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Countdown to DramaQueen 3.0!

Christmas is getting closer and closer and at the end of the year we are busy planning for the future…
What we would like to present to you at Christmas time?

 

Still this year: DramaQueen 3.0 BETA
including Serial Mode!

In a few days, just in time before the turn of the year, DramaQueen PRO 3 will be available as a free BETA test download! We had and have lots of fun developing all the new tools that will make the hearts – especially of all series writers – beat faster. :) Get ready for a bunch of new features that will make plotting fun and enjoyable.

While we’re still working on the final beta version, you can have your very first look at DramaQueen 3: look forward to the long-awaited cards view, which will be called ‘Board’ in DramaQueen and which will expand to a great season & episode board in Series Mode. Create your series format right on the new start panel, print your season outline in the storyline colors, build the most daring season arcsshare your episodes with your co-writers, import their episodes & much more!


Start panel with format template / Season board in storyline colors


Printed season outline (10×4 pages) / Season arcs

We’ll let you know as soon as BETA 3 goes live, so you can start developing your new series right away, or simply discover and try out all the new tools for plotting and writing – completely free of charge during the beta phase… :)


And one more info for all playwrights: We haven’t forgotten you!


Soon there will be specific layout templates for audio and stage. These will be deactivated in BETA 3, but as promised they will also be free for owners of a version 2 license. And of course the series extension will also be available for audio and stage plays!

 

To download: The DramaQueen plotting template!

Immediately at your creative disposal is the brand new DramaQueen plotting template, which we developed ourselves.

The structure template consists of 3 acts and 10 phases and is perfectly coordinated with the DQ Storytelling Guidance!

First develop your plot from the 10 phases and then work out each phase into scenes. :)

Here you can download our plotting template for DramaQueen PRO.
 

We wish you all the best for the last days of Advent, Merry Christmas & happy holidays. We will be back soon with DramaQueen 3 BETA!

 

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DramaQueen 2.8: Footnotes & starting immediately: Purchase of Version 3!

Like squirrels collecting hazelnuts, we collect new and crispy features almost monthly. In the new version 2.8 DramaQueen adds support for footnotes! But not only that: If you order DramaQueen PLUS or PRO from now on, you get the license for version 3, that means for the serial extension and all upcoming updates up to and including 3.9! :)


Insert footnotes

This is how the new footnotes work in the main texts:

The footnotes can be created via the toolbar of the Text panel, the Add menu, the context menu or the shortcut [Ctrl] + [Alt] + [F]:

The footnote texts are entered and edited in the footnote editor. They appear at the end of each text page:

The numbering can be continuous or per page and the start number can be set freely:

The footnotes can be individually laid out in the layout settings:

The import, export and printing of footnotes is also supported.


Improved Synchronization

Furthermore DramaQueen now detects if a file has been changed externally (e.g. via an installed Google Drive or DropBox service) and warns accordingly when saving – before unknowingly overwriting these changes. The warning dialog offers to open the modified file as a separate document. From there, you can integrate the changes between the two versions of the document. Changes can be identified and navigated easily when they have been recorded with Track text changes.

Be aware that there is a time delay – depending on the internet connection and file size – when saving a document on one computer until it is synchronized to another computer via a cloud storage service. When two users save a document at the same time, there is no way for DramaQueen to detect the conflict.



All details and improvements can be found as usual in our update report for DramaQueen 2.8!


Starting immediately: Buy version 3!

If you order DramaQueen PLUS or PRO now, you already buy your license for version 3!

This means that you not only get the next update for version 2.9 for free, but also all upcoming updates from 3.0 (Serial extension) up to and including 3.9!

Have fun with the new footnotes, we wish you a nice remaining summer & creative holidays!

We will be back with version 2.9 – the extension for stage and audio plays… :)

 

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Inserting Images in DramaQueen 2.7

 

Decorate your script with a title photo, your synopsis with mood pictures, your character descriptions with cast photos, your director’s script with storyboards, your settings with location photos, your autobiographical novel with photos of your life stations…!

 

 

Images can be inserted in JPG, PNG or GIF format. The image size can be changed simply by dragging the mouse or using the ‘Edit Image’ option in the context menu. There you can also set the border margin to the text. The inserted images are saved directly in the dq document (unlike images that are added as references).

 

In the new release there are some more Easter eggs to discover:

The font size can now also be changed in the side panels, the references offer new options and much more. All new features and improvements in DramaQueen 2.7 can be found in our update notes.

 

We wish you a splendid spring and inspiring Easter!

