Time For An Update

Time for an update and progress report.  

The next release will be another stability release.  It fixes a few issues and speeds up launch times dramatically.  There is one new enhancement which deals with the keyboard accessory bars.  They were a bit kludgey to use and required copying text in order to use the bars.  The enhancement only requires that you select the text you want to use.  This is more intuitive and more efficient.

I haven’t been adding any new functionality to the app recently in order to stabilize and fix outstanding issues.   That doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy.  I’ve been working on 3.0 for the iPad which will have a brand new UI and iCloud support.  Its far from done but I have a very good start and am pleased with the new UI so far.  It’s not perfect, but its more “iPad-like” and less confusing than the current one seems to be.  The main goal is to provide all the power of the existing version in terms of being able to manage lots of aspects of writing, while reworking the actual editing interface so that it doesn’t get in your way.

Here are some early screen shots.  These will probably change, but give you the core ideas.

Preferences are now organized better and the interface is more streamlined.  As you can see from this screen shot.  iCloud support will be included, and tooltips will be available throughout to help new users.

Icloudprefs
The main screen is now more intuitive and flexible.  It has nice animation effects and  shows relationships between your writing and contents.  

You can swipe through the carousels, and they all update automatically.  The one thing these screenshots don’t show, is that you will be able to swipe up and down to drill in and out of the various layers.

This shot shows the project types and the projects within a type.  You can select all types or filter by a specific type, such as blogs.

Projecttypebrowser
Selecting a specific project (or swiping up) displays the next view:

Projectbrowser
This layer displays the items within the specific project, elements (chapters, etc), characters, etc.  Selecting one of these will drill down into the specific item.  That’s the basic idea.  

The app will remember where you are so you won’t have to do much, if any, swiping and tapping between sessions.

That’s enough for now.  Next time, I’ll talk about the new version of the most important screen, the writing interface.
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