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  1. Another tip is to disable the "swipe between pages" gesture (System Preferences > Trackpad > More Gestures > Swipe between pages). Fundamentally, Steve's point 1 (adjusting the zoom) pretty much solves this. I don't find switching to draft mode helps - the page still wants to "rattle around" in its window with any horizontal movement on the trackpad. -Nick
  2. Hi gdmedia, Point is, you don't have to use all the bells and whistles. I came to Storyist from Word and before that a host of text editing programmes. I don't use most of them and those that i do I've figured out as I need them, or as someone points them out to me! If you've done step 1, then you should be looking at a basic manuscript that starts out " Chapter 1 This is the first section of the first chapter of your manuscript. If you are eager to start writing, simply select this placeholder text and start typing: The journey of a thousand (or a hundred thousand) words begins with a single keystroke." You can just delete this text (once you've read it) and start writing. Already one step up from Pages, If not, do you see the Project View in the left hand column (if not, click on the top left icon, below the 3 coloured dots)? This is essentially the file manager for the project, and you can select what appears in the main window / view by clicking around. Nick
  3. Hey Fritz, Something obvious, but what happens if you go to finder > preferences > sidebar? If you tick 'iCloud Drive', do you then see it in the sidebar of a finder window? If you do, you should be able to access the folders on this drive, and so the data stored from the iPhone. Nick
  4. Disclaimer : I don't use Evernote - I looked at it a while ago, and couldn't see how I'd make use of it. With that in mind, I'm not clear why a comparison between dropbox and Evernote is being drawn in terms of syncing? Dropbox just provides cloud storage so that multiple instances of Storyist on different hardware effectively edit the same document (I know you actually edit local versions that are copied to Dropbox, but with the automatic syncing in Storyist the user experience is essentially the same unless you work a lot offline). My (limited) understanding of Evernote is that it acts more like file manager - in which case is what is being requested in terms of 'syncing' essentially a request to have Evernote access and control the contents of a Storyist project? How would this be possible give both a proprietary apps produced by difference developers/companies? Wouldn't it (also) require work by the Evernote developers?
  5. Just tried that. Doesn't work for me. I get the dropdown, but can't click to select. Assuming it does (if working) what I was after, I guess my request / query boils down to "given typing # creates a new section without any further input from the user, why not have it apply the style as well?"
  6. Just a quick suggestion: would it be possible when entering the section separator marker (# by default) to automatically apply the section separator style to this character? I find when I add '#' (by which I mean hitting return for a new line and typing alt-3 on my keyboard), I create a new section but have to manually select Format > Style > Apply Style to centre-align the '#'. Would make things smoother if it would auto-apply the style... Thanks Nick As always, if I've missed something obvious in current functionality, I'm happy to have this pointed out to me!
  7. This thread might help with the importing from word: http://storyist.invisionzone.com/index.php/topic/1648-using-styles-in-storyist-and-word/?hl=%2Bimporting+%2Bfrom+%2Bword&do=findComment&comment=17255 There's an option under Edit > Tools to convert between smart and straight quotes. I used to use smart quotes all the time, but once I was writing on multiple devices I decided to use straight quotes (as everything was getting messy otherwise). I was sure there was a preference option for this, but can't find it right now - maybe the option in Tools is remembered..? Nick
  8. Hi - I also came to Storyist from MS Word (and to that after a whole variety of text editors and word processors...) Zoom: like Marguerite, I have my interface pretty much set up in a way that works for me, so I don't change it much - but zooming in and out of a manuscript text is really easy with a touchpad pinch in/out - Storyist reports the % zoom so you can aim for a particular number, but will probably just leave it at whatever looks right. Sections: as Marguerite says (and you'll find by searching this forum that she often provides excellent advice, based on experience), just hit return for a new line, type #, then return for a new line and start typing again and you'll be in a new section. I'll usually pause at this point, apply the section separator style (Format > Style > Apply Style) to the #, before resuming my writing. At some point I'll give the section a name in the project view in the left-hand pane - which, given my complete failure to properly plan or storyboard anything (except in my head), is how I keep track of what happens where. I don't remember ever using the '+' button, except perhaps to try it out. I don't know whether Steve (the creator/coder of Storyist) will want to comment on whether this button is working as it should, but either way it is perfectly possible to use Storyist efficiently without it. Nick
  9. From memory (its a long time since I did this) I think you just need to put the Storyist folder into your Dropbox folder on your Mac. If you're using Storyist for iOS, then you should put the folder inside the Apps folder [Dropbox > Apps > Storyist]. At least that works for me (I used to have just Dropbox > Storyist, but putting it inside the Storyist folder inside 'Apps' solved syncing problems. This post might help (or someone else will chime in): http://storyist.invisionzone.com/index.php/topic/2987-syncing-problems-is-it-just-me/?p=19938
  10. Storyist 3.1.1 is now on the App store, and does indeed appear to fix this bug, at least for me. Words typed on an iPad are included in the words per day on the Mac. <edit Steve beat me to it!>
  11. I can confirm this behaviour. The total word count updates correctly, but the words typed in a day does not. Hopefully the fix in the works:
  12. Thanks! I kept trying > Fit Page Still would be nice to have an option that did this but excluded most of the margins. Just as I'm looking at Storyist currently, Fit Width sets it zoom to about 110% but zooming to 145% hides the margins. Just a thought. I'll be using Fit Width from now on!
