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Review: Page Four provides the tools writers need, without distractions

Ian Harac | April 1, 2013
I got a t-shirt for my birthday:"Writing is 5% talent and 95% not being distracted by the internet." It could just as easily say "distracted by your word processor." PageFour ($40, 45-day free trial) helps remove that distraction, while adding in tools and features specifically useful to writers--though it also makes a decent tree-style outliner, in a pinch.

Overall, I found PageFour a very comfortable environment to work in. It encourages breaking down your work into manageable chunks, and lets you have pages with notes about characters, plot points, or random text without this being intermixed with the actual writing. A single command key hides or shows the various interface elements. The automatic archiving helps preserve entire notebooks from accidental deletion, while the "snapshot" features saves the current page so that you can easily go back to an older version. There's a number of small annoyances, such as the Export feature not allowing you to create a folder to export to, but nothing that's really game-breaking. At $39, this is a low-priced tool that offers a lot of functionality to its target audience of serious writers.

Note: The Download button on the Product Information page will download the software to your system.

 

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