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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Daria, If you set up styles in Word for Section Text, Section Separator, and Chapter Title (it doesn't matter what font you use in Word) and apply them there, then save that file to RTF and drag it into Storyist, Storyist will recognize those styles and use them in preference to Default Style. You can then change the font in the Storyist styles if you want and still have it retain the bold and italics. Usually Word does not change bold and italics when applying styles, so once you have set them up, you can Select All and apply the Section Text style, then go through and set the Chapter Title and Section Separator styles either manually or through global search/replace. I pinned the complete instructions for doing this elsewhere in the forums. You can find them here. Best, Marguerite
  4. Julie, Have you already started the new project? If not, the easiest thing is to copy the existing file and use that as the basis of your new file, deleting (or, better, moving to an "Unneeded Characters" folder for later retrieval if necessary) whatever you don't need. You can save individual files to RTF, and import those into the new file, but the information doesn't slot right in where it was. On the Mac, you can save a file as a template, but basically you're just making a copy of it when you do that, so copying the original file works just as well. If you've only written new text (in the manuscript, I mean), then you can copy the file with the characters and use copy/paste to transfer the text. But if you have to blend two sets of characters, saving to RTF and importing is probably your best bet. In that case, you want to Copy to iTunes and Copy from iTunes (it won't matter if you don't have iTunes on your Windows computer, because this is all internal to the iPad). Hope that helps, and welcome! Marguerite
  5. GMC is hard to find in print, but it's available for Kindle.
  6. Nice. Thanks for posting. I love The Anatomy of Story. It and Debra Dixon's Goal, Motivation, and Conflict are at the absolute top of my list of writing books. Truby was the one who finally got the idea of story structure through my head.... Best, M
  7. Oh, Debs, There's also something strange about the display. If you select a note and click +, it should say "New Notebook Entry." I'm wondering if you defined styles with names that Storyist is using for something else. For example, did you change the name of your chapter style to Heading 1? That can lead to all kinds of confusion. Admittedly, if you did do that, I'm not sure why it worked for book 2. It's not too late to save your original file as a template, by the way. You can then open it, edit out what you don't need, and copy in the new text for book 3. There are two kinds of templates in Storyist 3. File > Save as Template preserves everything, including character and other sheets—very useful for a series. Control-clicking on the item in the Project View and choosing "Save Selected Project Item as Template" saves just the styles. You reuse the first kind by choosing New > Project; you get the second kind back through the Format > Style > Change Stylesheet > Template Stylesheet after clicking in the text. Could you have done one when you should have been doing the other, and that's why the import didn't work? To create a new chapter, by the way, you don't need any of that. All you have to do (assuming you created a novel manuscript, as Rusty notes) is type Chapter X (or whatever) on a line by itself, hit return, and choose Chapter Title from the style menu in the status bar. Best, M
  8. Welcome to the forums, Coda. Nice to meet you—virtually, that is. Best of luck with your writing, Marguerite
  9. I suggest taking it slow. That is, don't try to learn everything at once but focus on the parts that are most familiar: the manuscript window, the notebook, and the predefined character and setting sheets. Once you feel comfortable with those, branch out. There are video and other types of tutorials on the How To page at storyist.com. You can also download the manual in various formats from the Support page there. And, of course, these forums are a great resource, where the developer often stops by to help. Best, and welcome, Marguerite
  10. So you'd like something like the export to ePub function, but for PDF? I'd vote +1 for that. I do think it would be useful to have the capacity to create a single PDF with, say, all my character sheets. I'd also like to be able to import PDFs into Storyist: for research notes, e.g. A current work-around is to merge the PDF files outside Storyist via Preview or, if you have it, Acrobat (not Acrobat Reader but the full Acrobat). If the files are pure text, you can also export to RTF and combine them in Word, then save that file to PDF. Not what you're asking for, I know, but an interim measure. Best, Marguerite
  11. Since there are additional layers of outlining, I assume so. But since the distinction between scene X and scene X+1 is often a change in POV, I do find myself wondering why not just call them scenes 1, 2, 3, and 4. Maybe I'm missing something? Best, and welcome to the forums, Marguerite
  12. My slowdowns probably are caused by reflexive tapping of the Command-S combination. I got my first PC in 1981, when failure to save every two seconds meant lost work, with all the resultant howling and head banging. Versioning is wonderful, but I can't quite bring myself to trust it. The memories of the bad old days before "Undo" are deeply etched into my mental DNA at this point. But I will try to adjust to the new century. Best, M (aka Old Codger)
  13. Hi, AshesJH, and welcome to Storyist, First off, you can certainly use Storyist. Worst case, you merge whatever parts of the file you want merged in Scrivener, save the pieces to RTF, and import that file to Storyist. On importing from Scrivener directly, I'll let Steve handle that question. Could be that it's a version problem. Scrivener on the Mac is up to 2.7. But I don't know that for sure. Best, Marguerite
