After reading the reviews, not just on the App Store, but elsewhere on the web, I decided to give Persona a try. I understood that the program was limited in its perspective, catigorizing characters as either hero or villain, with little room inbetween, but I still thought that I could make use of it. I was wrong! Persona is overtly sexist in its categories! And even offencively so. For example a man can be catagorized as a “Man in Charge”, where a woman is a “Center of Influence”, a man is a “Rebel”, a woman is a “Lady in Red”, and it goes on like that. Even the villian catagories are bad “Tyrant” vs “Evil Queen”, and “Sabature” vs “Femme Fatale”. And then there’s the character’s “Style”, as defined by the “Archetype”, litterally you get two options each, I checked. A male “Rebel” can be defines as either a “Froce of Nature” or a “Nonconformist”, where the female equivelent “Lady in Red” is seen as either an “Ameture” or “Professional” (in that order), and it only got worse from there. Over all this program is extremely limited and inflexible, offering only 8 points of physical description for your character (by the way if you choose an archatype for your character, Persona will auto fill gender for you), and 4 points of “Other”, to better define him/her, followed by “Notes”. There are no options to add other points of your own. In the end, I cannot see my self recomending Persona to anyone, at least not until its programers give it a major 21st Century update, and considerably more functionality as well.
Provides intersecting character analysis BUT
This program does what it promises - it allows you to sketch out key character ideas. It is limited, however, in that it is based around on particular model of characters and seems to be very focused on viewpoint/protagonist/antagonist characters, rather than more minor ones. It’s best to think of this as like buying a book on writing which happens to have certain interactive note taking features.
Helps generate ideas without putting my characters in a box
I really like this software. It's simple to use and it has a great deal of archetypes to use. Of course this shouldn't be the only thing you use to create a character, but what I've found to be helpful is that it generates ideas. When I started my character profiles I got so many ideas of what I wanted to do with them. It can be easy to think that you'll be held in a box by this software. I don't feel that way. The creation of the profiles are limited. You choose an archetype and enter in some general information. It's not more extensive than that. The most useful element of the software is the archetype database. When you create more than one character it will show you how these characters either get along or clash. This is what I believe to be the most valuable aspect of the software. The only thing I wish is for the software to expand so that I can enter in more information about my character, such as entering my own internal and external goals/motivations, where they're from, family life, etc. Hopefully they'll add that because it would be easier to have all my character information in one place. This will allow authors to use their database of information while giving the author more control of their characters. Here's hoping. Otherwise it's pretty good.