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  1. I don't have an answer for the problem, except to say that I'm not encountering it under High Sierra, so it may be an OS issue. I will say that Storyist Support (i.e., Steve Shepard, the developer) is usually very quick to respond, both here and especially via e-mail. So there must be some reason for the delay, although I have no idea what that is. Best, Marguerite
  2. Hi, TLC, I don't know exactly, but I have seen the difference. In my case, it's because I have the Mac version set to prevent widows and orphans, and the iPad version doesn't support that (as far as I know). So the page breaks change whenever there is a single line at the end or beginning of a paragraph. You can reset the formatting, in that case, on the Mac by choosing View > Layout > Draft, then View > Layout > Page Layout. That forces the Mac version to respect the widows/orphans setting again. I'm a novelist, and I write mostly on the Mac, so it's not a big issue for me. There may be additional Screenplay issues with formatting that I don't know about, but I'd start with the widows/orphans and perhaps "keep with next paragraph" settings in your styles. You can see them by going to the Format menu, choosing Style, then Edit Current Style. Best, Marguerite
  3. I am not quite sure I understand, but as a long-time Storyist user and beta tester, let me give it a try. I don't indent the first paragraph of a chapter. I can do that because I selected a paragraph, clicked on the Inspector, chose not to indent the first line, then, with the paragraph still selected, chose Create New Style from Current Selection from the Style menu inside the Format menu. That adds a style that I can select as needed. if that doesn't answer your question, please write again. Note that even if you do that, the line will still show up as indented in an e-book. But if you export to RTF and open in Word, it will be flush left. Best, Marguerite
  4. Hi, Neil, I think you misunderstood the manual. As I read it, "You can export text files" is a general statement. It doesn't necessarily mean you can export more than one file with a single click. You can export multiple files from a Storyist project at one time on the Mac, but in iOS you need to send one at a time. That's why the "Send" icon grays out as soon as you select more than one file. Best, Marguerite
  5. Understood. Sorry I can't help with that, as I use the iPad version mostly for editing and that not so often. I do almost all my writing on the Mac. Try posting the question again in the iPad section, and probably someone (maybe Steve, the developer) will respond. Good luck! M
  6. The easiest setup for import is to use File > Save As in Word and save the file to RTF format. You can also find a lot of information about going back and forth between Storyist and Word in this thread: Copying/pasting out of Storyist is determined by the app you're copying into (Dan), but if you click in your manuscript and choose File > Export > then choose RTF, you can open that file in Word and have all the italics, etc. preserved. Save it as a Word .docx file, and you can attach it to an e-mail for agents or cut/paste from there if the agents refuse to accept attachments, as some do. One caveat: do not redefine your Section Text style in Word after importing the file from Storyist, or Word will impose the new definition on every paragraph that contains only italics, wiping them out in the process (in-paragraph italics will be maintained). That's a Word feature, not a Storyist feature. In Storyist, the main thing to watch out for is that before you change styles, make sure you are in a line or a part of a line that is neither italic or bold. In that case, Storyist will retain the special formatting. Good luck! Marguerite
  7. Hi, William, It sounds like a mixup. I'm sure the developer will help you. Try sending an e-mail to support at storyist dot com. You'll probably get an individual reply more quickly than posting here. Best, Marguerite
  8. Hi, James011, Did you try altering the text size in the Appearance Panel? Go to Storyist, Preferences, Appearance, then click on Outline View Heading Font and/or Outline View Summary Font and adjust the size by clicking the T button at bottom right. Best, Marguerite
  9. But you could set up a bunch of new chapter cards—one for each story or even each section—and drag the individual cards under them, then delete the original. Or am I missing something?
  10. It is, but at least on my iPad, the chapter cards don't have text, just names. So I don't see how you could (or would want to) convert unless you'd decided to ditch the text. I have an old iPad, though, and mostly use it as backup in terms of Storyist files. Even on the Mac I don't do much with index cards because they don't fit my writing style. So someone else will have to answer your question. Sorry! Marguerite
  11. Hi, Cremmerson, I just tested this in the iPad version, and it seems to work. But I'm not sure exactly what you're asking. If you are talking about retaining text in the manuscript while starting a new chapter, then do this. Tap on the icon that looks like a piece of paper. Navigate to where you want the new chapter to begin. Type NEW CHAPTER or CHAPTER X (X being the number you want). Tap return. Tap in the NEW CHAPTER line, then the Aa icon at top right. Choose Style and style that line as CHAPTER TITLE. When you go back to the index cards (if that's what you're talking about), you will see the new chapter and a card under it. Tap back to the manuscript, and any text you assigned to that new chapter will still be there. If you're talking about retaining text on the index card itself, then it's even simpler. With the cards displayed, tap the + and choose Add Chapter Title. Name the new chapter title. Drag the section card from where it is now to under the new chapter title. Best, Marguerite
  12. On the last, I don't know. I'm a user, not part of the support staff. Since I've always separated my MS into chapters and sections, I just click back and forth. If you call your chapters "Chapter X" and separate your scenes with #, it is possible to split the MS after the fact using Format > Styles > Apply Styles by Matching Text. Not sure how much the custom template complicates that procedure, though. Best, M
  13. If you look at the top of the window, next to the name of your manuscript, you should see two arrows. Clicking on the left one usually takes you back to the place where you were before you went off to look at the research docs. If that's not working (because you visited several notes in succession, for example), an easy way to get back is to ensure that all the parts of your manuscript are displayed in the Project View, so you can click on the one you want. To do that, click on your text to select the MS, open the Inspector, click on the leftmost icon at the top, and ensure that Enable outlining for this file and Include body text elements are both checked. If you also name your sections/scenes, that will help with the navigation. You can see both these options in the attached screen shot. Best, Marguerite
  14. The Novel template includes a header that you can edit. To create your own, choose Layout, then Show Page Guides, from the View menu, so you can see the header box. Type the text you want, formatting it with the Inspector. To get the page number, go to the Edit Menu and choose Insert, then Page Number. If you'd like the header not to show on the first page, scroll down in the Inspector until you see Headers & Footers. Click on the box next to Different first page header. Then you can delete the header from the first page without it affecting the other pages. Similarly, if you want different left and right headers, you can click that option and make the appropriate changes. Once the headers are set up the way you want them, you can go back to the View menu, choose Layout again, then Hide Page Guides. The header will remain visible, but the box surrounding it will disappear. The same instructions apply to footers, except that you use the box at the bottom of the page and click on the footer boxes in the Inspector if needed. Best, Marguerite
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