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Atomic Scribbler -- a Windows replacement for Scrivener?

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Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Oct 11, 2017 at 02:46 PM

 

Some of you may remember a piece of writing software called PageFour. Personally, I’d forgotten all about it until I got an email from the developer today announcing his new application, Atomic Scribbler.

“Atomic Scribbler is a simple, light weight replacement for Microsoft Word, PageFour and Scrivener. It’s modern, has a fresh and clean look and feel, and is built just for creative writers. It’s new and it’s here to stay!”

Interesting that he added that last bit of reassurance. Anyway, here’s the link to the website:

https://www.atomicscribbler.com/

At $47 it isn’t a no brainer. But there is a ten day free trial. I’ve just downloaded it.

Steve Z.

 


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Oct 11, 2017 at 06:20 PM

 

A few quick observations:

1. The software is sluggish on my five-year old Windows 7 machine. Slower than Scrivener. Not sure this is a problem yet.

2. Atomic allows you to create notes as a separate type of document, and associate as many as you want with the various elements of your manuscript. This seems like a nice feature.

3. Atomic allows you to designate any piece of writing as a “fragment,” which gets stored with the project but is removed from the main project tree. Out of sight, out of mind.

Steve Z.

 


Posted by xtabber
Oct 12, 2017 at 05:35 PM

 

The developer has the following warning for PageFour users:

“Atomic Scribbler is not a replacement product for PageFour. Where PageFour was a generalist product aimed at every variation of writer out there, Atomic is specifically designed for novel and short story writers. Academic writers will find it lacking. Journalists will find it lacking. Personal Information Manager users — many of whom were drawn to PageFour — will be frustrated by it. It’s not for them. Atomic was designed for one type of writer only, and that’s fiction writers.”

I can’t imagine why most folk here would want to investigate Atomic Scribbler further.

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Oct 12, 2017 at 08:56 PM

 

I wouldn’t read too much into what a creator thinks their creation can be used for by other people.

There are so many seemingly single-purpose applications that can be adopted for other uses.

I don’t see why Atomic Scribbler couldn’t be used for academic or other type of writing.

But I haven’t had a chance to try it yet. From the screenshot though it looks interesting enough.

xtabber wrote:
>The developer has the following warning for PageFour users:
> >“Atomic Scribbler is not a replacement product for PageFour. Where
>PageFour was a generalist product aimed at every variation of writer out
>there, Atomic is specifically designed for novel and short story
>writers. Academic writers will find it lacking. Journalists will find it
>lacking. Personal Information Manager users — many of whom were
>drawn to PageFour — will be frustrated by it. It’s not for
>them. Atomic was designed for one type of writer only, and that’s
>fiction writers.”
> >I can’t imagine why most folk here would want to investigate Atomic
>Scribbler further.

 


Posted by Listerene
Oct 14, 2017 at 07:10 AM

 

At least in this version on my machine(s) and IMHO, Scrivener has nothing to worry about. A tutorial would perhaps help but I couldn’t get rid of the start page and enter into a document in the middle window ... nothing seemed to work.

Page Four was a decent though very limited alternative to Scrivener. This? Not so much. On top of that, I’ve a 770K i7 cpu, SSD PC and this thing is s…l…u…g…g…i…s…h…ly slow

Not interested. At all.

 


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