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  1. I know I'm not the only one who works this way: develop a folder or several of character bios, setting notes, plot turning points, and so on and then use some on one story and save others for another or even a sequel to the first (or Webseries, for screenplays). I don't see a way with Storyist to use index cards anywhere but in the script they're attached to without retyping them. And I don't see how to incorporate things like slug lines or chapter headers from sheets into various projects. Is there a way to create an independent cache of elements and then pull them into a manuscript or screenplay and insert them in the proper place? Maintain them in one place and decide where to use them later?
  2. My apologies. I was redirected to that site from the app store on my iPad for making suggestions and didn't realize it was for the Mac version. It makes sense though that the iPad version of anything will have much scaled down functionality. I have been using Celtx for writing screenplays on both Mac and iPad and until the most recent version, the iPad version had the unfortunate quirk of losing all your markups and background information (production notes). The thing is, I'm so used to using index cards (real index cards scattered on the dining table) and arranging and rearranging them until I am satisfied with the structure and flow. I even have a plain old index card app on the iPad called I think "Index Cards"". But I wasn't able to take my notes on them into any other app other than as plain text and copying and pasting them. So I wanted an app that could help me as I laid out my ideas, detailed the character bios, locations, plot turning points and so forth, structure and arrange and then bring my notes right into the manuscript as a starting point (slugs for screenplays, and the equivalent of novels). Scrivenor seemed the best writing program on the Mac for multi-purpose writing, but they have no iPad version. So I can't work on stuff on trains, in waiting rooms, etc. as I like to. And Celtx does support novels now, but I don't think you can share your catalog info between say a novel and a screenplay—they are different projects and projects don't seem to be able to share anything. I appreciate your taking the time to try to help me figure this all out Marguerite. It looks like I'm still searching for that fantastic does-it-all writing program (supports multiple writing targets, shares catalog info between projects, and works on Mac and iPad). Best wishes. Cheers, Robert
  3. We're you sexing the iPad version (that's what I'm struggling with) or the PC/Mac version? Because I created a dummy scene sheet and was not ale to drag it into a manuscript.
  4. Hmmm, I didn't think the cards had anything to do with the sheets. Is it possible I'm misunderstanding the product capabilities? I thought the folders and sheets were notes for the project, but the cards were linked to the manuscript and helped you move scenes around as you organized the story in the manuscript.
  5. Thank you for the reply. Maybe I'm going about this the wrong way. You're saying you can share index cards across manuscripts? Because I thought I tried that and when I created a new manuscript in the same project, the index cards were blank. Is there an assumption that you would probably want the flexibility to structure the story differently as a novel than as a screenplay? But even so, there should be a capability to copy the screenplay index cards into the novel. The other folders and sheets are definitely independent of the manuscript, but not the cards.
  6. Having come to Storyist from Scrivenor because I want to use my iPad for writing, I wish the Index cards could be created independent of a manuscript and a template selection. Many writers like myself, like to play around with scene, plot, setting and character ideas before deciding Novel, Screenplay or both. With Scrivenor, index cards as well as all other resources (characters, settings, plot points, images, etc) are independent of deployment and you can attach a screenplay manuscript and a novel manuscript to the same project and share all resources. Storyist makes you create a manuscript based on a template before you can start accumulating supporting materials (like index cards) and then you cannot share those resources with other manuscripts or projects. Or am I missing something? — Robert
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