During July 4th week a surprise arrived, Write Brothers decided to announce and release an important update to its flagship software, Dramatica Pro. Enter… the long awaited new Dramatica. Dramatica Story Expert. This welcome news for the creative community as Dramatica is brilliant in many ways.
Dramatica Story Expert can:
Dramatica had been an amazing program on Mac (and Windows) which allows writers to map out a story, with enhanced character development and plot lines. Simply put, it helps writers channel creativity into amazing stories and more. It is helpful for writing a book, screenplay or even a play. One thing was certain, it was long overdue for an strong update. Dramatica 4 had last seen an update in 2001 for a minor update, which because of stable Mac OS X and Windows, allowed the developer, Write Bros, to simply focus on its small but loyal community and just market away the niche product.
With the arrival of Mac OSX Lion, sadly the legacy software compatibility ended and writers who had upgraded were left without working Dramatica. Which in many ways is a blessing because of over a decade without significant software updates had left the software a bit outdated. The look and feel of the software had been sorely needing an upgrade.
Chris Huntley of Write Bros, a co-creator of Dramatica Theory, states, “Dramatica doesn’t write the story – the writer will always have that job. But Dramatica is still the only tool that responds to writers’ choices, giving them customized direction and guidance for creating solid story structure, powerful characters, and rich thematic content. With the new Gist feature writers can better relate to Dramatica’s unique structural questions.”
So, how does it look? lets go over the 35 new features
Dramatica is software much like Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, Final Draft, which is a tool and doesn’t garner much publicity. In the creative community however, writers are very well served using it because otherwise you could spend hours, days or more in writers block or writing and re-writing a project. There has even been coined a term about how writers don’t like to publicize their special writing partner or secret sauce, some call it “Hollywood’s Dark Program.” Which essentially shows it as a secret competitive advantage.
Well, if you are a writer and aspire towards great tales that engage, there is no finer software than Dramatica, especially now as it has finally been updated. Some notes, the Windows version of this Dramatica Story Expert will not be released until spring of 2013.
The new release is geared to be much easier for a writer to use, with a major overhaul designed to make the story development process easier and much more enjoyable.
Peace, Love & Apple Pie believes that without doubt, the Writers Store and Screenplay.com will be busy downloading away this new update immediately.
If you are curious, more info is available at
Dramatica Story Expert is priced at: $189.95 (Download) or $199.95 Download & CD (or boxed)
Upgrade: Owners of Dramatica Pro 4.x series software can upgrade to Dramatica Story Expert 5 for only $69.95 USD (download) or $79.95 for the Download/CD or Boxed version.
Demo a trial version of Dramtica Story Expert. (Mac OS X only)
Some other reviews have said:
“Dramatica Story Expert provides incredibly powerful tools for creating and analyzing stories. With its innovative new Gists interface, it enables anyone to harness the power of this extraordinary software.”
“Dramatica: Indispensable power tools for my imagination . . . Dramatica is my indispensable tool both in bringing form to my new novels and in the repair and tune-up of stories that I am revisiting. It has added a new, grander dimension to my craft. These are power tools no storyteller should be without.”
“I’ve used Dramatica as a creative tool on virtually every script I’ve written professionally, dating back to before BAND OF BROTHERS. It is, by far, the most comprehensive and useful theory and software for understanding what makes good stories work that I know of. I highly recommend it as a resource for all writers.”
Erik Bork, multiple Emmy and Golden Globe-winning screenwriter
(HBO’s BAND OF BROTHERS and FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON)