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  1. Interesting ... That must be it! I copied and pasted the text from another screenwriting program (which is thoroughly left in the dust, by the way!) so that must've created an "RTF" file? (Which stripped the style definitions?) So, if I understand correctly, if I open that document I've been writing on my iPad in the Mac Storyist and redefine the shortcuts, the next time I open it on iPad it should just automatically work? (and if I had simply originated the file on the iPad, the Tab and Next Style functions would just work?) Thanks for your help.
  2. Hi Steve, Thanks for taking the time to reply, line by line ... I'm not so savvy with the whole quoting business, but I'll try to address remaining questions: - As for the Storyist iPad using the "Tab" and "Return" elements, that's great to know it's built-in, it's just not working with my Apple Keyboard. So, there's gotta be some bug here ... Can I help troubleshoot it in some way (email logs, etc?) - Thanks for the page numbers trick! That was immensely helpful. "I can see clearly now ..." - Great tip about deleting the folders I don't need. I love that - now I can keep it nice and tidy! Quick question though - if I delete everything but the "Scripts" folder, will I still be able to use my Index Cards? Thanks for all this great info!
  3. Hello All! Here are some ideas to evolve Storyist for iPad: Tab / Element Support For External Keyboards I write in screenplay format using an external keyboard. As I was writing today, I noticed that there was no tab support for cycling through the script elements (Slug Line, Action, Character, Dialogue ...) So every time I introduced a new element, I had to find it on the screen and poke it with my finger. It may not sound like a huge deal, but throughout the life of a script and several rewrites, that does become a pretty big hindrance. (*I thought this was a feature of Storyist, so maybe it does exist and there was just a bug preventing me from using this feature. Anyhow, I tested the "Tab" button in other programs just to make sure I didn't have a faulty keyboard, and it indeed works, just not in Storyist.) Smart Return Behavior Many screenplay programs stick to basic behavior when you hit "return"; the most obvious "smart" function we could give here would be after the completion of a Slug Line Element, if you press "Return", then naturally the next Element you would use would be the "Action / Description" Element. This is one of the cardinal rules of screenplay structure, so I don't see why we can't introduce that into Storyist. Having the user poke the button for "Action" is unnecessary; there can't be two Slug Lines, and you can't jump straight into "Characters" or "Dialogue"; it has to move into "Action". Fullscreen Mode If the two above features are implemented (or even just the Tab Cycling), that opens up an opportunity for something truly elegant and revolutionary. The "Completely-Clean / UI-Less Fullscreen Mode". If you can cycle through all the Elements with ease, you won't need any onscreen-buttons to clutter and take up space. This Fullscreen mode could be enabled as an option. If you want the onscreen-UI back for the moment, just touch the screen. Otherwise, everytime we have to move our hands away from the keyboard, we're becoming less-efficient writers and lose something I've grown to love - "momentum". The other obvious benefit here is more screen-real estate, and for iPad users, that's quite important. Page Numbers I absolutely adore the subtle feature that Storyist shows you "page breaks". It's simple and genius; when I'm writing, and I come across that little break - I truly feel a psychological reward in that I've accomplished something! Thank you for that! What could be even more helpful is just showing (or enabling as an option) the page numbers. Seeing those tick by would be a constant reminder of where you are in the script. On the small screen of the iPad, sometimes it can feel a bit singular, which is good for concentration, but bad for "big picture" thinking. Pages Numbers (and of course, on export as well) would be a big help. Export to PDF I know this has been requested by others, but it's a nice segue from the previous requested feature; being able to export whatever I'm currently doing to PDF (with page numbers!) would be EXCEPTIONAL. (Don't you think?) An Option To Clean-Up Or Not-See The Folders I know this isn't high on the list, but I honestly never use the "Scene Sheets, Plots, Characters, Settings ..." Folders. All I use are the Native Script Format / Writing Section and Index Cards. That's it! Is there a way I could just HIDE the rest of the folders, or just eliminate ones that I don't use? It just seems a bit cluttered when all I want to do is hop into the work and do it. That's it! iCloud Sync Support Pretty self-explanatory! === I don't mean to innundate with requests, but I do want to provide my two cents to make this the best product out there, and I do want to thank you for a marvelous product. Storyist for iPad and Mac genuinely help me as a Writer. Well done!
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  5. Hi All, I read through the Storyist User's Guide and this wasn't super-apparent to me, so I apologize in advance is this is a "N00B" question. Is it possible to create nested "stacks" or "groups" of index cards in either the screenwriting or manuscript view? Here's a rough image of what I would hope to enable: https://skitch.com/m...ript-untitled-3 Ultimately, it would be wonderful to view index cards as sets, because I like to write in the traditional "Act" format, and it would be quite helpful to see headers telling me when one stops and the other begins. Thank you for reading!
  6. Hi Steve, Thanks for taking the time to map out this helpful tutorial! I've modified the NCX file and changed the Play Orders accordingly. I saved the document, and now - onto the Kindlegen ... This is where I become a N00B. As for "running the Kindlegen" in Mac, do you mean opening the Terminal and typing that command code? I opened that file, and came up with this window: https://skitch.com/mosscow/8jpey/kindlegen Now, am I supposed to hit return and type in the path to the .mobi file I would want to create? Based on the "path to kindlegen" you see in that picture, what exactly would I type if the name of .mobi file would ultimately be "Grave Digger" for instance? Thanks
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