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#1 hansthegreat

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 04:24 PM

1. How do I get a PDF of my script including the title page and including page numbers?

2. When I want to switch to a new parameter like scene or character using ^+cmd+any number then nothing happens :(
Seems like "^" is not recognized

3. When it comes to describing what is happening in my scenes I don't get the difference between Scenes, Scene Sheets and Plot Points. If I want to divide my scenes into acts then why would I do that in the plot section and not in the scenes (scripts) section?

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 05:04 PM

Hi hansthegreat,

1. How do I get a PDF of my script including the title page and including page numbers?


To create PDFs of a document, choose File > Print and select "Save as PDF" from the PDF drop down menu. Storyist doesn't combine PDF documents, but Preview does (just drag a page from one PDF to the other).

2. When I want to switch to a new parameter like scene or character using ^+cmd+any number then nothing happens :(
Seems like "^" is not recognized


Hmmm. I'm not seeing that. Which version of OS X and Storyist are you using? And which keyboard?

3. When it comes to describing what is happening in my scenes I don't get the difference between Scenes, Scene Sheets and Plot Points. If I want to divide my scenes into acts then why would I do that in the plot section and not in the scenes (scripts) section?


Plot sheets are useful if:
  • You want to do some outlining/planning before writing.
  • There isn't a one-to-one mapping between the outline items and the scenes in your script. For example, you might have a plot point that takes several scenes to unfold.
Scene sheets are useful if:
  • You want to keep notes about what happens in each scene. Scene sheets can record who is on stage and what plot point(s) the scene is supposed to dramatize.

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 05:10 PM

And when I change a Plot Point's color also nothing happens. The same goes for pressing cmd+enter for wanting to create a new plot point

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 05:16 PM

Thanks for the answers! I am using 10.6.8 and the frenzy trial version. Typing on a MacBook Pro mit German Keyboard

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 05:17 PM

Hi hansthegreat,

And when I change a Plot Point's color also nothing happens.


I'm guessing that you're in the outline view. You can set the outline view to show the color rather than the yellow pad background by clicking the Action (gear) button and choosing Set Background > Item Color.

The same goes for pressing cmd+enter for wanting to create a new plot point


I'm not seeing this either. It would be helpful to know what view (Project, Outline, Storyboard) is selected when you press Cmd-Return.

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 05:29 PM

Nice, that works now, thanks.

I am still wondering: How do I connect (or link) a scene sheet with a scene? I don't understand the difference yet between the two

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 06:34 PM

Ok, as I see you can drag the scene sheet on to the scene. But if I attach it, then the scene heading will be replaced by the title that I gave the scene
So e.g "INT. OFFICE" becomes "The layoff" within the script, I don't understand why that is

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 06:38 PM

Scenes hold text. Scene Sheets hold information about the scene (per your earlier question).
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 06:41 PM

P.S. If you know you want an attached scene sheet with every scene, you can set that up in Storyist by clicking on the name of your script, then Control-clicking (right-clicking) on the name. You will see "Edit <Script Name> Preferences." Choose it. One option is to create scene sheets automatically.

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 07:06 PM

Hi hansthegreat,

Thanks for the answers! I am using 10.6.8 and the frenzy trial version. Typing on a MacBook Pro mit German Keyboard


That should be fine. I don't have a German keyboard, but I doubt that is the problem.

I suspect that there is a conflict with a Service or other add-on that defines keyboard shortcuts. To fix this, open the System Preferences, select the Keyboard item, and choose the Keyboard Shortcuts tab. The list on the left contains all items that define shortcuts. Check each to make sure it doesn't use Cmd+Ctrl+<Number> and disable for Storyist if it does.

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 07:12 PM

Ok, as I see you can drag the scene sheet on to the scene. But if I attach it, then the scene heading will be replaced by the title that I gave the scene
So e.g "INT. OFFICE" becomes "The layoff" within the script, I don't understand why that is


If you want to associate the sheet with the scene but don't want to sync the titles and summaries, click the "Don't Attach" button rather than the "Attach" button in the "Attach Sheet to Scene" dialog that appears.

The dialog includes the following help message:

"If you choose Attach, Storyist will copy the sheet title and synopsis to the scene and synchronize the sheet and scene so that further changes to one will be reflected in the other.

If you choose Don't Attach, Storyist will leave the sheet on the storyboard, but keep the title and summaries separate."

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 08:09 PM

Thanks!
If I export my scene sheets, how do I do it that it is just one doc?
And how do I enable automatic page numbering?

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 08:19 PM

And if I type in the notepad, everytime I press return to start a new paragraph I get a pop up menu, so I don't manage to get an empty line to seperate paragraphs

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 08:28 PM

Hi hansthegreat,

And if I type in the notepad, everytime I press return to start a new paragraph I get a pop up menu, so I don't manage to get an empty line to seperate paragraphs


If you don't want to use the return shortcuts, you can turn them off.

If you never want to use them:
1) Open Preferences (Storyist > Preferences) and select the General tab in the Text Editing preferences.
2) Uncheck the "Pressing Return in an empty paragraph activates style chooser."

If you only want to turn them on or off in selected files:
1) Select a file in the Project view.
2) Choose Project > Edit "<file name>" preferences.
3) In the dialog that appears, select the "Use the following values" radio button and check the shortcuts you want to use in that file.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 12:24 PM

Thanks for all the answers! I have been enjoying very much using Storyist to Outline my screenplay and now as Script Frenzy has started and I have a few questions more:
-When I export the script as a doc, the formatting changes - it gets squeezed. How come?
-How do I do page numbering?
-For some scenes the scene headings disappear from the the script menu at the left once in a while, I can't figure out why that is
-How do I insert MORE and CONTINUED?
-Feature request: I want to group my scenes into acts within the scenes menu

Thanks!

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 01:28 PM

For some reason, a scene appears double in the list on the left, but when I delete one of the two it deletes the actual scene (which is not double in the script)

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 02:00 PM

Another feature request (or maybe it is there and I don't see it) In the scenes list I want to give a title to the scene that is not the scene heading so I can recognize it easily

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 05:19 PM

I don't know how that happened, but all of the sudden the dialogue and action description are not in screenplayformat anymore, they fill the whole page and the page counter disappeared:
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Ah, this one i just solved.

Edited by hansthegreat, 02 April 2012 - 05:22 PM.


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Posted 02 April 2012 - 05:22 PM

Hi Hans,

It looks like you've switched to Normal view mode. In this mode, the text will fill the width of the view. To get back to page mode, choose View > Page Layout.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 05:27 PM

Hi Hans,

Another feature request (or maybe it is there and I don't see it) In the scenes list I want to give a title to the scene that is not the scene heading so I can recognize it easily


You can create a heading-level style to mark text you want in the project outline. Check out the template in the Screenplay template with Act elements post for an example of how to do this.

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