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WinterFest 2014 Sale on Key Writing Tools

by Adam C. Engst

This time of year brings with it thoughts of what you want to accomplish in the next year, and for many of us, those thoughts revolve around writing. Between TidBITS and Take Control, we spend every day researching, composing, and editing text, so when a group of our favorite artisanal software companies approached us about their WinterFest 2014 [1] sale, we decided to join in. Through the end of December, you can save 25 percent on any or all of these products with the coupon code WINTERFEST2014. This isn’t a bundle deal, nor are there any gimmicks or requirements — it’s just a straightforward holiday sale on some great tools for Mac writers.

This curated collection includes a number of apps we rely on daily or have covered over the years. DEVONthink Pro [2] is a superb tool for storing notes and research materials. Eastgate Systems’ Tinderbox [3] helps you organize, plan, and map your thoughts. You can plot out the chronology of any story with Aeon Timeline [4]. Smile’s TextExpander [5] saves you from typing out frequently used words and phrases. Literature & Latte’s highly regarded writing studio Scrivener helps you turn your research and ideas into a manuscript. For working with editors and polishing your final draft (plus any imaginable text manipulation needs), Nisus Writer Pro [6] is unparalleled. And, of course, our Take Control [7] library of books helps you better use these apps — including titles about DEVONthink Pro, Scrivener, and TextExpander — and your Mac in general.

Other than Tinderbox, which requires you to order from the main WinterFest page [8] to get the 25 percent discount, all you have to do is enter the WINTERFEST2014 coupon code when ordering, and only then if the link you use doesn’t already have it embedded.

If you take your writing seriously, do yourself a favor and invest in the tools and training that let you focus on the best way to convey your ideas to the world.

[1]: http://artisanalsoftwarefestival.com/
[2]: http://www.devontechnologies.com/redirect.php?id=promo-winterfest-2014
[3]: http://www.eastgate.com/Tinderbox
[4]: http://www.scribblecode.com/winterfest.html
[5]: http://ub.smle.us/te-wf-ge-pu/
[6]: http://nisus.com/store/winterfest/
[7]: http://tid.bl.it/winterfest-2014-tc
[8]: http://artisanalsoftwarefestival.com/