Updated Screenplay Handling

Just a quick peek at the redesigned screenplay/script editing. When you go into the Text Editing Screen:


I got rid of the buttons from the bottom bar since they were cumbersome to use efficiently. The bar now indicates what Auteureist™ believes you’re typing. It automatically updates as you change elements. It also acts as a button. Tapping it will bring up a picker that lets you choose Characters, Locations, etc depending on the element. That is if you are about to type a character the bar reads “Character”. Tapping it will allow you to choose from all the characters in the script or allow you to create a new character which will then get inserted in the text at the current position.

The Post button works normally until you bring the keyboard up:


When the keyboard is up, the Post button becomes a format button. Tapping it will bring up a menu:


Tapping an item will position the cursor properly for the item you select. Selecting -disable- will turn off element detection completely and let you just type whatever you want regardless of formats or elements. This menu changes depending on whether you are creating a screenplay or a stage play.

If you hide the keyboard, the Format button goes back to being a Post button. Of course, the thesaurus is still active in Script Mode.

It took a while to figure out how to get the interface to not get in the way, but still help you. The old design (see the earlier blog posts here) was pretty bad as far as user-interface design goes. It was difficult to use and slowed me down. This version is a lot more efficient and lets the writer save repetitive typing and more intelligently handles the formatting issues.