Writing and Creativity Software
From 2005 - 2012, Logical Expressions offered a program called IdeaWeaver.
The product is no longer available for purchase.
IdeaWeaver is a program for storing all those little tidbits of information writers tend to collect.
The creators have used IdeaWeaver to write 12 books (so far) and continue to use it in house because it's a powerful brainstorming, organizational, and outlining tool. Because it only has one screen, it's simple to use:
If you are looking for an alternative writing tool and the concepts behind IdeaWeaver appeal to you, check out Scrivener from Literature and Latte:
After many years as a Mac program, it is now available for Windows as well.
If you are a REGISTERED user (i.e. you paid for the product) and have lost your license key, please contact us.
Two Key Points:
When working with categories and topics, it helps to understand that an idea can be associated with just ONE category, but many topics.
For a thorough description of Microsoft .NET, you can go straight to the horse's mouth at Microsoft (see links below), but I'll give you the short version here.
When you download IdeaWeaver from the IdeaWeaver web site, you can choose zip or exe format. If you aren't sure what to do with the zip file, then you should consider getting the exe instead. Once you download the exe file, all you have to do is double-click it and it will run the IdeaWeaver setup program for you. If you prefer the zip format for some reason (some installations do not allow the download of exe files from the Internet), then read on.
Yes. IdeaWeaver is licensed to an individual, not a computer. That means you may install IdeaWeaver on your home desktop computer, your laptop, and even your work computer if you want to. However, you may not give your license key to anyone else for them to use.
The easiest way to move a project from one computer to another is to use the XML export/import feature. Here are the steps you should follow:
As far as I know, our current software has no compatibility issues with Vista. We don't have plans to add any Vista-specific features or anything that will require .NET 3.0 (or higher).
In the Outline pane on the right, you right click the word "Headings."
A pop-up menu appears. Select one of the options as decribed below (from the Creating Outline Headings help section).
Insert Before: inserts a heading before the selected heading at the same heading level.
Insert After: inserts a heading after the selected heading at the same
Insert Under: inserts a heading under the selected heading (the new heading is at the heading level below the selected one).
Or click in the Outline Pane. Then click the "Insert New Item Under the Selected Item" button on the toolbar. It's the only button that's available if you are in the Outline pane and you have no other headings.
A dialog box appears that says "Heading Detail." Type in your Heading Title and click Save. A new heading appears below "Headings" in the Outline pane.
The easiest way to assign an idea to a heading is to use drag-and-drop. Click on the idea (holding down the mouse button) and drag the idea to the appropriate heading. IdeaWeaver adds the idea under the heading.
If the heading already has ideas under it, you can drag the new idea to the heading itself or to one of the ideas under the heading. If you drop the idea on the heading, the idea becomes the first idea under that heading. If you drop the idea on another idea, the new idea is placed after the idea you dropped it on. You can also drag-and-drop your ideas from one place in the outline to another.
The other way to assign headings is to use the Assign Headings dialog. Click on the idea to select it, and then click the Headings tab down in the preview pane. Click the Edit Assignments button and you'll see the Assign Headings dialog, which displays a heading check list. To assign the idea to a particular heading, just put a check mark next to that heading. Uncheck to remove the assignment. If you have a large outline, this method can make it easier to see where an idea was used, as opposed to scrolling through the outline looking for it.
To use the drop-down menu in the heading list, first select (left-click) on the heading you want to work with. Once the correct heading is highlighted, then right-click to display the popup menu. Note that you can also use the buttons on the toolbar, once the heading is selected.
If you already have a few headings in your list and you still get no active items on the popup menu, it is probably because the top "Headings" node is the currently selected node. Once you add the first heading for your project, the "Headings" node is just a place-holder and doesn't do anything. You need to click on one of the headings you added.
If you are doing a lot of header work, you may be able to save yourself some time using the keyboard shortcuts. You can use the arrow keys to move around the headings and use the Insert key to do an "insert under" (handy if you are adding a lot of headings at the same level). You can use F2 to edit the currently selected heading, and the Delete key to remove it.
There is no way to change the default display font right now, but it is one of the items on our enhancements "wish list."
The answer is no. Even if you reinstall IdeaWeaver, you never lose your ideas. The database is untouched.
The license key just makes it possible for you to use it longer (beyond 30 days).
If you get an the application error, send us the log file, so we can troubleshoot the problem. Assuming you installed IdeaWeaver in the default folder, look in:
C:\Program Files\Logical Expressions\IdeaWeaver
You should see a file named error.log (or just "error" if you don't have file extensions turned on).
Contact us and when you get a reply from us, you can attach the log file to the email, so the programmer can take a look. It's just a text file, so it's quite harmless, but it contains more detailed information so the programmer can see more about what is happening when you start up.
On the export, are you dragging ideas over to the outline? IW only exports the information in the outline. So if you have no ideas in the outline, you won't get them in the export.
By default, it's stored in:
If you are backing up the software in your Program Files folders and tell it to back up all the subfolders, you should be set.
IdeaWeaver stores your project information in a Microsoft Access database. Starting with Windows 7, Microsoft no longer includes the drivers that IdeaWeaver needs to talk to this database. You can still use IdeaWeaver on a Windows 7 computer, but you must also download and install the free 2007 Office System Driver from Microsoft's Web site. Use the link below to visit the page you need. Just follow the instructions on the page to download and install the necessary components:
We apologize for the inconvenience.
The current (and last) release of IdeaWeaver is 18.104.22.168. You can determine which version you are running by opening IdeaWeaver and noting the version number that scrolls onto the splash screen. If you miss it, you can choose Help, About on the IdeaWeaver menu to display the About dialog, which has the same information as the splash screen.
For details about bug fixes and enhancements, please refer to the Release Notes PDF document. You can click the link below, or if you have installed IdeaWeaver version 1.0.8 or higher, you can access the release notes through the IdeaWeaver folder of your program menu.
You need the Adobe Acrobat reader (or equivalent software) to view the PDF. The Acrobat Reader is a free download that is available from the Adobe site.
22.214.171.124: This release included several new features, including XML import/export, additional keyboard support, and drag/drop editing of the outline. It also included a few minor bug fixes (see release notes for details).
126.96.36.199: This release included bug fixes reported by customers shortly after the release of 188.8.131.52. The new release was made available within 24 hours of the reports. Way to go dev and QA teams!
184.108.40.206: This release included bug fixes and minor feature enhancements requested by customers. The most significant enhancement synchronizes the ideas in the outline pane with the ideas in the workbook pane, making it possible for users to click or arrow through the ideas in the outline to verify the document's flow. As users click each idea in the outline, the workbook's preview area shows the corresponding idea text.
220.127.116.11: This version was the initial production release of IdeaWeaver made available to the public.
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