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  1. Hi, Jude L, and welcome to the forums. Storyist doesn't have a footnoting feature: it's primarily for fiction writers. You could enter author-date citations and run a list of references at the end. Best, Marguerite
  2. Two things. As protection, if you drag sections about a lot, ensure that each one ends with # on a line by itself, even if it's the end of a chapter. That clues Storyist in to the idea that you don't want merging (because the # marks the end of the section). I thought the program actually added the # before dragging, but your experience suggests I may be wrong about that. Also (and this is a Mac thing, not a Storyist thing), if you drag a chapter, watch the line that shows you where the program thinks you want to drop it: if it's indented under another chapter, then the Mac assumes you want it made subordinate. If the line is full length, it should end up at the same level as the other chapters. And if it gets in the wrong place, dragging it right above or below where you want it but making sure the line is full length should get it back to the right level. You can then move it into place. Best, Marguerite
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    There are rulers in Storyist too. Choose "Show rulers" from the View menu. You can also click on the circled i at the top right to open the Inspector and adjust indents from there. In general, Storyist depends heavily on styles—which it exports to RTF and can thus be retained in Word if you set up the Word file properly. There are instructions for that in the user threads on this site. I set up a "1st paragraph" style that includes no first line indent and apply it as needed to the text. Storyist also has a Book feature (Choose New, then Book, from the File menu). I believe that there's a way to get a drop cap from that. I haven't used the Book feature much, though, because I typeset in InDesign, so I can't tell you how to access the drop cap. Best, and welcome to the forums, Marguerite
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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?
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. Definitely sounds like a bug. I'm sure Steve is on it as we speak! Best, Marguerite
  23. 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
  24. 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
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