Hi Beta Testers,
Firstly, I’d like to thank all of you for your patience in waiting for this beta given that we were a day or two late delivering this - depending on where you live in the world. Both Ian and I, really appreciate your support and encouragement. It has been a little crazy around here lately, but when I look at how Scrivener for Windows has progressed and all the things we have yet in store, I can’t help but smile at how enjoyable, robust and useful this software has quickly become. A huge part of this is due to this wonderful community and your excellent feedback, love and even cookies.
Below is a list of the bug fixes and enhancement that were made in beta 1.6. At the end of this text is a brief update on what our next focus will be, as well as, a link to the outstanding bugs in beta 1.6 that we know about.
GENERAL NOTE ABOUT THE TUTORIAL
Unfortunately, the tutorial in this release is from beta version 1.4. I missed this when frantically packaging. There’s been a lot of fixes to the tutorial, but they are not in this release. My penitence will be addressing the emails and posts regarding this.
THE FOLLOWING HAVE BEEN FIXED:
Missing carriage returns in compile
Incorporate multi-line functionality for all index cards
Can’t Change Index Fonts under Corkboard
After last fixes cork board index title and index text fonts do not update when changed in the Options - cork board tab
Dictionary doesn’t remember learned words
Dictionary - Autocorrect capitalises after hyphens - it should not
Dictionary should include an unlearn capability
Foreign dictionaries need to be supported. We have added a web downloader for the following dictionary languages: Breton, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Faroese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Ukrainian, Welsh. PLEASE NOTE THAT AFTER A DICTIONARY DOWNLOAD/S SCRIVENER MUST BE RE_STARTED TO SELECT THE DICTIONARY/IES IN THE OPTIONS DIALOG. I MISSED THIS IN THE RUSH TO GET 1.6 OUT GIVEN THE NASTY LIST BUG WE ENCOUNTERED LAST MINUTES - Sorry! - Lee
Smart apostrophes are lost with RTF imports (note: standard apostrophes work fine)
em and en dashes are also lost with RTF imports
Export is no longer limited to TXT, RTF, and PDF, and ODT (Open Office) for Linux. Windows users with Word installed can now export within Scrivener to: HTML, DOC, DOCX, ODT, PostScript, SVG, JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, PCX, TGA and BMP. Note you’ll need Word 2007 or the free plug-in to export to DOCX
Font Shrinks and changes on cut and paste
Full nested list support for bullets, numbers, roman numerals etc. This was painful and the cause of the late beta but it works beautifully now even if I do say so myself
Ruler Tab Placement
Paste operation will steal the TABs of the line one line below it
Indents not sticking between full-screen and editor
Text cursor with fixed font height
Left and Right Tabs
After adding a right tab and left tab to simulate a “header column” and a “content column”, moving away from the file and returning to it will convert both tabs to right tabs
Scrivener link format can now be turned off on new line by right-clicking and selecting ‘Clear Links’. Annotations and Footnotes still need to be addressed as it’s still not simple to undo these
Split text loses the indentation of the first paragraph where the text breaks
Pasting images from RTF or Word
New Project/Template Save
Prevent or warn users if they are about the save into another project folder and prevent it
Save As using same file name
Implement prompt to prevent this
Include in Draft
“Included in Draft” setting. Doesn’t save when the program is closed, even when saved
Hide Inspector on Multi Select
Inspector should hide when multiple items selected on the corkboard and outliner
Project Notes Persistence
If a user switches to project notes as they want to keep this open, each time a new document is created the inspector switches to document notes forcing the user to change again to project notes.
Can’t add hard returns to index cards
Import Web Page
No links or formatting work on pasting html from webpage
Additional ‘.’ in filename
Filenames with additional ‘.’ to be handled
Multiple selected documents
Selecting multiple documents for printing currently crashes Scrivener every time
No snapshot sound
There sound for snapshot is only triggered on menu selection not when triggered in inspector buttons
The formatting is a bit rough in that the right margin floats to the page width. It would be better if it conformed to the style and was fixed relating to the style type. Tabbing doesn’t activate the correct style. In most other screenwriting apps the tab automatically activates the correct style (eg: one tab for characters, a back tab from there for parenthetical etc). Also, most autodetect the scene heading / action line. eg if you start typing EXT in pos 1 the software knows that this is the start of a scene heading and throws up an autocomplete line. It is very distracting having to worry about setting the style each time you start a new paragraph
Character / dialogue spacing in Script mode
After typing a character name, regardless of whether I hit TAB to enter dialogue, or hit ENTER and select DIALOGUE from the dropdown, I get a full line of space between the character name and the dialogue
Dialogue should begin on the line directly below the character name. I can mail you a screen shot if this doesn’t make sense. it looks like the “0 Space before” and “1 Space before” settings have identical formatting. I tried using the default setup and got an identical amount of space between the character and the scene heading as I did between the character and the dialogue. When I adjusted the script settings to add a space before the dialogue, I got the same result. Adjusting to add two spaces before, and the result was two spaces, not one—so the setting is working, it just isn’t properly reducing the space to zero
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
No has an opacity setting so it can stay open in the background and not be too visible and distracting
Save personal templates
There’s still an outstanding issue that must have been broken between the first beta and now.
Added a generate more names button
MISSING FEATURES ADDED
Edit of toolbar buttons for display in Scrivener toolbar via a dialog needs to be added
Doc and Docx support (Export only - import to follow shortly)
Line spacing icon in format bar to be added for editor, preferences, and compile draft options. (added in previous beta but not updated in the bug list)
WISH LIST ITEMS IMPLEMENTED
Add shortcut for Strikethrough formatting - Now that you can customize both toolbars you can add this. Likewise with a fake ZOOM feature (until we can implement it properly) you can add the increase and decrease font size tool buttons and simply CTRL+A to select all text and click on one of these icons - a dodgy interim solution but a little easier than changing via font size every time?
WHAT ARE WE WORKING ON NEXT
- General Bug fixes
- Import file formats other than rtf and txt
- Auto-correction and auto-complete facility similar to Word, we will also tie in a character Map selection tool as well to make finding symbols easier. See image below for idea what we’re talking about here:
- A little ‘spit and polish’ to the text highlighting for project search and find and replace i.e. Keep colors but change rectangles to rounded rectangles - a pet peeve of mine; rounded is so much more soothing
- Implement number of index cards across into the corkboard dialog pop-up
- Adding merge documents capability i.e. Selecting several documents in the binder and then choosing Documents > Merge will merge the selected documents into one (their meta-data—the stuff that appears in the inspector—will be merged too).
- Fixing annotation and footnotes so you can turn them off easier.
- Enabling the menu, Edit>Options, under the Appearance tab, the first option is a check-box labelled “Show subdocument counts in binder”.
- Investigate ePub and Mobi formats.
Etc. you get the idea - just making Scrivener better and better
Well, it’s been a huge week and it hasn’t even started. I’ll post again soon.