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  1. Since Dropbox, too, is affected by the Heartbleed exploit, I changed my password like a good netizen. And found that a changed password does not revoke access to any of the devices I have linked with my account, nor to the Storyist app. I'm not using Dropbox for anything important right now, but I still feel that this is a possible security exploit. I would feel much better if it would be possible to limit the access to a Storyist folder and hide the rest of the account from casual view. (I know this is an issue for Dropbox, which seems less and less safe the more I poke it, but if this can be fixed on your side, it would make things safer.)
  2. If you hold down the key, you get access to the extras, including ellipses and dashes, so that one is pretty much built in - I'd advocate against a three-dash keyboard for practical reasons.
  3. So, I quickly wanted to import a mess of files into Storyist, so I could order them correctly, output them to epub, and give them a readthrough. The 'import' function allows me to import one file at a time, which, with >40 files, all with very similar names, is not very helpful. (I only need the latest version of each of them. If I have to open-and-remember-which-one-I-just-imported, I get in a mess.) Dragging the files onto the text area gave me a list of filepaths. Hurray. Dragging the files onto the sidebar gave me an import option... and it puts every file into its own file. If I'd wanted to cut and past to that degree, I could have stayed in Word. So can we please have an import function that allows the selection of multiple Word files and which presents the import as a single, continuous document? Extra points if you can turn the document name into a header style, so that it will turn into an navigable document instead of a single lump of text. Pretty please?
  4. I've broken down and started using Aeon Timeline. On the Mac, it's hands-down the best timeline app that I've tried; but that doesn't say much. On the positive side, it allows you to create custom calendars, so I don't have to force my character into the Julian nomenclature. BIG win. On the negative side, I learnt that what I really want is a flexible timeline: so I can show times of frequent activity in detail (the week in which Everything Happens) and collapse the long boring bits between Character A's birth and the moment he Does Something Related To The Plot. A timeline feature that would allow me to see all events would be priceless. (There are many other things I do not love, but it's better than glaring at the hopeless muddle that are my application dates.)
  5. Hi Steve, they're very different environments and my needs are different. On the iPhone, I want to put as much text onto the page as I can comfortably read: I am looking for a font that is readable on a small screen, so I want a small-ish size, narrow margins, single spaced, and a font that's clear because I'll often be moving and don't have much attention for the screen. On my Mac, I want to break up the 'wall of text' effect with white space, indents, and space between paragraphs, and I tend to use fonts that are more ornate: one, because they put me in a better mood, and two, because they slow down my reading speed slightly and stop my eyes from racing across the text without actually noticing the flaws in it. (On the phone, the limited screen size does that job for me.) I also like seeing immediately which project I am working in, so I tend to assign every document different layouts, whereas my needs on the iPhone are consistent: every text document I work on needs to be optimised for readability because there's so little screen. On an iPad - I have my eye on a Mini - I guess I will be somewhere in-between, but I'll still be largely using it in situations where I cannot focus on the screen very well (because I need the attention for other things, or I'm moving) and thus must use a style that makes it easier to take in what text is displayed on the screen. So yes, very different needs that cannot be served by a single layout, quite apart from the fact that a user shouldn't be forced to do things the software's way unless there is a pressing need for it.
  6. I love the Storyist iPhone app - so much inspiration in such a small package. My main feature request would be the ability to define mobile styles which are automatically mapped to style names, so that I can use all the fancy fonts and formattings on my Mac, open the file on my iPhone and see it in an appropriate font and layout, and send it back to my Mac without having to reformat it at both ends. Which, given how much hassle changing the format is, right now is a major obstacle to sharing the same file on both platforms. Also, can the 'common fonts' menu please be dynamic and put the fonts I use at the top instead of the pre-chosen ones? I'd rather not have it than have it clutter up with three - to me - useless fonts.
