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"Great app, simple, inspiring and definitely made for writers." - Alexandre Astier (Writer, Actor, Director)
"Subplot can be a writer's best friend ... 3.5 mice out of 5" - Macworld
Subplot is a story planning system for novelists and screenwriters. Use Subplot to keep track of Who, What, Where, When and Why in your writing projects.
- Create plans for novels or screenplays.
- Set deadlines and estimates for completion and let Subplot let you know whether you’re on schedule or not.
- Keep track of details for all the different characters, props, locations, events and story goals for your projects.
Interview your characters. Use Subplot’s expandable Q & A section to work out what makes your characters tick.
- Store and label images for each of your characters, props, locations and events. How about a portrait of your hero, or floor plans of your crime scene? (Images not supplied)
- Build scenes quickly and easily using Subplot’s Scene Builder.
- Use Subplot’s Ideas Board to keep track of any gems of inspiration that you have.
- View detailed reports about your project, including a breakdown of all the scenes a character appears in, the earliest chapter and scene that a character, prop, location or event appears in, as well as a dossier compiling all the information about your project or characters.
- Subplot has been specifically designed to cater for those planning on writing novels or screenplays rather than being a ‘one size fits all’ writing tool.
Subplot is designed to be used alongside your existing writing tool or word-processor. You don’t write your story in Subplot, instead you use Subplot to keep track of what you need to do next.
Have you just added a killer red herring to your murder mystery? Now you need to go back and add details about it to your story. With Subplot, you can easily add your red herring to the relevant scenes in your plan and use Subplot’s reports to judge whether you’ve given the reader enough opportunities to put the pieces together.
Subplot won’t tell you how or what to write, but you can use it to keep yourself on the path to completing your project.
What's New in Version 1.3
Bug fix for issue saving goals under certain circumstances
Added simple Rich-Text-Format (RTF) export option to reports
Added ability to save a copy of the user guide for use outside the app
The alternate row grey shading colour is now lighter in reports
Good So Far—With One Issue
I purchased Subplot to help revise a manuscript. The editor was interested, but asked for significant changes that almost amounted to a complete rewrite. Subplot seemed like a useful tool to help me keep track of plot and characterization. It’s working fine so far. I like the way it helps focus my thinking. And the price is right!
I have only one issue. I can’t figure out how to get it to save to iCloud so I can use it across devices, mostly my laptop and desktop. Even iPhone. You never know when a good idea will strike. The manual is fairly thorough, but doesn’t say more than that it saves to a data base. I can't find anything in Preferences that will let me choose where to save my files. It doesn’t ask. There doesn’t seem to be a way to communicate with the makers. Could be I’m not looking in the right place? Has anyone run into similar issues.
Does what it says, but missing one crucial ability
While the feature set for Subplot’s primary purpose of story planning are admirable, it’s missing one absolutely critical element — export. Yes, it can export to .rtf or to physical print, which would work wonderfully for those who compose their novels and/or scripts in MS Word or Pages.
The problem is, so many of us don’t. For my short stories, novels, and commercial or tutorial scripts, I use Scrivener. Some use Storyist. There may even still be writers using StoryMill or other older software solutions. And while I understand that it’s exhaustive, maybe even to the point of being impracticable, to cook up export functions to every writing software package under the sun, leaving it at *just* hardcopy or .rtf makes the export functionality feel like an afterthought at best.
I bought Subplot a few months ago and I had no issue with the software. It has the stages needed to make a good novel for even the begining level of writers. I only wish in the character section the software would give us a little more freedom of labeling our unique characters, for an example instead of just the deafualt roles (protagonist, antagonist, love interest, etc.) they should add “Create a new Role” and let us name whatever, that would be a very nice addition. Maybe the next update?