Storyblue 1.2.5 released.

June 10th, 2011

Hey all, a minor update to fix some issues with the program. Here are the release notes:

  • FIXED: Bug exporting notes to HTML
  • FIXED: RTF/PDF export error with default chapter text
  • Lengthened trial nag timer
  • Force .storyblue extension when saving files

I’m prototyping a note board layout for arranging scenes within chapters. Goal is to see the scene cards in a more index card like way, let you drag them around as necessary. Hopefully it’ll make it to the next release!

Thanks everyone — let me know (taylor@manythingsblue.com) if you have any questions, or see any problems after updating.

Get Storyblue 1.2.5 here!

Storyblue 1.2: RTF export extravaganza!

September 28th, 2010

Yup, Storyblue 1.2 has been released. Now exports to RTF and sports a more streamlined toolbar.

I tried to simplify the text editing toolbar a bit in this release; In fiction projects, I don’t see a need for coloring text, or bullets, or alignment. I’ve removed those features for the time being. I’ve also simplified the text sizing to be one of 3 options (small, medium, large), and apply to the whole text area (vs. the selected text). I don’t want to have any useless features, and these seem extraneous to the business of writing novels. I’m looking at font selection as well, but for now that’s still there and functioning the same. Bold/italic/underline are still there as well.

Let me know if you see any problems, either with RTF export or with the new toolbar. Do you have any thoughts about the toolbar changes? Let me know — taylor@manythingsblue.com.

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Storyblue: Rich text export coming soon!

September 22nd, 2010

Per the title, I’m coding away at Storyblue rich text export, one of the main requested features for Storyblue (and rightly so!).

I’m smack-dab in the middle of a consulting gig, so my time to work on Storyblue is limited, but I wanted to give you guys an update on where it’s at :).

Still have some spiffy novel design features puttering along in the background, but I’m going to try to kick the RTF export out as soon as it’s done, without waiting for the others.

Thanks for hanging in there, everybody!

Storyblue 1.1.4

August 5th, 2010

Oh so quickly, this release: In short, copy/paste Mac? Not actually fixed in 1.1.3. In long? I hope this is the end, and whyohwhy Adobe AIR do you not have something which handles this automatically, as much as you imply you have such?

Anyway, back to work! :)

Storyblue 1.1.3 released!

August 3rd, 2010

Huzzah! Just released Storyblue v1.1.3 with the following awesome features:

  • Auto-save! Now Storyblue will auto-save your story by default every 5 minutes. You can turn this off under the (new) Edit menu >> Auto-save.
  • Copy/paste on Mac OS 10.5 and 10.6! One of these strange & annoying bugs, copy/paste stopped working on newer Macs. Why, we may never know, but now there is a fancy new Edit menu with all your favorite copy/paste/select commands right there at your fingertips. Let me know, new-Mac-users, if this still doesn’t work. My Mac is old, so I rely on friendly external testers.
  • Undo! You can now Undo stuff, just like you should be able to. Well, mostly — undoing styles in the Writing editor is quirky. Better than nothing, I say!
  • Interface! I always mess with the interface, so here’s some more. Tried to tighten it up, get into more of a column feel than a row feel. I like it better.

That’s all, folks. You can install the new version from http://storyblue.com/download.shtml. Let me know if you see any errors or problems!

(Sorry for the release delay, too — consulting gigs are taking up quite a bit of time. Look for more, meatier updates on the horizon!)

Storyblue v1.1.2 Released

June 30th, 2010

Hi all,

I’ve just uploaded the latest Storyblue version, 1.1.2, with some minor fixes/enhancements. You can download it or upgrade from here.

Changes:

  • FIXED: If you re-order chapters via drag&drop, export now exports them in the correct (new) order :)
  • Now defaults Save directory to your Documents directory; if you save/open from somewhere else, should save and use that as your default
  • Changed word-count graph to a bar; makes more sense than a line, since each point is discrete
  • Made the registration entry more robust; hopefully cuts back on the number of times you have to try to copy/paste your name & key ;)

Thanks for using Storyblue, I hope you continue to enjoy it!

