I have recently came across a writing software in my email that is fairly new, (well, new to me) that looked like it my be useful for someone. It is known to be an all-in-one writing software for authors and the article is informative. The software, Atticus, sounds like it is worth a try when it comes to writing your book and formating.
See a review of the book writing tool called Atticus. Learn about its features and how well they work in this detailed overview. Will you be able to use it for your next book? Find out here!
What is Atticus?
Atticus is a software that currently gives authors an excellent way to write, and format their books at a lower cost and with equal results as a program like Vellum. However, one day it will be the all-in-one solution for writing, formatting, and collaborating.
Atticus not only has a ton of features at launch, but also boasts a HUGE number of upcoming features that will make it the be-all, end-all of writing software.
How Does Atticus Work?
Atticus is currently both a word processor and a book formatting software. You can write, edit, and export your novel with ease.
You start in the dashboard where you can create a new book or upload an old one (there are a variety of ways to import a book that I’ll get to in the features section).
Then you’re brought to the word processor element of the program, where you can create chapters (or front and back matter elements), and begin writing. In this section, you can drag and drop chapters or sections just like you can in Scrivener, and are offered an array of writing tools.
In the next couple of weeks and months though, there will be a whole slew of new features added to the writing section of Atticus, to really make this one of the most fun, aesthetic and helpful book writing software out there – without being complicated or convoluted. We’ll talk about this later, but we’ll be focusing on adding writing goals, special writing modes, analytics, character or note cards, and more.
From there, it lets you format the book and export to ebook or print, to use in KDP, IngramSpark, Draft2Digital, or wherever you sell your books.
In the future, there will be more features as well, including tools to keep you motivated, organized, and even collaborate with other authors.
In other words, it has everything that the top formatting and writing software has, and there’s more coming to make it the best in the industry.
The cost of Atticus is one of its strengths. Programs like Vellum cost $199 for just eBook and $249.99 for ebook & print book capability.
Atticus, on the other hand, costs only $147 for unlimited books and ebooks.
Plus, that price is for a lifetime purchase. $147 will get you the current version of Atticus, plus all future updates.
So, you get all the capabilities as before, but for a fraction of the cost.
Complete List of Atticus Features
Atticus is packed full of features, so for this review we’re going to break down all of them one by one.
1. Cross Platform Use
This is, by far, the strongest feature that authors have been asking for. Package like Vellum are not available outside of a Mac, and their website even says that they do not plan to create a Windows version, so waiting is not an option.
Atticus, on the other hand, is available not just for Mac, but for Windows, Linux, Chromebooks, as well as in your Internet browser.
2. Ease of Use
Atticus was designed to be intuitive and easy to use, while not sacrificing functionality. You shouldn’t have to watch a whole course just to figure out how to use a piece of writing software.
That sets it above other programs that might have a lot of features, but also a huge learning curve.
3. Autosave, Cloud Storage, and Backups
The Autosave function makes it easy to keep from losing your work. All you have to do is write and format, and it will take care of the rest.
The books in Atticus are saved to the cloud. Everything is saved on secure servers, meaning you can access it from anywhere, and you don’t have to worry about your computer breaking down and losing all your data.
Additionally, you have the option to backup your books, either one at a time, or all at once. It’s secure and you therefore you don’t have to worry about losing your work.
4. In-app Spell Check
Atticus is set up to have spell check natively in the app, with further plans to integrate ProWritingAid in the future. While we’d like to integrate with Grammarly, it’s a bit of a difficult company to work with and the way they designed their program, it’s a bit problematic – but we’ll keep trying.
Footnotes and Endnotes are also a function of Atticus, making it comparable to Vellum, and also ensuring that those of you who write nonfiction, academic papers, or any other instance where you’d need a footnote, you can add them with Atticus.
6. Offline Use
While Atticus is cloud based, you can use the program and all of its features offline if you so choose.
To do this you can to download the Progressive Web App (instructions here) onto your computer or smart device, or you can log in with a browser before you go offline. That way you can take Atticus with you wherever you need to go. The only time you’ll need to be connected online is either initially login in, when you upload a document, export a document, and when you collaborate (a future feature).
7. Exporting Options
Like Vellum, Atticus will export an EPUB-format eBook, as well as a PDF file for print.
Unlike Vellum, however, Atticus will also export to a DOCX file, which makes collaborating with editors that much easier.
Note: Even though Amazon no longer accepts MOBI files for eBook, Atticus will be coming out soon with a MOBI export so that authors can send MOBI files to their ARC team or Beta Readers.
8. Importing Options
Atticus also allows you to import a document, if you are taking an old book and importing it into Atticus, for example.
Atticus currently supports DOCX, RTF, MOBI, and EPUB file types for importing, with more options on the way. What’s great about this is that incase you need to update a previous submitted m MOBI file, it’s easy to drag the MOBI file into Atticus, make your changes, and export it as an EPUB so you can resubmit to Amazon – cause remember, Amazon no longer accepts MOBI files. This alone should be a major time saver.
9. Device Previewer
To see how your manuscript looks when formatted, Atticus boasts a device previewer with 14 different device possibilities to preview, including print.
Currently, this feature is being updated to include pagination, so that it functions more like an actual eReader device or a print book. But you can still get a solid sense of the style of your book, including its font, the chapter header, the table of contents, etc.
10. Chapter Splitting
Atticus allows you to split a chapter from any place in your manuscript. This is useful if the manuscript import fails to detect the beginning of a chapter, or if you’ve written a chapter, decide it’s too long, and want to divide it into two.
Along with this feature is the ability to merge chapters as well, should that be necessary.
(Click link to read more features Atticus has by the founder, Dave Chesson.)
What do you all think about Atticus? Does it sounds like something you may try?