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  1. I've been trying to convert a Storyist novel project into a PDF. Yes, I've read the instructions. Yes, I've searched the forum. The instructions tell us to: The first step in creating a PDF for print is to create a new project item to hold your book. To accomplish this, choose File > New > Book. Problem is, that choice isn't available when I first open Storyist. Marguerite suggests creating the project first. Once I chose "Novel", the File>New>Book becomes available, unfortunately, when I add the Blurb choice, it slaps the Blurb choice into the left menu and now I have two items: the manuscript novel sample and the Blurb sample. Next, the instructions say to add your text. You can do this either by clicking the Add (+) button at the bottom of the files table and selecting Add Project Files or by simply dragging the file from the Project view to the File table. If you’re following along, go ahead and drag Pride and Prejudice from the Project view. The Add button doesn't offer the "Add a Project Files" choice even though I clicked through each menu choice. Dragging accomplished nothing, other than to show a green + arrow, but no change. I was trying to use the Pride and Prejudice Start file. I figure I’m missing something, but can’t figure out what. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated! I'm running Sierra 10.13.6 thanks! ginger
  2. Steve, Thank you for sending the screen shot. The arrow is missing all the time in my current project window. If I can figure out how to get my screenshot on here, you'll see what I mean. I haven't checked all my files yet, but one out of four did show the arrow. If you notice on my screenshot, the up and down scroll arrows are missing beside "spacing" as well as the arrows. I realize they are only visible if there is a problem, but all I see is a tiny red dot which is probably the edge of the arrow. Okay, I can't figure out how to attach an image! When I hit image it wants an URL. I dropped the png into this reply, but it doesn't seem to want to open. ginger
  3. This may also have to do with upgrading to Sierra and the latest Storyist, but the little red arrow and drop down menu for editing the various style sheets isn't visible on the Novel template sidebar. When I try and enlarge the page, the sidebar remains the same size so I can't stretch the page and enlarge the sidebar. I can barely see a little bit of the boxes to the right of all the spacing selections and tab section for editing those. Since I was looking for them, I can access the edit window which drops down in the middle of the page from the top if I click at the edge of the page by header, or section text, etc. If it's a Sierra problem, a new user running Sierra wouldn't realize they can edit or create new style sheets via this route. ginger
  4. Thank you both for your responses. And the info about points and pica. Brings back the days of typewriters and the choice between pica and elite! Sorry to be slow in replying, I managed to trip over some uneven pavement and crack my knee cap. Been dealing with an immobilizer brace and then rehab! Not fun! ginger
  5. I probably made a huge mistake, but I recently updated to Sierra and then updated into the latest Storyist version. All my projects were transformed into Storyist 3 from 2. It doesn't appear that my style sheets converted correctly so I have multiple formatting errors to fix. The main issue involves the Chapter Title style sheet, although it is also appearing in section separator. Under spacing, all the indents are in inches. Then the "before and after" paragraphs switch to points. This is in the side window. If I open "edit style drop down menu" those slots are calibrated in inches. I had everything in inches in the earlier version so I can't figure out where point came from. Also, I can't figure out why I can't edit this information on the style sheet either in edit mode (when the sheet drops from the top of the window), or in the sidebar. When I try and change the spacing from pt to inches, it just reverts back to points. I do have line spacing set on "at least" 24.0 points but my older manuscripts were set like this for publishing as ePubs and it didn't seem to interfere with any other spacing info. My questions are: How did this mixture of inches and points happen and how do I get all the spacing info to match? Either all inches or all points (although I have no idea how to measure points!) And which of these menus has precedence? I thought if I edited in the drop down window, that information would be the template for whatever style I had entered there. Right now, everything on Chapter Title matches except the two spacing windows. They refuse to change! Help would be greatly appreciated! ginger
  6. For any interested party, I found a way to get an error free epub check. I didn't use the latest version of epubchecker. Repeated visits to the download page made me aware that there are a lot of updates going on. When I used the 3.2 version, I got an error message. When I ran the same Storyist generated ePub through version 3.0, it came out error free. On the chance the ePub was error free, I submitted it to Apple, B&N and Kobo. B&n and Kobo have put the ePub into their bookstore, still waiting on Apple. I found that sticking to the basics as far as style with Storyist and using the older epubchecker gave me a good ePub verson. gingerh
  7. Thank you for responding! It's a collection of 21 essays, no art except the cover image. I'm doing the iBooks version first b/c I use a Mac and can preview the epub on my laptop since Mavericks added that capability. And of course, the epub looks great on iBooks, but I figure the error message means iTunes Producer will kick it back. The essays are under the manuscripts menu. There's a cover image in images and 6 separate notebook entries for copyright, title page, etc. I did that because one of the forum discussions suggested using notebook entries which can be selected and positioned when generating the ePub. They should not affect the TOC but I'm an Apple user and not PC or HTML trained!! With the first attempt, I had the intro and thank you in the manuscript menu list with the essays. In the false hope they were part of the problem, I moved them to notebook entries since the essays titles form the TOC. I regenerated an ePub. Ran the check and got basically the same error but with new numbers. Does that help? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!
