Ending of support

Hi guys!

It's been a while since I wrote anything here... The thing is that we're very actively developing a new project Story Architect (KIT 2.0 if you like) and it can almost completely replace its predecessor. So today I'm here to tell you that June is the last month when we're answering questions related to KIT Scenarist, and then we archive the project and let it free-float in its current state.

Below is a short list of questions and answers about what happens after June 30, 2023, and in the comments below this post I suggest collecting questions you didn't find answers to so that we can prepare the most comprehensive materials for the community.

So, here we go!

1. Why is KIT Scenarist archiving?

There are a number of reasons for this, but here are the two main ones:

- The architecture of KIT Scenarist 10 years ago wasn't supposed to have all the functionality that it has right now, especially the functionality to work with multiseries and projects of various types. What is more, even integrating the card module into it led to huge problems and increased the complexity of support (and still there are problems in this module, which could not be tracked down and fixed).

- The project has become quite popular, and as a consequence began to require constant participation and working on it. As practice has shown, to do this within the framework of a free program is not possible. And to maintain a healthy relationship between all of us, there should be a commercial component, which requires to reconsider the way of licensing the project.

2. What does it mean that KIT Scenarist is being archived?

This means that the program itself and all related services (cloud and mobile version) remain in their current state and will operate as is today.

There will be no more new updates (fixing existing bugs and improving current functionality) of the application and related services.

User support, email and social media responses will stop.

3. What's the difference between KIT Scenarist and Story Architect?

The first thing you'll encounter is, of course, the new interface. The appearance of the application and the whole concept of project management in Story Architect is slightly different from the one used in KIT Scenarist. If in KIT you worked at script level, in STARC you will work at project level, within which you can have as many scripts as you want. Sure, there is an option to get to the lower level to focus on a particular script and work only with it.

Story Architect includes all the features that exist in KIT Scenarist and adds many new ones:
- the ability to work with multi-part scripts within a single project;
- specialized tools for writing not only screenplays, but also novels, comics, audio dramas, and stage plays;
- new story world development tools, such as character relationship maps, location and world maps, and their advanced profiles;
- a built-in intelligent assistant;
- and much more.

In addition to the new features, Story Architect has a number of improvements to the existing functionality, for example, it has significantly improved the export of scripts into different formats (especially DOCX), optimized the speed of working with texts, and redesigned the cloud storage.

4. How much does Story Architect cost? Can I use it for free? What are the limitations?

Detailed information about the cost of the different versions of the application, as well as the features that are included in each version, can be found on the corresponding application page.  

In short, there are three options:  
- FREE, in which all the basic functionality is available for working with texts with no limits on the number of projects/scripts and no watermarks when exporting;
- PRO, in which additional tools are available, such as maps of characters, locations, worlds, their extended profiles, cards, advanced statistics, etc.
- TEAM, a cloud-based one, which additionally offers collaborative work on projects, as well as tools to prepare the script for shooting planning (script breakdown).

Now we are additionally working on a corporate version. If you want to automate processes connected with script-room work, or related processes, then write to support@starc.app to discuss the details.

5. How do I transfer projects from KIT Scenarist to Story Architect?

Story Architect supports the ability to import KIT Scenarist projects.  

The path is very simple:
- Create a new project.
- "Menu - Import" - select a KIT Scenarist project file
- Press the "Import" button
- All the project data will be imported and you will be able to continue working with it.

6. I have a paid KIT cloud, what should I do?

We can transfer your subscription to Story Architect on a one-to-one basis. To do this, just send us an email to support@starc.app with your account information and we'll activate your subscription in the service. Or you can continue to use your current solution.

The window of opportunity to transfer your subscription will close on July 31, 2023.

That's the news, folks :)

If you have any more questions, ask us and we'll update the article.

Published: 6 June 2023


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