Posted by: Anonymous
on December 01, 2007 01:54 AM
I'm sorry, but having used Basket quite a bit in the past, it is not an open source alternative to Writer's Cafe. Can you write down notes with it? Well yes, you can. Can you associate links and files? Sure, no problem. But after downloading the Writer's Cafe demo earlier today, I can tell you that Basket is a very very very poor alternative to StoryLines, which is part of the Writer's Cafe.
The question that needs to be asked is if this is a tool that you really need. If you are a serious writer, the cost of this tool is not in any way prohibitive, especially considering everything that it comes with. If you are just a general Linux user and don't really do much in the way of writing, it probably doesn't make sense to invest in such a tool.
One impression that I have formed in reviewing the demo is that a lot of work has gone into making a pretty useful software package which looks to be very well documented. If I sprang for the full version there is even a book that comes with. After so much time was obviously invested in this software, I think that the cost of $45 is pretty reasonable.
In closing, I have to admit that my first inclination is to go with free software wherever I can find it, which is why I'll never own Photoshop for instance. But here is a program that doesn't cost much, is very complete, and doesn't have an analog in the world of free software. It has an impressive set of features, and since I have been thinking about getting back into writing, it is not a question of if but rather when I will be purchasing Writer's Cafe.