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  1. versluis

    Focus Mode

    Just in case you run out of ideas, I like the idea of something like Focus Mode. What I mean by that is a writing experience much like we have now in full screen, with no distractions, but in addition it would display just the text we're working on, without showing the page breaks. I feel it can interrupt the flow if a page break comes up and I find myself constantly at the very bottom of the screen. I'd love it if Focus Mode could just focus on the last few lines of text, no matter if there was a page break or not, and give me some room at the bottom. It would be like having an endless piece of paper that you keep typing on until you're done. This means less manual scrolling, and pure typing. Because sometimes, it just flows, and you want to let it all out :-)
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    Focus Mode

    Do'h - that feature already exists! Here's how to access it: Position the cursor in your manuscript, then choose View - Layout - Draft. The layout that shows the formatting on the current pages is View - Layout - Page Layout. I love that about Storyist: I'm thinking, "wouldn't it be great it...", and oftentimes it turns out what I'd like to see has already been implanted 🙂
  3. I was wondering if there's a way to show a list of all my comments in a Storyist file. Currently, when I make a comment on a section, it's difficult for me to find at a later time to do some work on it. So what I'm doing right now is add a comment, as well as a bookmark, because bookmarks can be seen in the column on the left hand side (not sure what it's called, kind of the "file inspector"). But it occurred to me that it's twice the work, adding a comment as well as a bookmark. So I was wondering if there is indeed a way to display my comments in a similar way to the bookmarks. Is there? And how do I do that?
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    Showing a list of all comments

    Turns out there is: Using the Inspector (that's the panel on the right hand side), there are three little icons at the top. The one on the far right is a list of all comments. From here we can conveniently navigate to any comment, or delete the ones we no longer want so see. Thank you, Steve!
  5. Marguerite! Thank you so much for pointing me in the right direction. I can't seem to find the actual arrow, but I found the menu item under View - Go Back (and Go Forward respectively) and their respective shortcuts on the Mac Version. Perhaps I've disabled the toolbar necessary to show the icon. I'll keep hunting though. As for the iPad Version: I'm mostly using an external Mac keyboard with it, and I found out that holding the CMD key down, Storyist shows a list of shortcuts for the current view. A full list of iOS shortcuts can be found here (thanks, Steve!): http://storyist.com/ios/docs/#keyboard-shortcuts To answer my own question: CMD + down arrow places the cursor at the end of the current document.
  6. Is there a way to scroll to the bottom of the current document on iPad, via a keyboard or onscreen shortcut? I know this featrue is available on the Mac version (I believe it's Function + cursor down), but I cound't find anything similar on the iOS version. Speaking of which, the Mac shortcut is great, but when used by accident, there's no easy way to go back to where you were before (or is there)?
  7. I think I figured it out, at least how to insert a blank line: press Enter to start a new paragraph write the first few words of said paragraph go to the beginning of said paragraph and hit Enter again However, I still can't figure out why this behaviour is *sometimes* happening while I'm writing.
  8. I wish I could fix the typo in the title... it has less to do with staring than with starting... moving on! I've experienced something odd yesterday and I'm not sure what's going on. Could be a bug, could be something I'm not doing right. Let me explain. In the manuscript template, while I'm typing inside a chapter, I can press Enter and create a new paragraph. That's all good. When I press Enter twice, I create a new paragraph, and then the New Chapter / New Section selector dialogue comes up. I can now choose to create a new section, for which I need to type in the hash character. So far, this makes sense. But sometimes, I'd just like to create a blank line without creating a new section. That seems really hard to do, and I don't really know how to do it. However, at other times, I can just press Enter twice, and a new blank line is inserted, without the New Chapter / New Section dialogue coming up. I haven't figured out when or why this happens. Could someone explain how I can create blank lines, and how to bring up the New Chapter / New Section dialogue if and when I need it? Thanks!
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    Missing Text

    Bizarre stuff indeed. Perhaps your project file is corrupt, or there's a file permission problem. Try duplicating it in Finder, then open the copy and try to save some changes there. If that works, something's amiss with the original.
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    Missing Text

    Ah, so sorry to hear that. How annoying indeed! Perhaps it's something simple we ca figure out. Try the following: create a new project, save it somewhere safe (Dropbox for example), and make a change. Close the project, close Storyist, then open up the project again and make another change. Close Storyist again, and re-open. Have your changes been saved? If yes, that's a good start. Now see if perhaps your original project was saved somewhere else. Mine are in Dropbox, in a folder called Apps/Storyist (I believe the iOS version set this up as a default, so I stuck to this for my Desktop version too). Have a look at your recent files too (under File - Open Recent) and see if you've saved your project in multiple locations. Could be as simple as you've got a previous writing effort stashed somewhere else accidentally. One last thing to check (and know about): are you using Storyist for Mac and the iOS version side by side? If so, it could be that your project was simply overwritten by an older version from either the Desktop or iOS. The way it works between multiple devices is that "the last writer wins", no matter what changes are active. What can happen is that you open the iOS version for a correction or quick addition, put the app in the background and forget about it, then pick up your laptop and wonder where that last change has gone. It may still be there, because the project is still open in iOS but it hasn't saved yet. So you re-write the scene on your desktop. But now neither version is in sync, because iOS hasn't saved to dropbox until you close the project. When working across multiple devices (Laptop - Desktop - iPhone - iPad), it's absolutely vital that you save and close your project once you're done making changes. All devices need to be connected to the internet for the changes to populate across all devices for trouble-free syncing. That's what I would check. Hope you can find those missing pages!
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    How to group chapters in a novel

    Fantastic Steve, that was exactly what I was looking for. Thank you so much!
  12. I'm using the novel template to write, and I love grouping of text into sections and chapters. I'd like to group my chapters together so that they match a structure I'm implementing. I was wondering if it's possible to create another level above chapters for that, so that I'd have Group - Chapter - Section. I've tried simply using a different manuscript for each group, but that won't easily let me drag and drop sections and chapters from one manuscript into another. Any suggestions or ideas are welcome. Thank you!
  13. I LOVE the word count and daily goals feature. However I'd love it even more if the word count of Story Sheets could be included as well by choice, much like Notebook Entries and any other text file currently can. Sometimes I put a days work into writing back stories and scene descriptions that may never make it into the final draft, but I still feel it's words I've written and as such they deserve to count towards a daily writing goal too. We can always exclude them with a tick if we don't like them. Thanks :-)
  14. Hello everyone! I've just completed a project in Pages and would like to release it on Kindle. I would like to use Storyist for this (and will of course start my next project in Storyist right away...). But here's the problem: my project contains many images that are an integral part of the book. Because my book is a Pages document, I cannot natively import it into Storyist. Therefore, I chose to export it as .docx. Sadly though, none of the images (or formatting) show up in Storyist. Both work fine in Pages and Word 2011. Have I overlooked a tick box somewhere? Is there another way to import my Pages document into Storyist? I'm opening the .docx version in Storyist via File - Open (I've also tried File - Import, but the results are the same). Thanks in advance for any valuable insights!
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    Trouble with images from .docx

    Hi Steve, that's a great idea - thanks for the tip! I tried it and the formatting stays intact indeed Sadly though, none of my images have made it across. They're all PNG files I had dragged into the Pages document. Although the RTF file is now 25x the size of my Pages document, I assume the images are present there - but when I open the RTF in TextEdit they also don't show. I was successful with copying and pasting my words from Pages directly into Storyist: this also preserved the formatting, although I have to redefine the styles (which makes sense). Images however didn't make it across either. Is there a way to bring them over? I believe individually copying and pasting single images works, but that's a lot of work. Thanks!
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