Version 5 of Atomic Scribbler was released this morning. It contains a number of small changes that were prompted by feedback over the past couple of months as well as one large new feature relating to word count targets.
The big new feature: Monthly Word Count Targets and Online Graphs
I’ve built this new feature in an unusual way, with a focus on sharing rather than on solitary goal tracking. Instead of building an internal feature that only you see I’ve created interaction between the desktop app and the online website, allowing you to view your monthly goal stats online and to share that data online.
Here’s an example, generated from a single click on the Daily Word Count drop down.
You control the content of your graph page from inside Atomic Scribbler — renaming, changing targets, even deleting the page entirely. There’s no link to your page from anywhere unless you post it somewhere (Facebook, Twitter, your website, etc.)
This feature was built with NaNoWriMo in mind, in time for the mad 50,000 word November hustle. Depending on use and feedback, it’s something that could be expanded on over time, allowing for different types of targets, goal tracking and displays.
NaNoWriMo and other websites contain goal tracking tools, but all of them require manual updating — you type in your word count, with no lying or exaggerating. Atomic Scribbler’s graphs are automated. One click creation and one click updates — no exaggeration allowed.
I’m extremely curious to see how (or even if) it’s used.