  8. I exported my manuscript into ePub format and naturally it came back with a warning. After looking all over the Internet for help, I think I've figured out where the issue lies. Since I'm not at all knowledgeable in HTML or CSS or any other techy stuff, I'm wondering if I did something in the manuscript that needs to be corrected rather than trying to tinker with the HTML. From what I've gleaned in my research, the id in the ncx (which is what??) doesn't match with opf id. Of course, there may be something else awry, but since I don't read HTML (seriously thinking I need a class in this stuff!!), I don't know. Here's the end of the warning message: toc.ncx: meta@dtb:uid content 'D14C1315-B91B-4863-93C9-759749D4144D' should conform to unique-identifier in content.opf: 'urn:uuid:D14C1315-B91B-4863-93C9-759749D4144D' Any suggestions as to how to avoid this issue since I have several project lined up for ePub formatting, would be greatly appreciated! thanks, ginger
  9. Thanks for the tips on how to include links in your Storyist manuscript. I was mostly interested in being able to provide my web site addy in the ePub as those seem to appear in most ebooks and are linked. You can tell I haven't used Storyist enough to even realize that capability was there! Yeah, I can't figure out how to make the cover show up first b/c it does in a few of the ebooks on my iPad, but most of the time you have to page back to it. In fact, I was reading an ebook last night and the opening page was blank. It was from a major book publisher, too! OTOH when I flipped the page, there was the cover on page 2. But at first, I wasn't sure it even downloaded. Knowing even the big guys have problems getting a book to look right in iBooks makes me feel better. I haven't tried the Mobi formatting yet. I was waiting for my Kindle to arrive. I have the Kindle for Mac app on my iPad, but wasn't sure if what I saw there would be what someone using a Kindle saw. Seemed like a good reason to buy a Kindle.... thank you, again, for your help, gingerh
  10. Marquerite, Thanks a lot for your response and kind welcome. I've been lurking for several weeks and reading bunches of Q&A b/c I didn't want to bother folks with something that's already been answered. I'm beginning to suspect putting any hyperlinks are done at the various retail upload sites since they don't want you putting in a competitor's link, like a B&N link in a Kindle ebook. I'm sure I read it somewhere and it just took awhile to hit my brainbox! I actually had copied and saved another post from you to another newbie about using the Notebook format for the Title Page, etc. which works great and I appreciate that. BTW, at this point I'm only making an ePub (over and over again) of my book and checking it out on my iPad. The cover issue has me really stymied. From what I've seen in my hours of studying ebooks on my iPad, sometimes folks get their cover right up in front, but often it's on page 2 like mine. (And it shows up on the TOC if I hold the iPad longways for the side by side pages effect.) I'm not sure if I'm doing something out of order, but I drag everything into the list the way I want it and click on what type of page it is, like Cover, Foreword or Title page. I might put the cover on the top, but it still ends up page 2. Another problem I can't figure out how to fix is that my ePub iBook keeps opening on the first page of the story and a reader has to scroll back to read the Intro, etc. I guess I'd like to know how to put the cover first and have the book open there with the reader turning the pages to the title page, foreword, etc.and working their way to the story opening. If you have any suggestions, I'll be very appreciative. Frankly, I'm just glad to have something like Storyist to use and nice people like you and Steve to help out with this whole digital publishing effort. I might want to publish on a budget, but that doesn't mean I don't want a professional looking product. And even my "baby" book looks really nice as it is. thanks!! gingerh
  11. I'm a relative newcomer to Storyist and have spent the past several weeks getting acquainted with publishing via ePub. As a forever Mac user I have a basic knowledge of Word b/c my publishers wanted everything in Word, but most of my projects are in Pages. I was learning Storyist for my story writing and then discovered I can use it to convert my projects into ePub and Mobi. This was an exciting discovery b/c I have been taking online classes for self-publishing and since I'm a control freak I didn't want to go the Smashwords route. I'm having pretty good luck with my first project (still can't figure out how to get that darn cover at the front of my iBook draft!) but there's one important thing I can't figure out–how to make hyperlinks active in an ePub (and Mobi when I get that far!!) i've searched the forums and watched the ePub video but I can't find any mention of how or when to enter the necessary information that will make your hyperlinks in the manuscript go live in the ePub. As a Pages person, it either does it automatically or you just go into the Inspector and enable it manually. I have no idea how to replicate this when exporting from Storyist into ePub. Any help would be greatly appreciated! thanks, gingerh
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