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  1. No performance issues at all. I have about 600MB of documents (2+ GB of files overall) saved to my machine. I set sync to automatic and just let it do its business in the background. Then again, I have a brand new MacBook Pro with the best components my IT budget could afford... I tend to do all my writing on one machine so I usually don't run into user-created file conflicts. But, when I do, I don't have much of an issue. I have done it before and have not run into any problems. Upon saving a file to the iDisk (if your settings are on auto-sync) your mac should initiate a new sync immediately. You then need to be mindful to sync the idisk of the computer you are moving to before you continue writing. It is an extra step, to be sure. iDisk does get confused from time to time and think a file has changed when it hasn't. Any file sync conflict can usually be figured out by just looking at the time stamp in the sync conflict window. I know this makes people nervous, but I have never had much of a problem with Storyist and syncing files. I HAVE, however, had problems with syncing files of other types. In particular, your competitor Scrivener has given me FITS when syncing those files up to iDisk. For some reason iDisk just hates large and complex Scrivener files. Lost a ton of work that way. I take back what I said about only having one sync issue in the previous post. I remember during nanowrimo (either '06 or '07) reporting a bug to you, Steve, that Storyist was not playing well with .mac and iDisk. That wasn't the problem at all, now that I remember the situation. It turned out to be that my file was corrupt and not saving AT ALL thus tricking me into thinking it was the sync mechanism. If only Time Machine had been around when that happened...
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    UI Request

    1. Useability One of my biggest complaints with mac apps in general is apple's overuse of whatever that 'default system font' is... is that Helvetica? Its readable to a degree... but it has a tendency to make my eyes want to unfocus which can lead to headaches over long exposure. Fonts are a pretty personal thing. Alot of people tell me I'm nuts for liking Optima, Gill Sans and Calibri. Another thing I often do is reverse contrasts by making a font light and the background dark. In some apps I use apple's "ocean" color for the background of certain windows and a white font for easy, high-contrast readability. Working in information technology for 10+ hours a day and then trying to go home and write can make for some insane headaches. That's one reason I switch up on font and color in the interface. My only other usability complaint is the excessive scrolling through the project pane to switch back and forth every few minutes between the section sheet and the manuscript section. I do use the Storyboard to keep the section summary in view, but need to switch back to the section sheet for other metadata. I do sometimes right click on the section summary on the storyboard and go to the section sheet that way so there are workarounds. I just would love to see them side-by-side. 1. Possible UI Bugs? When I pull up Sections on the Storyboard, I prefer to have my section summary's Row Height set to "size to fit" so I can see the whole, lengthy summary. That setting (row height) does not save and I have to set it back to "size to fit" every time I reopen the document. I have asked before, I think, for an outliner function. Using that section summary on the storyboard with rows set as size to fit is very close to the outliner I was looking for. 2. Different but Related I understand what you mean by your 'clippings' argument... I have traditionally saved both manuscript and associated notes in a 'bits' folder myself. I just tend to think of them as two sides of the same object. The request for the project pane to be shrunk by removing the section sheets is now moot thanks to your excellent suggestion. I didn't realize you could remove sections from the project pane as it is now! Being able to view the section sheet at the same time as the manuscript section, however, would still be a big help to how I write.
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    UI Request

