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  1. Jules, Your animal "sanctuary" sounds interesting but make sure you have the funds for vet care, as it can escalate out of control pretty fast. PAWS doesn't euthanize unless it absolutely has to, unfortunately, with limited funds, sometimes the needs of the many out weigh the needs of the one, especially if the injury is too severe. I thought having a kiosk at the local mall, would be an ideal setting for animal education and interaction with the public. Nothing elitists donations better the the feel of a warm fuzzy puppy, kitten or rabbit, etc. next to your face. Since I couldn't figure out how to import the picture of Hooligan into this entry, I put it in my member photo. Best wishes with your "sanctuary"! Klaatu
  2. IMG_0177.JPG A little change of subject..... Don't know if this image will come thru, so if it does, here's the scoop. During my "spare" time, I volunteer at PAWS, Progressive Animal Welfare Society. I have worked with the Wildlife Center and the Companion Animal Center (Dogs and Cats) since last Sept. It has been a very interesting chapter in my life. During a meeting at the Seattle Paragliding Club, one of the members brought in this Owl. His name is Hooligan. He and a car collided just before last xmas. The resultant damage to his left wing was too severe to save and required amputation. Within weeks, Hooligan bonded with his care giver and went everywhere with him. This spring, Hooligan went paragliding. Sitting on the care givers shoulder, he leaned his face into the wind and stretched out his right wing to aid in the flight. Hooligan comes to the meetings and is passed around to anyone who wishes to bond with this gentle creature. He loves to have his head and neck rubbed. Pretty amazing when you think about it. Here's a wild creature giving his trust to strangers, who just months ago, sought to avoid, living in seclusion. Klaatu
  3. To All, When I go to work tonight, I am going to take my script that is now in Pages and export it into Word using a PC. Then, tomorrow morning when I get home, I'll try to import it into Storyist, as a Word RTF doc, as suggested and see what happens. Part of the problem might be that I use Mac at home and PC at work to do my writing. I know they are two different systems but it seems to have worked up until now. You are probably right about Pages importing hidden codes along with the text. I have only recently switched from PC to Mac and will never go back. This is what we fear for the 787, the software is Windows based!!!!! During early testing, they found a kid sitting in coach, could hack thru the inflight entertainment system and into the flight control program and take control of the aircraft. What were they thinking? We hope we're wrong but the phrase; "the blue screen of death", could take on a whole new meaning. Not a happy thought at thirty thousand feet. I'll report back Monday and let you know the results of my test. And as much as I appreciate it, please don't sacrifice your personal time for these troubleshooting efforts. I know how important this time is to each of you. Regards, Klaatu
  4. Yes, I have read Storyist 2 User's Guide and Show Getting Started Guide. That's how I became aware that there was a discrepancy of information between the two guides. The User's Guide doesn't even mention Screen Play, in the Table of Contents. I have done everything that has been mentioned in the above post, many, many, many times. The results are always the same. I've tried importing the script by saving as; Word 2003 XML, 2007 docx , RTF, RTF with RTFD and Open Document Test (odt). After importing my script into the screenplay format, the Styles changes from Action to Header 1 and that's where my problems start. I can see by playing with model how easy it is to use. I just can't figure out how to make it work with my imported script. I'm not too keen on rewriting the whole script from scratch but that maybe that's where I'll end up. Can you understand my frustration now? I didn't mean to get everyone's panties in a bunch with my initial posting but it sure has brought out a lot of other view points that have been shared and should be considered. And no, I don't take any of these comments personal, as I hope you don't. A professional, no matter what discipline, learns to separate business and emotions. I try to save the emotions for my characters! As always, "Thank You", Klaatu
  5. Hello Thoth, Okay. So why did you put "me" in quotes? Seems people 'assume' what works for them should work for everyone else, a standard misconception. As I said, I've worked with a lot of different software in my life but Storyist seems to take the cake. You can't imagine the time I have spent trying to get this thing to work, valuable time I should have spent writing. Intuitive, is the key word here. Intuitive for a programmer doesn't mean the same thing for a guy off the street, "me". It would be an interesting experiment to have someone sit down, who has never been exposed to Storyist or any script writing program and see how long it takes them to figure it out. I'm not even going to ask the obvious question of whether you can flay a helicopter. Yes, I have three flight ratings; commercial fix wing, single engine, commercial gyroplane and commercial helicopter. I started flying in 1969, when I was seventeen and a junior in high school. I've built three gyrocopters and taught myself how to fly them. There were no two seater trainers in the late seventy's. I have also owned three fix wing aircraft over the years. Earned my A&P license in '86/'87 and my I.A. rating in '92. As you can see, I've been involved in aviation for sometime, both in general and commercial aviation. So I didn't just fall off the turnip truck. This writing thing is just a hobby for now, due in part because of the insanity I'm exposed to at the Boeing Co. The writing is helping me to maintain some level mental equilibrium. Regards, Klaatu
  6. Thank each and everyone of you for taking the time to recommend a fix for my apparent learning curve. After reflecting on my initial post, I've come to the conclusion that perhaps I have a mental block regarding Storyist. I think this block stems from the way I look at computer software in general. I work for Boeing and in particular, as a Quality Inspector on the 787 program, which has the world's worst build software (Dassault). By the time I get home, I'm usually frustrated beyond belief and I just compound that problem when I sit down and fight another software program that is not intuitive to "me". Like I said earlier, I'm a point and click guy. If I point and click and nothing happens, then you have already lost me as a user. And right now, I just don't have the time to work thru these issues. I've got a script/story to write and at this point in time, that's my prime directive, everything else is secondary. If I have to, I will just hire someone to do the computer stuff and move on. I am checking the local colleges for script writing courses. Maybe this will be place for a fresh start and a different approach. Hell, if I can fly a helicopter, I should be able to figure out a little software, right? So, once again, thank all of you for your time and effort, it was appreciated. Klaatu   
