Author’s Tools: Treepad

By the way, I think I may have blogged about this before, but it bears repeating:  For authors using Windows as their PC platform, Treepad is one of the best tools out there for organizing, keeping track of projects, and book development.  (They also have a more basic version available for Linux/Wine.)

I’ve tried MindMap — and not only do I seem to lack the requisite visual orientation, I just can’t cram enough information into a given map for it to be of use. Good for brainstorming, but I just can’t make it work as a tool for organizing a complex novel.

Treepad, on the other hand, uses a tree/branch/node structure that lets me track as much or as little information as I need — text, graphics, tables — and to organize it however I need.  Character outlines, place descriptions, timelines, maps, world history, notes & To Do lists…it’s all easy to track for those such as myself who like organized lists and hierarchies.

I’ve bought a license for the Enterprise Edition, Single User in late 2004, and nearly five years later it’s still one of the main tools I install on any new computer I own.  Great thing, too, is the license is perpetual: Free updates forever.

For those who might be curious, they have a  freeware version available, with a reduced but not crippling set of features.  And all the other versions have a fully-functional 21 day trial.

My own experience was I tried the free version for a couple days, then immediately knew it was THE tool for me, and that I wanted the larger database size support (8 GB back when I bought the Enterprise Edition, now up to 12GB) and the ability to have multiple DBs open at once.

About Becca

Owner and proprietor of this here establishment
This entry was posted in Commentary, Reviews, Technology, Writing and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.