Focus on your words not the interface

Quoll Writer is feature rich with a minimal interface. It's focus is your words.

Quoll Writer's interface is focused on what matters, your words. Controls are where you would expect them to be. It employs a familiar tabbed interface to allow you to work on multiple chapters and assets at once.

Key Features:

  • Clean and uncluttered.
  • Feature rich.
  • Let's you focus on your words.
  • Features are where you would expect them to be.
  • Familiar, tabbed interface.
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Manage your characters and assets

Keep track of your characters, locations and items.

Just like the real world, the world you create is full of characters, locations and items, Quoll Writer lets you easily create and manage those assets.

Key Features:

  • Create characters, locations and items.
  • Set a description and link assets together.
  • See where assets are mentioned in chapters.
  • Asset names are automatically linked in descriptions to allow you to move smoothly between them.
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Easy text management

Add scenes, plot outline items and notes to keep the story under control

Remembering what happened when, where and between whom is problematic when you're 50,000 words into a story you've been working on for months. Quoll Writer allows you to annotate the text with plot outline items for key story points and scenes for structure. Add notes to indicate where you need to return to the specific parts of the story to improve it.

Key Features:

  • Uses a familiar margin to allow recording and easy access of items.
  • Record notes at specific points to indicate where you need to come back and change/improve things.
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Improve your writing

We all want to improve the quality of our writing, the problem finder can help

We all have phrases and constructs that we use and wish we didn't. The problem finder can help improve the quality of your writing but it is there to help not instruct. Highly configurable, it is there to help not to hinder, it is a guide not an instructor.

Key Features:

  • Highlights potential issues with your prose, such as over long and passive sentences.
  • Configure your own rules.
  • Remove the rules you aren't interested in.
  • Ignore specific issues.
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Spell check, synonyms, finding

Powerful spell checking, synonym lookup and text finding are all built in

As you would expect Quoll Writer has a built in spell checker, it can be turned on or off in a single click. There is also a built in synonym lookup and replacing a word for a synonym is simple. The text finder

Key Features:

  • Right click on a word to view the spell suggestions.
  • Easy two click synonym lookup.
  • Find where a word or phrase is used throughout the entire project.
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Word counts and readability

Keep track of your progress and how readable your text is

More is not always better but knowing how much is vital. At the click of a button you can find out how many words your story has and how much you have written in the current session. Aiming for a certain readership or want to keep things simple? The readability indices will help keep you on track.

Key Features:

  • A convenient popup shows the word count at any time.
  • The word count history panel shows how you are doing over time.
  • Readability indices let you know how complex or simple your text is.
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Record your Ideas

Use the Idea Board to keep track of, rate and organize your ideas

The Idea Board allows you to quickly record and organize your ideas. You can add new types of ideas, rate ideas, sort them and convert them into assets or chapters. You can even change the background from a list of over 90 images and colors.

Key Features:

  • Quickly add ideas and idea types.
  • Rate your ideas and sort them.
  • Convert ideas into assets and chapters.
  • Change the background image/color.
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Limber up with a warm-up

Get ready to write or try something new with a warm-up

We all need to practice our writing (well nearly all of us), a warm-up can help you limber up before you start on your current project or just with practice. There are other reasons to do a warm-up though. Do you have writer's block? Do you want some new ideas? Fancy trying a new genre or style or just be outside your comfort zone? A warm-up will help and with nearly 300 prompts to choose from there is sure to be something for everyone.

Key Features:

  • Select from nearly 300 prompts or write your own.
  • Keep track of your warm-ups and when ready convert them to real projects.
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Keep distractions at bay

Focus on your writing with full screen mode

No one wants to be distracted when writing and let's face it computers are a veritable pandora's box of distractions. Quoll Writer's full screen mode, accessible at the touch of a button, will help keep you focused and on track.

Key Features:

  • Highly configurable, set your own background image, size of writing area, colors, font and size.
  • Easily accessible at the touch of a button or key.
  • Can set a timer/word count and see what time it is.
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Import/Export

Load existing projects/books or export to various formats

To make getting started easier Quoll Writer supports importing your existing projects from Microsoft docx files. Export your project to docx, html, epub and pdf formats.

Key Features:

  • Simple and easy to use wizards for importing and exporting.
  • Import from Microsoft docx files, create new projects or add to existing ones.
  • Export to docx, html, epub and pdf formats.
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Focus on your words not the interface

  • Quoll Writer is a writing application that helps you focus on your words.
  • Feature rich with a minimal interface, your text is the focus.
  • Convert your great ideas into words.
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Manage your characters and assets with ease

  • Create characters, locations and items quickly and easily.
  • Each asset has it's own tab, editing and management is simple.
  • Quickly locate where the asset is mentioned in the chapter text.
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Annotate the text to make management simple

  • Add scenes and plot outline items to keep track of what happens when.
  • Add notes to remind you of things to do, special Edit Needed notes let you mark sections of the text that need cleaning up.
Free and Open Source

Improve the quality of your writing with the Problem Finder

  • Highlights problems within the text but it is a guide not an instructor.
  • Define your own rules and ignore those you aren't interested in.
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Built in spell check, synonym lookup and text finder

  • Add your own words to the spell check.
  • Find synonyms, words are grouped by type of word.
  • Find where a word or phrase is used.
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Check your progress and the readability of the text

  • See how many words you've written over time and in your current session.
  • See how you are progressing over time.
  • Check how readable your text is with the readability indices.
Free and Open Source

Record and categorize your ideas

  • Quickly add new ideas.
  • Categorize, sort and easily manage them.
  • Rate your ideas and convert them to assets or chapters.
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Limber up your writing brain with a Warm-up

  • Over 300 prompts to choose from or enter your own.
  • Set a timer and/or word count to keep you on track.
  • Convert to a real project when you're ready.
Free and Open Source

Keep distractions at bay with full screen mode

  • Focus on your writing.
  • Highly configurable, set things up how you like it.
  • Set a timer and/or word count to keep you moving.
Free and Open Source

Import/Export

  • Import existing projects from Microsoft docx files.
  • Export projects to docx, epub, pdf and html.
Free and Open Source

Upgrading from version 2.5.3

Unfortunately due to a snafu in testing version 2.5.3 a rather annoying bug slipped by me. The upshot being that to upgrade from version 2.5.3 you'll have to download and install the latest version separately, the upgrade from within Quoll Writer itself won't work. You can get around the problem by upgrading from the My Projects window instead of from a project.

My apologies for this inconvenience, I've now found the problem and fixed it for future versions.

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Source Code

Yes Quoll Writer is Open Source!

Quoll Writer is open source and written in Java and released under an Apache 2.0 license.

You can find the source at github.

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Acknowledgments

We all stand on the shoulders of the giants who have come before us and Quoll Writer is no exception. See the list of extensive list of acknowledgments of those who have directly and indirectly aided in Quoll Writer's development.

I'd like to give a special mention to EJ Technologies who have kindly let me have a free license for their excellent install4j - the multi-platform installer builder. Seriously I can't rate it highly enough.