There’s good and bad news today.
The bad news is that the past fortnight has been pretty tough on Ian and I. Ian lives in Brisbane, Australia which, if you have not heard the news, has had a major flood i.e. entire houses covered in flood water - pretty major disaster claiming many lives.
Yes, the brown color is actually muddy water. Coupled with this, we’ve both been sick.
The good news is, I’m in the process of uploading an interim beta for those that wish to download it - beta 1.55. It’s not labeled beta 1.6 purely because we didn’t get as much as we wished into the code base and there’s no Linux version. I have detailed a full report of what has been fixed below. However, at a high level we’ve fixed a smattering of bugs (mostly search, find and replace and editor bugs) and implementation of multi-language dictionary support in this release.
In the 1.55 download the following languages are installed by default: various flavors of the following languages: English, Breton, Portuguese, Italian, French, Spanish and German. This has added an additional 40mb to the install - which clearly we need to do something about.
The following other languages are also now supported: Catalan, Czech, Welsh, Danish, Greek, Esperanto, Faroese, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Swedish and Ukrainian. These are available by downloading another language pack file of ~95MB from the following URL and extracting the zip file contents in the Scrivener\Aspel\dict directory - http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivenerforwindows/Dictionary%20Pack.zip
I am also very conscious that I have not had sufficient time to properly respond the the large volume of forum posts. I plan to try and get back on track this week - please bare with me, I still have email three weeks old that I have not responded to. It’s nothing personal - just a time issue.
At the end of this post I list the worked planned for the coming week as well.
OK, here’s the detailed 1.55 fix list:
Spell checking is now available for foreign language operating installs.
The ‘i’ now gets capitalized when one turns off “check spelling as they type.”
SEARCH & FIND AND REPLACE
3. Tutorial refers to the following which is missing functionality in Scrivener currently…
“This way, you could easily run a search on all chapters that have a particular character as the protagonist by searching on label only (by typing the name of the character in the search field in the toolbar and then choosing “Label”—or “POV” if you have renamed it such—from “Search in” in the search options menu, which can be accessed by clicking on the arrow next to the magnifying glass in the search field). Status works much the same, except that it is meant to keep track of the state of the document—for instance, “Finished”, “To do”, “A mess” and so forth—although you can rename it and use it for something completely different should you so wish.” - FIXED
"If I highlight a word and press CTRL+F, the find field is not auto populated with the selected word. - FIXED
Plus, words are only found after cursor. - FIXED
Plus, there’s no message to assure user what has transpired. - FIXED
When using Project Search, the search term should be highlighted (in some colour), wherever possible, making it easier to find why a document matched - FIXED highlights in yellow.
All project search options should now work as expect
9. We have incorporated multi-line functionality for all index cards i.e. multi-lines will now save.
- After last fixes cork board index title and index text fonts do not update when changed in the Options - cork board tab - FIXED.
11. “When creating a new document, the indentation settings automatically set the first line of a paragraph to half an inch – which is exactly where I want it, so I’m happy about that. However, after typing text into said document, then closing Scrivener, and later returning to my project, the indentation for all documents which I have typed in are reset to the far left margin.” - FIXED
Changing the ruler snap option doesn’t stick after apply is clicked - FIXED
Roman numerals no longer display half-on-half-off screen in windowed or full-screen mode.
The main format bar doesn’t have a button for inserting lists. This function is only accessible via the Format menu - FIXED icon now exists.
Paste text from MS Word into Scrivener, Scrivener is adding a space at the end of every paragraph - FIXED.
When working in a text box, if I type the following: “Blahbitty blah (huh?) yxxx”
- the “Y” is automatically capitalized, because it thinks I’m starting a new sentence because of the question mark (or exclamation point) in the parentheses FIXED. We still need to fix auto-capitalization of one word sentences that’s not fixed as yet.
Font changes when all text deleted from editor - When all text in the currently opened text item is selected and deleted, it should disappear. All margin and font settings should remain the same - FIXED.
1st Line Indent disappears cut n paste - FIXED
Sitting in bed feeling sorry for myself this week I tried to focus on something simple. I decided to implement a Scrivener Mac 2.0 feature for generating character names. It was far simpler than I thought and so decided to boost the Windows version with some steroids. Available from the Edit->Writing Tools menu
Unable to fix currently:
Sedate the aggressive underlining for spelling. This requires a fair degree of work to remedy and as it technically isn’t a bug but more an annoyance. It will be addresses after the beta. It is closely link with the inability currently to enable zoom. To fix both of these items is a significant re-work of how the editor works with page formatting. This is not something we’re happy about or something we want to rush into fixing as so much else could break in the process.
Work planned for this coming week and a bit:
VeryDoc implementation - doc, docx support etc. I know I keep saying this, but all the 3rd party solutions are pretty average and cause us lots of frustration as no one else renders doc and docx better than Microsoft. Everything else seems to be a hack at best. RTF is still very much the common ground, but I realize people want the convenience of doc and docx import/export and we’ll get there.
Ability to save your own templates. This needs to be fixed and should be a simple one - sorry to keep you waiting on this.
Dictionary - Auto correct capitalizes after hyphens - it should not i.e. then-what becomes then - should be QUICK FIX
Smart apostrophes are lost with RTF imports (note: standard apostrophes work fine).- should be QUICK FIX
Em and en dashes are also lost with RTF imports- should be QUICK FIX
File names with additional ‘.’ to be handled - should be QUICK FIX
Multiple doc printing
Scrivener link formatting moving from line to line. This is an annoying bug where formatting from Scrivener links, footnotes, annotations etc are carried to next line. Also we plan to add the footnote and annotation capability to right click mouse control.
Format > Scriptwriting > Script Mode - Screenplay - I noticed that the Parenthetical element puts opening and closing parentheses in the middle of the text, regardless of whether or not it’s in the middle of the word, and that by choosing a different element, the parentheses remain.
Final installer is still a work in progress i.e. live updates etc.
Beta 1.55 download http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivenerforwindows/