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  1. Hi, This has been discussed many times, although naturally I can't find a single one of them now. It's done with outline levels and styles. Try downloading the template here. It's from 2012, updated from 2008, and I don't have Storyist open right now to check that it still works. But Storyist 3 should open the file, even if it complains about having to update it. If it does, check the styles for Part Title and Chapter Title to see how they define the outline level (should be Part - 1, Chapter - 2, as I recall). Best, and welcome, Marguerite
  2. I do the same, although I create new sections instead of Notebook Entries because it preserves the manuscript styles. You can also save a version and provide a comment that explains why, so you can distinguish that version from all the others. That's most useful in preparing to wreak havoc on an emerging draft or chapter. At the end of each full draft, I save a copy of the entire file under a new name, just in case. That's probably overkill since the introduction of versioning, though. Smart quotes are governed by Edit > Substitutions > Smart Quotes. It should be checked if you want them and not if you don't. And welcome to the forums! Marguerite P.S. This answer assumes you are using Storyist for Mac. Elsewhere you posted in Storyist for iPad, which has (somewhat) different features.
  3. Well, the results will never be as clean as an actual typeset book (they won't with the CreateSpace templates, either). But you can get a fair way toward the result you want. I assume you have a Storyist file containing your novel already, since you created a Kindle file. Before you do anything else, go to the File Menu, choose Page Setup, then 6x9 from the Paper Size menu. 1. Open the Inspector. Under Margins, check mirror pages and insure that the inside is about 0.25" more than the outside. 2. Edit the styles (Section Text, Section Separator, Chapter Title, etc.) so that they are single-spaced and justified and have the fonts you want. Correct the formatting for the Header and Footer styles, too (but see below). If you want different left/right headers or footers, check those boxes in the Inspector. Click different first page header/footer so you can get the page numbers off the first page (title or copyright). 3. If you are happy with # between sections, no problem. If not, save the file under a new name, then run a search and replace to turn # into the character(s) of your choice. This removes all your sections in the Project View, which is why you perform this step on a copy, but for print you don't care. Remove any section separators that come before chapter titles. 4. Make a list of all the chapter numbers, titles (if any), and page numbers. You will need to create the table of contents by hand. 5. Fix the title page. The Novel template includes a sample, if you need it. 6. Add a copyright page with the ISBN and the usual disclaimers. Any printed book in your genre will give you the basic text. If necessary, reset the page number to 0 so that your book starts at 1. 7. Add the table of contents. 8. Print the file to PDF and check it. Note that Storyist was designed to send manuscripts to editors, agents, or publishers rather than for publication by a POD printer like CreateSpace. That means that you have to use work-arounds to avoid certain typesetting no-nos. You can't remove headers from the chapter openers, so you would do better to use footers that consist only of page numbers. You want to create a new 1st paragraph style that has no indent on the first line. Watch out for double spaces after periods (do a global search and rerun it until you get rid of them all). And while you're at it, run another search for paragraph breaks followed by white space. There may be other details I've forgotten, but that will at least get you started. Hope that helps, M
  4. This is a feature that's been requested for a while, but I don't think we have it yet, especially on the iPad. For the iPad, I recommend GoodReader. I bought it ages ago on sale for about 99¢, so I'm not sure of the current price. But I don't think it runs more than $4.99. You can flip back and forth on the iPad with relative ease. Sorry, I know that's not what you wanted to hear. And I may be out-of-touch, since I am still using Mavericks for various reasons. But I think it's still true. Best, and welcome to the forums, Marguerite
  5. Click on Project. Click on +. Choose Add Text File. Choose Novel from the popup window and name it. Then you will see Add Chapter and Add Section in the + menu at bottom left. Notes don't have chapters or sections. They are for keeping all kinds of research notes and memos to self, and the like. So unless you specify that you want a manuscript (Novel, in this case), you don't have access to chapters or sections. The difference between doing it that way and choosing Novel from the beginning is that you don't get the additional "bits" (sample character, setting, and plot sheets). Best, and welcome to the forums. Marguerite
  6. Dropbox doesn't recognize the file type. The file is there, and it is a backup, but you can't open it in Dropbox itself—only in one of the Storyist apps. It's a limitation of Dropbox, not Storyist. A Storyist file is actually a collection of files (text, images, sheets). If you unzip it, you have all the component parts, but not the unified project. But rest assured that the whole project is backed up. I've never known anything to go missing, and I've been syncing via Dropbox for years. Best, Marguerite
  7. Hi, Stellar, Index cards are associated with your text. They are not the text itself but a way of displaying notes about it. That's true whether you import the file as RTF or type it directly into Storyist. Character, setting, and plot sheets are already descriptive, so the summary field is displayed in the index card and outline views. But the actual text of your manuscript is usually too long to fit on a card, so instead the card is for typing a short description of the section and any concerns you have about it. For example: "Joe discovers the missing manuscript. Why doesn't Susan see him find it?" Hope that helps, Marguerite
