Versioning is one of the most useful features of Writing Shed. Writers typically revise texts many times before they are complete (some would say they are never complete, just abandoned). Using traditional word processors such as Word and Pages, even Scrivener, each revised version requires you to create a copy of the text file; either that or to append edited copies of the text to the existing file. Whichever method you choose you are faced with a management problem.

Writing Shed allows you to easily create multiple versions of a text.

In the iPad version you will see the following 5 buttons at the bottom of the text editor (on the iPhone the two circular ones are missing) :

Tapping the plus button will add a new version of the text that is a copy of the selected one. It will also copy any notes attached. To move between versions just swipe left/right. To remove the selected version tap the trash can button. The title bar displays the current version number (v3/3) as shown here:

In the Mac OS version you need to look at the toolbar at the top of the screen:

The version controls are the 4 grouped on the right. The buttons beneath each button describe its function.

The version number of the currently displayed text (v1/1) can be viewed in the inspector window on the right:

If you haven’t already found out about versioning then I hope this tip will persuade you to give it a go.

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