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  1. Hi, I saw some old threads about this but could not find a current answer. In the storyboard view, I can see an index card for each chapter all in one group/grid. And I can go into a chapter and see a card for each scene within that chapter as a group/grid. And I can have a split screen view allowing me to see a chapter card on one side and all it's scene cards on the other. But I can't find a way of seeing a grid of all my scene-level index cards for the whole manuscript all at once. I think I read you can do this on the iPad version. I saw a screenshot where on the iPad you could see all the index cards on one screen, with chapter numbers marked where relevant, this is exactly what I need, but I don't work on the iOS version. I know I can shuffle scenes around in the project view, but my scene-level index cards have more relevant info on them at-a-glance then just the title of the scene that you see in the project view. And because I'm having to reshuffle scenes around, including between chapters, I really want to be able to see a big grid of all my scene cards on one screen so I can easily take in the relevant info for each and then shuffle them around at will throughout the manuscript. Is there a way to see all my scene-level index cards for the full manuscript in one grid to make rearranging scenes/plot points across the full manuscript easier? thanks, -daria
  2. ok thanks steve, i didn't think of it at first, but i guess i can do all the font changing in word before importing. then the only thing is then it will all be labeled default text, not section text, but that shouldn't matter right? i can create a matching section text style for new copy...
  3. Ok, thanks, Steve. So, does that mean, once I import the text, I can't change the font of all the imported body copy text (now labeled as default text) without wiping out the bold, italic etc?
  4. I should say, the imported text does retain all the bold, italic etc. It's just that then the whole doc is labled as "defaut style" which does not apply my desired "section text" attributes to any new copy that is written.
  5. I just tried importing it. In this case the body text all came in as "default style" So I selected a paragraph, gave it the attributes I wanted for my section text, then used the "redefine style" option. It didn't, however convert all the "default text" to those new attributes, only the selected paragraph. Alternatively if I make a paragraph how I want it, then "create new style based on selection" and call it "section text" then try to apply "section text" to other paragraphs, it again loses the custom formatting. Am I doing the basic conversion from "default style" incorrectly?
  6. Hi everyone, I've seen answers here on how to change the style of text while keeping the formatting (italic etc. intact) but i seem to have a problem. I'm copying text from a word doc into Storyist. Here is what is happening... 1. copy body text from word into a storyist chapter. 2. looks exactly as it did in word, formatting included, but when I look at the style drop-down it shows "no selection" 3. now I want to convert the text to my previously defined "section text" style. 4 so I select the text and change "no selection" to "section text" 5. the font etc change properly, but all formatting like bold, italic etc gets wiped out. 6. as i'm importing a whole novel, is there a way I can apply my section text style without losing the formatting. I tried selecting a block of text and using the "redefine style" option as was suggested in another post, but it won't let me "redefine" because there is "no selection" currently being applied. I hope the question is clear and would be grateful for some help on this formatting issue. thanks, -daria
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    Timeline

    I see this is an old post, but sync with Aeon Timeline would offer the most useful timeline tool of all without having to actually create the feature from scratch inside Storyist...a note on Aeon Timeline is here just in case anyone is interested: http://storyist.invisionzone.com/index.php/topic/2885-storyist-sync-with-aeon-timeline/
  8. I’m a big fan of Storyist and for several reasons find it a far superior writing program than Scrivener. I could never write a novel in Scrivener if for no other reason than I can’t use a program that doesn’t let me easily see and control the formatting of my pages as I go along. But there is one thing that comes with Scrivener that I would absolutely love to see in Storyist and that is the ability to sync with the program Aeon Timeline. Aeon Timeline is a simple and extremely powerful tool for tracking plots, arcs, characters, backstory etc. You can enter all your characters (or anything else you want) as “entities". Then you can easily create and move around plot points. You can group them into different arcs like “backstory” or anything else you like. Then turn arcs on and off depending on what you look at. The timeline itself moves across the screen horizontally allowing you to zoom in and out of it - in the same way a film editor does in editing programs like Final Cut or Avid where you have the whole movie in a timeline, and can scroll around on it and zoom in and out of different parts to make changes. In this way you can easily see the whole overview of your story at once no matter how many years (or hundreds of years) it may span. Or you can zoom way in and see day by day or hour by hour detail of your storyline. You can then easily create new plot points on the timeline, instantly shift them around, and do all kinds of other things. You can then look down to see which characters are involved in which events - and even turn on features that allow you, for one example, to immediately see the age of each character at the time of each event - and tons of other useful and time saving features. I know there are tools in Storyist, like the creation of Plot Points or Section Sheets that try to help you see the overview of your novel or script - but they are, understandably, limited. If Storyist were to integrate with with Aeon Timeline in the same way Scrivener does…it would be adding a whole world of really powerful tools that would suddenly turn those fairly limited features into something incredibly useful. You could, for example, create a bunch of new plot points or events or characters in Aeon Timeline, then look at the “birds eye view” of how they are working - decide they are not quite right - drag them around and play with them until you can see the timing is perfect. Then you could sync with Storyist - and have the option to automatically update all outline as well as your story sheets, character sheets etc. in Storyist based on the timeline. This ability to “see” your plot, characters, events and arcs in a simple and easy to navigate “picture” makes understanding how your plot is working and where things might be off in a much quicker and more intuitive way than clicking around on lots of lists on different sheets of paper, or even just studying an outline. But the beauty of the syncing is that you then retain the ability in Storyist to go into any of those events on a story sheet and work with the details, attach images, etc. So you end up with the best of both worlds. You can then easily switch between your Storyist "outline" and your Aeon "timeline" - make changes either way - and then just sync them up to update both. Of course you can use both programs separately like I do now, but the ability to sync between them would save a huge amount of time and allow users to really get the most benefit out of both programs. Maybe everyone is already familiar with the program, but wanted to give a few details on why the ability to sync with this program could be so incredibly useful for Storyist. I hope it’s something that might be considered.
  9. Hi, I'm having trouble figuring how if you can have automatic section sheets created in Storyist 3. I found this on an old post: "You can set Storyist to create section sheets automatically when you add a section. To do that, right-click or Control-click on My Manuscript (or whatever you call your work) and choose "Edit 'My Manuscript' Preferences." Where it says "Sheet handling," make sure the box next to Create sheets automatically has a check mark in it. Then the name of your new section sheet should show up in the list." But if I right-click on My Manuscript in the Project view, I don't see "Edit 'My Manuscript' Preferences" ...am I looking in the wrong place? Or is it done differently in Storyist 3? A screenshot of where to find "my manuscript preferences" would be awesome if anyone has one. Thanks, -daria
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