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Instant payment or Hire-Purchase?

You are wondering which purchase option for a DramaQueen PLUS or PRO license you should go with: Hire or instant-purchase? Answer yourself the following questions and learn which option is the better one for you.

You always want to work with the most current DramaQueen version? – Actually, hire and instant-purchase are not different regarding the upgrade and update possibilities. Either way all coming updates and feature upgrades of the current update cycle are included at no additional cost – at this time up to and including version 3.9.

You want to wait and see how DramaQueen is evolving? – With the hire-purchase you stay the most flexible. You pay the monthly rates only for as long as you want and don’t need to bind yourself. You can cancel your rates at any time, up to 7 days before the next payment, and thereby terminate your contract. Or you decide to pay until the last rate and your license automatically converts to never expire. The automatic payment stops all by itself, you do not need to cancel manually.

You need DramaQueen PRO or PLUS only for a short-term project? – In this situation the hire-purchase may be the better solution. Simply regard your monthly payments as a rent that you can cancel after your project is completed.

You are certain that DramaQueen PRO or PLUS is the right tool for you and you want the most cost effective option? – The hire-purchase is associated with higher costs for us, which reflect in a somewhat higher total cost. The one-time instant-purchase is about 8% cheaper than the hire-purchase. With your firm decision for DramaQueen you save $25.20 for PRO or $8.10 for PLUS.

It is our desire to meet a broad spectrum of needs with the two alternative purchase options and to offer you a good deal. No matter your decision, we will be glad about every new hire or instant-purchase, but also about every new user of DramaQueen FREE.

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DramaQueen 2.3 with revision mode

DramaQueen 2.3 is – finally (!) – live and available to anyone! :)

Even though the revision mode may not become the “sexiest feature ever” in DramaQueen – we have too many cool exclusive features for that ;) – it is still a very often used and therefore indispensable tool for authors. That’s why we strived to integrate the most practical, flexible and user-friendly change tracking into DramaQueen that any author could wish for.

We started by taking another deep look into the state of things in other important writing software, because compatibility* is an important factor. Another reason is that the existing implementations establish a range of expectations from our users. Specialized script writing software however often takes a different approach: The revision mode is integrated into the (movie) production, with colored pages when printing and revisions which divide text changes on a timeline. DramaQueen needed to meet these requirements as well. Maybe that’s why as a result of considering so many use-cases, the implementation in DramaQueen turned out especially flexible:

Who needs the revision mode and why?

  • You write multiple versions and want to track your respective changes in each draft.
  • You collaborate with other authors and want to synchronize their changes and comments with your own.
  • You work with lectors, editors, directors or producers and want to accept or reject their changes.

The revision mode is activated in DramaQueen PLUS and PRO via the menu Edit -> Track text changes (or via gear menu of the Text panel):

Track text changes

When hovering the mouse cursor over a change, the change window will pop up. It’s possible to navigate here, to see the change contents in full, as well as to accept or reject the change (also via short cuts):

Hovering change window

While change tracking is active in DramaQueen, all related features are accessible from the changes bar which is shown along the bottom of the text. The most frequently used features are right on the bar, as well as information about the change at the text caret and navigating between the changes:

Changes bar

The gear menu provides access to all additional options:

Zahnradmenü Überarbeitungsmodus

The behavior regarding text changes is easy to configure according to personal preferences. The option Configure change display can be reached from the mentioned gear-menu in the changes bar. Among other things, it allows to set colors for highlighting changes, for the different authors and revisions. Additionally it allows to filter the changes, for example to see only those changes from a certain author or only of the active revision:

Configure change display 1

Authors can use text changes not only for highlighting each other’s changes in order to synchronize them. An author working alone may also use the feature ‘revision’ to separate his own changes into distinctive versions of the text. While other text editing software would merely attribute all the changes to him, DramaQueen gives them an additional attribute, which is the ‘revision’ that each change belongs to:

Configure change display 2

Two additional very practical features are ‘Mark as changed’ and ‘Mark as unchanged’. Simply select a range of text and label it as a change or remove that label. Consider a paragraph that has been heavily modified, it will contain lots of small deletions and insertions that obscure the bigger picture. In DramaQueen just select the paragraph and ‘mark as changed’ it as a whole.

Oh, by the way: The changes and inserts are visible in the exported text! Also the import of Word DOCX files keeps tracked text changes.

You can find more detailed information in the update report for DramaQueen 2.3 as always.

