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  1. I decided to change the way I work on a new project and immediately noticed some strange behaviour when creating and moving cards around in storyboard view. 1. Using the ⌘⏎ New Scene key should create the card and place the I-beam inside the card ready to enter text. Instead I have to take my hand off the keyboard to grab the mouse, highlight the note, and then back to the keyboard to hit return. 2. Sometimes the title of the card is all caps, while other times it isn't. For a screenplay format it should be all caps. 3. Rearranging notes creates blank new notes with a # as the title. What's up with that?
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    To-do list

    Posted for Mac, but also for iOS. A to-do list sheet where one can add and check off items. Also available in the Outline and Storyboard view. Would be very handy to be in Outline mode and to see a to-do list of items as part of the odd scene or twenty. Simon
  3. It would be nice to have Storyist auto generate character sheets every time a new character is typed when writing a screenplay. This would make keeping track of everyone a lot easier by being able to see a folder full of character sheets. And how about if one changes the name of the character in the character sheet it also changes the name everywhere in the document. (It recognises first and last names and changes then accordingly).
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    Index card formatting

    [Edit: I keep editing this post to correct my typos and every time I look back it reverts to a truncated post. Trying again for the 4th time] Shouldn't creating a scene on an index cards be detected and use the correct formatting at the top of the card? Instead, if one creates a scene in the index card view the formatting is incorrect, it's not automatically all-cap. It also doesn't recognise previous scene headings and doesn't offer to autocomplete, as you can in text mode. Neither does it recognise the usual INT./EXT./DAY/NIGHT to autocomplete. Sure, I can type int. office - day and have it correctly appear as INT. OFFICE - DAY, but for consistency it should allow the same type of text formatting as in text mode. Also, it would be nice to have the fist line of the scene headings line break if too long. This would make getting an overall sense of the scenes when one can see the full scene headings.
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    Split view

    A split view to display text and story sheet files would be an extremely useful feature. Would work especially well on the 10.5" iPad in landscape mode. Sure, I could use a separate app and use the iOS split view, but I've already taken the effort to enter a bunch of notes, and the like, in Storyist.
  6. Personally, I would like to see smaller text and icons in the navigation sidebar. On the 10.5" iPad it feels like it could handle this with ease and still be readable. Some of Apple's own apps have sidebars with much smaller type, and they work just fine.
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    Limit Dropbox access to a Storyist folder

    Just happen upon this post. Dropbox grants access to Storyist via access tokens not your password, which is why changing your Dropbox password didn't revoke access to Storyist. The access token was still valid and irrespective of your password. Storyist doesn't interact with Dropbox via your password.
  8. I updated to OS 7 straight way and have been very pleasantly surprised with it. Sure, I'd read and seen all about the update prior to installing it ,and new to some degree what to expect, but not until you use it can you appreciate how different and a fresh it is. While many things haven't structurally changed it is certainly more than skin deep. It really is a fresh look that instantly make the previous iterations seem dated. There are many areas that show great promise and I hope Apple capitalise on this, such as learning more about what you do and where you go for the Today view, to make a smart phone a lot smarter. (I realise Google Now already does much of this and that you have to give up a degree of privacy to get the most out of this, but as a paranoid sort I'm more willing to give some up to Apple than to Google. Anticipatory computing being one of the next big things IMHO). Some things do still grate with me. Some of the pastel icons are really quite poor, like they were made by someone who had just discovered Illustrator. (Safari, Settings, Contacts readily spring to mind). While some have an understandable theme, such as the 3 communications app (Phone, Messages & FaceTime) but now require a bit more mental agility each time to select, seeings as all 3 use the same white symbol on a green gradient. In comparison look at the Evernote gradient - it really is more pleasing with a some subtle shading. Certainly the aesthetic of iOS 7 is very print design like, which personally I like as I spend a fair amount of time in InDesign. There is that Swiss look aesthetic which has stood the test of time and which a think Apple has successfully used on screen, especially so on retina displays. On my non-retina display iPad I do find the UI text less pleasing, which has quickened my desire to upgrade to a retina iPad, so I'm waiting for the next iteration of iPads. But to the question of how Storyist works in iOS 7 I feel the transition has been a success. I don't think it's complete, but the first version for iOS 7 is sound. (And I'm sure Steve you're already planning on what needs to change). Just like the UI as a whole it is a lighter, less heavy UI - a day prior to iOS 7 I would have thought the UI for both were fine, but it's interesting what a day makes and how dated the previous versions both look. As in the UI I feel a retina display is required, but seeing as this is were displays are heading I'm ok with that. Another area which my 2nd Gen. iPad is showing its age is with translucency .On my iPhone 5 it works really well, but on my iPad it doesn't. Instead of translucency I just get transparency, which can make certain parts of Storyist seem noisy, lack depth and contrast. This occurs in the Document popover and when the text in the navigation sidebar scrolls under the buttons on the bottom, or the text at the top, since the OS doesn't blur the the content underneath. This is an OS/hardware issue and nothing to do with Storyist, so I can live with that. Now that we've started down this road there is a sense of impatience for apps to start using the new look - seeing as using a non-updated app looks so heavy and dated now. So I feel that Storyist should embrace what it has started and go the whole way and shed the remnants of the old look, such as folders, comments, cards, and the the icons for files and story sheets. Sure it's an undertaking but I think in the long run it would lead to better user experience. It's not that I think they should disappear, but feel they need to embrace the new design language for a more unified UI. One specific change I don't really see the point of is the chevron and the info icon in the sidebar. Surely the chevron is enough to indicate more, and the addition of the info icon means a more highly truncated line of text. Looking forward to where this is going. Nice work Steve. Simon
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    Storyist and iOS 7

