How does Power Writer differ from Microsoft® Word?
If you haven't looked at the page How is Power Writer better than my current Word Processor? then you should, as it details how Power Writer is better for the creative writer than any general purpose word processor, not simply Microsoft® Word.
However, since many writers specifically ask us how Power Writer compares to Word, we thought we'd go into a bit more detail here. Note that the following chart is anything but complete, and is intended to give you an idea as to the general differences between the two programs rather than be an exhaustive comparison of their features.
|Word Processing Features||Microsoft® Word||Power Writer|
|Full Word Processing capabilities including complete font, margin, line spacing, paragraph borders, widow/orphan, keep-together flags, and Style Sheet Control|
|WYSIWYG Display including full Page Layout Viewing Mode|
|WYSIWYG Page Breaks when using Style Sheets that are defined as Non-Printing|
|Spell Check and Thesaurus|
|Real-time Spell Checking with auto-typo Correction and on-screen underlining of misspelled words|
|Full dictionary definitions of most words, including definitions of suggested synonyms|
|Familiar Word Processor Interface|
|User definable Control/Alt Keys|
|Mail Merge Capabilities|
|Embedded sounds clips|
|Spreadsheet layout and Tables|
|Story Development||Microsoft® Word||Power Writer|
|Bookmarks and embedded "live" hyperlinks|
|Outline View||Use for document Navigation||
(Document Map - non-Editable)
|Use to reorder text||
(Outline View - non-WYSIWYG)
(manuscript always remains WYSIWYG)
|Includes non-textual hierarchies such as Act and Chapter Data|
|Fully Editable while still displaying document in WYSIWYG mode|
|Outline items can be categorized by color and status|
|Tree-Style view of hierarchy for ease of analysis|
|One-Click adding of new elements within outline view|
|Automatically synchronized with Act/Chapter & Plot Point Story Development Data|
|Plot Point (Story Beat) Categorization with Color Highlighting - allows you to visually identify the subplots or parts of your story so that you can better analyze its structure|
|Plot Point (Story Beat) Status Icons - mark any moment as needing more work, being completed, or having any other status.|
|Story/Theme, Act, Chapter, Plot Point and Character Development|
|Keep all research, notes and story development in the same file as the manuscript, instantly accessible but out of the way as you're writing.|
|Display your story development information while the entire text of a chapter/sequence is still on-screen|
|Theme, Act, Chapter and Character work areas to develop rich and dynamic stories|
|Integrated Research storage|
|Miscellaneous||Microsoft® Word||Power Writer|
|Designed by||Microsoft||A team of working writers, teachers and a software company that's been building software specifically for writers since 1991.|
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