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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 :-)
I'm pretty new to Storyist, but unfortunately one of the very first things I noticed was its lack of PDF support. I'd love to be able to view PDFs natively inside of Storyist, as well as have the ability to export my manuscript to PDF once I've finished writing something. This is - to me - the most critical feature that is currently missing. -------- Justifications: Import: I do a lot of pre-writing and research using various other applications. I don't expect them all to play together nicely, so I've gotten in the habit of saving all of my research, character lists, background and designs, etc. as PDFs and simply importing them into my old workflow (Scrivener). They would all sit in my research folder on the sidebar, and then when I needed to reference something about my character I could pull up the PDF I'd created that had photos of style/outfits, background, and flow charts all in one document on my sidebar. Export: PDF is possibly the only document standard that literally anyone, anywhere in the world can open on any device. DOC/X used to have serious problems on iOS. PAGES is worse since it can't be opened on Windows. TXT loses the style, and others need specific apps. Even if you do manage to get it open, sometimes formatting is skewed. PDF opens on every OS - from mobile to desktops, Mac to Linux, and everything in between -- if for some reason your machine isn't able to by default, it's free to download a PDF viewer. It keeps all formatting between these systems without loss. If it were unintentionally edited or corrupted while emailing, etc. it doesn't matter and can't harm your original copy because it's a read only image file. (OS X can "Print to PDF" by default, and its a decent workaround for the time being, but it lacks the options of choosing what gets included that you get in export options.) Additionally, if you have Acrobat (which is incredibly cheap from Adobe Cloud now, unlike it used to be ) doing commenting and editing on a file using Acrobat is super fun and easy, and has the added benefits of 1) making it impossible to inadvertently leave a tracked change or comment in the document, and 2) forces you to go back into your own story to determine if the change is truly the best thing, or even if it needs to be more extensive, rather than simply hitting "accept". I started sending out PDFs by default years ago because of their ease of use. -------- So yes. Thanks for the awesome software, can has PDFS to make awesomer? (Post Script: When I originally emailed support about this, it was suggested that I bump this thread. There are a number of people in that thread requesting PDF support, but I decided to create a new thread because PDF export was not mentioned there, and I didn't want that request to get lost among the other comments. So please count their voices here as well!)
I'm still relatively new to Storyist, so hopefully this makes sense. For the title page where the approximate word count is displayed, can't this be automatically calculated? I realize that the total word count for the title page is calculated differently than the general word count that the program measures. With that said, couldn't there still be an automated way to generate that total? I've been using Storyist in it's default setup, without changing any of the styles, font sizes, etc. I suppose anyone changing any of those items would make it more difficult to calculate the approximate word count according to the instructions on the Novel template. Anyway I'm trying to follow best practices so I don't get zinged on any of my manuscript submissions. Any thoughts on this. Thanks, James