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  1. I'm not actually sure what to call this. When I'm in draft mode, all the pseudomargins go away — top and bottom, left and right. That's fine, because I don't want or need them there. However, the entire view becomes larger by maybe 20%. The reason that's inconvenient is that I have fewer lines of text on screen then, since the text size has been scaled up. What I'd like is for draft mode to be magical, in that it magically knows not to scale text, so I don't have to manually reduce the size of the typeface in order to fit more lines of text on screen. Screenshots to illustrate what I mean… Here, I'm in default mode. As you can see, 8 lines of text are visible in the display. This is in draft mode. Now only 6 lines (well, 5.5 or thereabouts) of text are visible, because the entire "page" has been enlarged onscreen. It seems as though draft mode is basically zooming in on the page to hide the margins; optimally, draft mode would allow entry without reference to margins at all, instead using the left edge of the screen as the left margin, and soft-wrapping at the right. Does this make sense?
  2. And heck, I put this in the Storyist/Mac troubleshooting forum. Apologies.
  3. I done founded me a bug. When using Storyist on iPad in draft mode, any line of text on the screen that would ordinarily occur at a page break is not directly selectable by tapping. What appears to be happening here is the draft mode page view, when it reaches the "end" of a given page, doesn't quite seamlessly overlap with the "beginning" of the next page. My workaround is to add a return or two above the place where I want to tap to select. I've attached a couple of screenshots to illustrate what I mean. Here, I'm working in draft mode. The insertion cursor is located at the line above the line I want to select by tapping. I cannot select the line immediately underneath it by tapping; I have to use the selection bars. Because I can't use the insertion cursor, there's no way for me to easily insert a word in the line I'd like to target. Here, I'm not in draft mode. As you can see I'm able to tap to put the insertion cursor at the line where I wanted it. As you can see, the culprit would appear to be the page break location. In draft mode, those page breaks are hidden from view, but it appears that they're still somehow active in the background, and can interfere with user selection by tapping. Since I usually work in draft mode — as page breaks mean little to me when I'm actually composing — this can be problematic when I want to edit.
  4. Resurrecting a feature request from 2008 (!) here: http://storyist.invisionzone.com/index.php/topic/413-password-protection-for-storyist-files/ Since we have an iOS flavor of Storyist now, and since it is conceivable (via Dropbox integration) that Storyist file contents could be illicitly accessed by third parties, I'd like to see a setting that lets users activate encryption on their files. There are stacks and heaps of good encryption algorithms out there; a nice strong one might be Blowfish, and I believe that OSX/XCode have Blowfish algorithms built in. The way I envision it working is this. On a project level, the user can choose to encrypt the whole project, and is prompted for a password/key when this is first invoked. Thereafter, any time the project is opened in Storyist on Mac or iOS, the user is again prompted for the password. To disable the encryption, the user would open the project and choose to disable encryption. The user should be prompted to enter the password one last time before encryption is disabled, to prevent a third party disabling it on a previously-open file that the legitimate user forgot to close (does that make sense?).
  5. I wrote code for a number of years, so Ah Feel Yer Pain. If you want a beta tester I can give it a shot. And no, I didn't think it would be quite as easy as loading an environment specific component; that would be a little too obvious and backward-compatible for Apple. This is, after all, the same company that left iPad v.1 out to dry after just one year. I was just hoping, as I do, because otherwise aaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.
  6. And you can usually trust me to find the problem, whatever it might be. Sigh. I don't suppose it's as simple as querying the OS environment on load, and linking to the correct text renderer based on the result?
  7. Storyist 2.4.5 (1891), OSX 10.9.1. AFAIK everything is current. I don't see kerning hiccups in any other program that uses OSX's native text renderer.
  8. Hello again! Mostly I'd like to be able to set a few keys of my own. Em dash, ellipsis, and typographer's open/close quotes are the most useful to me, since all of those keys are buried under multiple strokes in the iOS keyboard, and I prefer to be able to add them myself, directly, rather than rely on software to interpolate it for me. A typographer's apostrophe would also be groovy, as would easier access to asterisk and bullet characters. I'm thinking if there were a way to let users set their preferred extended keys, it would be more flexible for all users, not just those of us who obsess on typography. As you've surely noted by now that I do… A third-party iOS app that does this now is 'Notebooks', which has some of the features that Storyist does, but lacks any of the finesse or formatted rendering options. They've set up their extended keys to be a separate function apart from the iOS standard keyboard; I notice that in Storyist it appears to be an extension of the system keyboard. Don't know if that makes any difference or not. Thanks again, and have a great new year!
  9. Hi, Steve! Thanks for taking the time to reply. I've attached a screenshot here that shows Storyist's text rendering on the left, and TextEdit's on the right. I've highlighted a specific word in each document window that illustrates the kerning problem I mean. As you can see, the letter spacing in Storyist doesn't have the same kind of hinting as what TextEdit does; and you can see that it's a consistent problem throghout. The typeface is Helvetica in both documents, but this problem happens in all proportional-width typefaces I try in Storyist, such as Georgia, Verdana, Times, etc. It looks to me like there's no kerning being applied at all, actually. None of the items I select from the kerning menu seem to smooth out the spacing between glyphs; if I select 'Loosen', for instance, I still get the odd spacing, just more loosely between glyphs. Now I don't see the same thing under iOS, which makes me wonder if there's a setting somewhere that I'm missing.
  10. This has come up once before in the fora, as far as I can tell, but the kerning in Storyist for Mac is … apparently nonexistent. I realize that's probably a somewhat esoteric concern for some, but a properly kerned page onscreen makes the difference between smooth readability for editing, and having your eyes hang up on strange spacing between C's, L's, and O's (for instance). I'm aware that some typefaces, such as the monospaced ones, don't have this problem, but I don't find monospaced type particularly readable in any circumstance, particularly on any kind of screen. To me it looks as though Storyist is not using standard OSX tools for rendering type to screen, or the kerning would be handled automatically. This is something TextEdit and TextWrangler both do (of course neither is adequate for writing anything of real length), which suggests it's available for general use in the Xcode toolkit - so am I missing a setting someplace, or has kerning not been implemented in Storyist for Mac? Interestingly, this problem does not seem to appear on the iPad version.
  11. Howdy, all. I'm still noodling about with Storyist, having been drawn to it because I like the idea of retaining my formatting across platforms (Mac / iOS) and having the hierarchical structure that lets me organize my work by chapters and sections in a way a linear text editor does not. So my question. On the iPad, the keyboard has that row of extended keys - cursor motion, single and double quote, etc. What I'd like to know is if I can customize those keys and, if so, how. For instance I'd like to have a typographical open and close quote option (specifying “ and ” as custom-set keys in the extended area, rather than leaving it as "), easier access to other buried keys (such as the em dash and ellipsis), and so on. Is this an option for Storyist on iOS currently?
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