  13. Hi Steve (and everyone) I think it would be really useful if a 'view-as-text' window could remember its zoom setting relative to the size of the window, so that it rescales as the window is resized - much as MS Word does when zoom is set to page width. Also, it would be useful if it could do this to the width of the text - i.e. ignoring say 90% of the margins, and hold the view there so that it doesn't slip side to side. I can currently set any zoom % I like, but this doesn't scale with the window size, and the page wobbles when I scroll - I'm not interested in seeing the blank margins when writing or editing, it's just wasted screen space. if Storyist can already do this, i can't work it out. It would be very useful for smaller screens (like my 11" Macbook Air), and particularly with side-by-side 'view-as-text' windows. Nick
  14. Has anyone tried this? I"m just running it over a couple of chapters, and while it's caught a few errors that I should have spotted, it's throwing up a number of supposed errors that are not actually errors (I've double checked the grammar). As a result, I am left puzzling over some of the others. Essentially, I'm not sure I can trust the software. The other problem that I have with the software is that it works by analysing a copy of the text, to which corrections are made, which is pasted back into the MS. Nothing wrong with this, until it starts to replace characters with unusual diacriticals with "?", messing up conlang names / words, and making it very cumbersome to work with. Nick
  15. Not to decry the request, but it is worth bearing in mind that the net total (-2500 in the above example) is useful when editing; if I'm cutting some scenes, adding material to others, the overall change is a useful headline figure. But more information on what has been added and when would be useful.
  16. Hi - For project goals: at the top of the Storyist window, beneath the file name, is a white box. On the left some text (which at least for me defaults to word count) and on the right, a long, narrow box. Tap on this box, and a dialogue box pops up where you can enter project and daily word-count goals (if you don't see the boxes, make sure the gear icon at the bottom is selected; also, there is sometimes a little lag waiting for the dialogue box to pop up). If you're in full screen mode, just roll the cursor to the top of the screen, and the relevant menu bar will drop down. As far is Help is concerned, I've not yet encountered a programme where the Help is useful for anything more than basic menu commands (i.e. the kinds of things you can usually work out for yourself, unless you're using Microsoft Office...) Nick
  17. Thanks for the heads-up. Just grabbed a copy. Now I have new software to play with... I mean... enter all my plot points and characters and so on... just enough to distract me from that final edit...
  18. Np "print screen" button on a Mac keyboard. You might find this page useful (lots of others if you do a google search): http://www.wikihow.com/Take-a-Screenshot-in-Mac-OS-X
  19. I've found that the total word count in the status bar only shows up if I have either the MS panel (i.e. "view as Text") active, or the project panel (left side) active and have selected a specific MS or chapter within (this i guess makes sense). If I have the 'View as Outline' panel active (i.e. I've clicked on it) then the word count disappears from the status bar, and is replaced with "[X] items" (this also happens if I select a different folder in the project panel). This seems to be a count of the number of items within that folder. However, if the 'view as Outline' is highlighted, I can get full word count by clicking on the progress bar, along with the daily count - although if I just want the total count, clicking on the MS itself I find easier and more intuitive! I'm puzzled if you're only seeing the word count for a single chapter in the outline view - my list is each chapter title and the associated word count. Based on your other posts, I wonder if Storyist is seeing your chapters appropriately - each chapter heading formatted with the Chapter Title style? I suggest following Marguerite's advice from the other tread; once everything's properly formatted (styled?) in Storyist, everything should work. Hopefully!
