create new genders (animals, for example).
  • Locations: add, modify, delete locations with scene links.
  • Tags and Items: tags and items can be attached to a scene, location or character. The time line can be defined by dating the start and end scenes. A table lists all linked elements.
  • Chapters: define your chapters and link your scenes.
  • Parts: large projects can be broken down into several parts.
  • Tree: a hierarchical presentation shows persons, locations, tags, items, as well as chapters and their scenes. Below the tree, the main information on the selected item is displayed. Missing or duplicate scenes are indicated.
  • Global Ideas: most authors have ideas that pop up out of the blue. No need for post-its! With the "Global Ideas" function, you can save your ideas at any time and indicate their level of completion: "Not started", "Started", "Finished" or "Abandoned".
  • Navigation: you can navigate through your elements in different ways.
  • Language checking: your text can be spell-checked with a customizable dictionary. You can also find synonyms or antonyms.
  • etc...