Metabook

Write the great American novel with this cool Windows application.

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Every writer, EVER, has the same dream – to write the book that will make him a bazillionaire. The book goes viral. It gets turned into a series. Movies are made from them; and their name becomes a household word. They are remembered all the time, everyday, out loud by everyone and anyone because they’ve all read the books. The key to getting started, is getting organized. That’s why I really like Metabook. It’s a Windows tool to help you create organization around your great American novel.

One of the hardest things to do when writing short stories and novels is organizing your thoughts and ideas. Yes, you have this totally awesome idea in your head and its beating down the walls trying to get out. What you really need to do is to organize the information so that you don’t lose any of it. This is where Metabook comes in. With it, you can create a structure that will help you organize information and metadata around people, places, items, actions and activities. It’s the easiest way to get your idea(s) out of your head and actually on paper where they can make sense and won’t conflict.

The best thing about Metabook is that its totally free form. You can create unlimited structure notes, but are limited to three layers. If you need to go deeper than that, you can start an individual node and drill three levels on it. If you need go deeper than that, then you can again, start an additional node, or you may want or need to rethink how you’re organizing your thoughts. The idea here is to get them down on paper and get them organized.

You can also use your document editor of choice. Metabook will allow you to hook into Word, WordPad, or any other tool you’ve got so you can write. Again, the idea is to organize and help the words come out, not to limit you to a specific tool. If needed, you can also pull in attachments – notes or other files, say…pictures and graphics or Visio files and other Office-centric data – into the tool so you can access them later. You can also create a separate project file for each book or document you wish to organize. Again, the idea is to keep it all separate so you can keep it all organized.

Metabook is a great application. If you’re trying to get organized around any kind of writing project, this is a great way to start. The app is light and easy on resources. Its easy to use. Its affordable; and it provides the basics around getting the whole party started – getting your thoughts out of your head and in some kind of organized form so you can begin writing.

The biggest issue with the app is that if you’ve never used it or anything else from this author, its not very easy to figure out how to get started. Once the app starts, you need to right click on the left pane window in order to bring up a context menu to create your first node. If you didn’t know to try that, and I didn’t, you wouldn’t be able to get very far with the app. There’s no File—New command, or any other visual clue to get you going; and that’s probably the biggest hole in this app.

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Organize and read eComics with ComicRack

comicrackWhen I was growing up, my comic book collection was large. Unfortunately for me, I never had the benefit of a decent comic book collection database, though I desperately needed one. Since then, my collection has grown to include eComics as well as paper ones.  I’ve taken a look at a couple different apps, and I have found that I really like ComicRack. It’s a comic book organizer for Windows.

ComicRack has two main functions. It’s both an eReader and an organizer.  As a reader, ComicRack supports all the features you’d can from an app of that type.  It has different display modes, a full screen display, information overlays, a magnifier, color adjustments, automatic backcolor matching and a multi tab interface to quickly switch between eComics.

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As a comic book manager, you can browse and search your eComics in the library, create folders and lists to organize them. You can customize the lists to show just the information you need.  You can use advanced tools to tag and edit the information you’ve cataloged for your eComics. You can also create Smart lists to display dynamic lists based on eComic info, including read status, author, series etc.  ComicRack will also allow you to read your comics on your iDevice.

ComicRack is a Swiss army knife of tools for your comic book collection.  If you want to convert documents between different formats, ComicRack can do it. Creating CBZs from your PDFs it is just a click away.  The application is easy to use and fairly straight forward. If you like comic books, this is a great tool to organize them.

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Kobo Deskop, the ebook client

Kobo Desktop is a free client application similar to iTunes, that offers ebooks for sale from its own database. You can browse and buy books from dozens of catalogues offered by the Kobo service sorted by genre, recent added, and top 50. They also offer a great collection of free ebooks from the classic literature.

Kobo comes with a minimal interface based on a Mac like design with a simple an clean menu on the left. From the menu you can view the content of your library and store, and your account info. Each ebook will be opened in a separate window which features its own menu. This menu is dynamic and can be hidden any time in order not to disturb your reading session. But in case you want to browse the book’s chapters, or view the book’s content, you can bring the command menu in front by a simple click. For the perfect reading experience you can choose the full-screen mode.

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