Support For Short Stories

Welcome back!

I’ll be submitting Version 2.270 early next week.  This next release will introduce a new feature—support for short stories.  This will be useful for people who don’t write full novels.  Short stories have their own section as in this screen shot:

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The short story has a default target length of 3000 words (changeable).  In addition, you also get a new optional short story beat sheet (a beat sheet is a structure template).  When selected, the short story is pre-populated with the following sections:

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The other new feature is an optional beat sheet for novels.  I won’t reproduce it here since it’s fairly long and involved.  If you have problems getting your novel started, the beat sheet can often help.

That’s it for 2.270.

Last time I promised a peek at the new stream view for version 3.0.  I’m not quite happy with it at this point, so instead I’m going to preview some updated screens and features.

First,  version 3.0 will support non-fiction writing, and support citations and footnotes.  Citations were a feature request I’m finally getting around to.  This is how it will work:

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Here is an updated look at the main screen:

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A couple of things to note here.  First, the Fast Entry popup will allow you to quickly post to Twitter, Facebook, and check in to Foursquare.  These events will also be posted to your default journal if you have one.  Additionally you can create a quick entry to your default journal. 

Second, you’ll be able to create your own project types.  The current ones (novels, journals, blogs, etc.) will be standard and always there, but you can create your own project type as a separate category.

The UI is coming along nicely and I’ve made a lot of progress on it.  Some of it is bound to change, but the screen shots give you the basic idea.  More next time.
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Auteureist Now Posts To Penzu

Welcome to another week, and another progress report.  I have two things to share this week.

First, version 2.260 has been submitted.  This is an interesting release because there have been no new bug or crash reports, and all known issues have been resolved as of 2.250.  I think I’ll celebrate with some orange juice!  So, what does 2.260 have if not bug fixes?  It has a new feature, one that should be welcomed to those of you who use Penzu (http://www.penzu.com).   Auteureist can now post to Penzu journals via email.  This, however, requires that you have a Penzu Pro account.  You need to set up your Penzu Post email in the Auteureist: settings:

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You can then post using the action button on the writing screen.   This is what it looks like on Penzu:

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Note as you can see in the above post (the keyboard photo), you can also attach photos and other Auteureist™ research items.

The other change in 2.260 is that posting is faster (much faster for journal entries).

That’s it for 2.260.  

On to Auteureist™ 3.00.  In the past few posts here I’ve previewed some new screens designs.  This post will be no different.  
In the last post, I showed an early version of the text editing screen with rich text, page flipping, etc.  This time, I’m previewing the journal entry screen.

This is the basic screen:

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Tapping the (+) button, creates a new journal entry with all of the rich text capabilities.

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In the current version, I have a “life stream” feature that is part of the Journal mode.  In version 3.+  this will be come a “life” and a real “stream”.   

The heart button gets you to “Life”.
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Note, the new version allows you to quickly check into Foursquare (a new feature).  The “Life” screen allows you to track where you are and how you’re feeling.  This is attached to your journal entries and starting with 3.0, can be independent of entries for those of you who want to keep track of such things, without having to write a full journal entry.  The other enhancement over the current version, is that I’ve broken the “feeling slider” into three separate sliders, which provides you with a better breakdown of how you’re feeling.   And as in the current version, you don’t have to use the “life” view to track all of this stuff if you don’t want to.  But, if you like keeping track of such things, you have more flexibility now.

That’s enough for this update.   Next time I should preview the new “stream” view, which will let you see your writing in a different way.
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Status Update

Time for a status update. Last time, I gave you an peek at an early version of the new project browser.  I promised a look at the new writing interface.  The goal  is to let you write without getting in your way; I think I’m almost there.

So, as promised, here is a look at an early version of the new Auteureist™ writing view.

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The first thing you’ll probably notice is that the new version support full rich-text editing.  That means, the version lets you use different, fonts, styles, sizes, etc.  The next thing you’ll see is there is very little clutter.  The old toolbars are gone.  There are a couple of things however, the yellow bar at the top is the color-coded progress indicator.  So you always see how close (or far) you are to your writing goal.  
Here’s the next thing.

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You’ll be able to page through your writing.  Specifically paging will move you back and forward between chapters/elements.  No more having to use a list to select the chapter you want to work on (although you’ll still be able to if you want to).

One thing people like about the current version is the ability to manage characters, locations, research, etc.  The current version uses a toolbar.  The new version lets you swipe up from the bottom of the writing view.  When you do so, you get a nice animation to this view:

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Tapping one of the tabs on the bottom will open up the corresponding information management view.  A double tap on a tab will hide the tabs.  So the control interface stays out of your way until you actually need it.

I’ve managed to get a lot done.  There’s still a ton left to do.  Right now, I’m just focusing on the new user interface.  I’ve been playing with the new interface as I go along, and it feels right. 

That’s it for this update.  More next time.
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