Liptikl 2
Cut-Up Text Editor
Creative Writing Tool

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Liptikl

Cut-Up Text Editor

IMPORTANT: Liptikl 3 for iOS/macOS is here - it's called Wotja 4 - See the FAQ

Hitting writer's block? Then get Liptikl and use its powerful cut-up technique to quickly help create novel text ideas for lyrics, poetry, haikus, stories etc.

Users say of Liptikl: "Brion Gysin, William S. Burroughs, BOWIE! This is the closest "cut & Paste" writing generator I've ever been able to find.", "I used Liptikl extensively while writing lyrics for my last album and found it incredibly useful", "Liptikl is the key to unlocking word combinations and mental scenery", "Ideas fall from the sky with this app. No more writers block on lyrics!"

What you can do with Liptikl
  • Help unblock writer's block
  • Stimulate creative writing and easily come up with new and exciting word arrangements
  • Get more ideas for music or rap lyrics, poems, copy or ads etc.
  • Generate unusual, obscure, non-obvious, ambiguous and unexpected results
  • Use up to 5 different bodies of text for your word pool
  • Randomise only the words you want to, lock the others
  • Use on-screen cut-up alternatives to quickly change single words
  • Use the liptikl files you make in Liptikl for iOS, Mac or Windows*

* Relevent app(s) required; available for purchase separately

How it Works

Liptikl quickly generates a random cut-up from a pool of words. This pool can include words from up to 5 user entered text fields. When creating a cut-up words can also be blended in from an optional user word library and customisable Liptikl Word Library.

For your cut-up you get to choose how many lines and how many words per line you want in it and whether you want Liptikl to attempt End of Line (EOL) rhyming.

Once an initial cut-up has been created you can continue to iterate cut-ups until you are happy. You can word-by-word lock down what you really like or, for just a selected word, choose one of the alternative cut-up words presented.

Liptikl's fast, effective, iterative approach is a great way to come up with fresh and exciting word associations to explore. It could be just what you are looking for to spark something original and different!

Liptikl 2 is for both iOS and macOS (versions available separately, both support iCloud Drive). Both versions operate in similar ways and have the same key features.

EXAMPLE USAGE

# Try mixing a Shakespeare sonnet with some Tolstoy and then add in some short news story or headline.

# Try letting Liptikl create from scratch a cut-up from the editable default word bank, lock words or change words, iterate and then see where the idea takes you.

Here is just one example of a short cut-up created with Liptikl:

Take note my friend,
Even though time flies,
Your halo might slip,
And forever never arrives.

New in Liptikl 2

Summary

Liptikl 2 is an important release for us. Our goal for Liptikl 2 was to improve it so you could create even better results, faster and more easily. We think we have achieved that with new features such as the Liptikl Word Bank, single word alternatives and iCloud Drive support etc.

Liptikl 2 for iOS is available as a free update for Liptikl 1.x iOS. Liptikl 2 for macOS is a new paid app (and not a free udpate). We hope to find time to later work on Liptikl 2 for Windows 10 which would also be a new paid app.

Here's what's new:

  • iOS/macOS: iCloud Drive support makes it easy to continue working on Liptikl files in either Liptikl 2 for iOS or Liptikl 2 for macOS (both available separately), and vice versa
  • iOS/macOS: Single word cut-up alternatives makes it quick and easy to change just one word
  • iOS/macOS: Editable / extendable Liptikl Word Bank with hundreds of useful words that can also be blended in to a cut-up
  • macOS: Improved interface with with resizable panels and text fields that support many standard macOS services including Text to Speech
  • macOS: Drag and rearrange words in a cut-up
  • macOS: Now supports up to 5 Ideas fields into which you can import Sources text
  • macOS: Word Lock states now stored in saved Cut-ups
  • See also this forum post

Reviews

Magazines

"The delightfully-named Liptikl provides a simple interface into which you enter words or phrases. The software then generates a stream of combinations in the meter of choice that can then be edited and recombined to your liking."

Music Radar

Users

"Brion Gysin, William S. Burroughs, BOWIE! This is the closest "cut & Paste" writing generator I've ever been able to find."

Revolutionarybum

"designed for song writers but it also stimulates the brains of blocked fiction-writers."