    Thought I would hop on and give my 2 cents on a possible future Storyist UI. I know I've posted on this in the distant past but these really are my only hang-ups when it comes to the wonderfulnicity that is Storyist. Here are the things I would most love to see in the Storyist user interface: 1. A 'slicker' project pane that allows me to change font and size of the project objects listed there (so I can compact it and/or use fonts I find appealing). 2. I know I'm beating a dead horse (in other words, I've said this before and I think I was shot down) but I just don't get why the section sheets and manuscript sections are BOTH enumerated in the project pane. It makes the size of the project pane overly large to scroll through when both are expanded. My preference would to have ONLY the manuscript sections in the project pane. When you click on a specific manuscript section, the text of the manuscript shows up on the left and the section sheet shows up on the right (or some configurable version of this...) I really want to be able to write and reference the entire section sheet at the same time. Hope that makes sense. 3. Full screen editing feature - with configurable background/page/text colors and fonts would be nice. You rock, Steve.
  4. I don't know if this is useful or not, but I just save all my docs on my iDisk, set my iDisk to keep an offline copy on my mac and set the pair to sync automatically. I keep nothing on my actual mac in the Documents directory.... its all up on the iDisk. Not a slick fix but there has only been one occasion where I have had a sync issue that has affected my files in the last several years.
  5. I must be a plotter... I do use the plot points and section sheets... though my current project is the first time ever I have used the plot points. There was another application - a database - that I used for tracking the myriad of story ideas that float through my head. It has this cute and Campbellesque series of questions it makes you answer to iron out the overall structure of your story. I took that concept and created my own Storyist template with many of those questions pre-made out as plot points. I then use the section sheets to flesh out the story to a decent degree. Oddly enough, I tend to not use the character section at all preferring to use other tools. Now if I could just find a way to be able to show the manuscript AND the section sheets side by side... I would be in heaven.
  6. This is definitely an issue with my already created files, not with a brand new file from one of your templates. I can't replicate the problem either now. I will take you up on your offer to look at the currently messed up files. Thank you. (Oh, and I was adding a bunch of things to my original post when you replied. Did you have a chance to see the expanded post?)
  7. Two of my storyist files seem to have developed a few ticks. PROBLEM I: When I add chapters to the manuscript, the chapter icon appears in the left project pane with no problem. When I add sections (using the menu or the plus sign at the bottom of the project pane), I can add ONE section to a chapter. If I try to add any other sections to the same chapter, (through the menu or the plus sign at the bottom of the project panel) nothing happens. Or, more specifically, it seems to add a blank line to the manuscript but it does not add a new section to the manuscript or section sheets. These documents are now also not putting in the # section separator when I create a new section as well. I can add sections manually by writing in the manuscript pane, however. If I go to "Section Sheets" in the Project pane, I get the exact same behavior as described above. I did change the style definitions and I'm afraid that is what I did to break this... though all I THOUGHT I did was change the font. I tried to troubleshoot this by fiddling with the styles... but, when I did, I managed to crash Storyist completely. (Note to self, do not select all and hit revert to original style...) PROBLEM Ia: Possibly related to above. When I go to Format... Manuscript... Define Outline Elements, something isn't right. When I create a new doc, the Default Style for Body Text is Section Text. On these messed up documents, its Header. When I change that Default Style for Body Text, the setting doesn't stick! No amount of switching it around makes any difference. PROBLEM II: When I go to assign a plot point or character development point to a section, I get a list (when clicking 'assign to') of every section that has ever existed in that file, not just the sections that are in place now. PROBLEM III: I am getting an awful lot of graphical artifacting when using certain parts of this application. Filling out character development points was particularly difficult as the width of the 'field' in which i was typing character development point descriptions kept changing. Sometimes the field would appear to be much narrower than necessary. Sometimes the field ABOVE the one I was working on would change size for no apparent reason. Sometimes the fields would resize themselves rapidly and leave behind artifacts on the screen making the text I was writing incomprehensible. I can get past this by scrolling up a page and back down again. PROBLEM IV: When trying to add sections to the project pane by working in the manuscript, the menu that pops up when you hit enter on an empty line will occasionally show up so that the bottom of that menu is below the bottom of my laptop screen. My Mac Info: MacBook, Intel Dual Core 1GB RAM 1280 x 800 Res Mac OSX 10.4.10 with all patches Latest download of Storyist (1.2.2) Let me know if I can provide more specific information.
  8. I have to agree here that having chapter sheets would be nice. In particular, chapter synopses would aid me in my outlining process. (I will refrain from going into my suggestions for additional outlining functionality - that discussion is in the index card thread).
  9. akyi

    Index Cards

    'Hierarchical display of synopses'... That was the word I was looking for. This, of course, would NOT be in lieu of the section sheets, I love those. Just an additional way to look at your story from a higher altitude. The inspector might be nice. The inspector in Scrivener is attached to the main window (which would be my preference, though not a strong one) and displays a fair amount of info. Still not as useful to me as the 'outliner' feature. Another related and useful feature Scrivener has is the ability to mouseover a manuscript section and see the synopsis in the tooltip. I guess I see the manuscript and sheets hierarchy as separate now and cumbersome to switch between. But, I get what you are saying. I will have to use Storyist more to see if having the two sections in the Project Pane is indeed faster or slower for me. I'm still new. (Part of that problem is that I've got a giant four novel series scrunched into the hierarchy and even with collapsing, the whole thing feels burdensome. I hear there is discussion elsewhere about creating tools for series, so I won't go any deeper into that issue.) Maybe there is a hotkey that can take me from a manuscript section to its related section sheet and back again? That would be nice. Agreed. Thanks for refining my thinking.
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    Index Cards

    First time poster. Apologies if I tread inadvertently on any dangerous ground in here... Unfortunately I am in love with two writing programs at the moment and since I find Storyist more "story-focused" than the competition, I would love to bring the best of that other app to Storyist. The "other app" is Scrivener and it has a fantastic interface for outlining. I personally don't use the index cards (tried - too clunky - just like index cards in real life). If you haven't seen the Scrivener outliner feature in action, you should, its sublime. I'm wondering if it would be possible to remove "Section Sheets" from the left-hand tree pane and add a manuscript/section sheet (outline) toggle at the top. You would navigate to the part of the book you wish to work on using the left hand pane and use the toggle button at the top to switch between writing the manuscript and working on the outline / section sheets. Details: * As I said, you would have just one navigation tree in the left hand pane for "Manuscript" and "Section Sheets", not two. * A toggle button at the top would switch between the two "modes". * In 'manuscript mode', you would, obviously, see the manuscript. * In 'outliner mode' you would see section sheet if you have clicked on a 'section' in the left hand pane. * If, while in 'outliner mode' you clicked on a chapter instead of a section, you would see the "synopsis" of each section in the chapter. You would, further, be able to edit the synopsis of each section in that chapter outline window. * If, while in 'outliner mode' you clicked on the manuscript, you would see the "synopsis" of all sections, broken down by chapter with similar ability to modify the synopses. * Additionally, it should be made easier (not sure how) to add and subtract chapters and sections while in the outlining window so that those of us who outline quickly can do so with a minimum of keystrokes. If you want a good example of a simple outlining tool with good keystroke flow, see Omni Outliner. Did that make sense? I would be happy to elaborate or show screenshots if anyone is interested. Apologies if I am asking for too much!
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