tl:dr: Looking for a tool in which text blocks can easily be moved along an axis/timeline automatically re-aligning on every change.

Hello community

Working together with someone else on a story/script, we have to move around text blocks a lot.
I'm desperately searching for a tool that can facilitate our quest.

It does not have to be a tool specific for the purpose, much more important are the actual capabilities:

  • Text blocks (some small, some much less so, each with a headline) can easily be moved along an axis
    (think e.g. of a timeline).
    As soon as a text block is moved, the others around it re-align. When "squeezing" a block between others, they make room.
    think for example of MIRO stickies, but without restriction on text quantity and the ability to move out of the way if another sticky is positioned between them.

  • (annotation) text blocks can be linked to said blocks on the timeline and stay positioned relative to them, i.e. a "timeline block" and its "annotation blocks" move together (like e.g. grouped objects in PPT)

  • Absolutely vital is a robust, reliable real-time collaboration ("multiplayer" as I like to call it), where we immediately see the change the other person has made

  • Endless scrolling, at least along the main axis, without sheets/pages/slides limiting the available space

I can hardly believe there not being such a tool - yet I haven't found any.

Tools used / tested until now:

Tool collaboration ("Multiplayer") Working with text blocks
MS Office
excellent cumbersome, not automatically re-aligning;
constrained to pages/slides unless using VISIO, which requires higher license
MIRO absolutely overwhelmingly excellent cumbersome; nothing moves out of the way or re-aligns when moving a sticky or shape
FinalDraft VERY immature
annoying the hell out of me
semi-OK. So-called "Beats" can be aligned along a timeline,
but stay in place on the main board
yEd / Graphity somewhat cluncy via Confluence plugin Automatically aligns elements as the only tool in this list; but it's difficult with larger text and annoying to handle headers.
The tool is made for graphs with only small labels...

happy to have a look at and try any suggestion!

Thank you!

  • I don't have an answer, but I did once search for and find authoring/scriptwriting tools. Maybe a search along those lines?
    – Mawg
    Nov 12, 2022 at 10:36
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    hmm, we did try celtx - I didn't include it in the tabel, as it only has "script modes" and no "text boxes mode", at least in the free version, and the collaboration was somewhat unstable. But I'll definitely have a look for more authoring tools, thanks @MawgsaysreinstateMonica
    – JaPaGe
    Nov 12, 2022 at 19:07
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    Further search was not very successful either. The best I found was yEd and its Confluence plugin Graphity I now added to the table. At least it can align shapes to a flow automatically but that's also not it really, as it's not made to handle larger text blocks.
    – JaPaGe
    Nov 17, 2022 at 19:08


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