Fiction.red

"I used Liptikl extensively while writing lyrics for my last album and found it incredibly useful."

Daniel James

"Ideas fall from the sky with this app. No more writers block on lyrics!"

rhanline

"Liptikl is software at it's finest; an intuitive collaborator in the creative process. It's word combinations are inspiring and entertaining and it is adding fun back into the lyric writing process for me and the writers I work with."

Roy Campanella III

"I use Liptikl every other day for something, it has become an essential component of my personal artistic procedure."

Loopy C

"I'm an artist, and I've been playing around with Liptikl as a way to generate ideas for sculptures. Not so much descriptions but word-images that trigger a visual image for me. I find Liptikl very useful - and fun."

Johnna Klukas

"Liptikl is the key to unlocking word combinations and mental scenery, which lead one down interesting paths, often unearthing shiny lyric-stones along the way."

Lance Linimon

"... a writer can always use a new source of serendipitous word combinations. You may find yourself getting inspired."

Pauljrush

Videos

Below is a quick 3 minute of Liptikl 2 (iPad version, the iPhone version is very similar) where we give a quick tour of how to use some of the key features.


Other Videos

Subject Link
General Intermorphic Channel
All Intermorphic videos

YouTube

Downloads

iOS App Version Download
App Bundle
Big discounts!
iOS 10+
Liptikl 2
2.1.3 - 7 Oct 16
iOS 8.1+
Liptikl Cut-up Writer at the App Store
macOS App Version Download
Wotja (64-bit)
4.2.0 - 24 Mar 17
See Wotja
Win 10 App Version Download
Liptikl 1 (64-bit)
1.3.3 - 31 May 16
Win 10 (64-bit)
30 day Trial


Installation | Product Key
All User Guide Download
Liptikl 2 User Guide (Web/HTML)
2.1.0 A - 30 Dec 16
Liptikl 1 User Guide (Web/HTML)
1.3.0 - 30 Jan 16

Notes & Requirements

  • Liptikl 2 iOS Requirements: iOS 8.1+; iPhone, iPod touch, iPad. Liptikl for iOS is a universal binary and supports standard and retinal displays for iPhone and iPad.
  • Liptikl 2 for macOS Requirements: macOS El Captian (10.11, 64-bit) or later; 13 MB hard disk space, 256MB RAM.
  • Liptikl 1 for Windows Requirements: Windows 10 (64-bit); 30 MB hard disk space, 256MB RAM.
    • Note: It seems to run just fine on Windows 7 and 8, but we no longer officially support or test on those. There is a trial version, so why not give it a try?

Archive (S/W, PDFs)

Liptikl Software Archive

Key: Forum Post (information) link < --- > [Download or Store link]

Liptikl 1 Desktop Standalone for Mac:

Liptikl 1 Desktop Standalone for Windows:

Liptikl PDF Archive

Liptikl LT Version [Doc Rev] / Date / Size
English 2.1.0 A - 30 Dec 16[1.06 Mb]
English 1.3.0 C / Mar 02 2016 [1.12 Mb]

FAQ

General

Liptikl 2 for iOS and macOS were released March 2016. All our cut-up app development work has now moved to Wotja, the evolution of Liptikl, meaning that as of 2017 Liptikl is no longer being worked on. We took that tough decision in order to secure a future for a forward looking app that could load Liptikl files and do more - Wotja 4. In Wotja 4 for iOS we have also consolidated what would have been the next versions of Liptikl 2, Noatikl 3, Mixtikl 7, Tiklbox 1 and Wotja 3 into just one app. See the Wotja Feature Comparison.

Although Liptikl 2 is now efectively frozen we expect current builds should continue to work just fine for a long time (it always remains possible that future OS or 3rd Party software changes might cause issues, however).

We are a hard working 2-man artisan developer team who takes great pride in our niche apps and who give them our all. Due to their inherent complexity they are very hard to build which is why you will find it hard to find anything else that covers the same breadth of capabilities.

For the last few years and for all our paid apps we tried to work on a roughly annual (chargeable) "fullgrade" cycle. For our complex and unique tools this helped allow us to develop new features and capabilies and to work on continued maintenance (software does not write itself, extend itself or even maintain itself - all require sustained ongoing effort from the developer).

