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Writing Shed for Mac OS

Writing Shed is now available for Mac OS computers. It shares all the same features as the iPad/iPhone version and adds some new ones.The ‘Shed’ is a great tool designed especially for writers of novels, short stories and poetry. No more hunting for files or dealing with multiple versions. No more struggling to keep track of submissions of your work. You will find everything in one place, just a click or tap away. Oh, and it’s got a word processor built in. Find out more by watching the video below and visit www.writing-shed.com today.

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App Store Updates

I have uploaded new versions to the App Store – v1.12 for Mac OS and v3.8 for IOS. These contain an number of bug fixes. You should update your copies as soon as possible.

It would also be fantastic if you could rate the apps on the App Store and also (ideally) write a review.

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Videos

I have added a new page containing videos about Writing Shed. This is an ongoing project. My aim is to create ‘how to’ videos for both versions of the app.

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Crashes and reviews

Unfortunately only a very few people post reviews on the App Store. Sadly this mostly happens if the app has failed for them for some reason and the result is a negative review. It would be good if users who like the app would spend a couple of minutes posting a positive review to help create a more balanced view of the situation.

If an app crashes then a crash report is generated and sent to the developer who can then analyse it and, hopefully, rectify matters and produce an update to fix it. I have received very few crash reports over the past few releases, and all have been fixed.

I would ask though, that if the app causes problems then please contact me via this website before posting a review. That way I will try my best to resolve the issue.

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iCloud Sync

When does Writing Shed sync your work: answer, when you activate/deactivate the app. There is also a Synchronise Projects command in the Projects menu. Choosing this forces the app to sync your work.

It is natural to assume that synchronising your work across devices takes place, if not instantaneously, then at least within minutes. Well, it is never instantaneous, but it quite often takes place within minutes, if not seconds. But, and it’s a big but, it can take much longer, sometimes hours.

This might seem odd, you muse, because, well, my iPhone and iPad are both next to me and my desktop Mac is in the next room…

The trouble is that your work has to travel through the Internet on its way to your other devices and that lays it open to network delays and iCloud delays.

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New Contact Forms

The Contact Us menu now contains three options:

  • Ask a question
  • Make a suggestion
  • Report a bug

I think these a self explanatory. The bug report form is quite comprehensive and designed to ease the task of finding and fixing bugs.

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Sorting Scenes

Tip: How to sort scenes assigned to a chapter

Scenes are arranged in alphabetical order within chapter. Scenes that have not yet been assigned to a chapter are listed as unassigned. You cannot change this from the scene view. What you need to do is open the chapter view. At the bottom of the view is a sort button that lets you reorder chapters. If you select a chapter you will see the scenes assigned to the chapter. Choose edit mode and you will given the option to reorder the scenes. This order is not reflected in the scenes view.

On my ‘to do’ list I have a task requiring me to enhance the scene view to allow you to reorder scenes within chapter and also reorder chapters. I think this should simplify the interface.