This last weekend I started my copy of Storybook 4 Pro and got the message that my pro version is no longer valid, and the software changed back to the free version. I could no longer access the Pro facilities, which included the ability to print and export the work I had done. It turns out that the internet addresses of Novelist.ch/Intertec do not work any more. It seems that the licensing mechanism ‘calls home” to verify the license and the site being down it can no longer do that.
I’ve tried updating/reinstalling Java and reinstalled Storybook from the zip file. Zilch.
So what is Storybook?
Essentially, the software allows you to organize, track, and chart your book’s characters, locations, plots, and chronology (among other things). The Pro version also lets you chart various plot pieces to ensure that nothing remains unresolved or forgotten. It lets you keep track of characters and plots and scenes: which characters appear in which scenes and which scenes belong to which plot-lines.
I found it well developed, reliable to use and very comprehensive. For example, Pro, offers some export and print tools that include .txt, .pdf, .html, .rtf, .odt, and .csv.
I’m sorry its gone.
Now the domain ‘Novelist.ch’ is back up, or at least there is a notice there. Its in German and I’m unsure whether its a ‘for sale’ sign or as some people are saying, a notice that the site has been shut down for unpaid taxes. So the message when starting Storybook does not appear any more, because the site is up again, but it is not doing the licence verification. Obviously, the software has been discontinued. I say ‘obviously’ because there is no trace of the source on SourceForge any more. I’ve tried contacting the author via Google+ but got no response.