As we operate in a very niche, low volume, market then for us to get sufficient income to allow the forgoing from an app priced at just a few dollars, especially if it is a "one off purchase for all time", is extraordinarily difficult (it's actually impossible).

The very real world situation faced by every app user (and we are app users, too) is that without ongoing maintenance all apps, even just standing still, will eventually die as operating system changes obsolete them.

So, to better serve our customers, we took the tough decision back in 2016 to improve productivity and reduce costs (for some background on the reasons behind our decision please see this forum post). This decision meant that rather than spending our development time working on the next chargeable major version of Liptikl, we would work to consolidate the best of Liptikl, Noatikl, Mixtikl and Tiklbox - and further improvements and extensions - into just one app - Wotja 4.

We hope that enough customers want us to survive, want to see what the next part of our journey will bring and will stay with us through this time of change. If that is the case, then, with Wotja, we should in the longer term be much better placed to be able to extend this one app with new features and capabilities and to maintain it (this is particularly important if you have created files in our other apps that you want to be able to continue to play in the coming years).

What is Wotja?

Wotja 4 represents the next step of evolution for ALL our apps and incorporates the Intermorphic Text Engine 4, Intermorphic Music Engine 4 and Intermorphic Sound Engine 4. As well as extending the features and capabilities of the ITE, IME and ISE, in the future we hope to be able to extend Wotja's platform support.

We have worked hard on interoperability in Wotja 4 and it will allow import of Liptikl 1 and 2 files.

We are not in any way abandoning Liptikl, but its future now lies in Wotja. To understand why we say this it is important to understand what Liptikl actually is.

What is Liptikl?

It is a Cut-Up Editor branded "Liptikl".

It principally comprises a set of user interfaces (UI) to both a cut-up text engine and that let you export files (.liptikl files and text).

What is Wotja?

It is a creative writing and generative music authoring tool branded "Wotja". It represents the conjoining of futures for Liptikl, Noatikl, Mixtikl, Wotja and Tiklbox.

It principally comprises a set of UIs (under improvement) to the the ITE 4, IME 4 and ISE 4 (the next generations of the NME 3 and PSE 3 respectively). It can open .liptikl, .noatikl files, .mixtikl files and .wotja files (which can contain the parameters of multiple .noatikl files) and save .noatikl files, .mixtikl files and .wotja files as well as new playlist files (.wotjalist and .wotjabox).

Wotja is not a free upgrade for any of the foregoing apps but represents the next versions of all of them in now just one app. Wotja 4 already includes most of the capabilities (and much more besides) of what Liptikl 2, Noatikl 3, Mixtikl 7, Wotja 3 and Tiklbox 1 could do. It will include all the lifecycle features that Liptikl 3, Noatikl 4, Mixtikl 8 and Tiklbox 2 might have had were we to have released and charged separately for those instead.

If you already have Liptikl, Noatikl, or Mixtikl for iOS we suggest you try it (you won't know what you're missing), but if you are happy with their content, features and interfaces then you are under no obligation to get Wotja - just carry on as you are!

Note: We have both subscription and non-subscriptions versions of Wotja available. See our FAQ entry on in-app subscriptions. See also our iOS Bundles.

You might want to consider getting Wotja 4 if:

  • You want to use any of its cool new features.
  • You are a fan of our artisan "creative relaxation" tools and what they mean to you, and you want to help support us in our efforts to continue developing them for you.
  • You want to see what comes next...

Note: Wotja 4 for iOS does not interfere with Noatikl 3, Mixtikl 7 or Liptikl 2 for iOS installations and should work fine with files you have made in previous versions of Noatikl (mobile or desktop), many mixes made with previous versions of Mixtikl (mobile or desktop) and files created with Liptikl 2. As Wotja 4 is free, you can easily try it out (see: How to copy files into Wotja 4). You may even want to try out creating some new random mixes! Note that on Liptikl for iOS files require an active IAP Tier for data to be loaded correctly (sorry, but we just could not figure a way around that).

See also: "Will there be further feature updates for Liptikl 2 or a Liptikl 3?"

Now released Wotja 4 is our all new app for 2017 and it is available in both subscription and non-subscription versions.

Wotja represents the next step of evolution for ALL our apps and incorporates the Intermorphic Text Engine 4, Intermorphic Music Engine 4 and Intermorphic Sound Engine 4. As well as extending the features and capabilities of the ITE, IME and ISE, in the future we hope to be able to extend Wotja's platform support over time.

