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  1. Click the folder named Plot. My plot folder happens to be called Plot Points (which used to be the default, but I've been using Storyist for a long time, so sorry if I misled you). But I see now what the problem is. Here's the trick. Once you have the first plot point (Add > New Story Sheet > Plot Point), click on it to select it, then hold down the Option key and click the plus sign at the bottom left. Storyist will add a new whatever of the same kind right under the one you selected. Best, M
  2. Hi, Arthur P., and welcome to the forums, The PDF reflects the page size set in the program producing it. You can adjust it after the fact by cropping the file in Acrobat (the full Acrobat Pro, not Acrobat Reader). You may also be able to crop it in Apple's free program, Preview, although I am less certain about that. I assume you have set the margins (in Word? in Storyist? what are you using to create the PDF?) so that your text is well within the 6" x 9" page size? Otherwise you will lose text when you crop. I use InDesign to typeset, and it automatically creates a PDF of the correct size based on the page specifications defined when you create a new document. Word should do that too if you have set the file up properly. CreateSpace has downloadable templates you can use for that purpose. Storyist was set up to deliver print manuscripts to agents and editors, so by default it uses a standard 8.5" x 11" page. But you can select Page Setup from the File menu, choose to set a custom size, click + to add a new one, define it as 6 in by 9 in, accept the standards for "nonprintable area," then print to PDF. Storyist adjusts the margins automatically, although you may want to narrow them a bit. To do that, open the Inspector, click on Mirror Pages, then choose your inside and outside margins (1.00 in for inside and 0.75 in for outside are good for a 6x9 page). EDITED: These instructions assume that you are using Storyist for Mac, although you have filed the question under Storyist for iPad. But there is no way I know of to print directly to PDF from the iPad app.... Could you clarify, please, exactly how you are producing this file? Hope that helps, Marguerite
  3. Hi, circlecrystal, and welcome to the forums— You can add a plot sheet by typing command-return. It works for any type of sheet—for text sections too. Click Plot Points, click +, choose New Plot Sheet to get the first one. Then hit command-return each time you want a new one. Best, Marguerite
  4. Now I understand. Yes, the scenes in the folder are scene sheets, designed to hold information about scenes, not text. They do display differently on the iPad, just as character, setting, and plot sheets do. Best, Marguerite
  5. Hi, Fitch, It should do that automatically, unless you either close the file before you exit the program or have turned off the feature in the operating system that reopens whatever files you had open when you closed a program. Best, Marguerite
  6. Hi, rpkraul, and welcome to the forums, As far as I know, you can't currently set a different header for each chapter opening in Storyist. You're right that printed books don't include page headers on chapter openers, only page numbers in the footers. But Storyist was originally designed (at least, this is my impression) to produce print manuscripts in standard formats for submission to agents or publishers, not for final print output. It would make a great feature request. You can keep your title page from having a page header by making it a separate file. In the meantime, you can get your manuscript exactly as you like it, then export it to RTF, read it into Word or Open Office, and work with the CreateSpace templates to produce the typeset file you need. It's a bit hairy—InDesign, which I use, is much easier to work with but also much more expensive—but it can be done. Don't put each chapter in a separate file. Storyist is much easier to work with if all the parts of the manuscript are in one document. It's different from Scrivener in that respect. Best, Marguerite
  7. Hi, echo, and welcome to the forums. I'm not sure why you aren't seeing the scenes as index cards on your iPad. I just tried it with a new file, and it worked. Could you not have set up the file correctly on your Mac? I did the following: Choose File, then New Project. Select Blank. Click on Project, then Add, then New Text File. Select a text file template. Choose Novel, not Notebook Entry. (You can set up your own templates later, if you like.) Click Choose. Save the file wherever you would sync it from on the iPad (Dropbox or iPad or for upload via iTunes). Open it on the iPad. Tap your new project, then the name of the text file. Then tap the four rectangles at top left on the main screen. You should see the index cards for each section. Try it, then let us know if it doesn't work. Best, Marguerite
  8. Hi, Ian, and welcome to the forums, This is really a question of what works best for you. The two functions overlap, but they do differ a bit. Scene/Section Sheets help you track the individual segments of your manuscript. They include basics (what is the conflict in this scene?) and specifics (this scene shows plot point X or character development point Y). They also let you specify the point-of-view character for each scene, which can be helpful. They are more over-arching. Plot points offer ways to track story events, either to create an outline or to see if you have followed all the steps of, say, the Hero's Journey. They need not correspond exactly to the scene sheets. I tend to make minimal use of plot points myself because I am not by heart an outliner. I am much more likely to use character development points and setting sheets in conjunction with section (often chapter) sheets. I keep plot points for those emergencies when I have painted a character into a corner and need to get him/her out in a hurry or for general uses like after-the-fact testing of whether my plot hits all the needed beats. But other people swear by them, so I think it depends what kind of writer you are. Best, Marguerite
  9. Good to know. If there's one thing you can say about computer programmers, it's that they LOVE to change things. And that goes double for Apple.