  7. I would like to "Thank" everyone for taking the time to review this. All of you have some great points. When I'm in the script program, I don't see the Action tab at the bottom of the screen, as emoKid illustrates. Is that in Novel program? All I get is heading 1 or variants of it, which is greek to me. Would it hurt anyone (programers), to say what that means? I use headings when flying, not when writing! I just finished the first draft, of my first script and I'm excited as ever to get it into a script writing program that I can use for the rewrites. The writing was incredible, like watching a movie in my head, all I did was transcribe it. Unfortunately, the experience has been mired with trying to get the script into a formating program. After spending far too much time trying to learn these programs, I gave up and wrote my script using iWork, Pages. It has a simple screenwriting format included. When changing from Action to Character to Dialogue, etc. you click on a little icon on the left and select which item you wish describe and it moves the curser to the proper position. Like Storyist, it will not automatically number the pages, which for the life of me, I do not understand. Scripts to my knowledge, live or die my page count, novels do not. I bought Storyist specifically for writing a script but am disappointed with the lack of maturity the program exhibits. I am a point and click kind of guy. When I click on a function, I expect it to do something. Clicking on a Project Item, does nothing more than highlight the item. So what's the point? I just don't understand the logic behind this lack of functionality. Unless someone comes up with better answers, I guess the next move for me would be to buy Final Draft, since that is what it was designed to do. Have any of you writers used FD? I'm interested in what the learning curve is like. Thanks again for your feed back. Klaatu Remember, there is security for all or no one is secure.
  8. OK all you screenwriters, where's the program that let's you sit down to a blank page and start writing without thinking about formatting, line spacing, page numbering, etc.? You know, something simple, intuitive and user friendly, as in anyone could sit down and start writing with just a list of Control key functions. My ideal script writing program would work like this; Select screenwriting format, blank page appears (Title Page), enter data, hit enter. First blank page of script appears and is numbered 1. Cursor automatically positions itself at the beginning of the page. Enter: Fade In:, hit return, Line Spacing automatically positions cursor three lines down for the next entry. Select: Control S, (Scene or Slug Line), enter: INT./EXT. YADA, YADA, YADA - DAY and hit return. Program automatically capitalizes entry and positions cursor three lines down for the next entry. Select: Control A, (Action), automatically positions cursor to left side of margin. Enter: Action line and hit return. Program automatically positions cursor three lines down for the next entry. Select: Control C, (Character), automatically positions cursor to center of page for Character's Name. Select Control or Function (programers choice) and first letter of character's name. Program will automatically Capitalize name, hit return. Program automatically positions cursor one line down for the next entry. Select: Control P, (Parenthetical's), automatically positions cursor to proper position. Enter data and hit return. Program automatically positions cursor one line down for the next entry. Select: Control D, (Dialogue), automatically positions cursor to proper position. Enter data and hit return. Program automatically positions cursor three lines down for the next entry. OK, you get my drift. So where does this software program exist? I'm ready to buy it. Surely, someone has developed a program for the person who just wants to write and is not interested in learning to be a software engineer just to use a screenwriting program. Am I asking for too much here? Thanks, Klaatu
  9. OK all you screenwriters, where's the program that let's you sit down to a blank page and start writing without thinking about formatting, line spacing, page numbering, etc.? You know, something simple, intuitive and user friendly, as in anyone could sit down and start writing with just a list of Control key functions. My ideal script writing program would work like this; Select screenwriting format, blank page appears (Title Page), enter data, hit enter. First blank page of script appears and is numbered 1. Cursor automatically positions itself at the beginning of the page. Enter: Fade In:, hit return, Line Spacing automatically positions cursor three lines down for the next entry. Select: Control S, (Scene or Slug Line), enter: INT./EXT. YADA, YADA, YADA - DAY and hit return. Program automatically capitalizes entry and positions cursor three lines down for the next entry. Select: Control A, (Action), automatically positions cursor to left side of margin. Enter: Action line and hit return. Program automatically positions cursor three lines down for the next entry. Select: Control C, (Character), automatically positions cursor to center of page for Character's Name. Select Control or Function (programers choice) and first letter of character's name. Program will automatically Capitalize name, hit return. Program automatically positions cursor one line down for the next entry. Select: Control P, (Parenthetical's), automatically positions cursor to proper position. Enter data and hit return. Program automatically positions cursor one line down for the next entry. Select: Control D, (Dialogue), automatically positions cursor to proper position. Enter data and hit return. Program automatically positions cursor three lines down for the next entry. OK, you get my drift. So where does this software program exist? I'm ready to buy it. Surely, someone has developed a program for the person who just wants to write and is not interested in learning to be a software engineer just to use a screenwriting program. Am I asking for too much here? Thanks, Klaatu PS Where's the beef? That was my hook line!
  10. If you have sold a movie script - Just how critical is it to stay within the "normal" movie script page requirements? Act 1 - 30 pages, Act 2 - 60 pages, Act 3 - 30 pages, (2 hour movie) I know or read that "less is better" but haven't read where it is imperative that Act 1 is only 30 pages long, etc. Thanks, Garry
  11. So just where are these Screencast you guys are talking about?
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