Wotja 4 for iOS is in effect Liptikl 3, Noatikl 4, Mixtikl 8 and Tiklbox 2 for iOS all rolled into one. See the Wotja Feature Comparison.

Yes we have a bundle (see below) but no, sorry, you cannot upgrade for free. All our previous major versions followed a "Fullgrade" pricing policy meaning they were already priced as upgrades and any new major version would have had to have been purchased as a new app.

Wotja Pro 2017 Transition Bundle

For those who might be considering moving to Wotja and who prefer not to using subscriptions we've introduced an iOS app bundle we call "Wotja Pro 2017 Transition Bundle 3".

It is for customers who purchased any of the following apps either individually or in previous iOS bundles we offered:

  • Noatikl 3 for iOS
  • Mixtikl 7 for iOS
  • Liptikl 2 for iOS

Wotja Pro 2017 Transition Bundle 3 lets you offset pro-rated past purchases of the above apps against the cost of Wotja Pro 2017 - meaning you can get it for much less than full price. You do this by using Apple's "Complete my bundle" mechanism.

How to do it:

  • First log in to your iTunes account (it must be the same one you used to make your original purchases).
  • In iTunes go to the Wotja Pro 2017 Transition Bundle 3
  • The "Buy Bundle" button under the main icon should show you what is called the “Complete My Bundle” price, and this is a pro-rated difference between what you paid before for those 3 apps and the Wotja Pro 2017 price.

Note: The iOS apps in the bundle (Noatikl 3, Mixtikl 7 and Liptikl 2) will see no further updates; they have to remain for sale so we can make the transition bundle available for sale (it is an Apple thing).

Note for customers of previous app bundles: Depending what bundle you might have purchased and when, we estimate that using "Complete My Bundle" you should be able to move to Wotja Pro 2017 for somewhere between $3 to $14. As to why you might wish to make this move see the feature comparision.

Why was the transition Bundle not available at Wotja launch?

This was principally because we had not initially planned to create a paid for Wotja Pro 2017 meaning there was nothing to have in a bundle! We only decided to create Wotja Pro 2017 following user feedback, and it took us a couple of weeks to build and release it. Once it was released it then took us a bit to realise we were now in a position to be able to create a bundle (doh!). Wotja 4 has been a huge amount of work for us and we simply just could not do everything at once or think of everything, but we have tried to respond quickly.

iOS: If you have Liptikl 1 for iOS then getting Liptikl 2 for iOS is a no brainer! It has many cool new features such as the Liptikl Word Bank, single word alternatives and iCloud Drive support etc and it was a free update because ... well, frankly, it was quicker and easier for us to do it that way. However, just as Liptikl 2 for iOS was a new app, what would have been called Liptikl 3 has now evolved into Wotja for iOS. This is not a free upgrade, sorry!

macOS: Liptikl 2 for macOS was a new, paid app, but it has now evolved into Wotja for macOS. If you are happy with the features and interface of Liptikl 1, then you don't need to get it. But, there is a lot of cool new stuff in Wotja...

Windows: Sorry, but on Windows we are staying with Liptikl 1 for now. We hope to be able to find the time to port Wotja to Windows as a new, paid app, but it is a lot of work as it has a whole new UI.

You might want to do this if macOS updates to a new version and you do not or are unwilling to do that, you have removed Liptikl and the new version of Liptikl is no longer available for your version of macOS (we use Apple tools to build our apps, and Apple updates to these tools change which versions of macOS we can build for). So, how do you restore the last version of Liptikl available for your version of macOS?

See Apple's instructions on how to do this. Alternatively, you might try restoring from a device or even TimeMachine backup.

Common

The User Library and any changed Liptikl Word Bank words are stored on your device. If you want all your devices to use the same User Library and any changed Liptikl Word Bank words you will need to copy those entries to clipboard and, for all devices you have Liptikl installed, you will need to replace the words with these ones.

Our 64-bit Windows software will only install on 64-bit Windows; it will not install on a 32-bit operating system. So it is most likely that you are not actually running 64-Windows.

To check which version of Windows 10 you are using, use the Windows search box to look for "About Windows". This suggests "System Settings". Select that entry to go to the Settings screen.