  10. That's true. I have one table in The Winged Horse. It is set as a table in InDesign. Storyist displayed it fine, but the e-book export trashed it (not Storyist only, let me hasten to add). I reset the table as vertical centered columns for the e-book version. Best, M
  11. Fitch, There are some tutorial videos on the Storyist site, as well as a written "how to" for people coming to Storyist 3 from Scrivener. The videos are for Storyist 2, and there have been changes to the interface since then, but the basic principles behind the software haven't changed, so maybe you will still find them helpful. Best, Marguerite
  12. Fitch, Thanks for the info about the Logitech keyboard. That's good to know. I do have a wireless keyboard that came with my iMac (I still use the older keyboard with the iMac itself because in addition to the touch-typing I find the numeric keyboard much faster than the line of numbers across the top--although maybe if my cats weren't always waltzing on the pull-out tray and threatening to break it off, I wouldn't ). It's just that the iPad is for curling up on the couch with a book, whereas my iMac is for work, including writing. And part of that is laziness, because I have been using desktop Storyist since 2007 and am totally comfortable with it. If you decide the $99 for Office 365 is too much of a pain, try Documents to Go. It cost $15 a couple of years ago and reads and writes basic Office files without a hitch. It's much better than Pages, which mucks up the formatting something dreadful. You can even download a free desktop app that helps with the syncing. But now you have Storyist, so what more do you need? roguecamel, glad I could helpand that Steve solved your problem! Best, M
  13. Hi, RC, I can't help with the iPad part of the problem, because even though I use Storyist on my iPad, I am so acclimated to touch typing that I tend to do only the simplest things on the iPad. Almost all my work in Storyist takes place in the desktop version. What's tripping you up on the sync is that different types of index cards operate differently in Storyist. The reason is that text and notes can be huge—far larger than an index card can hold. So index card representations of text files (including notes) start out blank, so that the author can fill in a short description of what's in the section. They are not automatically filled with the summary, because there is no summary field in a text file or note. If you use plot points, character sheets, setting sheets, or section sheets instead of notes, the summary fields display automatically on the index cards. That's what you see in my screen shot above. It's true that you can't yet see an outline view of all the plot point/character/setting cards on the iPad, which is a worthy feature request that a lot of users would probably support. But if you used plot points instead of notes, you would be able to see all the summaries side by side on the desktop version. I guess it depends where you spend the most time and therefore where it makes sense to focus your efforts. Even on the iPad, as soon as you tap an individual sheet, you can see the text on that sheet. There are reasons why the desktop and iPad versions don't display the same way (screen size, memory, virtual keyboard, etc.), but I do understand the frustration. It's hard to learn one new program, never mind two. It sounds like you're making great progress, though! Best, M
  14. Hi, roguecamel (great user name, by the way), Thanks for the long version. It was helpful. So you're hoping for something more like this? The only thing you can't do here is see all the cards simultaneously as text, although you could click open the Hero's Journey folder (in this case) and click through them one by one in text mode, either in the card or outline windows or in a third window. This is a desktop-only view, as Steve explained. But it does use plot points (from my second novel, already published), so it is closer to what you are working with. If you did want to see all the plot points displayed simultaneously as text, I think you're out of luck. They are separate RTF files (as they are also in Scrivener, but Scrivener displays separate files differently from Storyist, as I've explained elsewhere). They are combined in the Storyboard and Outline views but not in the Text view. Best, M
  15. Hi, roguecamel: Is this the effect you're looking for? If so, to get this, I set up the workplace as Side by Side Editor View (click on the View button at the top left of the toolbar, choose Side by Side Editor View). Then I clicked on the folder (Places) for the left window and chose View as Storyboard. That gives me all the cards arrayed as index cards. Then I clicked in the right window (active window is the one with the blue bar and white text) and clicked on an individual card. These are notes, but the same works with section text. Click on a chapter instead of a folder, or if there are no chapters yet, click on the manuscript icon that corresponds to your title. If you're working with section sheets (notes about sections, rather than actual text), then click on the Section Sheets folder instead (mine is called CHAPTER SHEETS, but it contains only one card—I don't work much with section sheets—so it makes a poor example). If that's not what you'd like to see, please explain more what's missing. Best, Marguerite
