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Geoff Davis of Story Software

Geoff Davis - Story Software

Hi, I am Geoff Davis, based in London. I developed Story Software following research in my Masters degree in Electronic Arts at Middlesex University. The MA was on zooming interfaces and narrative. I have developed writers’ apps and websites from 2010.

Story Software desktop and Microsoft Office apps are for creativity, productivity and organising material of all types. There is also a beta web app.

Story Turbo for Win and Mac (Story Turbo): this is a unique app with a zooming interface (ZUI) which can handle multiple editors and also images, with many options and exports. Very popular as a story boarding tool, many rave testimonials (“essential”; “by far the best writing software” etc).

There are also online and Kindle writing courses at Top Writing Courses.

Background
My Masters research was about zooming interfaces (ZUIs). I started to develop the desktop Story Software applications in 2009, with a first version, Story Lite, was released in 2010. Story Turbo, which also imports images, appeared in 2012. Notes with Links for Microsoft Office is released in 2014. This is a notes plugin for Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) that uses multiple panels for notes, to emulate the large canvas of Story Turbo.

More details

How did Story Turbo develop? I developed the Story Software concept from my Masters research degree in interface design and non-linear narrative. I had been writing fiction on and off for years, including novels and short stories, and multimedia pieces in collaboration with visual artists.

I wanted a simple but powerful multiple box text editor, so made Story Software which has a free form canvas layout on which many text editors can be placed, with a zooming interface and a map for navigation.

Story Lite v1 for Windows and Apple Mac, a text only version, was very popular freeware, with over 4,000 downloads a month. This has now been replaced by the freeware Story Turbo.

Story Turbo is a more powerful application using the same zooming canvas and text boxes concept, now with image import. It has many other enhancements such as larger zoom, grid, more export options etc.

Background: Geoff Davis has worked as a Web Manager at NESTA, the UK innovation company, and was the Technical Director for web and multimedia at a large Omnicom design company in the City of London. He has also taught computer graphics at several top UK universities including London University of the Arts and Sheffield Hallam University, and subsequently was a top commercial software trainer. He formed an early (1995) web design company with John Dutton now of MCD Partners NY. Geoff Davis has a research Masters degree in interfaces and non-linear narrative and a first degree in Psychology.

Fiction (print)

PEN New Fiction Vol 1 – included in new writers’ anthology from PEN International.
Death in the Bubble World – a novella published in 3 parts. There was an online animation for this.
Various other works published, including a novel Nnn Goes Mobile. This had a computer game ‘Parisiennn’ released on the Arts Council Hub multimedia platform.
Various other short stories etc. published.

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