    Nice surprise this morning. Nice one Steve.
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    Share-reuse story elements

    Hi Marguerite, Yes, it was dragging from one manuscript to another, or in my case one screenplay to another. I was trying to figure out the best way to work with my new draft - if I created a new screenplay in a my current project then characters/plot points/locations would change and become disjointed to the original draft. If I duplicated the project file and call it my 2nd draft then I would end up doing lots of editing. I thought I could start a new project and drag over the bits I need from the 1st draft project to my 2nd draft project. Didn't notice the Save as template option. Will investigate. Thanks Simon
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    Share-reuse story elements

    Funnily enough I tried something similar the other day. Wanted to re-use most of what I'd written in a new draft after deciding I wasn't going to finish the one that I was on after I changed a large chuck of the script. Copy/Paste didn't work, nor could I drag my scene sheets from one document window to another. I would also love to know if there was a way to do this, if not then this would make a nice feature request. Simon Just noticed your post was in the iPad forum while I was talking about the Mac version. But your question still stands.
  12. Index cards are one per scene heading. I think I know what you are after - you would perhaps like to break down a scene with a stack of cards? You could probably find a working solution by using index cards and section/scene/plot sheets. On Storyist for the Mac you cold arrange these visually in a collage view, but not on the iPad. Perhaps this is to come. If you tap on the scene heading button then whatever you type is classed as a scene heading/slug line, which therefore creates an index card. Hope this helps.
  13. Good idea. In the meantime you can try NameGenr8er. I've been using the app for a number of years and it does the job. A third party is hosting the link and explains why.
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    Scripts drafts

    Orren/Marguerite, I no longer bother unhiding the ~/Library/ folder, simply alt-click the Go menu in the Finder whenever I need access to it. I just don't think something as critical as a draft should be hidden away in ~/Library/Application Support/, but instead saved along with the user's document in a subfolder. I would also never use the Dropbox versioning as a way to store my drafts. The free version is only for 30 days. The versions are incremental not specific versions. And it was never designed for this. I think I've found a better solution for the time being - create a symbolic link of the backup folder in my Dropbox folder. This will sync from Mac to Mac and even allow access on the iPad via the Dropbox app. You can do this via the Terminal, but I'm old school (still call it the Apple key), so found this app linked from the Dropbox wiki that can set it up for you. http://www.zibity.com/macdropany Now, still don't think this is a perfect solution for drafts, but I'll try it and see how it goes.
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    Scripts drafts

    I did see the backup feature but there are a few reasons that put me off for using it for this purpose: 1. Can't access them on the iPad. 2. Can't access them on my other Mac. 3. I never liked the idea of the Application Support folder as a place to store user created documents - it think this was a poor design decision by Apple that they and 3rd party developers use. And since Lion the OS hides the user's Library folder this is yet more reason to longer use it. I would rather have the backups in the same folder as my source file, which for me is inside my Dropbox folder.
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