FAQ

Frequently asked questions

If you’re wondering about anything to do with Beemgee, have a look here.
If your question is not answered on these pages, get in touch: hello@beemgee.com

About

Who or what is Beemgee?

Beemgee GmbH is an independent limited company based in Berlin, Germany. The company offers the web-app for free under Beemgee.com and sells yearly PREMIUM subscriptions.
Our small team comprises experts from the fields of publishing, film and TV, as well as web design and development. Find out more about us.

General

Do I need to register if I want to check out the FREE version?

The standard functions of our storytelling tool are free. You don’t even need to register to use it, you just TRY FOR FREE.
Make sure you save the unique project URL, for instance by clicking the share icon top right, so that you can access your outline again later.
Sign up for a PREMIUM account, save as many projects as you like and benefit from a host of special features and functions that will help you make your stories even better.

Does Beemgee offer workshops or courses?

Occasionally, Beemgee holds talks or workshops on storytelling and the craft of dramaturgy. See our news and subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date.

What can I do to receive news about Beemgee?

Subscribe to our newsletter for monthly news about functions, features, blog posts, events, special offers and more. There is a lot in the pipeline. Stay tuned.

When will new features be added?

Continually. We’re working on new features all the time. With a PREMIUM account, all our updates and new features are included. You’ll receive notification mails when there is something new.
Subscribe up to our newsletter in order to be informed about new features.

Security

How safe is Beemgee?

Encryption
We protect your content. Any data you input is encrypted before being transmitted by SSL (256 byte). This encryption certifies that data remains private while being transmitted between your device and our server and back again. You can see the encryption certificate in the URL, which begins with https.

Server
Beemgee’s servers are located in Strasbourg, France. They are superbly connected to the European and worldwide web and provide maximum protection for your data.

Data
Any content you save on Beemgee.com is your property. We will never in any way divulge, disseminate or otherwise do anything with user content or data other than provide the service we offer. It’s not our story, after all. It’s yours.

Each project has its own unique URL. Anybody you give access to this URL may open your project and make changes in it, so be careful with whom you share your free projects!

Premium
With a PREMIUM account, you’ll be able to decide whether to assign read-only or collaboration rights when sharing your project.

 

Why does my browser ask for more disk space?

This occurs only if you are using the Mac browser Safari. This browser is set to allow up to 5MB to be stored locally in the cache. Saving a project in the browser’s cache is great, because it means you can continue to work on your story even when you are offline. The next time you go online again, your project syncs automatically. A Beemgee project is much smaller than 5 MB. However, if you create several projects with lots of plot events and characters, you may reach the 5MB limit. That’s why we have increased the space needed for the Beemgee app. Safari asks the user to confirm the increase. Simply click “Allow”. Safari_Space_Message

Usage

How do I know when my account is active?

Log in from the web-app or the homepage with your e-mail address and your password. Once you’re logged in, your project will look essentially the same as when you are using it free, but you will be able to access more features and functions. Furthermore, when you open the global menu (the burger icon top left next to the logo), you’ll see your user name top right, and your projects as well as user settings.
If you have cancelled a sign up at some stage with an e-mail address and try to log in with it later, you’ll be directed into the payment process. If you experience any problems, write us: service@beemgee.com

How do I save my project?

You don’t. Beemgee saves your input automatically.

Each project has a unique URL link called a hash. Thanks to this technology, you don’t even need to register in order to open a FREE project and use the Beemgee web-app.

To return to your project at a later date you will need to open your URL link. You can secure your link by

  • bookmarking it in your browser or with a bookmarking service
  • manually copying the URL out of your browser and pasting it somewhere safe
  • recommended: click the share icon top right in the Beemgee web-app.
    Share/Save ButtonFrom there, click the COPY TO CLIPBOARD button to copy the link in order to paste it somewhere safe, or send yourself the link per e-mail. The e-mail will contain the link and the project name.

Important note: Avoid having one project open in several browser windows. Having several Beemgee project windows open may result in some of your input being overwritten.

Basic collaboration

You can use the e-mail share function to send somebody else an e-mail inviting them to open your project. Beware, however, that this person will then be able to make changes! Furthermore, if this person passes on the link again, then the next person can make changes too.

When you invite people to your projects with a PREMIUM account, you will be able to invite people to collaborate with you, i.e. make changes in your project, or assign read-only rights. Logged in to your PREMIUM account, click ALL STORIES under the heading PROJECT. This will show you all the projects associated with your account. The global menu is the burger icon top left next to the logo.

How do I show others my Beemgee project or collaborate?

Whether FREE or PREMIUM, you can invite somebody to your project using the share button top right of the web-app.

Share/Save Button

Anyone you invite will be able to make changes in your project. This simple solution allows basic collaboration. A co-author can add story information or new characters, an editor or agent can check and edit the step outline, and so on. Be aware, however, that changes made to a project are final. Furthermore, when two or more people work on one project at the same time, so-called “race conditions” may occur and some input may be lost.

With a PREMIUM account, you will be able to invite somebody to view your project in “read only” mode. That way, any changes made to your project will not be saved. You’ll also be able to “clone” a project, meaning that before you invite anyone to collaborate with you, you can save your original draft.

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How do I collaborate with others using Beemgee?
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Brief description of how to use Beemgee's basic share/collaboration feature.

How do I zoom and how do I scroll the timeline?

Use the zoom slider to zoom in or out of your timeline.

Grab the timeline and pull it in order to scroll left or right. There is also a scroll bar at the bottom of your view port.

I don’t quite understand how the tool works. Where can I get some instructions?

You’ll find tips about each dramaturgical function in the Beemgee web-app under the | ? |. These texts explain why the function you have activated is relevant to your story. The more about button links to a blog article which provides background information on the particular topic.
If you need help using the tool, you’ll find it under the category How to Beemgee in the blog.

Why don’t some of the MORE ABOUT buttons work?

One of the best things about Beemgee is that it can help you learn the craft of dramaturgy. In the web-tool, you’ll find on-site help whatever you’re doing – whether it’s checking the dispersal of your motifs or the motivation of your protagonist – when you click the | ? | in the tool bar. A slider opens that briefly explains how the feature you are currently using helps you tell a better story. If this quick explanation isn’t enough, click the MORE ABOUT … button. That will lead you to an article in our blog which gives you lots of background information about the specific aspect of storytelling that you are dealing with at that moment.

However, we haven’t written every single article yet. We’re working on it! Bear with us.

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