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  1. OK. Weird. I've been using Macs since 1988 and I never knew this. It seems like I've been using Shift-Return forever. I don't use many Apple apps, though so maybe that's why I never learned this shortcut. Thanks for the info. (I just experimented with Control-Return in some of my writing apps and I get differing results in each of them. It's a shame that things aren't more standardized.)
  2. OK, thanks. But I gotta ask.. why not Shift-Return?
  3. is anyone using Storyist to create books of poetry? I'm trying to figure out how to have more control over text layout than styles seem to allow and would appreciate any formatting tips anyone might have. TIA
  4. I'm trying to create a book of poetry and the way styles works is limiting my ability to control type layout. One problem is that I want to treat stanzas as paragraphs. Adding soft line breaks seems like a logical way to achieve this. Possible?
  5. I'm just getting started with Storyist 3 (Mac) and am seeing problems with the "Getting Started" document. Specifically, I'm having trouble getting page numbers to work so I turned to the "Editing Headers and Footers" and "Setting Page Margins" sections and I'm seeing references to a Tools menu and a Tools icon in the toolbar, neither of which seems to exist. Is the Getting Started document out of date?
  6. I am exposed. I've been using Apple computers for 20 years and they become less and less intuitive every year. It seems I have become an old fart who doesn't adapt well to change. Thanks for the schooling.
  7. OK, I just figured that out. That gives me the functionality I was looking for. I wish that was the default working space but at least it's there. Thanks. As much as I think I like Storyist my first impression of it being counter-intuitive and an app that doesn't follow standard conventions is reinforced. I can only imagine it must be difficult to create this kind of cross-platform app.
  8. You know how I missed that? Because you have to be careful to tap exactly on the symbol itself and not the work or the grayed our bar behind the word. That's really silly. It also breaks convention. On top of that, I now have to click twice to see the list view. Making things even worse, I can't write or edit with the project list view open. Sometimes I hate upgrades. Thanks for the assist. I guess I'll just have to get used to it.
  9. I am freaking out. I just updated the iPad Storyist app and I can no longer browse my sections in the project view. I see only the Project name. I have lost any ability to quickly navigate to a section or to move them around. My only view choices are to see the whole document in edit mode where I have to scroll to navigate and the index card view where I can only see/edit section names and not content. What am I missing? Did this version just take a huge step backwards in functionality?
  10. Yup, that's exactly one of the behaviors I was hoping for. Now that I know about header-level styles I will definitely be using them. Thanks again.
  11. I have attached two screen captures to illustrate. I have a style called Section Title. It is based on Section Text and has an outline level of Body Text. As you can see from the image, there is no Section Separator visible anywhere yet you can see two lines that are acting as separators. The lines, "Dialogue" and "New Sections" appear in the document as headers but they are styled as Section Title which is based on Section Text. You can also see that each of these sections appears in the project view. If I edit either of these lines on the page, the corresponding section name in the project view is updated accordingly. For example, if I change "Dialogue" on the page to "Dimples" the section name in the project view also is changed to say "Dimples." Which is a good thing. It's exactly how I would want a Section Title style to work. The only confusion is that I was under the impression that this was not how things work based on what I've been reading on this forum. Now that you tell me the difference between a header-level style and a body-level style my understanding of how things are supposed to work is better. But the fact that my Section Title is a body-level style just confuses the issue. The fact that the User Guide says nothing about header-level or body-level styles is also pertinent. Thankfully, Marguerite has been very helpful and now your comments help further clarify things for me.
  12. I am unable to reproduce this error so I have to presume you are correct that I must have inadvertently had a space or other invisible character on the line. Thanks.
  13. That was a crucial piece of information. I had been thinking of separators as delineating the start of a section and just by reversing that using separators just became a little more intuitive. Leave it to me to have a non-standard need. I am writing a couple of instruction manuals and so I will be using a lot of section titles on the page. I am also writing a book of poetry and another of haiku, each of which has unique needs. For example, the poetry book will have Poem Titles that must start on a new page. I know that Storyist isn't meant to be a page layout program but I have a strong need to be able to control my writing environment. Sections and styles should do the job once I understand them better. I suppose I've stumbled on a bug then because I just created two books, each with a couple dozen sections listed in the project view and not a single separator added by me. Better still, I didn't have to type the section names. In the project view, every section is named with the text I've used on the page -- upating the text updates the section name. For example, I can type this on a line by itself in section text: New Section As soon as I assign the style, "Section Title" to that line a new section in the project view appears named "New Section." There is no visible separator associated with this new section. However, once I move the section, a new separator appears BEFORE the new section. Oddly, the section I just moved still has no separator at the end and any time I edit the "New Section" text on the page, the section name in the project view gets updated. From everything you've said I take it that this is not supposed to be happening. At any rate, now that I'm using separators to mark the end of a section I am getting along with Storyist pretty well. I'm having to manually add them in to all my separator free sections but at least I'm endiing up with section names that update themselves if the page text changes. Yup. That might be the case when creating new sections from scratch. In my case, I'm copying and pasting long passages of text from Scrivener that includes many sections. I then simply find the Section Title text, assign it to the Section Title style and, blammo, instant section. I can't say it's been easy figuring all this out. It's a shame that the user guide is so skimpy and incomplete. I couldn't have figured all of this out without your help here. I think the way separators are used in Storyist is so unique and non-intuitive it would be helpful a more comprehensive manual or video tutorials. Thanks again for all your help.
  14. One more piece of the puzzle and possibly a factor in my confusion: when I use my new Section Title style, any change I make to the text on the page becomes the new section name in the Project list. I now think I understand that there are no such things as Section Titles other than the style I created. Sometimes, as they are created new sections show up on the Project list as Untitled Section but other times the section name consists of the first few words of the section text. What determines the name of a section in the Project list? Can this get any more confusing? Seriously, I'm a very organized person and I can't find any logic or consistency in how sections work.
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