 

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On time for Christmas: DramaQueen 2.6 – References & Research

We tinkered and baked DramaQueen 2.6 until just before Christmas Eve and then sent the new update to the heavenly spheres of the internet for everyone to download, unpack and enjoy. :)


New in DramaQueen 2.6 (PLUS & PRO): References & Research



For every annotation, idea, character, location, and storyline there is a new area References & research which can be found in the lower part of the corresponding panels.

References can be created to:

  • Files (text, image, sound, video…) or even entire folders, which are located on the same computer
  • Web addresses
  • Scenes / chapters, steps, ideas, characters, locations and storylines – within the same document as well as in other dq-documents



What can you do with the new feature?

Collect
– research material from the web
– storyboards for each scene in the Annotations panel
– mood images for every location
– type pictures or actor demo-reels for every character
– trailer for reference movies
…and much more

Link to
– external notes
– alternate versions of particular scenes
– characters that relate to each other
– locations that belong together
– characters and locations of a particular storyline
…and much more

Advantage: The dq-file stays lean and compact, because only references are stored.

How do the references work?

The object that a reference is pointing to can be opened by double-clicking or pressing the space bar.

The collected references can be displayed as list or grid view (with thumbnail previews or icons), and the size of the thumbnails can be adjusted:

The references can be sorted manually (by Drag & Drop), alphabetically or by date:

There is a separate search field in the toolbar of the references area, which filters the search hits dynamically:

Drag & drop:

  • You can also drag files and folders into the reference area to create references.
  • In addition to that, references can be dragged between two reference areas, either within the same document or across different documents.



As always, the details to all other improvements contained in the new update are in our update notes.


Have fun with DramaQueen 2.6 and an inspiring, creative and healthy 2019!

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DramaQueen 2.5: Plotting & Structuring

2.5 is live!

With the new features, we’re building on DramaQueen’s strengths so you can plan, develop and tell your stories even better.

We have also improved the DramaQueen interface, optimized the terms of several panels and made lots of small enhancements.

What are the new features?

  • Structuring without limits
  • Use established structure templates
  • Create your own structure templates yourself
  • New way of visualizing storylines in the navigator
  • Colored highlighting of the lines in the navigator
  • Two new turning-points: Pinch-point 1 & 2


Create custom structure templates for PRO

If you want to structure your story precisely with specific structure templates such as the Heroes Journey, “Save the Cat” or John Truby, you can now create these templates in DramaQueen PRO, modify them according to your own needs and save them:

There is a new option for freely configuring the structure:

  • free description of the structure unit
  • any number of structure elements that can be flexibly added or deleted
  • individual name for each structure element
  • optional numbering
  • import structure templates from other dq documents

This means that the structure can be adapted individually for every story!


New visualization of storylines in the navigator for PLUS & PRO

In the navigator, the storylines are now displayed as color bars (instead of colored circles):

Thus the storylines are generally more noticeable. In particular, it is easier to recognize when a storyline is interrupted.


Colored highlighting of the lines in the navigator for PLUS & PRO

The lines of the navigator can be emphasized by color via the sub-menu Colorize which is located in the Edit menu as well as in the context menu of every element. Both the text and the background can be colorized:

This allows the navigator to be structured by color. While the color bars serve to display the storylines, you can use the colored lines completely freely, for example to highlight different narrative perspectives, locations, motifs, revised scenes or structure elements.


New terms
  • The Outline panel became the Overview panel.
  • The panel Dramatic Chart has been renamed to Story Arcs.
  • The first text level is now called Plot (instead of Synopsis). And the second text level is called Outline (instead of Treatment). That makes their purpose as working texts more clear.

The Plot can now – depending on the usage – be divided into steps, parts, sequences, beats or stations:

As a writer, you can decide whether you understand the terms ‘step‘, ‘beat‘ or ‘sequence‘ as action elements or as structure elements. For example you can use ‘step’ either as ‘action step’ or as ‘story step’.


Two new turning-points for PLUS & PRO
  • The first pinch-point divides the first half of act 2 and is situated at about 3/8ths of the story.
  • The second pinch-point divides the second half of act 2 and is situated at about 5/8ths of the story.


Overview summaries including turning-points and structure for PLUS & PRO

Generating the Overview summaries (via the menu ‘Extras’) will now also include any structure elements and turning-points.


New options in the Overview panel

  • The new setting ‘Row spacing’ allows to set the compactness of the rows to ‘Tight’, ‘Normal’, ‘Wide’ or ‘Extra wide’ (FREE, PLUS & PRO).
  • Almost every configuration-option is also directly available in the drop-down of the respective toolbar-icon of the Overview panel. Furthermore there is a separate configuration for which types of elements (Steps/Parts respectively Scenes/Chapters) each property is displayed or deleted (PLUS & PRO):



All improvements can be found as always in our update report.


Enjoy trying out 2.5, we look forward to receiving your feedback!

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