For some time I have been looking for a good open source alternative for writing which would include drafts, characters, research, all in one. There are several solutions to combine a solution but last year I stumbled across Scrivener which released a beta version for Linux. There is still a functioning beta release, but with their other projects ongoing for Windows, Mac and the upcoming iOS version I suspect it might take a while for the Linux platform to be released. Not that I have had any problems with the beta release, it has been very stable on my laptops. Then again, I have only used it for shorter blog posts and not wrote a book in it so far. It is also not clear whether the finished release of a Linux version will be open source. Therefore I continued to search and try out different solutions.

A few weeks ago I came across the Plume Creator project, which seemed to be a good alternative to Scrivener as well as open source. The latest stable release 0.66.1 is available for Windows and Linux. The Linux version can be downloaded as deb and rpm packages or source code. There used to be a Mac version but it is not updated recently due to the developer, Cyril Jacquet, not having a mac computer available.

I downloaded the .deb package and it installed just fine on both my Ubuntu Studio 14.04 and Debian Jessie installation. I’m writing this in Plume Creator on Debian. On Debian I had to install libqt4-core beforehand though.

So far it looks quite good. I’m not an avid writer but will start to use Plume Creator for different blog writing and see how works out.

Plume Creator version 0.66 is not in active development any longer. The application is getting a complete do-over in Python and the next release will be called 1.5. It’s in early alpha stage and with a little help from Cyril I managed to get it running on my laptop installations. Not because it was hard to get it running, but because I’m not that good with Python projects and didn’t know how to start the application …

Now I only need to figure out how to Solarize my Plume Creator. And start writing stuff.

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Okay Jimmy, I hope we both will be thrilled with this software as time goes on. I just started using Plume Creator (0.661) last night and I'm starting to get the hang of it. It only took me a few minutes to figure out how to add Characters, Items and Locations to the database and then drag them to the proper scenes. So far I really like it, especially the full-screen text editor which I'll get more familiar with very soon. I pasted a short story directly from my Movie Magic screenwriting program and it looks okay to me. So far this seems to be what I've been looking for, Stable, Functional and Open-Source. (I'm running Mint 17 and I'm not exactly comfortable running my apps through Wine). It's still too early to tell but I'll continue to put it to the test. I'm new to novel writing so my test my be a bit too easy at this point. I will contribute $ when I get paid.
Written on Wed, 09 March 2016 23:43:37 by Earl
Interesting! I'll give it a spin.
Written on Mon, 08 February 2016 19:44:56 by Jimmy
Hi, If you're interested in open-source alternative ot Scrivener, may I suggest that you give a try to manuskript? I just released it, it's still in early development in terms of testing, though it is quite feature rich already. Any feed-back would be very usefull :) Greetings,
Written on Mon, 08 February 2016 14:23:05 by Olivier K

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