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  1. I agree that it would be great to have a more elegant way of copying files between projects. Notes can be exported and re-imported, but sheets require a lot of copying and pasting to make them usable again. In the interim, what I do (because I'm in the midst of a whole series with repeating characters, some of whom first appeared in an earlier series, now complete) is simply to duplicate the most complete version of Novel X and save that as Novel X+1, so that the only thing I need to replace is the manuscript for the new book, plus add any new characters or settings or research that I didn't need before. Of course, that doesn't allow the two files to stay in sync, in the sense that an update to one book is automatically reflected in the other book. But it's a lot easier to go through the character sheets, say, and update ages and other changing information than to read everything in from scratch. And the notes and research remain in place. The other thing I do is keep an "Unused in This Book" folder where I can stash character and other info that I don't need now but may want later. That is, I don't throw any sheets/notes out unless I'm absolutely sure I will never need them again. Hope that helps. Marguerite
  2. Hi, Jude L, and welcome to the forums. Storyist doesn't have a footnoting feature: it's primarily for fiction writers. You could enter author-date citations and run a list of references at the end. Best, Marguerite
  3. Two things. As protection, if you drag sections about a lot, ensure that each one ends with # on a line by itself, even if it's the end of a chapter. That clues Storyist in to the idea that you don't want merging (because the # marks the end of the section). I thought the program actually added the # before dragging, but your experience suggests I may be wrong about that. Also (and this is a Mac thing, not a Storyist thing), if you drag a chapter, watch the line that shows you where the program thinks you want to drop it: if it's indented under another chapter, then the Mac assumes you want it made subordinate. If the line is full length, it should end up at the same level as the other chapters. And if it gets in the wrong place, dragging it right above or below where you want it but making sure the line is full length should get it back to the right level. You can then move it into place. Best, Marguerite
  4. There are rulers in Storyist too. Choose "Show rulers" from the View menu. You can also click on the circled i at the top right to open the Inspector and adjust indents from there. In general, Storyist depends heavily on styles—which it exports to RTF and can thus be retained in Word if you set up the Word file properly. There are instructions for that in the user threads on this site. I set up a "1st paragraph" style that includes no first line indent and apply it as needed to the text. Storyist also has a Book feature (Choose New, then Book, from the File menu). I believe that there's a way to get a drop cap from that. I haven't used the Book feature much, though, because I typeset in InDesign, so I can't tell you how to access the drop cap. Best, and welcome to the forums, Marguerite
  5. I don't have an answer for the problem, except to say that I'm not encountering it under High Sierra, so it may be an OS issue. I will say that Storyist Support (i.e., Steve Shepard, the developer) is usually very quick to respond, both here and especially via e-mail. So there must be some reason for the delay, although I have no idea what that is. Best, Marguerite
  6. Hi, TLC, I don't know exactly, but I have seen the difference. In my case, it's because I have the Mac version set to prevent widows and orphans, and the iPad version doesn't support that (as far as I know). So the page breaks change whenever there is a single line at the end or beginning of a paragraph. You can reset the formatting, in that case, on the Mac by choosing View > Layout > Draft, then View > Layout > Page Layout. That forces the Mac version to respect the widows/orphans setting again. I'm a novelist, and I write mostly on the Mac, so it's not a big issue for me. There may be additional Screenplay issues with formatting that I don't know about, but I'd start with the widows/orphans and perhaps "keep with next paragraph" settings in your styles. You can see them by going to the Format menu, choosing Style, then Edit Current Style. Best, Marguerite
  7. I am not quite sure I understand, but as a long-time Storyist user and beta tester, let me give it a try. I don't indent the first paragraph of a chapter. I can do that because I selected a paragraph, clicked on the Inspector, chose not to indent the first line, then, with the paragraph still selected, chose Create New Style from Current Selection from the Style menu inside the Format menu. That adds a style that I can select as needed. if that doesn't answer your question, please write again. Note that even if you do that, the line will still show up as indented in an e-book. But if you export to RTF and open in Word, it will be flush left. Best, Marguerite
  8. Hi, Neil, I think you misunderstood the manual. As I read it, "You can export text files" is a general statement. It doesn't necessarily mean you can export more than one file with a single click. You can export multiple files from a Storyist project at one time on the Mac, but in iOS you need to send one at a time. That's why the "Send" icon grays out as soon as you select more than one file. Best, Marguerite
  9. Understood. Sorry I can't help with that, as I use the iPad version mostly for editing and that not so often. I do almost all my writing on the Mac. Try posting the question again in the iPad section, and probably someone (maybe Steve, the developer) will respond. Good luck! M
  10. The easiest setup for import is to use File > Save As in Word and save the file to RTF format. You can also find a lot of information about going back and forth between Storyist and Word in this thread: Copying/pasting out of Storyist is determined by the app you're copying into (Dan), but if you click in your manuscript and choose File > Export > then choose RTF, you can open that file in Word and have all the italics, etc. preserved. Save it as a Word .docx file, and you can attach it to an e-mail for agents or cut/paste from there if the agents refuse to accept attachments, as some do. One caveat: do not redefine your Section Text style in Word after importing the file from Storyist, or Word will impose the new definition on every paragraph that contains only italics, wiping them out in the process (in-paragraph italics will be maintained). That's a Word feature, not a Storyist feature. In Storyist, the main thing to watch out for is that before you change styles, make sure you are in a line or a part of a line that is neither italic or bold. In that case, Storyist will retain the special formatting. Good luck! Marguerite
  11. Hi, William, It sounds like a mixup. I'm sure the developer will help you. Try sending an e-mail to support at storyist dot com. You'll probably get an individual reply more quickly than posting here. Best, Marguerite
  12. Hi, James011, Did you try altering the text size in the Appearance Panel? Go to Storyist, Preferences, Appearance, then click on Outline View Heading Font and/or Outline View Summary Font and adjust the size by clicking the T button at bottom right. Best, Marguerite
  13. But you could set up a bunch of new chapter cards—one for each story or even each section—and drag the individual cards under them, then delete the original. Or am I missing something?
  14. It is, but at least on my iPad, the chapter cards don't have text, just names. So I don't see how you could (or would want to) convert unless you'd decided to ditch the text. I have an old iPad, though, and mostly use it as backup in terms of Storyist files. Even on the Mac I don't do much with index cards because they don't fit my writing style. So someone else will have to answer your question. Sorry! Marguerite
  15. Hi, Cremmerson, I just tested this in the iPad version, and it seems to work. But I'm not sure exactly what you're asking. If you are talking about retaining text in the manuscript while starting a new chapter, then do this. Tap on the icon that looks like a piece of paper. Navigate to where you want the new chapter to begin. Type NEW CHAPTER or CHAPTER X (X being the number you want). Tap return. Tap in the NEW CHAPTER line, then the Aa icon at top right. Choose Style and style that line as CHAPTER TITLE. When you go back to the index cards (if that's what you're talking about), you will see the new chapter and a card under it. Tap back to the manuscript, and any text you assigned to that new chapter will still be there. If you're talking about retaining text on the index card itself, then it's even simpler. With the cards displayed, tap the + and choose Add Chapter Title. Name the new chapter title. Drag the section card from where it is now to under the new chapter title. Best, Marguerite
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