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Hi all, I' developing a fantasy novel and I already created a lot of material until now (note that I'm not a writer but a sw developer). I find it hard to take track of every piece of information I add and how it relates with everything else and I wonder if there are (possibly free) tools that help this task. What I'm after is mainly a tool that let me build genealogies of my characters, to set the story (and the background history) on a timeline and to manage the history, the ideas, and the other material I come with. I know a few tools that, separately, could handle this (i.e a UML tool and its class diagram for the genealogies), but I'm looking for something that integrate all this. Do you know something like this? Thank you!

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I use a personal wiki to organise my thoughts and for larger creative projects; it's good for anything where there isn't a linear flow of information from section to section. WikidPad is a wiki that's open source and so cross-platform, although I prefer to use VoodooPad for the Mac.

There's also combination editors like Scrivener for the Mac; I haven't used this much myself, although I did buy a copy for my writer brother and he's given me a good impression of it.

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Thank you for your help. Actually, the linked tools are not exactly what I was looking for (they have not the timeline or the 'class view' tools), and I thought that there would be plenty of such things out there.
I will give a try to WikidPad (or similar software): perhaps it together with a UML software could provide what I need.

Perhaps I will code one myself in the future :-)

Thank you again!

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Maybe you can try MS Office OneNote, it's not free, but it's a great tool for organizing notes :)

Regards,

Vicente

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If anyone is interested, I've found GenealogyJ that should provide both the timeline and the genealogy features. I hope that this and the wiki tool can help me.
Thank you all!

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