Been checking out a number of free CAD programs for use as a layout to map out interweaving plots–in other words, hyperfiction.
What the CAD software offers is a large work area thats maneuverable to allow for managing the plot points or portions of each story and spot the obvious areas that tie them in together. I had suspected that the CAD layout would possibly be a good workspace. As my husband pointed out, any program I used would be subject to others having to have the same program in order to view it. But there may be ways around that; many can be converted to PDF files. As a matter of fact, a blueprint of a kitchen remodeling job my friend, Nancy, is having done and sent me as an e-mail attachment revealed a program that can convert most files. It also showed me that the work area was great for everything I wanted to do as far as moving around within a large space.
Some of the programs have a black background–not too good an idea for mostly text. Some of the programs didn’t allow large sections of text to be placed within a box and moved around. But I do think that trial and error here may eventually produce what I’m looking for. The research at this point is taking my mind off other things and I do like the problem-solving part of a project.