Happy New Year!

Happy 2013. This is the first blog update for the new year.

I’ve been making a lot of progress on version 3. Journaling is pretty much complete. The new journal now tracks not only your own entries, but writing activity as well as Twitter and Foursquare activity.

Here is a look at it.

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Currently, I’m working on the logic for exporting projects. This was always a weakness in the old version of the app. The new version has all new redesigned and rewritten logic so things will be more consistent and accurate.

I’m also redesigning importing. Version 3 has a much better importing infrastructure and gives you more control over how things are imported.

In order to test importing and exporting, I’m using 20 years of my own writing on other platforms to make sure things work properly and the formatting is correct.

Importing and exporting are the two biggest features left that I need to complete. The app is still far from done, but after that point it will be a lot of smaller tasks that I will need to focus on. Version 2’s support was a bit flaky.

Here is version 3 with an external keyboard.

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One feature I was hoping to have was the ability to embed graphics within the text, but this will have to wait. Support for that is currently not available on iOS and creating my own way would be too time consuming.

I’m using version 3 full time now (since NaNoWriMo 2012) and only use version 2 for bug fixes and testing.

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The Next Update.

Now that NaNoWriMo is over it’s time for me to focus on development.

The next update should be a minor one with no new features or major changes.

I’m now completely focused on using and working on version 3. The new app is very stable and usable right now but not feature-complete. There are still a lot of things to finish and fix.

A major new capability will be to let you manage drafts and versions of your writing. This will be fairly straightforward and not have a lot of bells and whistles initially.

Something else that is high on my list right now is to complete the ability to export. Version 2 let you do this, version 3 will be totally rewritten, more efficient, and more useful.

There is lots still to do, so I should go do it.

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Status of Version 3

This is a quick update to what I’ve been up to. 

Version 2.501 of Auteureist will have some minor bug fixes. The main improvement will be that all in-app purchases will become free and unlocked. This includes, journal, script, and text-to-speech. I’m doing this in order to simplify things when you will need to migrate to version 3. 

On to version 3. 

I am now using the development version of Auteureist version 3 exclusively. I am using it several times a day and using it to write another complete novel. This is a major stress test.

Here is the important bit. The upgrade is still far from done and I will continue to update and support the current version. 

The good news about version 3. It’s very stable—the bits that are functional. The database is a lot more flexible, but at the same time it’s a lot smaller. There are nice new features that writers will appreciate, such as tracking how much you have written on a day. And to me, as the developer, the actual code is better and more adaptable. 

The bad news about version 3. It’s not done. The main features all work—apart from exporting and importing—but they need some tuning and adjusting. A lot of minor functions are yet to be done. 

Some screenshots now. One of the things I discovered is that if you have a lot of writing projects in various stages of completion, finding things is a bit difficult. I’ve added some filters that simplify that process. There is a filter at the project level, and another at the element level.  You will also be able to search. These help a lot!

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Font styling works—lots of people have wanted this for a long time. 

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That’s it for now. 

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Quick Status Update:

Just a quick note.  I was too busy writing this weekend and didn’t get a chance to post the 2.5 update to the App store.  I will get it done this coming weekend.

This is November, NaNoWriMo, so I”m busy with work and writing.

I also want to give you a quick peek at a feature new in Version 3.  A few people have been asking for this, so it will be in V3.  

Here is a sneak peak.  In Auteureist version 3, you will be able to upload your writing projects to Scribd.

You can follow me as I write on my other blog:  http://archimage-writing.posterous.com/  I occasionally provide some insights into the new version that I pick in actually using the app in writing.
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Quick Status Update:

Just a quick note.  I was too busy writing this weekend and didn’t get a chance to post the 2.5 update to the App store.  I will get it done this coming weekend.

This is November, NaNoWriMo, so I”m busy with work and writing.

I also want to give you a quick peek at a feature new in Version 3.  A few people have been asking for this, so it will be in V3.  

Here is a sneak peak.  In Auteureist version 3, you will be able to upload your writing projects to Scribd.

You can follow me as I write on my other blog:  http://archimage-writing.posterous.com/  I occasionally provide some insights into the new version that I pick in actually using the app in writing.
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Status Update For November.

I’m going to submit version 2.5 this weekend. This is mostly an update with internal changes. I’m about to switch over to using Version 3 full time prior to November, the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I am going to again use this as a chance to stress and exercise the new version of the app. This gives me a chance to find problems and tweak the UI and usability of the app by writing a complete novel.

Having said that, the rewrite is far from complete or stable. It is however, usable, as this blog post attests.
I’ll be again posting updates on writing progress and what I find on my writing blog.

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Major Update And The Future

I’ve just submitted an update. Version 2.400 provides some bug and memory fixes, and support for the iPhone 5. The major change in this update deals with major improvements in formatting of exports. This has always been a weak spot of the app.

Version 2.400 improves all exports and how text is formatted. This is especially visible if you are exporting scripts. At this point, if a script exports improperly formatted, please check your original text and make sure you have the proper leading space or tabs. Auteureist uses a similar technique to Final Draft in that leading characters on a line are significant.
Now for the future.

The next version of the app will eliminate support for Auteureist Sync, the Mac desktop app. I’m getting rid of this because the app was created before Auteureist supported email or Dropbox. It was meant to be a stop-gap solution. Also, at this point no one really uses the Sync app—I’ve had one request for the app in the past year. Eliminating support will reduce complexity and the size of Auteureist which will ease the transition to 3.00. If you are violently opposed to eliminating Sync, let me know now.

If you haven’t upgraded your device to iOS6, you should do so before the next update. I’ll be dropping support for iOS5 and earlier versions of the OS in 2.5. There are a lot of significant changes in iOS6. Version 3.0 of Auteureist will require a minimum of iOS6. Supporting older versions would be impractical at this point.

Now, on to Version 3.00. The rewrite is moving along steadily. There is still a lot to do and it probably won’t be ready until the beginning of the new year. If I’m lucky I may be able to start using the app around the time of NaNoWriMo. I have been using NaNoWriMo as a trial by fire for all major releases, and this year should be no exception. NaNoWriMo helps me pinpoint usability issues and major bugs that may have slipped testing in a true writing scenario.

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