Creativity is not "connecting the dots" with a graphic program that weaves a web among them all over your computer screen. Creativity is seeing which dots are connected. In groundbreaking, ingenious ways, LM helps you do that. What makes LM different from other idea-generators? It doesn't pass off rote as thinking. Instead of showing you a generic list of logical formulas to wade through in hopes that one accidentally manipulates your ideas in some meaningful way, it works with your mind, illuminating connections and stimulating insight.
The Literary Machine is a dynamic archive and an idea management tool aimed at creative thinking — built especially with the writer in mind. It is packed with indexing and display techniques so general and potent that you will use it as an intelligence center. In a class by itself, it is virtually an extension of your brain. So, write in it. Collect and sort information and ideas in it. Make it your treasure chest of random notes and ideas for analysis and future reference. For, it will serve you well as the substance, catalyst, and processor for relating or reusing them in creative combinations.
LM is designed to fulfill needs, not fancy. So it does not fool around with features that your conventional word processor and email client already do well and more efficiently than a database could. Instead, LM teams with your other programs to accomplish what, till now, was possible only in your dreams.
In short, The Literary Machine invites you to put your creativity to work seriously and fruitfully in ways that no other computer programs do.
For this role LM incorporates a unique and powerful blend of idea-generation, information-analysis, information-management, and composition tools you find nowhere else.
Team LM with graphical mind- or concept-mapping software when you must memorize information, but experience the raw power of LM's no-nonsense text-based keyword matrix for true creative thinking through concept mapping, idea generating and brainstorming.
Can LM help you think "outside the box?" Answer: What box? LM's powerful
"fuzzy thinking" kernel does away with "the box."
Here are some of the Machine's chief benefits to you:
LM's compositional features also make it ideal for processing any kind of anecdotal information.
Quickly and easily organize the parts of your composition, case, or analysis. No more bewildering cut-and-paste operations in your conventional word processor: reorganizing, at any point, is a snap.
Thus, as a document compiler, LM automates the process. So, rearranging the parts of your composition is a snap, because all it takes is a few swift movements of the mouse. You can create different outlines of the same material, if you want. Then just tell LM to compile the resulting document from any node you choose.
Though LM's HTML output is often suitable for publication as is, you can tweak it in any word processor that opens and edits HTML-files (such as MS Word™ or Corel WordPerfect™).
What's more, every note card used in this document is referenced to your ideas and available for use in any future document outline you create. So, LM is not just a tool for piecework: it is a workshop for the body of your work.
Consequently, though LM was designed to be a creativity tool with the necessary information-management tools, most users find that it handles all their personal information management needs. So, though the author did not intend to create the "Swiss Army Knife" of information managers, many users find that LM eliminates their need for other PIMs.
LM is not a conventional database. It is a "freeform" database for information that just won't fit into a traditional one.
Conventional databases make you put information into predefined fields (like those in an address book). Such a database is too structured for storing random information. Conventional word processors are little better than spiral notebooks for storing it. And spreadsheets are wholly inappropriate for storing it. For storing random information, you need a freeform database.
But LM isn't even a conventional freeform database: It offers you a new way to PROCESS information, not just manage it. Whether this information comes flying across your desk or through cyberspace.
Build your information into one or both of two powerful, multipurpose frameworks that you can construct almost anything with:
Special utilities like the Word Boiler allow you to apply these powerful tools in more ways than you can imagine.
In The Literary Machine you get to work with note cards displayed on a space the size of a huge wall. You're not limited to your computer screen's dimensions.
Grow with a program that grows with you: Though mastering all LM's potential applications is a journey like mastering the full potential of WordPerfect™ or high-end graphics software, LM is highly intuitive and easy to use at its basic level. Which is also its most important, revolutionary and powerful level. So, you gain the program's greatest benefits immediately. You can search your database without learning a query language. LM finds whatever you need so quickly and easily you'll be amazed.
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