At the bottom of the left hand panel in the Settings screen select "About". In the screen that displays you will see something like "System Type: 64-bit Operating System, x64-based processor".

If you are running 32-bit Windows and want to run our software you will need to download in install the last-released version of the related 32-bit software. These builds (where available) can be found in the relevant Archive section of the app page: Liptikl 1.2.12 32-bit; Noatikl 2.8.8 32-bit, Mixtikl 6.3.8 32-bit. Not that they will run in 30 day trial mode until you apply your Product License key.

See: Where do I find Crash Logs? and send the text in them through via our Contact Form, and don't forget to tell us what you were doing when you had the crash! Hopefully we will be able to fix the crash in the next update. Thank you!

Background

We try as hard as we can to make our apps stable. If this app does crash on you, then the chances are that for crashes in new apps (released after Jun 2014) we will (but not always) get reports from the HockeyApp integrated crash reporting system. Because of this, we have the best chance of fixing crashers and so our latest versions are likely to be the most stable. This is one reason we recommend that you always update your Intermorphic apps to the latest version, where your device/OS allows.

If you are using an earlier app then you can still send us a crash log so that we can investigate and try to fix the problem (for all users). The crash log files all start with the app name, and have an extension "crash". They are text files that we can read, and give us useful information in tracking-down a crash.

Even though we get the crash logs, it can also help us track things down if you send us any info about your particular crash, or indeed anything you think is not working right.

Intermorphic apps that support Apple iCloud / iCloud Drive:

  • Wotja 4+ (iOS), Wotja 4+ (macOS)
  • Noatikl 3.0+ (iOS), Noatikl 3.1+ (macOS)
  • Liptikl 2.0+ (iOS), Liptikl 2.0+ (macOS)
  • Mixtikl 7.0+ (iOS)
  • Wotja 3.2+ (iOS)

iCloud Drive Folder:

The iCloud Drive folder on macOS is found here:

  • ~/iCloud Drive/Wotja/
  • ~/iCloud Drive/Noatikl/
  • ~/iCloud Drive/Liptikl/

Why use iCloud / iCloud Drive?

We strongly recommend using iCloud / iCloud Drive wherever you can.

There are five main reasons for that:

  1. Backups: Files kept in iCloud are always backed up.
  2. File Synchronisation: Lets you easily create and edit on any device. For example, on an iOS device you create a file on device 1 and then edit it further on device 2, and then on macOS work on that file in the desktop version of that app, and vice versa.
  3. File Organisation: You can move files around on iOS with the iCloud Drive app or on desktop PC with Finder.
  4. Single copies of Zip files (Wotja 4 only): If you Zip up additional content that you want your Wotja file to reference (e.g. SF2, WAV or OGG files) and you put that Zip File in the Wotja iCloud folder then you only need one copy of it (rather than a copy in the Intermorphic Folder of very device you use).
  5. Simplicity: You don't need to understand the intricacies of the "Intermorphic Folder" or Local Device folder.

Note on iCloud Drive Subfolders (folders under the main app folder):

Our iOS apps support "flat" folders meaning they will display all files under the root folder, including files in any subfolders.

Tip: If you want to limit what files are displayed in the iOS app, you need to move the files you don't want to see out of the main app folder, perhaps into a "Archived" folder under iCloud Drive.

Apple iCloud Drive FAQ:

See: iCloud Drive FAQ

How to display iCloud Drive on your iOS device home screen:

See: Help using iCloud Drive

Tip: Why can't I see the relevant app folder in my Mac's iCloud Drive folder or in the iCloud Drive on icloud.com?

If you have just installed one of our iCloud Drive supporting apps for the first time, then it seems it can take a while for the iCloud Drive synching to happen and for the folders/files to appear on your Mac. We know not why.... but a couple of suggestions to try are:

  • Sign-in to your iCloud web account (icloud.com) and from the home page select the iCloud Drive icon when you will then be able to see all your iCloud Drive folders. It seems that doing this may cause the relevant app folder to appear soon on the Mac.
  • It may be that the relevent folder is not showing in the above iCloud Drive folder, in which case we have found that if you connect your device to iTunes on your Mac and then perform an iTunes "Sync" for that device, it seems the folders/files then appear straight away under your Mac's iCloud Drive folder and in icloud.com.
  • Yes they can (try emailing them to yourself).

