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Manuskript Alternatives

Manuskript is described as 'open-source tool for writers, with outliner, character management, plot development, distraction-free editor, etc' and is a very popular Novel Authoring tool in the news & books category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Manuskript for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Online / Web-based and iPhone. The best alternative is Zettlr, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Manuskript are Microsoft Word, Scrivener, Org mode and Dendron.

Manuskript alternatives are mainly Novel Authoring Tools but may also be Note-taking Tools or Word Processors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Manuskript.
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  1. Zettlr is a supercharged markdown editor that combines many writing editor features and collect them in one application. It aims at speeding up your workflow and help you write without any interruptions.

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  2. Microsoft Word, part of the Microsoft Office Suite but also sold as a standalone application, is Microsoft's word processor.

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    Not a novel writing software

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    alternative1234

    MS Word does not have the organizational tools of Manuskript

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  3. Typewriter. Ring-binder. Scrapbook. Scrivener combines everything you need to craft your first draft, from nascent notion to final full stop.

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    Most users think Scrivener is a great alternative to Manuskript.

    It's well worth the money for what it can do.

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    JackVegas

    It's very polished, stable, and worth the money. Scrivener is one of the apps I wish we had on Linux.

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    Scrivener is a powerhouse, a super heavyweight and worth the money.

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    alternative1234

    Scrivener is probably best of breed for novel writers, but is unfortunately unavailable on Linux. (An extant earlier Linux release has spotty compatibility, and the Wine installation of the Windows version [which lags behind the Mac version] is also unsatisfactory.) Without this drawback, Scrivener would be the best alternative to Manuskript, even considering its cost.

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  4. Org-mode is for keeping notes, maintaining ToDo lists, doing project planning, and authoring with a fast and effective plain-text system.

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  5. Dendron is an open-source, local-first, markdown-based, note-taking tool built on top of VSCode. It supports all the usual features you would expect like tagging, backlinks, a graph view, split panes, and so forth.

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  6. bibisco is a novel writing software that helps you to write your story, in a simple way.

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    Most users think bibisco is a great alternative to Manuskript.
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    Normally a pretty good alternative to Manuskript, but giving up the free model now hampers its chances.

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  7. Hemingway App makes your writing bold and clear.

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    Hemingway Editor is just that, an editor. IT IS NOT A WORD PROCESSOR. It shouldn't be listed as an alternative to Manuskript.

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  8. Writemonkey is a Windows zenware writing application with an extremely stripped down user interface, leaving you alone with your thoughts and your words.

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  9. Focus on your words not the interface. Quoll Writer is a writing application that helps you focus on your words. Clean and uncluttered. Feature rich. Features are where you would expect them to be.

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    Be on the lookout for this one, it has potential.

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    yWriter

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad

    yWriter is a writing tool that uses "scenes" as a unit of text and allows you to associate that text with all manner of story elements (characters, locations, items) as well as place it and rearrange it within the context of chapters.

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    Almost everyone thinks yWriter is a great alternative to Manuskript.

    If it's an outline you're after, this is what you need. With all the tabs and options it has, it's surprising that it's free.

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