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Old January 13th, 2012, 03:59 PM
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Default Name generator & Writing project management

I found an interesting program last week that I have been testing out. Its a program called Scrivener by Literature & Latte, they label it a content-generation tool. I would rather call it a content management tool although it does have a great name generator built in.

Here are some sample names I generated on the fly. Lots of options to choose from. I chose Russian first names with double Dutch surnames for my sample.

Khrystyne VanEaton-VanHout
Jermija Minke-Wilking
Varinka Ebberts-Sprong
Valeska Humbert-Broeckel
Zenevieva Cardinal-Verble
Natashia Westervelt-Meulemans
Bogdashha Boender-Junck
Varushka Muns-Kleyn
Valerik Michelson-VanBelle
Tasya Haggart-VanBrunt




You can import all kinds of files for research and reference. I have so much stuff in PDF its nice that you can open them up in Scrivener and then split the screen and take notes, etc. It has a nice way of showing information in an old style index card format as well. Lots of tools for moving text information around between documents and full projects.



http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php
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Old January 13th, 2012, 04:30 PM
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Looks like an interesting program and I might even be able to justify it for my writing too. I would really like to hear how you progress with it for Traveller as well.
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I use Scrivener extensively for my doctoral program.

Great program, which I have used for both large-format theses and smaller writing and research assignments alike. Among many excellent features I especially like the Compile feature, which allowse to keep the formatting separate from the content - i can submit a paper in MLA format or in Journal-ready formal with citations, footnotes, and everything 'just so', without wasting time reformatting. It also has an excellent sync capability, which let's me keep a page of plaintext or rtf files in dropbox and edit them using any text editor or iPhone app, ready for instant sync back to Scrivener.

Highly recommend it, but I haven't used it for gaming purposes yet (not as much time since I went back for my PhD).
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Still finding out more about this program. I was compiling all the Amber Zones and I copied and pasted a a table from a web page off of rpgnet listing them. It kept the url links interesting. I guess you could setup links externally and internally.

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I use Scrivener extensively for my doctoral program.

Highly recommend it, but I haven't used it for gaming purposes yet (not as much time since I went back for my PhD).
My first thought was that I could use it for my PhD too. My second thought was that there was not much point since I shall submit later this year! Still, with several other writing projects in the pipeline and my gaming interests too, I reckon it could prove worthwhile, especially when looking at what has been done with it.
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Khrystyne VanEaton-VanHout
Jermija Minke-Wilking
Varinka Ebberts-Sprong
Valeska Humbert-Broeckel
Zenevieva Cardinal-Verble
Natashia Westervelt-Meulemans
Bogdashha Boender-Junck
Varushka Muns-Kleyn
Valerik Michelson-VanBelle
Tasya Haggart-VanBrunt

...
About half of those surnames don't even look Dutch...
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The name generation looks interesting - especially giving you control over different parts of the name. Here's the web resource I use for Terran names: http://www.behindthename.com/random/
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While Scivener might be a good for content management, for writing you should check out yWriter. I'm in a novel writing group and members who have used both say they prefer it. (Plus it's free.)
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While Scivener might be a good for content management, for writing you should check out yWriter. I'm in a novel writing group and members who have used both say they prefer it. (Plus it's free.)
It seems like a good tool, indeed. Especially since it is free, too.
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What a cool looking program. Thanks for the heads up.
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