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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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:

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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.

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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.

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iOS 6 Is Coming

As you probably know Apple announced  iOS6.  It’s still under NDA (non-disclosure) so I can’t talk too much about it.  However, I can talk about Auteureist and it’s relationship to iOS6. The app works with iOS6—as does the upcoming version 3 of Auteureist.  In previous updates to iOS there were usually a fair number of things that I had to deal with in order to get the app working. In this release it’s not an issue.  

Now a quick status  update.  The UI in version 3 is pretty much done.  There are still a couple of things I want to adjust and tweak.  I’m going to start on the functionality and making it all usable shortly.  

Here is a sneak peek at a new feature in version 3 of Auteureist.  You’ll have a cork board display where you can arrange elements of your writing to reorder them and try different sequences. 

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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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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.

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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.

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

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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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