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  • 5.0 stars

    "System of choice for long documents"

    September 23, 2010  |   By Martin Turner--2008

    Pros

    This is a word processor entirely optimised for writing long prose. It has minimal formatting and no layout features, but integrates powerful databasing, margin notes and other items useful to the long document writer. Outlining is very good.

    Cons

    It can be a little flakey if you want to change fonts ? but you shouldn't want to, since ePub format and the manuscript requirements of publishers reject those kind of changes.

    Summary

    Word starts to crash when documents go over sixty pages. Pages is great for layout intensive stuff, but doesn't offer the writer anything extra. Jer's Novel Writer, in common with others such as Scrivener, is designed to provide the maximum help and stability for those whose business is long-form prose, removing every other distraction, and even allowing a full-screen, distraction free mode. It gives good integration of tools you actually need ? spelling, dictionary, thesaurus, outlining, Google search, and rich text notes. It avoids mail-merge, tables, boxes, and all the stuff you don't. This is _not_ suitable for technical writing with its need to embed charts, graphs and figures. It is _highly_ suitable for writing text to be laid out or published by someone else, and for ePub.

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