  8. Gdmedia, Sorry I was unclear. You drag characters, etc., from the Project View--the list on the left, as Nick indicates--to the Collage. Storyist is both a database management program and a word processor. If you just want to write, you choose View > as Text, click in the main window, then delete the sample text as Nick indicates and type your own. To start a new chapter, type CHAPTER 1 (or whatever number) and choose Chapter Title from the list of styles above the manuscript (where it says status). To start a new scene/section, type # on a line by itself. You can style it as Section Separator if you want to see it centered. Then hit return and type the next section. The Images folder exists in the blank template because you can store images. You can also set up folders for characters and settings and the like. But if you choose the Novel template instead, those folders have already been created for you with sample character and settings sheets. When you're getting started, that's usually easier. Storyist is not like Pages, because it can store notes about your scenes and settings and characters, which can be very useful when crafting your story. For an example, see the attached screen shots from my (very new) WIP. In the first, the Project View is on the left, with a list of images available in the project. The center shows a character sheet for the main antagonist, with notes as to where he is in book 4. The right window is the heroine (Maria, Koshkin's daughter), in her Collage, with a setting (Kolychev Household) and an image of the man she's about to marry. In the second, the Project View shows the parts of the manuscript, most of which are just chapter headings left over from the previous book. But the manuscript itself is in the center, and the right now shows a list of characters in outline view (View > as Outline). That information is taken from the summary fields in the individual character sheets. The characters display on the storyboard as a series of pinned photos, which I for one find hugely useful as I'm writing. Hope that helps. M
  9. Hi, gdmedia, Are you using Storyist for Mac? If so, let's walk through the basic idea, and see what happens. Try this. (> means go to the first menu, then choose this option there). 1. Open a new project: New > Project. From the window that opens, choose Fiction, then Novel. 2. Click on My Manuscript in the Project View. Choose View > as Storyboard. Do you see two blue stacked index cards called CHAPTER 1 and CHAPTER 2? 3. If so, double-click on CHAPTER 1. You should see three more index cards with titles. 4. Double-click on Start Writing! The corkboard should change to a gray background. That is called the Collage, and it represents one section. 5. In the Collage, you can double-click in the card to get a cursor and type some text. You can also drag characters, settings, notes, images, or plot points (the light bulb cards), to link them to that section. There are not too many options in this template, but try it with Protagonist and the Example Setting. You can drag these additional sheets to more than one collage. 6. Click the back arrow above the Collage or click on CHAPTER 1 in the Project View. You will see the text you entered on the Start Writing! card. 7. Double-click Start Writing! again to see the items in the Collage. Then go back to CHAPTER 1. 8. Drag Adding Section Breaks to the left of Formatting Section Text. You should see the cards change order and the Project View mimic that order. 9. Click the small plus sign at bottom left of the Project View and choose New Section. A blank index card called Untitled Section should appear on the corkboard and an entry for Untitled Section in the Project View, selected and ready to rename. Type "New Card" and that will become the title of the card/section. Move it where you want it. That's the basics of the storyboard—at least in the Mac version. (If you're using the iPad app, someone else will need to walk you through the process, as I rarely use index cards in the app and they work a little differently.) If, in contrast, you are not seeing cards even when you follow these steps, that is a bug or defect in your copy of the software. In that case, the best thing is to report it to the support address. Hope that helps, and welcome to the forums, Marguerite
  10. The Swan Princess, third (North) in my Legends of the Five Directions series, written entirely in Storyist, is formally launched as of today. To celebrate, I'm running a Kindle sale on the first two books, The Golden Lynx and The Winged Horse, from today through 8 AM GMT/PDT Monday, 4/18. Both books are 80% off at 99¢ (99p in the UK), meaning that you can read the whole series for less than half price. Welcome to the world of 1530s Russia. Ivan the Terrible is a child, the Crimean Khanate powerful, the steppe in constant uproar, and vindictive families, foreign invaders, bandits, and warring royals appear at every turn. What could be more fun? Best, Marguerite
  11. Hi, Hobnails, and welcome to the forums, You could download the CreateSpace template for the size that interests you and alter Storyist's styles, margins, etc., to match. When you have everything the way you want it, choose File > Print, but Print to PDF instead of to your printer. You may have to tweak it a bit to make it work (I export to RTF and typeset the final, final version in InDesign, so I haven't tried to upload such a file to CreateSpace), but all the pieces are there in Storyist. Storyist does not always change smart quotes to straight quotes. But if yours has, you can change them back. Go to the Edit Menu > Substitutions > Smart Quotes (this assumes you are in Mac Storyist), then Edit > Find and click Replace, then enter " in both the find and replace boxes and click All. If you're in the iPad app, it's still possible, but someone else will need to give you the sequence; it may be a bit more cumbersome. Best, Marguerite
  12. Imagine my delight when I opened today's New York Times and discovered an article in the Technology section that featured the Storyist app as the writing program of choice (although others are mentioned). For the next few days, at least, you should be able to see the article at this link, even if you are not a subscriber. Congratulations, Steve—well-deserved, of course! M
  13. The third novel in my Russian series, Legends of the Five Directions, is now available in print and Kindle e-book. The Swan Princess is the third novel I have written entirely in Storyist. Also, if anyone is just discovering the series, the first two books, The Golden Lynx and The Winged Horse, will be on sale (Kindle only) for 99¢ (US) or 99p (UK) from April 15 through April 17, 2016, to celebrate the official launch of Legends 3. So if you've been holding off—although the e-books were never that expensive—this is your chance to grab the first two as well as the third. Already working on book 4, The Vermilion Bird—in Storyist, of course. As always, thanks for developing such a wonderful novel-writing program. Best, M
  14. Hi, jlee, and welcome to the forums. You'd need to edit the ePub file (in Sigil or another free program) after it's generated by Storyist. You can find instructions here. I think there is also a video tutorial on the Support page. Although it uses an earlier version of Storyist, the basic principles should be the same. Best, Marguerite
