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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Sophocles 2007 Version

The lovely people at Sophocles contacted me this morning to let me know the new version of their software is beta testing at the moment. I've never used Sophocles, having a copy of Final Draft, but I've heard consistently good things about Sophocles, perhaps because they are dedicated to finding out what their customers want? Plus Sophocles was my very favourite philosopher (Electra is the best!), so I'll definitely be having a look.

So, exercise your consumer power by finding the beta version here and leave them some feedback. You know you want to.

15 comments:

Phillip Barron said...

I got that email too. I blogged my initial thoughts, but I want to give it a fair go before I make up my mind.

I think if I hadn't been using Final Draft for years I might be a bit more open to it. I don't like change, it's scary.

So's the outside world.

And scissors.

Lucy said...

What, you mean they didn't just target moi?! ; )

I see you're not too impressed over at your blog with the buttons and the doodlyflips.

Still, anything's worth a try - and I have to say I have been a little underwhelmed by some of FD's performance - notably its lack of recovery of documents (like MS WORD) when the software crashes. Someone told me that it does do this, but I'll be B******* if I can find it, so it's not v user friendly. IF it's there...

Phillip Barron said...

I'm just a little overwhelmed by new buttons and features. Only with computers though, I'm very gadget friendly with every other aspect of life - I just like a program that does what I want, I don't like having to search for functions.

It's like when they upgrade Internet Explorer - all they do is move stuff around and change the colours. Maybe they rename some of the buttons. Why?

I think a lot of the Sophocles stuff is for production, same with Final Draft - something I don't have to worry about.

FD does back stuff up, but I've no idea if it's any more frequent than the autosave. If not, it's fairly useless. The backup location is under tools/options/general

Sophocles said...

You're right, the beta is basically our full production version which ties in all the budgeting and scheduling tools we've tried to integrate with the base screenwriting word processor. When we release (hopefully May) the basic version will only have the screenwriter tools and hopefully seem a little less intimidating :)

But yea, feedback is what it's all about so when you find stuff confusing let us know!

MaryAn Batchellor said...

Well they didn't target me so yes, you are special!

Lucy said...

Don't sweat it Maryan, we is ALL special my mate.

Phil - Personally, I think there should be a screenwriter-only version of software like FD and Sophocles and CeltX and the like. So many writers out there never go NEAR production and it feels like we're paying for loads of doodahs and wotsits we'll never even open, let alone use. There could be the all-singing, all-dancing version for producers and the the cut-price version with only the word-processing format version for the writers.

What do you lot at Sophocles think of that? BTW, loving your work on Antigone and Oepidus Rex darling...and you still find the time to write software programmes too. Nuff respect.

The Moviequill said...

I got the invite as well and am trying it out right now. I had a Beta of an earlier version years ago I got off Charles Deemer's writing course discount... but I have been using FD and quite used to it... I guess the real market for Sophocles is new customers because like Phil, I am afraid it will be difficult to woo users to switch. Just look at the MovieMagic campaign to get FD users to come over

Lucy said...

I'm not afraid of change like you lot and would switch like a shot from FD: the problem for me is I paid £150 bloody quid for it not even 18 mths ago and frankly, don't feel as if I've had £150's worth of use out of it yet!

Phillip Barron said...

I guess fear of change is the wrong way of loking at it, more apathy. FD works for what I want, why make the effort?

Plus, at least one company I work for specifically request scripts in FD format. So, even if I did switch to anything else, I'd still have to keep a version of FD.

I've spent the day playing with Sophocles and I like all the multi-coloured story thread things. I haven't done a shred of writing, but the outline for the current script is very, very pretty.

Olaf Legend said...

Sophocles is great, but try reading some Kierkegaard. He will blow your mind.

Chris (ukscriptwriter) said...

Hollywood Screenwriter is the "writer only" version of MMS. It has its downsides like always needing the CD in the drive etc (the full version lets you install on 3 machines plus one other if you use the CD all the time), but it may be worth a look at.

Currently I am comparing MMS, FD and Sophocles on different scripts and will blog my opinions when I am done.

I'm using the comparison as a tool to keep me in writing mode.

Lucy said...

Olaf - I know Kierkegaard, thanks. Not keen.

Chris - yes I head that about the CD and Movie Magic, that's what put me off. Also, when clients send me MM Files from time to time they go totally mental even tho they're supposed to apparently look like Word - they don't. Be interesting to hear what you think about Sophocles. I've finally got round to downloading the software - it took 47 yrs because of my stupid dial up connection - now I've got to get round to emailing for the unlock code...

Optimistic_Reader said...

They sent me that email too, I'll have to get around to giving it a try.

The Moviequill said...

"I'm not afraid of change like you lot and would switch like a shot from FD"... oh? what would the reason be, just curious as what stands out from Sophocles that has enticed you right out of the gate

Lucy said...

Nothing in particular, though a free version would definitely do it for me! ; )