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I'm playing a necromancer wizard in a D&D 3.5e game via Roll20.

I've found that it's very tedious to manage and choose my spells because I have to look in the list of the wizard/sorcerer spells that is sorted by level and for every spell, go and find it in the alphabetical list of every spell in the entire game to see if I want it or not and then write it down in a text document or something.

Is there a more streamlined way to manage my spellbook?

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Android

Spellbook - D&D 3.5 is a free app that allows you to lookup spell descriptions and create custom lists of your spells. It includes all spells from 3.5 SRD. Very useful.

PC

d20 SRD 3.5 Spell List is a free app (in Beta however) it lists your spells per day and allows you to organise them into ones known.

Spellforge is an excel based system for spell management. Also available in 4.0 and Pathfinder flavours.

Slightly tangentially, but usefully, for Pathfinder:

Android

Pathfinder Spellbook I have found to be invaluable for looking up spell info during game; again it allows you to create a "favourites" list so you don't have to keep searching for individual spells by level.

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Spellbook - D&D 3.5 is no longer free. The app itself is, but it requires money to actually create first spellbook, so without payment it's useless - impossible to even try it. –  Mołot Jun 6 at 14:55
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Hero Lab is the most awesome solution. Sure, it's also a full character builder, but it lets you create a spellbook - the spell choosing is sorted by level and supports searching on keywords (e.g. Necromancy), and once you have your list you can quickly and directly access the spell descriptions from the spellbook list.

Since it's also a character builder it can also calculate your DCs, apply cast spells to your stats, etc. Costs $$ but is more than worth it. I've used it for every character for years now. Works on Mac and PC, with an iPad sheet viewer/roller.

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There is! SRD Spellbook for iOS is a spell reference that lets you search or browse spells, as well as manage multiple characters' spell lists:

A complete spell reference guide for two of the most popular pen-and-paper roleplaying games, SRD Spellbook comes preloaded with all the spells from the 3.5 System Reference Document and the PF core and supplemental rulebooks, including the APG, and UM.

You can browse spells by name, class, or cleric domain, and search for spells by name or any text in the spell description. Spells cross-referenced in spell descriptions link directly to the referenced spell.

You can create and manage multiple named lists of spells. This can be used to keep lists of spells for multiple characters, or even a spellbook list and a prepared spells list for a single character.

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SpellForge is an excel spreadsheet that has most of the D&D 3.5 spells listed in it. The output spreadsheet has a short spell description, a reference to where the spell has come from and all of the important details (range, duration etc). It also lists your spells per day, calculates how many magic missiles you get due to your caster level etc. There is a space on the left of the output to tick whether or not you have studied/chosen a spell for the day. It is a good tool though not perfect.

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Umm I'm Experiencing some problems with Spellforge and Open Office. keep getting error messages. –  Novian Oct 2 '12 at 23:11
    
@Novian They have an active yahoo group at games.groups.yahoo.com/group/Hero_Forge perhaps they can help with the errors you are getting. I've only ever used it with Excel. –  jsecker Oct 3 '12 at 8:45
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d20Spellbook is a nice one. There is a Yahoo group that is adding more and more spells to it for both 3.5E and Pathfinder. You could take a look at Perram's Spellbook for Pathfinder to see if you can swap out the Pathfinder versions for 3.5E. It is nice as it makes spell cards so when you use a spell you just discard it from your hand.

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There are a few for iOS as well.

  • SPellbookMaster is both for 3.5e and Pathfinder. It allows import from d20srd.com or d20pfsrd.com
  • SRD Spellbook is both for 3.5e and Pathfinder
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Website
Though not strictly an app, dndtools.eu is an excellent resource for 3.5 spells, feats, class and skills.

Regarding spells, you can search them using a "filter" which will allow you to search via sourcebook, class, level, school, sub-school; and much more. They have 3,900 spells on file, including 3.0 spells.

What I love about this site is they explicitly tell you exactly where to find the spell (what sourcebook and page number). This usually gets me to go and read the sourcebook, discovering new information I might not have known or considered previously.

I prefer to have a digital copy of my spellbook, and dndtools.eu makes it easy for me to copy the information into a word document and save it as a PDF. So once selected, I always have a quick reference for my spells in full detail.

Dndtools.eu only includes official WotC sourcebooks, so you don't have to worry about 3rd party or homebrew entries. The downside is Dragon Magazine isn't considered official, so nothing from there will be featured on the site.

Note: dndtools.eu does reference to items outside of the SRD. If linking to such sources is prohibited, I apologise.

iOS I've never used it, but my brother swears by DnD Sheets. I believe you must manually enter the details for your spells. So it's useless in terms of spell searching, but good for a digital way to hold their information once you've decided on them.

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dndtools is on the border of piracy due to its "don't use me if you don't have the manuals" disclaimer. WotC is known to have sent cease and discontinue letters to CrystalKeep, a site with the same policy. I'm not a lawyer but I'd say the site is contentious enough to be against the policies of RPG.SE. If you want to discuss this thing or just to get in touch with the community, join the Role-playing Games Chat! –  Zachiel Sep 28 '13 at 14:22
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