I’ve been super-busy lately with some client development work, but I’m working on some big Storyblue improvements that I think will really make Storyblue awesomer (is that a word?). I’ll try to post some teaser mockups of the interface enhancements as they get closer. Oh, the suspense.

I’ve also gotten some great feature feedback from some of you; rest assured I’m considering all, and hopefully will have some cool stuff to show soon! I also want to enhance the export features, and add some common file formats. Hopefully soon. :)

Storyblue 1.1.1: Fixed auto-updater!

June 7th, 2010

I’ve (hopefully) fixed the auto-updater, which doesn’t seem to work for most people. Of course, that being the case, you won’t be able to auto-update to this version. ::frown::

You can instead download it from here: http://storyblue.com/download.shtml

I fixed it by taking it out, and replacing it with something that checks to see if there’s a new version, then simply directs you to the download page, instead of trying to auto-magically install the new over top of your old version. This also, actually, removes the strange behavior wherein the updater would just shut down the app with no warning before updating. Hurrah for slaying multiple birds with a single stone!

Let me know if you see any issues!

Storyblue: Goals & Charts released!

May 26th, 2010

Goals and charts are now available in the new Storyblue 1.1 release!

Get the update now from the Download page — free for registered users!

Have you ever done NaNoWriMo? (If not, it’s the world-wide phenomenon in which thousands of people attempt to write 50,000 words in November.) If so, you know how motivating it is to see that word count bar creep up slowly, day by day, until it hits 50,000 (or doesn’t, in which case it turns demotivating).

We here at the airy and beautiful mountain offices of manythingsblue have taken inspiration and creative spark from that knowledge, and said to ourselves: “Seeing progress is motivating! Having a goal is motivating! How can we use this in our spiffy writing software, Storyblue?”

So we added goals and charts. Goals let you say things like, “I want to write 1250 words per day”, or “I want to write 65,000 words by November 12th“. Storyblue tracks how many words you write every day, and shows you pretty graphs of your daily word count, and how you’re doing against your goal. It’s pretty awesome. And hey, you can try it for free: Download Storyblue here, then come back and buy the full, unlocked version. Enjoy!

I of course could not resist the urge to fiddle with the interface a bit, but the major update is adding the goals and charts. I simplified it a bit from my original idea, and I have more I want to add, so let me know if you have any ideas or things you want to see! I’m open for suggestions.

The charts will track your daily word-count from now on; I wasn’t capturing it before, so if you’ve already started writing, Storyblue can’t go back and fill in those days.

Thanks for using Storyblue, and I hope you like the new features!

Storyblue status!

May 18th, 2010

I went with my wife to Charleston, SC last week, on an anniversary trip. We also wanted to go somewhere together before our first baby arrives in October, so it doubled as a babymoon :). It was lovely. Nice weather, relaxed, hung out together, walked around a lot, and read books. These are a few of our favorite things.

Yesterday, I upgraded my development software to the next major version (Flex Builder 3 to Flash Builder 4). I’m hoping for thousands of magical performance and beauty increases.

Goals & charts are almost done (famouslastwords); My philosophy is to release these new features quickly and iterate to make them better (with your welcome feedback). So as soon as the basic word-charts and goals are in and tested, I’ll push out a new version. Then I’ll go back and make them better.

If I try to make the feature perfect and complete right off the bat, it’ll be 2 years before you see it, and it won’t be what you want anyway. That’s one of the beautiful things about being a sole developer: I can write, rewrite, release a lot faster than a large company that has such things as “meetings” and “approvals” :).

I’m in a testing and tweaking phase now, and I refuse to let myself tweak too much before letting you guys see it, so be on the lookout for goals and charts soon!

Advice on Novel Writing (by Crawford Kilian)

May 5th, 2010

Practical, down-to-earth writing advice from Crawford Kilian. He goes through the whole fun process of writing your novel, from manuscript format to symbolism to dialogue to query letters to contracts.

Check out the whole thing here: http://www.darkwaves.com/sfch/writing/ckilian


You can also read his blog on things writing-related here: http://crofsblogs.typepad.com/fiction/