  14. Hi, Mercedes, Here's what I do. 1. Copy the file (so you don't destroy it by accident). 2. Rename the file, changing the extension from .story to .zip. Tell the Mac "use .zip" when it sends you an "are you sure?" message. 3. Double-click the renamed file to open it. It will unzip into a folder. 4. Double-click the folder. Inside is a folder called images. That's where you should find all the images stored in the project. Best, M
  15. Hi, Mercedes, They are in the project, which is a zip file (although called .story). Copy it to a new location, and you can unzip the file to find the images. Sorry that I can't be more specific right at this minute. I am using my iPad. But the big news is that the images exist. If someone else doesn't respond before tomorrow morning, I will give you exact instructions then. Best, M
  16. So long as you own the Mac (not the iPad) version of Storyist, you can export a file to MOBI (Kindle) format, then upload that file to Kindle via the Kindle Direct Publishing site. You also need a cover file that meets Amazon's specs. The file will pass the Amazon checks without further formatting. Is that what you meant? The ePub files will also pass ePub checks without further formatting on your part. There is no button that uploads the file directly from Storyist. But that wouldn't do you much good, because you have to fill out two pages of information on the Kindle Direct Publishing site anyway. Best, and welcome to the forums, Marguerite
  17. I prefer to sync with Dropbox, because it keeps old versions, even of deleted files, for 30 days (longer if you choose some of the paid plans).
  18. Hi, Philtate, Click on one of your chapter headings in the manuscript and choose Format > Style > Edit Current Style. Look to the bottom right corner (above the Preview box) and make sure that there is a check mark next to "Paragraph starts on a new page." Then click OK. That should restore the page breaks before the chapter style. Best, Marguerite
  19. Hi, Tom, You can find out all about Storyist and download a demo version that's fully functional for 30 days, if you're interested, at the company website. Manuals are available in various formats, including e-formats that include images, under the Support tab. And tutorials are free to watch on the HowTo page. In brief, I use only limited images in my actual published novels, but I have tons in my working files, both as mental prompts for characters and settings and for reference (maps, e.g.). I can display them side-by-side with the text, and I often do. I can drag them into the manuscript, if I wish, or keep them in separate notes and include them in the finished file. But the main things I love in Storyist that are missing or more difficult in Word are the organizational features: the ability to keep notes on my characters and settings, to track character arcs, to outline an entire plot or sections of it, to drag chapters and sections into new places in the manuscript and have Storyist instantaneously reorder everything, and so on. File import is as easy as dragging an RTF file into the project outline, and export (to ePub, MOBI, or styled RTF, which Word can read) takes no more than a few clicks. In the absolute last stage, for publication, I do use other programs. But until then, my novels are created in Storyist and stay there throughout their lives, except for the occasional export so that others can read them in Word or I can check them on my tablet. There is also an iPad app (separate purchase) that syncs with the desktop version. Some people love that and use it exclusively; I cut my eye teeth on the desktop version, though, so I use that most of the time and save the iPad for off-the-cuff corrections and the occasional trip. Best, Marguerite
  20. Hi, tburnard, and welcome to the forums: Sorry, I'm confused. Are you exporting to ePub from Storyist and having these problems? Usually the images transfer just fine. If you are really working only with Word and Calibre, there may be someone here who has experience doing that, but this is a Storyist forum. If you are exporting from Storyist to Word and Calibre, try going directly to ePub. You will probably have better results. Personally, I hate the way Word handles images and avoid dealing with it as much as possible. Its e-book conversion (via HTML) also leaves much to be desired. Best, Marguerite
  21. Sorry. I realize that with Storyist 3 there is an extra step. Click on the folder where you keep your sheets, then click the Inspector. Click the left icon (not the paragraph mark). Under Contents, select Section Sheets (Scene Sheets if you are writing a screenplay). Then Command-Return will create new sheets and Command-/ a new folder. My novel template came up from version 2, so it is set up that way automatically. Sorry for the confusion. Best, M
  22. P. S. Command-/ will create a new chapter if you need one.
  23. Click on an existing sheet (works best if you pick the one closest to where you want the new sheet to be), then type Command-Return. You should see a new one sitting there ready for its name. Works for pretty much anything in Mac Storyist: scenes, sheets, notes, etc. You can even use the Command-Return on a manuscript or a chapter and get a new section, although you might expect a new manuscript or chapter instead. Holding down the option key and clicking the + at bottom left also generates a new "same as the selected" whatever. Best, Marguerite
  24. Both Storyist and my blog have grown a lot since I started this topic, but since this week's post is also on writing, with a nod to Storyist 3, I decided it was time for an update, for those for whom part of the fun of writing is imagining who would play your characters on screen: http://blog.cplesley.com/2015/07/casting-call.html. Best, M
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