Time for another check on what I’ve been doing. First of all, 2.1 is out for both platforms and the good news is the bug count is dropping rapidly. I think we are nearing the end of the birth pangs (I hope). No, 2.1 is not bug free but they aren’t critical ones.
The next release will be 2.11 and I should be submitting it this weekend. As you can see by the version number its not a major update. So what’s in it? It’s mostly a bug fix release. The main thing is I’ve reworked the password handling which should address password screen inconsistencies. That alone should make people happy.I’ve also made working with restores on device and with Dropbox simpler. You no longer have to do a restart. The app will also now automatically create the proper folders in Dropbox. People were trying to use it without reading the documentation and encountering unpredictable behaviors. This should make using Dropbox more intuitive.
There are also some UI adjustments to make things a bit more consistent throughout and in preparation for some new things.The full list of the fixes is on the website.
I’ve been concentrating on fixes, and haven’t had time to update the website as much as I would like. I have been focusing on the Working With Novels section however, and it does have some new content.Also, I am looking for a couple new beta testers. There is information on signing up on the site. Signing up doesn’t guarantee you will be a tester, but you will be on a list for the next round.
There are also a couple of enhancements. I’ve gotten some interest from several non-fiction writers. Auteureist began life as a tool for creative novel writers. It’s obviously evolved. I am gratified non-fiction writers see value in it. But they want more. To address non-fiction writers, I’ve added a new group to the main screen simply labelled “Other”. The same way novels have chapters and scripts have scenes, “Other” has “Sections”. In this iteration, Other works like a novel. There really is nothing different apart from the labels. It at least let’s you keep non-fiction from fiction. So this is the new main screen:
Other requests i’ve gotten are for better organizational tools. One (non—fiction) writer wanted a way to distinguish items created via the “Brainstorm” feature from normal elements. Personally, I thought this was a great idea since I’ve encountered the same limitation. So I’ve adjusted the Brainstorming feature a little. Now items that you create using Brainstorming have an asterisk in their title. This changes the status circle in the element list to a lightbulb. The nice thing about this approach is if you decide to convert a brainstormed idea into an element (chapter, scene, etc.) just remove the asterisk and the item becomes an element. Add an asterisk and it switches to an idea. This allows you to promote an idea to an element and back at will. The asterisk also flags the item as an idea in the reports you export. Previously, you couldn’t tell the difference. Simple, cool, and useful; the type of solution I like. So what’s it look like? Here is the iPad with some brainstormed ideas.
A couple of people have asked for outlining. Don’t hold your breath. Auteureist isn’t meant to be an outlining tool—they exist. So don’t count on ever seeing nested chapters or sections. Its hard enough writing one app, but writing an outlining app inside of Auteureist is not in the cards at this point. Which isn’t to say I won’t provide more ways of organizing your writing.
Here’s a sneak peek of the next major feature:
Sent from Auteureist™ on iPad – http://auteureist.com/