Just wanted to chime in and say thank you for this software! I’ve been looking for index card software that would let me put my chapter synopses in and shuffle them around, etc and your app is exactly what I needed.
I’m also a (tinkering) Objective-C developer, and had this as an idea written down to work on for the App Store and when I saw and bought your implementation, I crossed that off my “ideas” list. You created exactly what I wanted to make.
Great app, I highly recommend it. It filled in a missing hole in my writing process for iPad, which is Pages (for more formal formatting), Elements for Dropbox for drafting (plain text-editor that has word count and some other simple yet nice features), and now Index Card for outlining and plot arc’ing.
I’ve just written the first review for the app on the Japan iTunes Store. I have to say that I think this is the best implementation of index cards I’ve seen anywhere, including on the Mac. I just love the fact that writing the content of a card takes you away from all other distractions, and that each card in the grid contains by default just enough text to make it clear what it is without having to open it or look in inspectors. The outline mode is also very nice, again with just the right amount of text to show a meaningful number of items while making it clear what each item is.
I do hope Scrivener integration happens. As far as I can see, that would remove any need for a Scrivener Lite for iPad.
BTW, in my previous message, I meant to suggest that the “what” in the quoted sentence (in the Projects section of the Index Card page on your site) was a typo, which was a pity considering how carefully you’ve crafted the text.
It’s enough to make me wish I had an iPad and that I was writing fiction or drama or something.
Sadly, neither of those is true — I edit translations and lecture at university — so until I retire and manage to persuade myself that I have something creative to contribute to the world, I will just carry on wishing!
Possibly, yes, but with a 17" MBP and an MBA, an iTouch and now an iPhone, an iPad is hard to justify, and my preferred workflow for preparing lectures combines Scrivener, OmniOutliner Pro and Keynote, along with OmniGraffle for preparing diagrams.
And using an iPad for keynote would have no advantage over controlling keynote on the Mac with Keynote Remote on the iTouch or iPhone, perhaps might have disadvantages.
But thanks for your interest.
Tell you the truth, I want to refine the workflow and then might write it up, but the translation-editing side of my job is taking up so much of my time and energy that I spend my time muddling through.
Originally in the era BS, my workflow started with OmniOutlinerPro, clipping information or writing up information in a rather basic outline. OOP has the great advantage that, provided you keep it simple, it can export to a basic Keynote file and to RTF. So I’d put together the content of the lecture in OOP, making any diagrams in OmniGraffle Pro, then export it to Keynote where I’d tart it up suitably for presentation, and also to RTF, which I’d open originally in InDesign, but following 10.5 upgrade in Nisus Writer Pro — I couldn’t afford the upgrade from ID CS1 to more modern versions — to fill out and write up fully and format, then print as PDF which I made available to my students. The great thing about OOP, NWP, OGP and Keynote is that they all support Linkback, so having copied and pasted the graphics into any of the others, if necessary, a double-click on the pasted version would open it in OGP for any amendments.
Having since started working with Scriv, I wish to go from a .scriv, exported to RTF for NWP on the one hand — only formatting to be done — and to OPML on the other to open in OOP and subsequently pass on to Keynote. But, as I say, on the one hand, my translation-editing work is taking over, and on the other, fortunately, most of the work on my lectures comes down to refining the content and presentation of the previous year’s lecture.
This year there have been changes to my courses, so I hope to implement the new flow as a result, but for the moment, I am totally, but totally, swamped with editing, so any new lecture material has to be done on the fly using the original flow.
All of which said, I do think this would form a good basis for a “Lecture series” template for Scriv 2.0, and there are those on this forum who would be able to contribute to that even more significantly than me.
Key addition is the ability to write Notes on the back of cards. Unlike card title or synopsis, notes are not included in export or searches. A few minor tweaks, and a couple bug fixes as well. Thanks.
Version 1.4 of Index Card for iPad should appear on the iTunes App store any moment. Many enhancements. Free upgrade for existing users. Index Card v1.4 - What’s New
Here’s a partial list of improvements. Many addressing user requests:
Sync with Scrivener 2.0
Expand Outline: The height of rows will automatically expand to display longer synopsis on screen
Duplicate cards on the corkboard
Move cards between projects
6 new color label choices (14 total) and made pre-existing colors more vibrant so they are easier to distinguish on screen
Projects sent to Dropbox now appear in their own “IndexCard” folder
Importing projects now asks if you want to Replace an existing project or Save New project
Increased the width of the project title field on the toolbar to accommodate longer names
I thought you’d like to know that your app (and its ability to sync with Scrivener 2.0) was one of the deciding factors in my buying an iPad a few days ago - Index Card looks gorgeous and is already proving a cornerstone of my NaNoWriMo 2010 preparations!
I don’t know if this is the right place for this question, but when syncing with Scriv 2.0, do the contents of the index cards go into the synopsis (the logical place, at least from a user’s point of view) or the main part of the document? I guess I’ll find out when I get my hands on 2.0, but I was just wondering…