  20. I'm sure Steve can supply you with details, but my experience as a user is that Storyist stores a copy of *everything* on every device that you use. So you'll have a copy of all the content within your project file (or files). As far as syncing is concerned, my experience is via Dropbox, and that works well particularly with the new auto-syncing.
  21. Can't help on the specific problem, but it certainly worth a reboot of the machine, a clean (new) storyist file, and see if repeats the problem. If not them it was either OS-related or specific to the project file. I had a problem with a comment I added and couldn't delete, and it played merry hell with Storyist then not saving edits. That taught me not to play around with features in a file holding a large amount of my writing!! I managed to get rid of it the end, but my advice is to make sure there's always a backup (preferably multiple). Oh, and if you're new to macs (I switched from Windows only a few years ago) CMD-ALT-ESC will bring up the option to force quit any frozen software (think CTRL-ALT-DEL in Windows). -Nick (PS, for anyone reading this and thinking Storyist is going to eat your text, in the above scenario I lost very little once I realised what it was doing, and I lost more text by trying to write/edit on multiple devices without properly keeping them in sync - now no longer a problem thanks to auto-syncing)
  22. Hi Fitch, I only recently discovered/realised that Storyist could do what Steve shows in that shot - I was taking word counts by section and compiling in an Excel spreadsheet! I now run Storyist with side-by-side editor views, (button top left beneath OS X's red, amber green buttons), so I have project view on the left, then in the centre my manuscript (top right of that window, icon that looks like sheet of paper with folder corner, select so it turns blue) and on the right the 'outline view' (middle of those three icons, that looks like a bulleted list). I shrink (by dragging) this panel so that I just see the chapter titles and word count columns. My project view has, hierarchically, the name of the Storyist project file, a series of folders starting with 'Manuscripts', with which I have each MS, and with that the list of chapters. (I also have a bunch of other folders, characters, locations etc. - just look at built in novel template for an idea) If your work is organised in this way, you should see chapter titles, word counts etc. without too much stress. If you have the work organised in different ways (e.g. across multiple storyist files - so when you refer to 'folder' you're talking about an OS-level folder - then you need to pull everything into a single Storyist file, which has 'folders' internally to organise content.) Assuming that everything is inside a storyist file, then the status bar in the Storyist window will give you a total word count. If you tap on the progress bar and then the gear icon, you can specify which of the internal-to-storyist folders you want to include in the count. If you have only one manuscript in the 'manuscripts' internal-to-Storyist folder, then the folder word count is the same as the MS word count. If you have multiple MS (which you might if you want to share characters, settings etc.), then you'll need to select which of these to count if you want the count for a single MS. Hope that helps. -Nick
  23. Maybe I'm missing something here (having never used Scrivener), but I find it quite easy to move an entire, formatted novel from Storyist to Word. There are instructions someone on this board (I think from one of the long-standing users), but it boils down to (a) exporting to RTF from Storyist, and then importing the RTF into an empty word document where styles have been set up to pick up the styles specified in the RTF. Once that word template is set up, it doesn't take more than a few second to get it into Word. Certainly faster than copying and pasting...
  24. Hi - I'm sure Steve or someone will be along to give a more detailed response, but I've added race to my character sheets just by adding a custom 'race' field under 'Description' on the character sheets (right click on an existing category > Add field...> Custom). Once created it's in the list of fields to add to each new character sheet. Yes, you'd have to manually add them to each new sheet, but no need for copying and pasting... (if I've misunderstood I apologise, I'm pretty bad at organising my character, and just have them running around my head shouting at each other ) I also notice that there's a File > Save as Template... option that would presumably preserve this if you wanted to use the same project settings for another project (although I've not tested that, as I have gone with multiple manuscripts inside the same project) -Nick
  25. Press and hold (~1 sec) the section name, it'll switch to an "editing mode" for that line of text. I've just tried this and it works. -Nick
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