Writer’s Café – The Floating Card Editor

Dear reader, fellow-user of Writer’s Café or person who is looking for good software for writers,

Today I want to give you a look at a nice feature of Writer’s Café called the Floating Card Editor. It is, in short, known as the FCE in Writer’s Café.

The Floating Card Editor is a separate window which shows only the basics for the part you are writing. Use F8 (Windows, Linux), or Storylines → Floating Card Editor from the menu to show the window. Use one of the same methods to make the window disappear again. You can of course also click the ‘close’ button on the right-hand top.

Floating Card Editor

(Feel free to click the above picture for a more mature version.)

When you bring up the window, the content of your story will disappear from the content pane in Writer’s Café, and show up in the separate window of the FCE. Using the ‘View’ menu of the FCE, you can customise its appearance to your preference.

You can show or omit the summary-text, you can remove the properties-pane, and resize the window-parts to how you like them best. A nice feature is that Writer’s Café will remember your settings, so next time you open the FCE, your preferences are restored, and you are good to go.

Another nice thing about the FCE is that you can remove all excess information and maximise the window to use the entire screen. This is especially convenient for people who want their desktop or screen free of distractions, with only their writing project to focus on.

This mode of working is also very good when you use Writer’s Café on a device with limited screen-space. This would be for instance with use on a netbook or a tablet. Opening the FCE full-screen with only the story content will still give you ample overview of your story.

Remember: you can get a free trial version of Writer’s Café at the Writer’s Café website. Writer’s Café runs on Microsoft Windows, just about any flavour of Linux, and on Mac computers.

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