This started as a test for a cool new piece of cloud software. Then I realised its potential for organising LARP events. The review morphed into something that felt a little evangelical. The result is something that is a little unusual for LARPBook but I hope you’ll bear with this.

If you ever write or organise LARP events then you know that a pile of paperwork will be generated. If you’re doing this as part of a team then you will know that keeping everyone up to date can be a real pain. Often generating many emails with many attachments.

Now you can reduce the problem of too many attachments by using something like Google Drive, Dropbox or Skydrive. These solutions are well known and work very well.

I want to talk to you about an alternative system that is new but has a great many advantages.

Its called Draft and you can find it at draftin.com. As an editor it presents a simple interface that is easy to use.

To me the advantage is the very simple interface that is fantastically easy to read and puts the words first. I found editing faster and easier than most cloud editors. The simple cleaner and retro typing mode made it working with Draft a calming experience.

It also employs a very effective document versioning system. Document versioning means that you can go back through all your save points and see all your updates and changes. This means that it is very hard to lose notes. Since losing your ideas and words is bad this is a good thing. No chance of accidentally going over and losing your work.

Its a little bit like having an old school word processor combined with some of the advantages of a software development toolkit. Not everyone is familiar with that combo – but it is subtly powerful.

So far so good.

Now for the real killer part. The list of things that Draft can export to is notable. By that I mean long. Its not unusual for people writing a larp to all have their own favourite way of doing things, and often do notwant to change. So some want to use email attachments, some want Skydrive, some want Google drive, and so on and so on. Well the sharing and export options on Draft mean that it is possible to work across platforms. So when it comes to working notes , drafts and managing your information then this allows you to work in way that is sensitive to your needs and that those of your collaborators.

The words come first – the systems become transparent. That is how it should be.

The downside. The only downside is that if you use Draft you should pay for it. The price is $3.99 per month or $39.99 per year. The alternatives I’ve mentioned are free, and free always helps. But $39.99 to support an independent software developer building something innovative. That’s kinda cool.

 

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