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  1. marguerite

    Blurb Templates are not visible anywhere

    Hi, patamystic, and welcome to the forums! I don't publish through Blurb, so I may not be completely accurate about this, but I think the Blurb templates are available via the File menu after you create the new project. So you would choose File > New > Project and define the type of project (novel, screenplay, etc.), by picking the appropriate template. Then you write your book. When you get ready to format the finished file for Blurb as a PDF, you choose File > New > Book with your book project open and access the Blurb templates from there. Best, Marguerite
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    Menu > New > Story Sheet - Issue

    It sounds like a bug. The best thing is to report it, just as you do here, by sending a message to bugs at storyist dot com. That will generate an issue tracker and send a message to the developer. He's usually very responsive. Marguerite
  3. Speaking of which, the Mac shortcut is great, but when used by accident, there's no easy way to go back to where you were before (or is there)? Answer: click the back (left-pointing) arrow in the blue status bar. If it takes you to one stop before, click the forward (right-pointing) arrow. That should get you where you want to go. On the iPad, I don't know of a keyboard shortcut, but you can tap the three lines at top left, then the circled i next to the name of your manuscript. That gives you access to the entire structure of the MS, and you can scroll down and tap wherever you want to end up. Best, Marguerite
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    Scrivener 3 User Trying Out Storyist

    You're most welcome. If you run into difficulties, just post--or send an e-mail to support at storyist dot com. The developer is usually very responsive. Best, Marguerite
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    Scrivener 3 User Trying Out Storyist

    Hi, WMH99338, Welcome to the forums! One thing to note right away is that each little piece of a Scrivener document is a separate file, so although Storyist can open the file directly, you may prefer to process it a bit in Scrivener first. I just went through this yesterday with a novel that I plan to revise. The most efficient way, I concluded, to blend the separate scrivenings into one manuscript is to compile the file to RTF. You want Scrivener to use # as the separator between text files, to leave off any automatic numbering, and ideally to start each chapter with the word "Chapter"--as in Chapter 1, Chapter 2, etc. If you do that, you can import the RTF into Storyist rather than the whole .scriv file. (Or, if you have many notes, you can open the Scrivener file first, save it as a Storyist file, then replace the actual MS with the imported RTF file.) Storyist will recognize the # as indicating a new section. From there you can use the Apply Styles by Matching Text option from the Format > Style menu and correct any formatting, ensuring that you change fonts in a paragraph that has no italics, etc., before choosing Format > Style > Redefine Style from Selection. If necessary, use the "Choose Stylesheet" option, also under Format > Style, and select the Novel Stylesheet before applying styles. I actually managed to mess up both the Chapter and the # on the compile, but I've worked with Storyist for (gulp) 11 years now, so I fixed the issues with minimal problems. And the reason I was doing this is because although I appreciate the ease of setting certain compile preferences for e-books in Scrivener, I much prefer Storyist for day-to-day work. Like you, I just find it more intuitive. And I haven't even tackled Scrivener 3, which appears to have an even higher learning curve than its predecessor. Wishing you luck with the transfer! Marguerite
  6. marguerite

    Exporting from Scrivener

    I don't know how to fix it, no, but have you tried e-mailing support? In this case, I would write to bugs at storyist dot com (since this obviously isn't intended behavior) with details of what version of the operating system you're running, the model of Mac or iPad you have, and, if you know how to retrieve it, the crash log. Best, Marguerite
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    This is really a Scrivener problem, rather than a Storyist problem. I have a vague sense that there is checkbox in the Compile panel that says something like "Convert footnotes to endnotes on export." In that case, you can try unchecking the box and see what happens. But as far as I know Scrivener always converts footnotes to endnotes. On the spacing problem, you'd really need to ask someone on the Literature and Latte boards. My guess is that there is spacing in the file that gets converted to spaces in the PDF, since that's what PDFs do: create a stable version showing what will print. In my experience, the results of Scrivener export are somewhat flawed, other than for creating e-books. But in any case, the main interaction between Storyist and Scrivener is that Storyist can import Scrivener files directly so that you can work on them in Storyist. Note that Storyist does not have a simple way to handle footnotes or endnotes. It is primarily aimed at writers of novels, screenplays, blogs, etc.—that is, genres that typically do not include annotation. Best, and welcome to the forums, Marguerite
  8. marguerite