  7. A new operating system, a new update to Storyist, and I am nearly done with the modifications. (Could we please have these as customizable options in the future? It makes such a difference to the usability, as I struggle to read Helvetica.) So far, I have modified... - the default novel manuscript that you get every time you open a new one - the default templates - css of character, plot, and setting plugins Unfortunately, I cannot find the template for the scene sheet, which by the logic above ought to be part of another plugin. And I shall use the duplicate trick for notes in the future; but it would be ever so nice if they were to just use one's default style set.
  8. I would like to use the notecards feature as a brainstorming tool, which means cards of - different colours - different sizes - in different locations And I am certain that the last time I used Storyist in this manner (under 10.6, with an older version) I was able to do at least the resizing and free association. Today, I could either resize the cards (but only view one at a time), or view them in a static grid with an invasive blue pin stuck through them. (Visual clutter annoys.) I do not want to increase the font size and decrease the zoom factor so I can view a useful number of cards... and I really do not want them statically stuck next to each other - I want to be able to have them in clusters and with comments between them or one large card with a bunch of small ones underneath. So, what gives? The ability to use notecards flexibly was one of the things that attracted me to Storyist, but suddenly that functionality is either well hidden or simply no longer present. Is this something that happened between OS 10.6 and 10.8? And if so, can we PLEASE have the old flexibility back?
  9. Steve, how hard would it be to implement track changes as an import/export feature? (Just wanting to bump this thread, as this would be an extremely useful feature for me.)
  10. Finally got around to that - hurray! (And next time I have too much time on my hands, I might dabble with the layout...) Unfortunately I could not find a default setting for notes, and that's a lot of hassle to change them every time :-(
  11. Which platform are you on? The spell/grammar checker in Word as well as Apple's inbuilt spellchecker that is used by everything else tend to be reasonably good at finding misspellings, doubled words etc. Other tips for proofreading include changing the font, looking at the mss one line at a time so you have to concentrate on individual words, or even reading the mss backwards. Once you've run it through a spellchecker, find someone to read it for you - and offer to return the favour.
  12. Amen, brother. I've been working with Filemaker since it was Filemaker II back in 1990, and I use it a lot.
  13. Very related request, so I'll just tag it on here: is it possible to add feedback to the dialogue? In Word, it's 'word found x instances' or 'replaced y instances' which makes it a) obvious that something happened and sometimes gives an indication that things went wrong.
  14. Steve, I would argue that many writers use spreadsheets because they posess the tool, not because spredsheets are particularly suited to writing. So the question is, what do the writers try to achieve? From the spreadsheets I've seen from writer friends, answers appear to include - tracking everything that happens on a particular day - tracking everything that happens in a particular place - ability to compare what different characters are doing at any point in time In short, it appears to me as if what writers want to do is to a) select only certain traits and then sort that information (which could be resolved by an advanced search/sort function [*]) as well as displaying that information so they can get an easy overview. Right now, I'm using the index card view for overviews more often than not, [*] Best sorting function I know is Filemaker's - it allows you to rank the fields you want to sort and specify for each field whether you want ascending, descending, or custom, so you don't, for instance, need to number your months, you can just tell it that January comes before February etc At the moment, the index card view only shows a single sheet (and you can then drag other types of sheets into the view). If you turned that into a paginated display, you could have scene/section sheets one underneath the next, or one beside the next. This would allow you to display a grid of sorts with information - but instead of cells in a spreadsheet, its lines (or rows) of index cards, selected and sorted according to user-defined criteria. Does that make sense, or would you like a mockup? [Edit: Green_knight. I edited to remove the HTML that the forums added to the post. Let me know if any content is missing.]
  15. Like many others, I would love to have a timeline feature. Margaret's tip makes me wonder whether it wouldn't be easiest to add a special start date, end date field to sheets. A timeline feature could then - display sheets by starting date order - do the same, only for a specific plot thread (given we already have any number of custom fields, it would be wonderful to simply be able say sort first by field x, then by date) - show only events that were active on a specific date or between two dates, so if I want to know what happens between he first and fifteenth of February, I get only those events - ideally, map events to a visual timeline And I really would want a 'construct calendar' feature that allows me to determine - how many hours in a day - how many days in a month - how many months in a year (including names) Pretty please?
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