  15. I would like this feature, too.
  16. Sorry, I'm a beta tester. Maybe it's not in the release version yet. In which case, I guess it's on the way. Steve, don't take my firstborn! It was an innocent mistake, promise! M
  17. Hi, guys, Tap on the three dots at the top right (where you control the Sync feature) and move the Dark Mode switch to on. Best, Marguerite
  18. There is a split screen option in the Mac version. I don't think you can see two manuscripts side by side in the iPad app, although you can display the Project View on the left and the manuscript on the right. Screen size is the main impediment, I'm guessing. Best, and welcome to the forums, Marguerite
  19. Go to Edit > Substitutions, and make sure the Smart Quotes option is checked. That should fix it. FYI, Word has its own font list, which is different from the font list that Apple (and hence Storyist) uses, so if you go back and forth you can see strange substitutions in the fonts themselves. That's because Microsoft wants Word for Mac and Word for PC files to use the same fonts. There used to be a way to tell Word which fonts you wanted it to use, but I can't find it now. But if you set up your styles properly in Word, you should be able to get around it. If all else fails, try Times New Roman. Best, Marguerite EDIT: The font weirdness may be a thing of the past since Apple dropped the Type 1 fonts. This is the problem with having set things up years ago!
  20. Because in this case you added a Section Separator, I'm guessing. Click on dressing room in the lefthand column, say, then Command-Enter. See what happens. When I add a section, it does work as it should. (Don't take this the wrong way, please. I have been using the program since 2007.) So the problem is not in the program but how to make the program clearer to people encountering it for the first time. Best, Marguerite
  21. Hi, Strang, and welcome to the forums, There are several easy ways to add a section. The simplest is while typing: Paragraph 1 text # Paragraph 2 text You can select the # and apply the Section Separator style, but the new section is already there. I'm not sure why you're seeing the centered text when you add a section: I don't see that behavior, no matter how I add it. Could you be adding chapters instead? Another quick way to add a section is to click on the section name above where you want the new section to appear, and type Command+Enter. That adds the section and the section separator at the same time. Clicking + at the bottom left and choosing New Section does the same. So does holding down the Option key and clicking the + at the bottom left. It looks as if percentage zooms went missing when Steve cleaned up the interface in version 3; new users were getting confused by the many options. If that's true, he may bring them back if you make a feature request. My screen's always set to 200%, so I hadn't even noticed that it's now set to Zoom In/Zoom Out (could also be an Apple directive, now that I think of it). Best, Marguerite
  22. Go to the beginning of the chapter and click. Page down to the end of the chapter and shift-click. Look at the word count, which will now reflect the word count for the selected text. If you have one section per chapter, just Control-click (right-click) anywhere in the text and choose "Select Section." Again, the word count will refer to the selected text. Best, Marguerite
  23. Yes, that's right. Just create a Storyist folder in Dropbox (or Apps/Storyist, as nen1000 says, if you're syncing an iPad—although you can change where the iPad syncs if you like). Then open and save your .story files from/to that folder, just as you would to any folder on your Mac. I don't see an iCloud option in the Preferences window. Do you mean on the iPad? If you tap the iCloud option, it gives you several choices, including Dropbox. Best, Marguerite
  24. Hi, xuinkrbin, and welcome to the forums, What kind of files are you trying to copy? Sometimes the easiest thing is to copy the entire project and delete files you don't need (if, for example, you need to replicate many character or other kinds of sheets). Individual files can be exported to RTF and imported into a new project, although you have to move information back into the relevant parts of the new sheet if you do that. If you mean that you want to copy text between manuscripts in a single file, then you select the section, go to the new manuscript, set up an unnamed section there, and paste the text. Normally the unnamed section will take on the name that it originally had, and you will keep your formatting. Best, Marguerite
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