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  1. Yes, it is me again. I just started a new project and it is a third book in a series. I want them all to have the same styles so I was importing styles which worked fine between 1 and 2. Three is not cooperating the same in several ways. I tried importing the styles from the other project but they didn't work. So i just compared and edited--I am impatient. When I had the styles all fixed I tried to add a new chapter and it doesn't work the same as it did before. All I get in that bottom menu thing is the above (see screen shot). In the past (and I compared this to the other project with the same set up) I could get to New Chapter this way. What am I doing wrong? Thanks!
  2. Well, I am still having issues with this, but have noticed that they are fewer and shorter freezes since the last update. I don't get the spinning beach ball, though. I just get no response from the application. It's annoying, but not enough to cause me to abandon it. I have taken the approach that it means to slow down. LOL.
  3. Thank you Steve! You are a saint to put up with my stupid questions. Eventually I will learn this. Have a very happy Thanksgiving! Deb x
  4. Just found (in the manual--duh) how to import styles from another storyist doc. I was so excited until I tried it and "Import Styles" is grayed out. I know you are tired of hearing from me but any idea why this is happening? I feel like Storyist is out to get me but I still like it--how crazy is that?
  5. Thanks Steve, I left it alone for awhile since I was so frustrated. When I came back and looked at it again I noticed that when I went back and reapplied the styles, the chapters came back. What a pain though. I am finding this so hard to figure out. What I wanted to do (and now I am afraid) is to create a style to use that has an indent. The story has several places in it that have letters to people in it. I want to set that off from the regular margins with an indent. I will see if I can figure this out on my own and if not maybe you can take a look and see if I have totally messed it up. Also, is there a way to import styles into a new document? Thanks so much. Like I said, I have a love/hate relationship with this! Deb
  6. I am so frustrated. I just did a couple of undos and now all of my chapters are gone. When I go back to the last saved version (last night) it is no different than just now when all the chapters have disappeared. I am finding this more and more frustrating to work with and may have to give up on it. There is just not enough information on how to do things. Here's what happened (to the best of my frustrated recollection) All I wanted to do was to create a new style. That did not work as I expected so I did several undos. That style I created is still there but now everything has become one long text with no separate chapters. Will someone PLEASE with do some videos on how to use this application or put out a Dummies book? I really want to like it but I guess I might just be too stupid to get how things work. Nothing seems to work consistently and it is still freezing and lagging. Another thing that I find frustrating is importing from Word. I will stop complaining now and hope that I am not the only one with these issues.
  7. Hmm. I don't think I have ever zoomed in on mine. I just work at the regular view. Still not solved for me but good of you if it works.
  8. Last night I had that same problem, Rusty. I had made some changes in the title of my book and it completely froze. I gave up and shut down my computer. Thankfully this morning it was all still there. I hope this can be figured out soon because I really like Storyist otherwise, even though I still find some of it complicated. I really wish there were more video tutorials on how to use it. Please, Steve? Sort of a Storyist for Dummies series? There are a lot of unanswered questions in the FAQs and Getting Started stuff.
  9. At first I just tried to ignore it but as I get to know the program more it is getting to be quite annoying. I have tried everything I can think of to get to the bottom of this. I have plenty of space on my computer. I have shut down all other applications, my files are all local. It's like Storyist falls asleep and it happens randomly. The most frustrating part is when I am on a roll writing and I try to go back and fix something and it freezes for sometimes longer than a minute. This is not conducive to productive writing. At first I thought maybe my computer is too old. It's a 2009 MacBook Pro which, I believe is the same as what Marguerite said she has. The fact that Kaylinscout is having the same issues and has a brand new computer with tons of space makes me wonder what the heck could be going on. Is it because it is constantly saving our work? Can it be set to only save at certain times? I love so much about this application but it is very frustrating too.
  10. Everything is local on my computer.
  11. kaylinscout: Oh I know how to do it it just doesn't work. I have tried the other numerous times form the day I joined here and no matter what I do it just sits there. Marguerite said she thought it might be the system there but I keep trying. I guess I am going to have to go the Gravatar route.
  12. Hi Steve, First of all thank you for continuing to respond to this. I have 96.43GB of free space. I'm currently running Yosemite 10.10.5.
  13. I am still having this problem. It is quite annoying when you are on a roll typing and then maybe go back to fix something, but can't because it is frozen and you have to sit there and wait. Since I have your attention kaylinscout, how did you get your picture to show up for your avatar. I can't get that to work to save my life.
  14. HI Steve, I am running 10.10.5 Yosemite. I try not to have a lot of stuff going on in the background when I am using Storyist, but as you say it might be my computer. It's a 2009 MacBook Pro and it might be getting tired. Not sure how to find out how large the file is but my story is 38,827 words so far. I am really liking the application though. It has a steep learning curve and I wish there were more videos on how things work. I guess I need Storyist for Dummies Thanks for replying. Deb
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