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  1. I decided to change the way I work on a new project and immediately noticed some strange behaviour when creating and moving cards around in storyboard view. 1. Using the ⌘⏎ New Scene key should create the card and place the I-beam inside the card ready to enter text. Instead I have to take my hand off the keyboard to grab the mouse, highlight the note, and then back to the keyboard to hit return. 2. Sometimes the title of the card is all caps, while other times it isn't. For a screenplay format it should be all caps. 3. Rearranging notes creates blank new notes with a # as the t
  2. Posted for Mac, but also for iOS. A to-do list sheet where one can add and check off items. Also available in the Outline and Storyboard view. Would be very handy to be in Outline mode and to see a to-do list of items as part of the odd scene or twenty. Simon
  3. It would be nice to have Storyist auto generate character sheets every time a new character is typed when writing a screenplay. This would make keeping track of everyone a lot easier by being able to see a folder full of character sheets. And how about if one changes the name of the character in the character sheet it also changes the name everywhere in the document. (It recognises first and last names and changes then accordingly).
  4. [Edit: I keep editing this post to correct my typos and every time I look back it reverts to a truncated post. Trying again for the 4th time] Shouldn't creating a scene on an index cards be detected and use the correct formatting at the top of the card? Instead, if one creates a scene in the index card view the formatting is incorrect, it's not automatically all-cap. It also doesn't recognise previous scene headings and doesn't offer to autocomplete, as you can in text mode. Neither does it recognise the usual INT./EXT./DAY/NIGHT to autocomplete. Sure, I can type int. office - day and h
  5. A split view to display text and story sheet files would be an extremely useful feature. Would work especially well on the 10.5" iPad in landscape mode. Sure, I could use a separate app and use the iOS split view, but I've already taken the effort to enter a bunch of notes, and the like, in Storyist.
  6. Personally, I would like to see smaller text and icons in the navigation sidebar. On the 10.5" iPad it feels like it could handle this with ease and still be readable. Some of Apple's own apps have sidebars with much smaller type, and they work just fine.
  7. Just happen upon this post. Dropbox grants access to Storyist via access tokens not your password, which is why changing your Dropbox password didn't revoke access to Storyist. The access token was still valid and irrespective of your password. Storyist doesn't interact with Dropbox via your password.
  8. I updated to OS 7 straight way and have been very pleasantly surprised with it. Sure, I'd read and seen all about the update prior to installing it ,and new to some degree what to expect, but not until you use it can you appreciate how different and a fresh it is. While many things haven't structurally changed it is certainly more than skin deep. It really is a fresh look that instantly make the previous iterations seem dated. There are many areas that show great promise and I hope Apple capitalise on this, such as learning more about what you do and where you go for the Today view, to make a
  9. Nice surprise this morning. Nice one Steve.
  10. Hi Marguerite, Yes, it was dragging from one manuscript to another, or in my case one screenplay to another. I was trying to figure out the best way to work with my new draft - if I created a new screenplay in a my current project then characters/plot points/locations would change and become disjointed to the original draft. If I duplicated the project file and call it my 2nd draft then I would end up doing lots of editing. I thought I could start a new project and drag over the bits I need from the 1st draft project to my 2nd draft project. Didn't notice the Save as template optio
  11. Funnily enough I tried something similar the other day. Wanted to re-use most of what I'd written in a new draft after deciding I wasn't going to finish the one that I was on after I changed a large chuck of the script. Copy/Paste didn't work, nor could I drag my scene sheets from one document window to another. I would also love to know if there was a way to do this, if not then this would make a nice feature request. Simon Just noticed your post was in the iPad forum while I was talking about the Mac version. But your question still stands.
  12. Index cards are one per scene heading. I think I know what you are after - you would perhaps like to break down a scene with a stack of cards? You could probably find a working solution by using index cards and section/scene/plot sheets. On Storyist for the Mac you cold arrange these visually in a collage view, but not on the iPad. Perhaps this is to come. If you tap on the scene heading button then whatever you type is classed as a scene heading/slug line, which therefore creates an index card. Hope this helps.
  13. Good idea. In the meantime you can try NameGenr8er. I've been using the app for a number of years and it does the job. A third party is hosting the link and explains why.
  14. Orren/Marguerite, I no longer bother unhiding the ~/Library/ folder, simply alt-click the Go menu in the Finder whenever I need access to it. I just don't think something as critical as a draft should be hidden away in ~/Library/Application Support/, but instead saved along with the user's document in a subfolder. I would also never use the Dropbox versioning as a way to store my drafts. The free version is only for 30 days. The versions are incremental not specific versions. And it was never designed for this. I think I've found a better solution for the time being - create a symb
  15. I did see the backup feature but there are a few reasons that put me off for using it for this purpose: 1. Can't access them on the iPad. 2. Can't access them on my other Mac. 3. I never liked the idea of the Application Support folder as a place to store user created documents - it think this was a poor design decision by Apple that they and 3rd party developers use. And since Lion the OS hides the user's Library folder this is yet more reason to longer use it. I would rather have the backups in the same folder as my source file, which for me is inside my Dropbox folder.
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