Storyist Review 2019

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    Storyist calls itself a “full-featured word processor” app but when you take a closer look, it seems to serve mostly screenwriters and novelists.

    It’s a dedicated app for Apple that works only on Mac computers, iPhones, and iPads.

    It’s quite upfront about its features and equipped with almost all the aspects to become a complete screenwriting software, but does it cater to the need of general writers?

    Let’s find out by going through its advantages and flaws.

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    Our Verdict: If you are a writer and have a manuscript to proofread, Storyist could be your call. If it suits your needs, take the next step and purchase the app forever. If not, scrap it and move on; no money lost. You may consider other writing apps such as Scrivener or Write App.

    Storyist Pros

    #1 Story development tools

    Storyist comes with two different features to ease the brainstorming process and help you script your thoughts.

    It has a corkboard where you can cast your novels or screenplay using images as color-coded “index cards”.

    Along with these index cards, you can also make use of “Story Sheets” which are editable forms that users can utilize to carve out their stories’ characters, plot, settings, etc.

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    Story sheets where you could edit various aspects of your story.

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    #2 Extensive export options

    Storyist offers more than half a dozen options to export files in various formats. It supports formats like RTF, HTML, Word, TXT, Scrivener, Final Draft, Fountain, Open Office (odt), and EPub.

    #3 Templates for different writing projects

    Writing templates is something that lets you get going quickly and eliminates wondering. And the Storyist software contains templates for Novels, screenplay, and stage plays. For fiction writers or screenwriters, Storyist is a great app that will boost your creative writing.

    Didn’t find what you are looking for? No problem! You can create your own customizable templates for future reference.

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    Where you could create customizable templates.

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    #4 Create and save previous versions of content

    Writers sometimes move on to the next ideas during the writing process and may forget to save their documents. But on Storyist, your text files or storyboard can’t be lost.

    According to Storyist, it uses Apple’s version technology to keep the older copies of your content from time to time.

    It automatically saves the previous versions of your content every time you open your project. If you want, you can perform the same task manually.


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    Autosave and versions feature of Storyist.

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    Storyist Cons

    #1 No specific arrangement for distraction-free writing

    It was a big bummer for Storyist not to have any specific provision to block interruption. Unlike many other writing softwares that target the same audience, it doesn’t have a “Full Screen” or “Focus Mode” to keep the users focused on his/her writing.

    #2 Cannot Collaborate with others

    While creating a project is not a big deal, sharing it with others or invite your friends to work with you on the same project is.

    There’s no scope on Storyist to share projects or collaborate with another person.

    #3 Not compatible with Windows and Android

    As I mentioned in the beginning, Storyist is a hardcore Apple software. It only works on Mac PCs, iPhone or iPads.

    It ignores the Windows and Android users altogether.

    Storyist pricing plans and payment options

    There are only two versions of Storyist on the internet – one is for Mac computers, and the other one is the iOS version built for, of course, iPhones and iPads.

    While the iOS version is available completely gratis, the Mac version comes with a one-off price of $59.

    Storyist pricing for Mac
    iOS version of Storyist.

    It’s also paired with a free trial in case you’re still not sure or just want a test-drive of the service before making your purchasing decision.

    Surprisingly, when I moved ahead to order the app, I found that it doesn’t process payment from your debit card.

    You can either pay by your credit card, PayPal account, E-Check (ACH), or Wire Transfer. There’s no other payment option available.

    Storyist payment options
    Shows you the available payment options.

    Do I recommend Storyist?

    Now that’s a tough one. And the answer could be both, yes and no.

    First of all, it’s clear as crystal that Storyist is not for Windows and Android users. So, no explanation on that.

    Now, if you own an Apple product and also happen to be an avid screenwriter or author, then there’s no harm in going for the paid Mac version. Because it’s designed to serve individuals like you.

    However, if you’re a blogger or freelancer, you can first check the water by downloading the free trial version of Mac or using the Storyist app on your phone.

    Among the book writing tools available, Storyist is an app writing software of great choice depending on your grammar editing needs.

    If you are a writer and have a manuscript to proofread, Storyist could be your call. For those eager to boost their screenwriting careers, or even for creative writing students, Storyist could help, too.

    If it suits your needs, take the next step and purchase the app forever. If not, scrap it and move on; no money lost. You may consider other writing apps such as Scrivener or Write App.


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