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Posted by Dr Andus
Jan 8, 2013 at 10:37 AM

 

@Bernhard

Thanks. I guess they don’t have a Word 2010 installer anyway, so it might not even be a possibility.

>My question is why you would use Writespace instead of some other software (Writemonkey e.g.) and finally copy and paste text into Word.

Because I’ve tried them all and I’ve been having problems with them on my Win7, 64-bit machine. Things wouldn’t run properly, would produce error messages etc. - enough to put me off.

Plus it would be just a question of convenience to have something similar to Scrivener’s one-click distraction-free full-screen view in Word. Quick switching back and forth. Also, it would be nice to still be able to use Word add-ons during distraction-free writing, such as Dragon dictation or EndNote citations.

 


Posted by Bernhard
Jan 8, 2013 at 01:41 PM

 

@Dr Andus

Thank you very much for the clarification! Indee, I didn’t consider the add-ins.

 


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Jan 8, 2013 at 04:00 PM

 

Dr Andus wrote:
>Because I’ve tried them all and I’ve been having problems with them on
>my Win7, 64-bit machine. Things wouldn’t run properly, would produce
>error messages etc. - enough to put me off.

WriteMonkey should have no such problem, even on Windows 8, as it uses the latest version of the .NET framework. I’ve used it in my Win7 64bit laptop with no problem.

>Plus it would be just a question of convenience to have something
>similar to Scrivener’s one-click distraction-free full-screen view in
>Word. Quick switching back and forth. Also, it would be nice to still be
>able to use Word add-ons during distraction-free writing, such as Dragon
>dictation or EndNote citations.

I don’t know if you’d be able to use the add-ons in the Writespace environment. Unfortunately I also have Word 2010 so cannot test it anymore.

Dragon dictation might work in WriteMonkey and such. For Endnote, I had the impression that there is a special URL for each reference, which one can integrate in plain text files and have them be updated by the relevant info through the Word Endnote add-on, but I may be confused with another bibliographic tool (I seem to have done this mistake before actually).

There is always the possibility of selecting a text and using Text Editor Anywhere to zap you to your favourite plain text environment and back again, but you’d be losing any existing formatting along the way.

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Jan 8, 2013 at 04:23 PM

 

Alexander Deliyannis wrote:
>WriteMonkey should have no such problem, even on Windows 8, as it uses
>the latest version of the .NET framework. I’ve used it in my Win7 64bit
>laptop with no problem.

Thanks. Maybe it’s something with my system then. But I had an error message (something or other missing or not running) right at the start, so I didn’t continue with it.

>For Endnote, I had
>the impression that there is a special URL for each reference, which one
>can integrate in plain text files and have them be updated by the
>relevant info through the Word Endnote add-on, but I may be confused
>with another bibliographic tool (I seem to have done this mistake before
>actually).

Yeah, we discussed that before - I don’t think that’s possible in EndNote.

I would be interested in something like Writespace but otherwise I’m reasonably happy with the Fences quick-hide feature (I set my desktop to a uniform grey).

BTW, these days I use StoryView as my main writing tool (which is also grey), as it allows for almost real-time reverse outlining. (I’m using Outline 4D for viewing 3 tiled docs in my second monitor, which is why I’m not using that instead of StoryView).

 


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Jan 8, 2013 at 04:37 PM

 

Dr Andus wrote:
>BTW, these days I use StoryView as my main writing tool (which is also
>grey), as it allows for almost real-time reverse outlining. (I’m using
>Outline 4D for viewing 3 tiled docs in my second monitor, which is why
>I’m not using that instead of StoryView).

Are you referring to StoryView (which is the previous name of Outline 4D) or to StoryTurbo which is a completely different program?

 


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