Lots of changes to get through today, but I’ll keep it as brief as possible. There are links to blog posts that go into all the changes in more detail at the bottom of this post.
1. Renaming and rebranding of Atomic Scribbler
Atomic Scribbler has been renamed to “SmartEdit Writer.” When the SmartEdit functionality was added to Atomic Scribbler last year the two products moved closer. This name change and ‘rebranding’ is designed to make that closeness more apparent.
2. SmartEdit Writer (Atomic Scribbler) is now 100% free
All of the functionality of what was Atomic Scribbler as well as its paid-for add-in SmartEdit are now free. SmartEdit Writer is now the only completely free app that encompasses the three stages of writing: Preparation & research, first-draft writing, and editing. The decision to make the app 100% free was made in early March of this year.
SmartEdit for Word and SmartEdit Pro are, and will remain, commercial applications. Expanding their functionality and use is a priority over the coming months.
3. Changes to Version 7 of SmartEdit Writer (Atomic Scribbler)
This latest version contains a number of small, but important, changes and improvements, as well as some new features. This includes:
- Visible warnings when automatic backups are not configure for the open project
- Document scenes are now backed up as a single plain text file each time a project is closed, and 20 days of backups are maintained. (This is a second fail-safe backup method in the event of a major problem)
- Word processor options to handle ellipsis characters differently (Settings dialog)
- SmartEdit Editor button on the main toolbar for all users
- Print View button renamed to Page View
- New “Share” button on the Actions & Tools toolbar
- Character Name Generator added to the Actions & Tools toolbar (basic for now, but expected to grow)
- Dialogue and Prose buttons added to the SmartEdit Editor toolbar
- Merging of old Atomic Scribbler and SmartEdit websites
- Many, many bug fixes
The post below expand in more detail on a number of these changes. The Atomic Scribbler website will be redirecting to the SmartEdit site in a few days.