    Word Count - Chapter

    I checked, and I see only an overall word count. In the Mac version, the word count changes when you select text, so you can easily get a word count for one section or a chapter. But when I selected text in the iOS version to check, the word count remained the same. I don't use the iOS version much, though, so there may be another method that I don't know about. Best, Marguerite
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    See my response in the other thread. Was it the iPad version you were using, then?
  10. marguerite


    Hi, Cargil, That was probably the Word grammar checker, since its and it's are both correct spellings, depending on the context. Which version of Storyist are you running? Since I'm working with beta versions, I'm not always sure which feature is in which release version (and I don't use grammar checkers, as my grammar is better than Word's). But if there is a fix, the version number is the place to start. Best, Marguerite
  11. I don't use index cards much, but do you know you can set the colors of the cards in Storyist and track them that way? You can move the cards around on the corkboard as needed or use the colors as a visual identifier. See the attached screen shot. In the left window, the colors separate the months, so all of September is pink, etc. In the right window, the colors identify the POV character (orange=narrator, blue=hero, purple=heroine, yellow=main subplot character who is also the heroine of three other books in the series). Sorry for the slow reply. I thought someone else would answer, because most people use the index cards far more than I do. Best, Marguerite
  12. marguerite

    Exporting as a single document

    It is a text file. The confusion is that the red-tipped ones are also text files, but they originated in the Notebook (in an earlier version of Storyist), so they behave differently. When Steve set up Storyist to import Scrivener files directly, he replicated the different structure of Scrivener files by using those former notes to represent the individual scrivenings. And that's pretty much the limits of my technical expertise. I've been using Storyist since 2007, so I have always set up my novels as in the second screenshot above. And because I'm writing a series with overlapping characters and settings, many of my files have been rolled over and repurposed since version 1. The only thing I use the red-tipped files for are my blog posts, where it's useful to have each one treated as a separate piece. As a result, I can't help much more than I have already, beyond that basic explanation. As far as Storyist is concerned, red-tipped text files are separate, and text files with an icon that looks like two pages with writing on them are single manuscripts, no matter how large. Best, Marguerite
  13. marguerite

    Exporting as a single document

    Is this your manuscript that is breaking into sections? If you see something on the side of the screen that looks like this: then each of the red-tipped notes is a single file, and exports as such. If you see something like this: then you have a single integrated manuscript that should export as one file. If you imported the file from Scrivener, it takes the first form automatically, because that's what Scrivener's sections are (separate files). If you create a new file via New > Project, and pick, say, the Novel template, you should get the integrated file shown second. If you've done one and worked on it and want the other, though, I think that can be laborious to do. Steve may have a better solution. If, instead, you're referring to each character or setting saving as a separate RTF or RTFD file, that's deliberate. You can merge the files on export by choosing File > Export, selecting Outline next to Export and RTF as the format, and clicking on the files you want to merge. But you won't get everything, just the summaries. Hope that helps, Marguerite
  14. marguerite

    High Sierra -- Storyist crashing upon quitting?

    You're welcome! Sorry it didn't solve the problem, but I did remember after posting that I had encountered such behavior occasionally in Storyist under Mavericks (I upgraded directly from Mavericks to High Sierra). Something would cause a crash, and Storyist might report itself as shutting down unexpectedly two or three times in a row, even when I was quitting normally. So it may have nothing to do with the new OS. Best, M
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    High Sierra -- Storyist crashing upon quitting?

    This may be out of left field, because I haven't had this particular problem with Storyist and High Sierra, but I have run into problems with InDesign CS6 and the latest version of iTunes (12.7?) running on High Sierra, including exactly the behavior you describe. I don't even need to be playing music for ID to slow to a crawl and crash on exit; if iTunes is running, that's enough. It happened once before with iTunes and Microsoft Office, otherwise I'd never even have thought of the possibility. Best, Marguerite