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Writing software for novelists.

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Avg rating of 4 (3)| 2 comments

What is Dabble?

Craft your story. Write your novel. Dabble is software for writing novels for the desktop (Mac and Windows) and browser, syncing between computers.

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Dabble Features

  1.  Dark ModeDabble supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
  2.  Works OfflineDabble can be used without the need to connect to the internet.

Dabble information

  • Developed byWithinCode LLC
  • LicensingProprietary and Commercial product.
  • PricingSubscription that costs about $10 per month.
  • RatingAverage rating of 4
  • Alternatives61 alternatives listed

Supported Languages

  • English

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Dabble is the closest to a real online alternative to Scrivener—trust me, I'm pretty sure I've tested them all. I tried Dabble shortly after it came out and wasn't sure how it would go, but I've recently made a new account and have been amazed by how far they've come and how clearly focused they are on being an online novel writing tool. In the long run, Literature & Latte should probably kiss their Windows users goodbye, and maybe even prepare to lose some of their Mac users.

This service has a lot of features already (quite a few of the best from Scrivener, including a powerful search function), but still needs some more tools and customizable options. It's clearly getting there, though, and has a viable payment structure to afford ongoing development. (In fact, they could probably make subscriptions a hair cheaper...) As a bonus, being web-based, Dabble's editor is pretty easy to make small tweaks to with a tool like Stylus if you're on desktop and comfortable with CSS. This is a big deal for me personally and the usual reason I choose web tools.

Right now, my biggest concern about Dabble is security. As with Novelize, which I've left a poor review for in the past, novels are not encrypted on the backend. However, unlike Novelize, they make it a point of explaining their policy regarding that (how content is only accessed during content-related support). It still bothers me, and I'd like to see it change, but they're upfront about everything, and it's not like most services where we keep our work are doing what they should when it comes to encryption, anyway. For now the company seems legit, here to stay, and committed to big things.

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Feels like a mashup of Microsoft Wordpad and early versions of Scrivener, which can be both good and bad. The program is (as of this writing) fairly new (having launched in September 2017) and trying to fill a niche that seems to be already crowded, so in my opinion, it's already somewhat behind the curve.

One of the unique things about it is that it seems to duplicate your work between the desktop (Windows or Mac) and web versions, so that no carrying of files anywhere is needed. The notes and character sections need work, but are in keeping with a new program and I'm sure will be improved. The SaaS nature of the program, however, might turn off some looking for a one-and-done buy like Scrivener, however.

Keep an eye on this one: it has the potential to grow, but it's not there yet. Hopefully soon it might just be.

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It's under active development.

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It runs on Linux in a web browser, all your work is saved in the cloud, it's fairly inexpensive to subscribe, it has a super story grid, it has grammar and spell checking, it has an organizer so you can drag your scenes and chapters around, and it exports to a DOCX manuscript.

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