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#1 amateurhr   Members   -  Reputation: 101

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 02:22 PM

What software do you guys use to keep track of both large story arcs as well as specific dialog texts?
This topic has come up in the past but it's been a while since then so I figure it might be a good time to update the list with new software

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#2 Katie   Members   -  Reputation: 1302

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 03:44 AM

There's a relatively new one out called "Articy: Draft". They have some youtubes of demos. Looks interesting.



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Posted 25 October 2011 - 10:26 AM

Articy: Draft looks really good. Thanks for the heads up.

In the past I have used Photoshop for dialog trees. Although it's not great at doing them it's become my go to program because I've grown so used to it. Also used Power Point at times as a way to draft and store larger parts of text.



#4 Liosse de Velishaf   Members   -  Reputation: 114

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 12:52 AM

You could try a wiki site on a free webhost. It seems well-suited to an interactive dialog tree model.


It's also searchable and easy-to-use.

#5 Bigdeadbug   Members   -  Reputation: 173

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 06:37 PM

The wiki mention reminded me that I was once advised to use HTML. Personally I didn't and still don't have enough experience with HTML to utilize it properly, but I was told it was very good at this kind of thing.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 02:11 PM

The wiki mention reminded me that I was once advised to use HTML. Personally I didn't and still don't have enough experience with HTML to utilize it properly, but I was told it was very good at this kind of thing.





You could use html, but from my experience with dialogue trees as a player, wiki software is just as useful and much simpler. Just make the options hyperlinks to the next npc dialogue branch. I mean, a wiki is basically user-friendly html where text formatting is concerned. The same goes for story arcs. Lots of writers use wiki software to keep track of story arcs, and depending on the game type, player action trees could be done in a wiki as well.

#7 viper110110   Members   -  Reputation: 575

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 11:55 PM

I have absolutely no experience in tracking stories, but could you use visio?

Also, you can set up a wiki with little to no knowledge of HTML, but I would always advise to learn a little bit of it.

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 01:08 AM

I have absolutely no experience in tracking stories, but could you use visio?

Also, you can set up a wiki with little to no knowledge of HTML, but I would always advise to learn a little bit of it.



And html isn't that hard to learn. It's generally when you add a scipting language like javascript or php that most people start to have trouble.

#9 Bigdeadbug   Members   -  Reputation: 173

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 05:44 AM


The wiki mention reminded me that I was once advised to use HTML. Personally I didn't and still don't have enough experience with HTML to utilize it properly, but I was told it was very good at this kind of thing.





You could use html, but from my experience with dialogue trees as a player, wiki software is just as useful and much simpler. Just make the options hyperlinks to the next npc dialogue branch. I mean, a wiki is basically user-friendly html where text formatting is concerned. The same goes for story arcs. Lots of writers use wiki software to keep track of story arcs, and depending on the game type, player action trees could be done in a wiki as well.


Wikis are probably the easiest route for the majority of people; I can only imagine HTML being better/easier to use for those who have a decent amount of experience in it.

When I was being advised to use it we were about to make some interactive fiction and the bonus of HTML was that it allowed people to keep track of the story tree but then with some small modifications at the end it could be turned into the final product. It doesn't have too much relevance to this topic but i though it was worth mentioning.



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Posted 04 January 2012 - 12:11 PM

I have absolutely no experience in tracking stories, but could you use visio?

Also, you can set up a wiki with little to no knowledge of HTML, but I would always advise to learn a little bit of it.


I use Visio for all my digital graphing needs, such as story/writing and code design. And it has great integration with the rest of office, Plus with Visual Studio you can write plug-ins for it the same as if you were working for Office (or so I am told, haven't personally tried making plug-ins for Visio, since I've no need, and with no will, there isn't a way).

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 12:17 AM

i use mind mapping software like free mind [ http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page ] or concept draws mind mapper pro [http://www.conceptdraw.com/products/what-is-conceptdraw-mindmap] which is a favorite of mine. these programs allow you to lay out complex and branching story arcs and add notes concept art as it enters the pipeline. when working on a team it also helps because it lays out the big picture a little clearer than reading through a bunch of files and looking at some pics separately. i don't remember what i used to do before i used mind mapping software, with my phone now i can even create maps and open them on my computer. the last idea i mapped i did entirely on my droid.

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 08:00 AM

Articy: Draft seems to have come out of Beta and now be offering free 30day trials. Not tried it yet but planning on having a go with it soon.




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