Have fun with DramaQueen 2.3!


* When importing from & exporting to Final Draft DramaQueen supports the recorded changes and transfers the created revisions. (However, Final Draft does not store deleted text, only the text locations where deletions happened. Also it does not store authors or timestamps.) When importing an RTF document recorded changes will be maintained as well.

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DramaQueen 2.2 – and Preview of 2.3

In the weeks since our last release we have worked on two fronts: On version 2.2 and also on 2.3 in parallel. In the current update (2.2) we have focused on optimizing the workflow with Final Draft and improved on important usability details.

At the same time we have realized a good portion of our next big feature: Revision mode, which will make an appearance shortly in the form of the 2.3 update!


New in DramaQueen 2.2:


Optimized Final Draft workflow

Optimized for Final Draft

Our goal was to optimize the workflow between DramaQueen and Final Draft in such a way, that working on the same document in Final Draft and DramaQueen alternately would not loose any layout information. This means each and every layout setting specified in a Final Draft document is imported into DramaQueen, such as the page margins, fonts, indentations and spacings. At the same time all layout information is exported to Final Draft as well as all learned words for spell-checking.


Usability

Several changes make for an improved handling:

  • Quick navigation by remembering each caret position: DramaQueen will remember for each chapter or scene where the caret was last located in it. When typing at a certain position, then jumping to another scene in the document via the Outline panel and back again, the caret will be located at the exact same place as before. Not at the beginning of the scene any more. And to round this off, DramaQueen restores the exact last caret location when opening documents.
  • Text notes may now also be sorted with the option ‘Oldest notes first’.
  • The dynamic summaries may now be much longer. This makes sure that no room is wasted when showing the Outline fullscreen and with maximum column width.
  • The thickness of underlines and strike-through lines adapts to the font size. Especially the spelling and grammar aid is much better visible as a result.
  • The Character panel now offers a new attribute “Tactics”.


Here you can read a detailed update report for 2.2.



Preview: DramaQueen 2.3 with revision mode

The revision mode — many may know it as “Track changes” — is probably one of the most missed and therefore most often asked for features. All the more reason to close this gap sooner than later!

Since quite some time we have developed ideas and concepts. At the same time such an important tool shouldn’t deviate too much from the expectations of writers and how it is done in other applications — even just for compatibility reasons when importing and exporting. So the first step was to go back to all the suggestions, requests and requirements, that we received for the revision mode, and develop several very exciting concepts.

As a result, we are looking forward to offer a solution soon — intuitive to use as ever — which will combine the best and most powerful ideas to be able to meet all usage scenarios with great flexibility:

  • Keeping track of different authors as well as revisions
  • Automatic hover window and permanent tool stripe with all information for a given change and all action and navigation options
  • Deleted text as pop-up
  • Option ‘Track changes’ with pause-function
  • Option ‘Mark as changed’
  • Highlighting a changed line with a symbol (*) in the page margin – alternatively or in addition
  • Revision text notes



Here is a first teaser-screenshot of our current progress:

DramaQueen revision mode



We still need a little more time until the revision mode can be published in the next release, so it can — mature and perfectly integrated — satisfy the high expectations!

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DramaQueen 2.0 with NOVEL extension

DramaQueen 2.0

Due shortly we want to have a full article on DramaQueen 2.0 here. Until then you can read our articles on the DramaQueen 2.0 BETA versions. These already contain a lot of useful information on the changes that the NOVEL extension brings:

2015, 2016 and DramaQueen 2.0 BETA
2.0.0 BETA 3
2.0.0 BETA 4

And of course we have an extensive update report for the current release. We wish you great fun with DramaQueen 2.0 and as always we are looking forward to your feedback!

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2.0.0 BETA 4

In the last three weeks we have put on the last polish for DramaQueen 2.0 and improved on many details. An often wished for feature has made the cut as well: It is now possible to configure a few automatic corrections (replacements while typing) as well as the symbols used for quotation marks. This is especially important for novel authors. The global program settings which affect all documents have received a new page. Individual replacements can be deactivated there. For each document separately, it is possible to configure the symbols for the quotation marks (“…”, «…» etc.). DramaQueen recognizes and replaces double and single quotes and also distinguishes using an apostrophe.

To be absolutely sure, we want to test the changes one last time in the form of BETA 4. It should be possible to release the final version of 2.0.0 in one week. As always we are looking forward to your feedback!

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