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yWriter8 by Spacejock Software

Requires the .Net 5.0 runtime

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Things move quickly in the programming world. I still remember writing software for dotnet 2.0 and 3.5 a decade ago, and now dotnet 5 is almost here.

The forthcoming yWriter8 doesn't mean yWriter7 will suddenly become obsolete. On the contrary, yWriter8 is exactly the same as version 7, except it's built with dotnet 5.

Right now it's just a preview release, to ensure nothing is broken. I know the text-to-speech isn't working, because during the conversion I discovered that dotnet 5 had no speech engine.

Download the preview release of yWriter 8 here.

yWriter8 needs the dotnet 5 runtime from Microsoft. After November 2020, this should be installed as part of your regular Windows updates, but for now you can install the preview version by following the instructions below.

You must install the desktop - not ASP! - runtime. At time of writing, the latest is 5.0.0-preview 7: Dotnet 5 preview

Scroll down the page until you see the Desktop Runtime (right-hand column) and then choose either the x86 or x64 version, depending on whether you have a 32-bit or 64-bit Windows installation.