Quick Update

It’s been a week since the last update.  I just wanted to let everyone know where things stand.

I’ve been focusing on a couple of things.

1) internationization.  It looks like Danish will be done first.  There is still a lot to do.  Here is a VERY early screenshot:

I an looking for people to translate into:
 – German
 – Spanish
 – French
 – Italian
 (and any other languages you are willing to help with.). Check the website for instructions or email me for more information.2) Script Mode – this has been redesigned and is a lot nicer than the initial design.  It’s pretty much transparent from the user standpoint.  You can type your script and the app will reformat on demand or when you chose to export it.  It’s not perfect yet, but vert usable. I’ve been using it daily for ScriptFrenzy (and have a 75 page script written solely using Auteureist.)

3) Cleanup – as part of working on Script Mode I have gone over the existing code and rewritten a lot of it to make it more efficient and stable.  Text editing is essentially totally rewritten.  You should notice it being a bit faster and no more weird sizing issues when changing modes or orientations.4) the iPad version:  it works.  Right now it is the iPhone version with no iPad-specific goodies.  Once I get all the internationalization stuff done I’ll start adding all the new/cool iPad OS4.0 stuff.

Which brings me to a couple of points:- the documentation for 1.3 will have some name changes for screens.  When I first started on Auteureist it was purely meant for novel writers.  It has grown and the screen names that use Novel and Chapter don’t really apply.  To make things more generic. Screens with “Novel” and “Chapter” in their title in the documentation will be renamed with “Writing” and “Entry” respectively.

– Version 1.3 for the iPhone will require a minimum of version 3.1.3 on your iPhone or Touch.
The first version of Auteureist for the iPad will require version 4.0 and will be Auteureist 2.0.  At that point the iPhone version will be updated to 2.0 and require iPhone OS 4.0 as well.I just wanted to make sure you know what to expect and to keep your iPhone OS current.

I want to use some new features and that requires updating Auteureist to run on the latest version of the OS.  Up to this point, I have pretty much allowed it to run on 3.1 or later.That’s it for now.

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Beatsheets In Auteureist

Time for an update.

First of all, I’m looking for people to help translate Auteureist into non-English.  Check out the instructions on the main site.

Second, there is a minor update out that fixes a sorting chapters bug.Third, the ipad version is coming along nicely.

Next, in my investigations of screenwriting, I came across the notion of a “beatsheet”.  A beatsheet is a set of points that describes the arc and structure a script.  Here is a good introductory site:   http://tinyurl.com/y34g5sm.  There are others.I really like this as a way of planning a script, so I have built it into Auteureist.  Here is how it works:

Create a script and you’re faced with a blank scene list.


Tap the + (add scene) button and you get the new menu (I still need to fix the menu title—ignore that).


As you see there are a couple of new additions.  If you tap “Beatsheet”….


Auteureist will pre-populate the scene list with the beatsheet breakdown (the numbers indicates the suggested page range.). This is the complete Blake Snyder Beatsheet.

Of course you can edit and rearrange these as you want.  You can also add a beatsheet to the end of an existing script (and then rearrange all the scenes).I think this helps you get started when you are stuck without an idea and helps to remind you of structure and pacing.

I’m sure there are other forms of beatsheet.  If you have a favorite, let me know and I’ll build it in.Finally,  I have simplified how you type a script.  You can now type the script pretty much free form (well there are a few simple rules.). Auteureist now does a pretty decent job of reformatting your script.  This is done on demand and when you save each scene.

Screen Mode is moving along nicely.  I’m really learning a lot about what works and doesn’t by actually writing a script for ScreenFrenzy completely in Auteureist.
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Updated Screenplay Handling

Just a quick peek at the redesigned screenplay/script editing. When you go into the Text Editing Screen:


I got rid of the buttons from the bottom bar since they were cumbersome to use efficiently. The bar now indicates what Auteureist™ believes you’re typing. It automatically updates as you change elements. It also acts as a button. Tapping it will bring up a picker that lets you choose Characters, Locations, etc depending on the element. That is if you are about to type a character the bar reads “Character”. Tapping it will allow you to choose from all the characters in the script or allow you to create a new character which will then get inserted in the text at the current position.

The Post button works normally until you bring the keyboard up:


When the keyboard is up, the Post button becomes a format button. Tapping it will bring up a menu:


Tapping an item will position the cursor properly for the item you select. Selecting -disable- will turn off element detection completely and let you just type whatever you want regardless of formats or elements. This menu changes depending on whether you are creating a screenplay or a stage play.

If you hide the keyboard, the Format button goes back to being a Post button. Of course, the thesaurus is still active in Script Mode.

It took a while to figure out how to get the interface to not get in the way, but still help you. The old design (see the earlier blog posts here) was pretty bad as far as user-interface design goes. It was difficult to use and slowed me down. This version is a lot more efficient and lets the writer save repetitive typing and more intelligently handles the formatting issues.


In-App Purchases Working

I just got a note that in-app purchases appear to be working (albeit maybe a bit slowly). Once you purchase, the Auteureist store/purchase screen should confirm that the feature is unlocked. If it doesn’t then things may be a bit slow, if so, the app will try to verify your purchase the next time you start the app. You don’t have to keep repurchasing it (although it you won’t be charged again if you bought it once). Once it verifies with the app store the Journal Mode features should work.


More Export Options Coming

Just a quick peek. For iPhone and iPad in 1.3, email as well as wireless mode. Final Draft export will be Script Mode only and will be in the Final Draft .fdx format.
HTML and Raw HTML format are both pretty much working. PDF may wait, it depends on how hard it will be.