Friday, July 18, 2008

OH! Only 17 hours left on Free Giveaway!

There's a great site called "Giveaway of the Day." Every day, they give out a software product for free, one that normally costs between 19-79 dollars, sometimes even more.

Today's offering is Liquid Story Binder XE, a writing software product that is "a uniquely designed word processor for professional and aspiring authors, poets, and novelists, for those who require the editing ability of a commercial text editor with the freedom to create, outline and revise, all in one place."

It's normally $45.95, and it is the Windows answer for Scrivener. (I almost bought a Mac just so I could use Scrivener; it rocks.)

I'm a pantser, so I like any program that can sort of follow me and design an outline after I write, so I can see the big picture. This program can also do the outline before you write, too, if you write that way.

You can also play with pictures, and work in a completely blank screen with no distractions, if you prefer. Here's a list of features, and you can download it for free (today only!) at Giveaway of the Day.

It's definitely worth a tinker. I've played with the trial version before, but liked Super Notecard's pricetag better. To get Liquid Story Binder free is COOL!

Enjoy. It has almost every feature imaginable. I couldn't possibly use all of them, but I like that I have a wide range of tools to select from. Here are a few screenshots:

Full Screen Editor:

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A Story Board:

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Work with Sequences and Timelines:

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Outlines, Notes, & Checklists:

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Play with Pictures to Inspire You:

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More You Can Do:

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And even Customize the Background, Font, and Displays:

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16 bonus scribbles:

spyscribbler 7/18/2008 10:38:00 AM  

One catch: You have to actually install it today.

Advanced: The other thing, the giveaway is for version 2.91. If you install the free version, then go to the Black Obelisk site and download the version there (2.92), install it in the SAME location, then your free registration code will work for the upgraded version.

One caveat of the free version is that after today, you do not get free upgrades with new releases.

Aimless Writer 7/18/2008 10:45:00 AM  

OMG! What an awesome program. I will definately give this a try.
Thanks, spy!

Michele 7/18/2008 11:43:00 AM  

Huh. I've never heard of Scrivener (for Mac)--it's similar to what you've posted here, right? Although, that just might be a bit too much organization for me. :-) I have my Story Bibles in Word that I always go back and update...But dang that's such a cool program with the timetables and photos! So tempting!

Thanks for the info... I'll keep it in mind.

Melanie Avila 7/18/2008 12:01:00 PM  

I've never heard of that either. I worry I would spend more time playing around with it!

So, anyone can download it and you won't have to pay anything later?

spyscribbler 7/18/2008 12:09:00 PM  

Sure thing, Aimless!

Do you have a Mac, Michele? Check out Scrivener. It's... lighter, cleaner, simpler. It's perfect.

Having fiddled with Liquid Story for a bit, I remember now why I didn't buy it: it's got lots of stuff! I don't know where to start. Since I do use a full screen editor, I might just play with that for a few weeks, and see if any of the other features pop out at me.

I like anything better than Word, though. I hate typing on a white screen.

spyscribbler 7/18/2008 12:11:00 PM  

Melanie, it's got a learning curve, for sure.

As long as you install it today, it's forever free. The only catch is that when they offer an updated release, you'll have to pay if you want to upgrade. But you can use what you download today forever and for free. :-)

Heather Harper 7/18/2008 12:59:00 PM  

Okay. So now that I have installed and registered 2.92, it isn't going to disappear on me after 30 days since I entered the registration code?

And thanks for passing this one on. Way cool!

Melanie Avila 7/18/2008 01:00:00 PM  

Bah! It's for Windows.

*goes on her merry way*

spyscribbler 7/18/2008 05:36:00 PM  

Heather, they say not. But "they" are just a "they." I kinda installed the 2.91 under a different directory and registered that, too, just in case.

So if 2.92 disappears, I've got a 2.91.

But I'm pretty sure that it will stay.

spyscribbler 7/18/2008 05:37:00 PM  

LOL, Melanie! I'm jealous, though! I'd love to use Scrivener on a Mac!

Stephen Parrish 7/18/2008 07:14:00 PM  

What am I doing wrong? When I click on "example book" under "library" nothing happens. Also, where are all those images? All I can find are three ugly monochromes.

Edie 7/18/2008 10:49:00 PM  

Eeek! My mind is spinning!

Heather Harper 7/19/2008 02:28:00 PM  

Lol. I guess I'll find out in 30 days. (I did not save 2.91 under a different file because I didn't think of it.)

Heather Harper 7/19/2008 02:55:00 PM  

Stephen,

You have to add your own images. And the example book comes up when you open, so when you click on EX BOOK under LIBRARY, it just looks like a refresh. At least that is how I understand it.

Heather Harper 7/19/2008 03:01:00 PM  

Or not. Once I cleared the screen, it would do nothing. Hmmm.