Version 3 Status Report

It’s been a little bit of time, so I thought I’d update you all on where things stand on version 3.  But first…

A quick update on the current version.  Version 2.311 has just hit the app store.  This version has a couple of minor bug fixes, and no new features.  Things have been very stable for a while now (which is allowing me to focus on version 3.)  I’ll be pushing out a version 2.32 in a week or two.  This will have some internal updates to Dropbox and Facebook handling to keep things current.  Now back to…

Version 3.  As I mentioned in the last post, the UI is done apart from some usability tweaks I’m making.  The functionality behind the UI is coming along at a reasonable pace.  There are four major categories of the functionality I need to deal with:

– Migrate the database from earlier versions to Version3 which uses CoreData.
– Management of projects, etc.
– Text editing and formatting.
– Importing, exporting, as well as syncing.

The first of these, migrating the database, is done.  I have functionality in the 2.x release which will allow you to move your database over to the new, more efficient structure.  This won’t be evident until 3.0 is ready.

The second and last of these are the components that take the most time.  Right now, I’d say I’m about half way through the management pieces.  I really only have skeletal functionality for editing and exchanging information.  So, there is a ton left to do.  That’s the bad news.  The good news is, I’m making steady progress.

I’ve been able to migrate my database from my 2.x version and have it open and be usable in the 3.0 version.  So, all of the projects in this screenshot are my actual writing projects from 2.x:

Preferences all work.  Creating and managing your own project types (in addition to the standard novel, script, etc) works. 

Creating and managing individual projects work:

Creating and managing elements (chapters, scenes, etc) all work.

And more functions are working.  

There is still a lot to do.  And, as I’ve said before,  this is a hobby for me.  I have a full time job and other committments, and I can only work on this in my free time—hence the slow rate of progress.  

That’s it for this update.  Hopefully, this looks good to all you version 2.x users.   More next time.