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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 Is the Getting Started document out of date?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.
  15. Things are weirder than I thought. I just created a blank document. I deleted all the text and added a single section separator at the start. Then, without creating any section text, I started a second section and a third. Now I have a document that shows three clear section separators on the page but only a single section on the Project list and the section pop-up menu. Clearly, there is something about sections I do not understand...
  16. I'm confused about the differences between Section Separator and Section Titles. Perhaps the User Guide is not up to date but I can find nothing in about Section Separators or Section Titles. I have read in several messages in this forum that if a section separator is removed then the section will not longer be recognized. But I created a style called Section Title and it seems to act exactly like the Section Separator. I have deleted all my # symbols but all of my sections are still there and I can move them around easily. I have two books in progress that in which I am only using Section Titles and not Section Separators. As far as I can tell, the two styles function almost identically. Am I missing something?
  17. I'm convinced. Since there isn't a serious option for any single program to do it all I just bought Storyist. The clincher was the ease of working on my desktop and iPad. Storyist also has just enough organizational tools through it's styles implementation that I can keep my writing organized. Thanks for all the feedback.
  18. I created my first chapbook in InDesign and printed it at Lulu.com. It came out very well. My experience includes graphic design so I have done a little bit of typesetting. I have an old version of ID and can't afford to upgrade. Scrivener does what I want minus the iPad synchronizing. It's also very complex and takes a lot of time to prepare for print. It seems odd to me that .doc is still the standard for print output. I can remember someone telling me fifteen years ago how PDF was going to make Word files obsolete. I've been creating professional looking graphic output in Pages for a couple years now but so far it's been limited to single sheet items like postcards, flyers, advertisement, etc. I just print to PDF and everything comes out fine. I do still have and use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator but I'd very much like to move away from them. Anyway, I haven't really given up on Storyist yet, in spite of my previous post. The fact that there's an iPad version is a huge draw for me.
  19. I've been experimenting with different methods to get the custom page settings but haven't figured out how to export successfully yet. I used Notebook entries for pages without page numbers and I created multiple manuscripts to solve the page numbering problem but haven't figured out how to end up with a single file after exporting. I guess the larger question is, will Storyist allow me to create a file that is suitable for my final book output? I'm not looking for advanced typesetting features but I don't want to have to write in one program and then export into another to prepare the print version of my books. It looks like I should be able to export easily into epub and mobi formats but I'd also like to be able to export a file that is print ready. After re-reading your response and spending a little more time with it I realize that I cannot do what I want with Storyist. Such a shame. It looked so promising. I like the simplicity and if I were only interested in exporting to .epub or .mobi it looks perfect. But my main need is to create a single .doc file that I can use for printing. I guess it's true that print is dying, eh? All the new publishing tools all seem to emphasize ebooks. Thanks for the feedback.
  20. I am currently using Scrivener and Pages for creating some poetry books. I'm tired of Scrivener's lack of an iPad app but it also offers more features and complexity than I need. Pages is ok but missing some project organization features. Storyist looks promising but it seems to be missing a couple of features that I would like to have. Is it possible to have different page numbering for sections or chapters? For example, I'd like the first several pages to include no page numbers, the introduction to be numbered using i, ii, ii, iv... and the main body pages to be numbered 1, 2, 3... Is it possible to have custom headers or footers for different sections or chapters? I'd like to be able to have the chapter name appear in either a header of footer. In my first couple of tests when I export a document from Storyist to .doc or .docx and then open it in Pages, the headers and footers are missing. Is this a limitation of Pages or am I missing a step in the export process? Type kerning looks awful in Storyist compared to Pages and Scrivener. Is this controllable any way? Graphics disappear when exporting to .doc or .docx. Hmm, the more I play around with it, the more I get the feeling that the page layout features I want are not in Storyist. I'm hoping to be able to use a single program to write in and prepare the document for printing. Any feedback is appreciated...
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