In the last entry of this series, I discussed the true cost of owning a Windows-based computer. Although the one-time upfront fee may sound like a great deal, in order to keep your computer running for years to come, you must invest a large amount of time, money and effort.
In this entry, I would like to discuss an alternative to the Windows operating system: Linux.
There has been a lot of controversy lately about the viability of commercial, closed source applications running on Linux as a platform. The purists believe that all closed source applications are inherently evil, and should not be allowed to run on Linux, as it spoils the world of freedom. The other side of the coin are the people thinking about the future of Linux as a viable platform for even our grandparents to use.
I subscribe to the latter point of view. I’d like to point out one amazingly awesome piece of closed source commercial software for Linux.
Today, a joyous event occurred. At my front door was waiting a UPS package. I ordered Adobe CS4 Design Premium last week, and it finally arrived! Read more for the juicy details.
Expanding on the article I wrote for Part 1, I am on the hunt for a web-based set of applications for helping writers collect and organize their writing materials.
After reading the NSLog(); blog post about a similar search for writing software, I took a look at the “Book” module for the Drupal Content Management System.
While this system does provide an easy way to track versions and enable collaboration with multiple authors, I find that it lacks any functionality for creating outlines and generally collecting all of the support materials that I need to use to create the stories on which I am working. The idea of setting it up on my own server is a plus, as I won’t have to rely on a third party to host my materials, but the tools don’t quite fit.
Drupal does have certain functionality that I am looking for, but it has far more than I need in some areas, but lacks in the areas that are most important to me.
One of the first things I am realizing while I am searching for a perfect-fit software solution is that it is hard to find such a solution using any common-sense set of Google search criteria. This leads to the secondary mission of these blog posts, which is to setup an easy way for writers in a similar position to easily find what they are looking for.
A set of traditional applications for writing and collecting information for a project that I have come across in the past is Liquid Story Binder XE by Black Obelisk Software. I have used this product in the past, and found that it truly is a great package for collecting and writing things for a project. There are three problems from where I’m sitting with it:
- Price – This software costs $45.95!
- Portability – This is a Windows-only software, and is run on a traditional desktop. (Apparently, though, it can run from a thumb drive)
- No WINE Compatibility – I would really need this to run on Linux, since it is my primary platform for writing.
Basically, the ideal application for me would be web-based, but have all of the features that Liquid Story Binder XE has. Does anyone know of any similar web-based applications out there?