I just ran across this on a tech newswire and thought it might be of interest to some people. Not as much hype as GarageBand, but still, perhaps, intriguing.
Have you ever wanted to write with the subtle, dry, almost impenetrable wit of Vladimir Nabokov? The structured, exquisite prose of Saul Bellow? The demanding, righteous sentences of Philip Roth? Do you only dream of composing melodic, mellifluous paragraphs like Pulitzer winner Michael Chabon? Well, today your dreams become reality. Apple is proud to announce an add-on package to our popular iLife '04 suite of applications -- including the easiest to use music playback and purchasing software available, iTunes, and the new, exciting GarageBand music composition software. Today we bring you AtticAuthor.
No more struggling for the right word, the perfect turn of phrase, the most expedient and direct yet elegant metaphor. AtticAuthor takes care of all that for you. With over 1,000 ApplePhrases, and an additional 2,000 available in the optional PenPack, AtticAuthor will have you immediately writing short stories, plays and even novels. Never has creative writing been so easy. And AtticAuthor takes care of the details for you. Like this passage from Updike and that one from Dickens? No problem. AtticAuthor smoothly transitions from one style to the other, across locales, time periods and even languages. Your half-baked detective plots no longer need suffer from semi-literate cacophonies of atrocious slice-and-dice prose: AtticAuthor puts John Cheever's pen right in your hand; you'll be churning out apocalyptic military spy novels with overt right-wing Christian undertones one after the other, each book in the voices of master storytellers of today and the past several centuries.
Apple's AtticAuthor will be available via the online and retail Apple Stores by the end of February, but you can pre-order now. AtticAuthor: Classic literature, your way.