Developer: Mariner Software
Current Version: 4.0.5
Last Updated: 2 years ago
Download Size: 9 MB - Download
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“Each time I delve deeper into StoryMill and take more full advantage of its abundant resources, the writing process just gets simpler and simpler."
New York Times Best Selling Author
“StoryMill provides an impressive workflow approach and toolset that can’t be replicated in your current word processor.”
4 out of 5 Mice
"No matter how sprawling your novel, StoryMill offers the necessary tools to write and manage the entire project."
4 out of 5 stars
This Mac App Store version of StoryMill is English only and is El Capitan compatible.
Writing a novel is a creative process and like all creative processes, sometimes it’s hard to get started. StoryMill will be appreciated by the professional novel writer, but we really designed it for folks like you. With StoryMill, you can take your idea for mystery, romance, adventure, action or science fiction and turn it into that novel you know is within but just needs a little help getting out.
StoryMill is built so that you can develop your characters, locations and all the other elements of your story. You can set a daily writing goal and keep track of it using the Progress Meter. There are handy things to help you keep track of cliches and monitor how many times you use a word. There’s a place for all your research – add pictures, files and notes right into StoryMill – keeping it altogether and available whenever you need it.
StoryMill is the only novel writing app that includes a Timeline feature. Visually and interactively displaying a story across time, you can arrange the scenes of your novel in chronological order.
Bottom line...StoryMill gives you all the tools you’ll need for writing your own best seller.
• Resolved a number of issues relating to Mac OS X 10.7 autosave, by restoring StoryMill's previous autosave implementation
• Fixed a problem where captions added to pictures were not always getting saved
• Fixed a problem where assigning a Storyiine via the Info pane, would fail to save the Storyline selection
• Fixed a problem where assigning a scene to a chapter would not "stick" under certain circumstances
Most Helpful Reviews
Update does not work. [Fixed] - I can now give it a 5 star. They fixed the bug in installation. My wife and I both use this for writing short stories, keeping references and research for them. An excellent tool.. NOW.
Two Days of Data Lost After Consistently Using Cmd S and "File Save" - I downloaded and began using StoryMill 4.0.5 three days ago. I printed and read the Instruction Manual. Pretty basic. To save, it's the usual two options - Command/S or File Save. I’ve been going at my project enthusiastically and I’m a fanatic about saving. I save constantly because I go back through my material frequently, cutting and pasting data between Characters and Scenes. Everything was running smoothly and when I finished up this evening, I closed my project. I remembered one more thing. I opened the project I just closed and all of my work for the last two days is missing - GONE! I went to Time Machine and it, too only has the data from the first day. After losing so much, I checked the Mariner Software StoryMill forum and found that MANY people suffered this difficulty over a year ago and it still has not been fixed. I wish I had read the forum before I trusted this software with my book. Frustrated and angry don’t begin to describe how I feel.
More Reviews for Current Version
Not seen an update since 2011!! - If a company cared about their software they would update it more often. Still lags behind all the rest! No epub export, no iCloud support, etc. Wish now that I would have save my money!!
Great concept, but scenes spontaneously mix up. - Been waiting for a fix to this problem… would rate 4 or 5 if this would stop happening: Major complaint is that after saving and closing a document on my desktop, the scenes spontaneously teleport to random chapters. I can only salvage my original formatting because I back up the file on my flash drive, and for some reason the flash drive keeps the file intact. I am constantly worried that my scenes (there are about a hundred by now) will get out of order permanently. I'm not looking forward to trying to fix them one at a time.
Very Good for Long-Form Fiction - Storymill is good for both outline writers and inspiration writers. If you write by inspiration, letting the characters take you where they will, and if you were ever daunted by keeping track of all the details that make a novel so rewarding for the reader and so tricky for the writer, then this is your app. Did a minor character drop off the face of the earth for no reason, or somehow transmogrify on you? Ever realize that a chapter was in the wrong place? Ever forget that a character was tall and swarthy, or what his verbal ticks were? Ever loose track of plot threads? If so, Storymill is for you. If you write by outline, researching setting, culture, technology, and psychological quirks, leaving nothing to chance, then this is your app. Do you like to nail down the relationships between characters in your cast of thousands, set their physical features in stone, determine exactly how the plotlines intersect.? If so, Storymill is for you. You will have to actually put the effort into this app to make it worthwhile, of course, but if you are serious, all the work pays off. Whether you enter your info as you go along, or dilligently enter it and create your scene/chapter structure in advance, the info will all be there in one place. Mr. Harriman won’t become Mr. Harrison halfway through, and that gnarled scottish cotter or disreputable space dog that supplies the key plot element in the third chapter won’t mysteriously disappear from the local pub or spaceport bar in which he is supposed to be a fixture. You can easily enter the names of the characters in each scene and review their appearances throughout your manuscript. This is a very good app for a serious writer of long-form fiction.
Amazing! - This is the perfect app for any aspiring writer! The interface is very good and I love all the options!
Still disappointed. :( - I had written a review of this app previously (first version). I was never able to use it due to stability issues and Timeline limitations. I had purchased it at a discount ($24.99) so the world didn't end. (Had I paid full price I would have been fuming.) For the record I contacted tech support and they were quite friendly, just not staffed deeply enough to address the issues in the software. Now that some time has passed I decided to download the 4.05 update and see if things are any better. The interface looks a bit better. Sadly, the app is still quite unstable. Just trying to zoom out on the timeline froze the app three times in a row in my first 10 minutes of testing. Unfortunately I still cannot recommend this software to anyone. I am keeping the 2-star rating simply because the concept is good and the people working there are nice. I'll keep trying every few versions. Hopefully my $24.99 will eventually turn into a useful tool and not just an expensive icon.