  16. Quoting Fitch, above: I don't know why this is so hard for me to get my head around. I may be seeing the light. Let me keep this simple, for me, so I don't get lost in the complications. First: Write or wrong, after 3 years of WriteWay and 6 months of Scrivener, my instinct was to use a folder for each chapter, a text file for each scene. Not because there were underlying file structure reasons, just because that looked familiar. In Scrivener they were folders, in WriteWay they looked and acted like folders. i don't know if they were or not. I didn't need to know to use WriteWay. In both Scrivener and WriteWay, Chapters were on one hierarchical level in the equivalent to the 'Project' view, the scenes on a subordinate level under their chapter. Folder and text file look, in Storyist, like chapters and scenes in WriteWay and Scrivener. However, with your explanation, and Marguerite's, (sorry to be so hard to help, but nowhere is this explained with the clarity that is in this thread, I think the light came on. I opened a new project with the novel template. Clearly, the entity that is labeled "My Manuscript" isn't a folder. A folder is blue. It isn't. It's a container of some sort, it looks like a little gray box, not like a text sheet. What is it? A text sheet? Edited to add: It is a text sheet. I discovered that when I highlighted it and looked at it in outline mode. It way, it's a Text file. If it is, then, based on it's behavior, the document management in Storyist is done with styles: Let me explain what I mean by that and then point out where I'm going wrong. A chapter style in Storyist has properties like an outline heading in MS-WORD, a Chapter folder in Scrivener and a chapter entity (I don't know what it is) in WriteWay. If a Chapter Style is moved, it takes with it all subordinate text, and all subordinate sections and their text. I tried this in the Novel Template and it behaved that way. Yes, exactly. Maybe a visual will make the difference clearer. Here are three screen shots I created, two from my novel in progress The Swan Princess, written entirely in Storyist, and one from Desert Flower, which I wrote years ago in Word and just revised last summer for publication using Scrivener, then imported just now into Storyist for this example. SPsetup1.png shows the manuscript (1 big file) plus notes (each in its own file). You can see the icons for text and notes are different and the formatting in the text file is set to Times New Roman 12. SPsetup2.png shows a second manuscript in the same project, currently empty, which I use for holding text that I may want to reuse some day. It is also one big file, but it uses the default Courier 12 formatting because I haven't bothered to reset it. DFsetup.png is the file imported from Scrivener. It should look familiar, with folders containing sections. You can see by comparing the icons used for the sections with the icons used for the notes in Swan Princess that these sections are separate files. By the way, chapters use to display as folders in Storyist, too, but Steve changed it because it made it even harder for people coming in from Scrivener to understand that the pieces of their document were separate files. So the gray container look is to emphasize that this is one file, even though you can move the chapters and sections around just as if they were separate. Does that help? Best, M
  17. Autosave settings? Just a guess. Storyist now creates versions on the fly to keep you from losing work. That may cause a temporary slowdown (spinning beachball). The longer spinning incident sounds like a crash. Steve would like to hear about that, I expect. If it happens again, e-mail bugs @ storyist.com with all the details you can provide. It will help him figure out what went wrong. Best, M
  18. marguerite


    Almost. The two points that differ are: 1. They will not be separate text files. They will be one file. That's what you want for Storyist (unlike Scrivener). 2. If you do set up the chapters in Word with the Chapter Title style, as Orren suggests, Storyist will recognize the chapter breaks on import. If you DO NOT, you can still apply the style after import by going to the Format menu, then the Styles menu, then choosing Apply Styles by Matching Text. That's why the chapters have to be named Chapter X—because Storyist looks for that word and applies the Chapter Title style to whatever is in that paragraph. As soon as it does, presto, chapters! Even without the word "Chapter," you can create new chapters by applying the Chapter Style to them. You can also take out the word "Chapter" with search-and-replace after the style is applied. It's the style, not the word, that creates the chapter. The crucial point is that you keep the whole document in one file, so that any changes to styles affect the whole kit and caboodle, not one teensy portion. At the top of this thread (#3) is a pinned post on using Word styles to set up files for Storyist, if you'd like to play with that. Just be aware that Steve simplified the import options after folks complained, so it's easier now than those instructions indicate. Best, M
  19. marguerite


    Orren, good to know. Is it done through the outline? Fitch, while checking on this, I did discover another solution, which will work better for you if you have already edited your files in Storyist. This fix works in version 3.0 and above. 1. In the project outline, Control-click/right click on the text file with the styles you have edited. 2. Choose Save "Name" as Template. 3. Leave the Save as set as Text File Template (the default) and give your template a name, category, and (optional) description. Click OK. 4. In the project outline, select the next section where you want to apply the styles. Click in the text window. 5. From the Format menu, choose Styles, then Change Stylesheet, then Template Stylesheet. 6. In the window that opens, select the template you named in step 3. Make sure the styles are matched properly (Section Text to Section Text, say). If they aren't, click on the double arrows to fix them. 7. Click Change Stylesheet. The styles will change. I just tried this again while writing out the instructions, and it works. Best, M
  20. marguerite


    P.S. The Styles options are greyed out until you click on the text window. If necessary, double-click a word to highlight it, then click away. That just ensures that you are operating in the text window. The styles commands don't apply until you are working with text: that's why they're greyed out.