    Liptikl 1 Desktop note: Only the first 3 of the Sources are visible and can be used or saved; Liptikl 2 allows use of all 5 Sources.

    Intermorphic apps that support Apple iCloud / iCloud Drive:

    • Wotja 4+ (iOS), Wotja 4+ (macOS)
    • Noatikl 3.0+ (iOS), Noatikl 3.1+ (macOS)
    • Liptikl 2.0+ (iOS), Liptikl 2.0+ (macOS)
    • Mixtikl 7.0+ (iOS)
    • Wotja 3.2+ (iOS)

    iCloud Drive Folder:

    The iCloud Drive folder on macOS is found here:

    • ~/iCloud Drive/Wotja/
    • ~/iCloud Drive/Noatikl/
    • ~/iCloud Drive/Liptikl/

    Why use iCloud / iCloud Drive?

    We strongly recommend using iCloud / iCloud Drive wherever you can.

    There are five main reasons for that:

    1. Backups: Files kept in iCloud are always backed up.
    2. File Synchronisation: Lets you easily create and edit on any device. For example, on an iOS device you create a file on device 1 and then edit it further on device 2, and then on macOS work on that file in the desktop version of that app, and vice versa.
    3. File Organisation: You can move files around on iOS with the iCloud Drive app or on desktop PC with Finder.
    4. Single copies of Zip files (Wotja 4 only): If you Zip up additional content that you want your Wotja file to reference (e.g. SF2, WAV or OGG files) and you put that Zip File in the Wotja iCloud folder then you only need one copy of it (rather than a copy in the Intermorphic Folder of very device you use).
    5. Simplicity: You don't need to understand the intricacies of the "Intermorphic Folder" or Local Device folder.

    Note on iCloud Drive Subfolders (folders under the main app folder):

    Our iOS apps support "flat" folders meaning they will display all files under the root folder, including files in any subfolders.

    Tip: If you want to limit what files are displayed in the iOS app, you need to move the files you don't want to see out of the main app folder, perhaps into a "Archived" folder under iCloud Drive.

    Apple iCloud Drive FAQ:

    See: iCloud Drive FAQ

    How to display iCloud Drive on your iOS device home screen:

    See: Help using iCloud Drive

    Tip: Why can't I see the relevant app folder in my Mac's iCloud Drive folder or in the iCloud Drive on icloud.com?

    If you have just installed one of our iCloud Drive supporting apps for the first time, then it seems it can take a while for the iCloud Drive synching to happen and for the folders/files to appear on your Mac. We know not why.... but a couple of suggestions to try are:

  • Sign-in to your iCloud web account (icloud.com) and from the home page select the iCloud Drive icon when you will then be able to see all your iCloud Drive folders. It seems that doing this may cause the relevant app folder to appear soon on the Mac.
  • It may be that the relevent folder is not showing in the above iCloud Drive folder, in which case we have found that if you connect your device to iTunes on your Mac and then perform an iTunes "Sync" for that device, it seems the folders/files then appear straight away under your Mac's iCloud Drive folder and in icloud.com.
  • Note: If you have purchased a licence for Liptikl 1 for Windows via our website you will receive an email containing your Customer ID, Order ID and Product Key (the version purchased via the Mac App Store does NOT require a product key). Check you have followed the Product Key section in the Liptikl User Guide.

    Note: If you're running on Windows, and find Liptikl 1 doesn't save its license key when you close the application, use the Windows option to run "as Administrator". Enter and save your registration details. Restart the application normally: it should now be fine.

    If the above does not get you going, then please try the following steps:

    • Close Liptikl.
    • Open Liptikl. Select Help from the Main Menu and then Liptikl Product Key. Then enter your Customer ID, Order ID and Product Key. We recommend you copy and paste the Product Key and do not try to type it in.
    • Once entered, close the software and restart it.
    • Tip: Do not have any spaces at the end of the Product Key ... or at the start.
    • Problems copying/pasting Product Key?
    • Tip: If you are still having problems, please contact us and let us know the version numbered displayed in Help About (as well as OS version, how much free disk space you have, how much RAM do you have, the format of your hard disk [e.g. FAT32]).