•Project Oriented•Style and Thematic Vocabulary Assistants•Open Dictionaries•Snapshots and auto-versioning•Smart Tags•User Dictionaries•Doesn’t need Internet, all necessary parts are off-line•Uses txt files, not proprietary format
At a glance
CQuill follows an OBF cabinet approach. One big cabinet per project. The F stands for ‘filing’, not for what you think.All your files are organized within the project itself and they are also physically placed in a project folder on your computer. Nothing is left outside the project folder. No files scattered around your multitude of drives. If you need to move or copy the project, you know exactly where ALL the files are. In that filing cabinet, you can organize your files in binders or folders. There are many ways to keep your project sorted: you can be tidy and have things separated by putting all your written documents in a folder called Manuscript, then images in another, etc., or you can mix things up as you please and make a controlled chaos that only you understand. For example each character can have their own folder with images, plot boards timelines and notes. Why not?
Snapshots and Auto-Versioning
Let's face it, creating backups only works if it is made super easy. If it takes more than one click, you probably won't do it when lady Muse is knocking on your laptop screen. In your project, you have a Snapshot Archive folder and if you drag or send any of your files there, a new physical copy will be created and automatically versioned. That's it.
You don't want your files to be locked in a proprietary format that only some weird application called CQuill can read.Therefore, all your writings are saved in a pure TXT files in the project folder with an accompanying text file describing the order of files (because you can move things around in your project, and if you decide to put Chapter 3 before Chapter 2, it would be good to have that noted somewhere, just in case)Furthermore, you can export Plot Boards, Image Walls, and Timelines as a *.jpg files which is handy if you want to publish them on the web or send them to other people who may not have CQuill. Worksheets can be exported into CSV files so everyone and their pets with Excel or Google docs can read them too. (You can also export them as jpg files, because who wouldn't want to post a snapshot of their spreadsheet on their blog?)And finally your entire manuscript can be exported as a single text file, even with formatting tags.
We put a lot of thought into the software. These are not some random features for the feature sake.
No ‘delete’ quick fingers
To prevent accidents and changes of heart, we made sure you can't physically delete your documents that easy. You can move them into a project Bin, and just as in your office, it stays there until you decide it is time to shred the evidence, because someone is at the door.
No proprietary format
Not putting all your eggs in one basket
When you are writing in a word processor, everything is at the end in one big file regardless of how many chapters you make.We have been around the block a few times to know that it is a recipe for disaster.In CQuill, every item you see in the project has a separate file. A chapter is a file, and so is a note or Character description or Image wall. This approach greatly minimizes the chance of a disaster.
No cloud, no Internet, no problem
Today more and more companies want your files on their cloud for "your" convenience, AKA, you have to keep paying or you will lose access to the files that are suddenly not as yours as you thought they were. It is a good scheme, we agree. Not for you though. CQuill is not ‘somewhere’ on the cloud. All the files are YOURS and on your computer. All the dictionaries are there as well. Thematic Dictionaries? All there. You can switch off the Internet or move to a remote island (hopefully you will still have electricity or it is back to typewriters, quills or chisels) and CQuill will still work on all four cylinders (or how many it has).
Nots and Noes (that are actually Yeses)
Does the dictionary or thesaurus give you results you don't like?So change it. All the dictionaries in CQuill are open for editing and there is an editor and a merge function in the application.All our dictionaries are based on our in-house developed ultra search algorithm so regardless of their size, the results are instantaneous.
Think of a tag as a keyword you can attach to your writing. It could be a list of characters acting in the scene, a place, or your personal note. Those tags can link to actual documents. A tag with a character name could also link to the document describing the character.
As your project grows, linked tags became a huge time saver. If a character is having a recollection of events, the tag can directly link to that chapter in your writing, you don't have to remember where it was.The Tags are smart because they can do other things too. They could type words or sentences in your document, they could link to the outside world (opening some other application, opening browser, and search for words on the web - for example translation, rhymes...) But they can also open your custom dictionary in a visual word cloud. For example, if you want your list of words to say instead of "said" - although you shouldn't, as the masters of writing will tell you "he / she said" is still the king, not uttered, croaked, or declared unless you want to sound like high school writing class - but that is beside the point. The thing is you can. You can create a dictionary with precisely only the words you want. When you select that word in your text and click the Smart Tag, the dictionary will open with the suggestions. Think of other uses, names, family trees, often used descriptions, words you keep forgetting...
User Dictionaries and Word Clouds
Need a dictionary for slang or language you just invented? No problem. You can create your new dictionaries from scratch.
Smart tag can pickup your selected word, open your custom dictionary and then replace it with your new pick.