  21. See my comment in the Styles thread: it's easy as pie to move an entire formatted novel from Storyist to Word, so long as you are writing the novel as a single Storyist document. Fitch imported his file from Scrivener, where it was (unbeknownst to him, I'm guessing) stored as a zillion separate files, all of which are now revealed to be separate documents. So he has to get them into a single file before he can export them. The easiest way to do that is to merge the files in Scrivener, then reimport (once) into Storyist as a single document and work from there. I gave some basic instructions in that other thread. Best, M
  22. marguerite


    Hi, Fitch: It sounds like Orren already helped with the specifics. It may be useful to keep the larger picture in mind, because the handling of documents is one area where Scrivener and Storyist take different approaches. In Scrivener, each piece of text is a separate RTF document stored in the project: that's why you compile before printing or exporting. It's a temporary merge, in effect. The advantage is that you can, say, export just one chapter. The disadvantage is that each piece of the document is a separate file (even though Scrivener makes it appear to be part of a larger whole). Documents in Storyist operate more like documents in Word, with the crucial difference that Storyist allows you to drag chapters and sections/scenes into new positions within the document. But one document can hold my entire 450-page novel. A separate document might hold the sequel—or a screenplay, or notes, or backup text, or the comic book version. That's why you wouldn't necessarily want the same styles to be applied to every document: your screenplay formatting shouldn't change every time you adjust a style for the novel or comic book. I agree that it would be great to have the option to say, "yes, use the styles for book 1 in book 2." And if you are looking at 100 sections now revealed to be separate files, the prospect of redoing the style sheet for every one of them is indeed daunting. But it's not a bug, it's a feature, as they say. The solution is to merge the sections in Scrivener (perhaps by compiling them into a single RTF file for export). You just need to make sure you do two things: (1) set the separator to #; and (2) make sure each chapter title starts with the word Chapter. Then you can import a single formatted file into Storyist, click in the text window, choose Format > Style > Change Stylesheet, and pick the stylesheet you want (say, Novel). Then choose Format > Style > Apply Styles by Matching Text, accept the defaults, and click OK. You will have chapters and sections within a single large document, and whatever changes you make to the styles will apply to all the chapters and sections within that document. It may not be perfect (you may have to reapply italics, for example), but it's a vast improvement over the correct every section one-by-one approach! EDIT: I have since found another solution, so see below before you decide. Hope that helps, Marguerite
  23. I'm a big supporter of this feature request. Just as a workaround, though, let me note that I find it easier to add a chapter at the end and drag scenes from one chapter to the next than to renumber each chapter manually. Best, M
  24. Hi, kodermike, and welcome to the forums! I asked this question, too, and at the moment you have to merge the documents in Scrivener, then import the merged file to Storyist. Long-term Storyist users (like me) are accustomed to having all the text in one big document delineated by chapters and sections that are not separate files (but can be moved around as though they were). Scrivener users, who aren't, have had trouble making the adjustment and wonder why things aren't working as they expect—or so I'm told. So it's left up to the user to decide how much merging s/he wants to do before import. Everything does import, as you have seen, and it closely resembles the Scrivener structure, whatever that was. Best, Marguerite
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