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  1. 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?
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. I thought I answered this yesterday, but the message seems to have vanished. The easiest way is to choose Print from the File menu, then click on PDF at the lower-left corner and choose Save as PDF. That will generate a file that you can e-mail to your readers. It will look exactly as it does in Storyist, just as if you printed it. If you need those on the other end to be able to edit the file, you can choose Export from the File menu. Click on the name of your stage play, and choose Files and .rtf from the two drop-down menus. Click OK and name the file, then click OK again. That file is styled, and you can open it in Word or Open Office, preserving most if not all of the formatting. Save it as a DOCX file and send that instead. Best, Marguerite
  8. Hi, Dan, and welcome to the forums, Font overrides (bold, italic, etc.) can be tricky when cut and pasted. Are you trying to paste from Storyist to another program: Word, say? Or something else? There are often ways to get around the tendency for programs to nuke the italics, but before I go into details, it would be helpful to know exactly what you're trying to do. Best, Marguerite
  9. Hi, wappinghigh, and welcome to the forums. The first thing would be to check, if you are submitting to a literary agent, what that agent's submissions requirements are. Some insist on Times New Roman 12 point; others accept the basic Courier (which is used for the template because it was long a standard); still others don't care about the font, so long as it's not Comic Sans or something similar but have specific requirements for margins. You can change any of the formatting through the Inspector by selecting a paragraph that does not have italics or bold, changing the formatting to what you want, then choosing Format > Style > Redefine Current Style in the menus. You can also click in a paragraph that contains only plain text and choose Format > Style > Edit Current Style and make the changes in the box that appears. Click OK and the changes will be applied throughout the document, with the italics and bold text preserved. In this case, you probably need to adjust the margins to 1" all around and make sure that the format is double-spaced rather than a set distance. But no one I ever contacted counted lines per page. So in that sense you are fine with the standard setup. Best, Marguerite
  10. I haven't encountered this behavior. The developer always wants to hear about crashes. Did you report it to the Support address (bugs at storyist dot com)? He'll also need to know which version of the Mac OS you're running.
  11. Definitely sounds like a bug. I'm sure Steve is on it as we speak! Best, Marguerite
  12. So the issue is that when you add a scene in the Screenplay template under Mojave, you get both a new scene and a scene called #? What happens if you click on the # in the manuscript? Does it have the Section Separator style applied? Does the blank line have the Section Separator style, or is it Scene Heading (Section Text in the Novel template)? If you change the blank line to Scene Heading/Section Text and the # to Section Separator, does that fix things? Best, Marguerite
  13. Sorry, Outflare, I missed this one the first time. Click on the Inspector icon at top right to open the Inspector. Click on Chapter 1 in the Project View. Click on the paragraph mark in the Inspector and scroll down until you see Page Numbers. Click on Page Numbers to expand it, and you should see two choices: Use default value (selected by default) and Start at. Click in the button next to Start at and you should be able to set the value back to 1. I checked this in the release version to be sure I wasn't giving you false information based on the beta I'm currently using. Best, Marguerite
  14. Steve, I'm not sure a bug I reported is relevant here, but I did just update the post under Bugs in the Beta forums. Perhaps it will provide a clue?
  15. Hi, Robin, If you go up to the message where Callista originally posted the icon, then Control-click (right-click) on the image itself, the forums will give you the option to download it (assuming you're on a Mac—not sure if the same process works on an iPad or phone). Welcome to the forums! Marguerite
  16. No, Storyist is not abandonware. It's still in active development. Where did that come from? And I expect it works fine with Mojave, as the developer is usually quick to test these things. But I think my Mac's too old to run Mojave, so I can't confirm.
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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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