Shaxpir Feature Ideas

  1. Support For Multiple Books Inside A Single Series

    Shaxpir really shines when it comes to creating a single book and allowing you to add parts, chapters, characters, notes, connections, etc... However, there's no easy way to compile multiple books into a single series.

    This would be a welcome addition, as currently there are only two ways of creating multiple books as a series:

    • [A] You can create all your books individually, sure, but then you must recreate all the characters, themes, items, connections, etc... for each one (assuming the different books revolve around a common set of characters/themes/items/etc). Also, this method does not allow you to create connections…

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  2. Web-Based Login Access To Shaxpir

    I think a subscription-based writing service would be more useful to me personally if you had a web login feature so you could use the program through the website (besides using the desktop app). That way, if you're unable to install the software onto a computer that's public access, you could still work on your projects -- say, college students working in a school library, folks working on computers owned by their employers that don't allow for installation of programs, etc. From the screenshots I've seen, Shaxpir reminds me of some of the functionality of Scrivener, but with some new…

    199 votes
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  3. Pop Up Characters or Notes

    It would be nice if the notes on the left side of the screen (characters notes, places, ect) would pop up on screen without leaving the page I am working on. Several times while in the middle of re-writes, I've forgotten a characters eye color, or needed a reminder about what the inside of a particular tavern looks like, gone to check my note, then have to hunt for the place I was at in my chapter again. It would be nice if the notes popped up almost like a post it.

    32 votes
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  4. Spellcheck, Thesaurus, Themes, Syncing & Security

    As others have stated, I think spellcheck is an absolute must. Currently, the lack of this feature is the only reason I'm putting off subscribing to the service.

    Beyond that, a thesaurus would be a very welcome plus.

    Additionally, while I like the Shaxpir interface as-is (very clean and elegant), I would prefer a few different themes to choose from, even if they're limited to dark and light themes. I do my best writing late at night, and staring at a clean white screen is difficult. Other utilities offer customizable themes or day/night themes, allowing you to choose a GUI…

    30 votes
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  5. retrieve your work

    I am new to Shaxpir and I'm always on a hectic schedule. If I had accidently clicked off, it would be nice to get back to where I was, instead of a blank screen that never loads.

    8 votes
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  6. Needs iPad Pro native app with cloud integration.

    It'd be nice to have an iPad Pro native application to use when on the road.

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  7. Font Display Size

    Hi. I use a WQHD monitor and the display font and size is almost too small to read. It would be great to have an option to adjust the display font size and color.

    16 votes
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  8. Track Changes

    Many editors use the track changes function to edit. If your software had a track changes integration and color coding (maybe) for later drafts it would be a step above the leading software. Google Drive also has a similar integration.

    14 votes
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  9. Macro Integration

    In word a user can set up macros for words used over and over again to help in editing and mid-drafting. These are great but no other drafting software offers this. It would be amazing if something like that could be added to Shaxpir. Basically the ability to search and highlight a group of words in order to cut/edit that isn't a ctl+F that only does one at a time.

    5 votes
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  10. be able to create a story timeline

    To be able to create a graphic timeline of different storylines. A graphic timeline where I can create different color coded timeline for the main plot, each subplot, birth of character, death of a character, how many years past since this event etc... keep track of continuity.

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  11. The ability to create Novel templates

    Would love to be able to create Novel outline templates. The outline for a mystery is inevitably different than the outline for a romance. I love the fluid feel of how Shaxpir is set up, with the ability to make separate folders etc. But I would also love the ability to set up a predefined template of genre outlines. What needs to happen in each act, chapter, and scene, to build a specific type of novel, then be able to save this outline as a template so that I don't have to recreate that outline for each novel in a…

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  12. target word count

    Right now, I see an average of how many hours and an average of how many words. I would really love to be able to set a target word count for each writing session. I don't know how that would work with the syncing offline with online or if that would even be an issue, but it would really help me stay motivated and on schedule if I could set a target word count for each separate writing session. Or for that matter, each writing session of each project. Maybe some kind of "real time" counter that could reset as…

    36 votes
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  13. Inspirtational quotes from famous writers?

    Perhaps it would be a finishing touch to have random quotes from famous writers, or about writing to have as a daily pep talk on the page that lists our story projects. Perhaps a running banner at the top of that page or the page that calculates our writing averages?
    Just a thought.

    14 votes
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  14. story read back to me aloud?

    Sometimes when I'm rewriting, editing, or proofing my mind misses glaring mistakes because my mind automatically puts in the word or phrase I wish as I am reading it. Because I know what "Should" be there, my brain reads it as I intend, not as it would "really" read to someone who doesn't know the plotline, or that I mixed several different versions of a story into one, and mixed some of the details in an illogical manor. Having text to speech feature, even if it's not the most human sounding voice, can help me catch those mistakes. It would…

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  15. Be able to flag chapter/scenes by character POV, action, subplot etc.

    I would like to be able to see at a glance which character's POV each chapter is and things like whether it is primarily an action chapter or background or character building etc. Maybe themes and or subplot. If it is at a glance via color or symbol or something, I could see if I was getting too many of the same type of chapters bunched together, things like that. Being able to easily pick which chapter's are a character's POV is also important. Seeing the overall flow is, too.

    18 votes
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  16. A Project Calendar

    Writing a novel or story is a project. I would like at project calendar A writing schedule calendar to be able to plan and schedule writing time, tasks and goals. (When this chapter should be done, when first draft will done, publish date, edit, revisions, find proof reader, etc. etc.)

    26 votes
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  17. Focus writing mode (full screen)

    I am a fan of distraction-free writing modes such as Omni-writer and Calmly. Could there be a mode where the side bars on both sides disappear, leaving only the page I am working on.

    60 votes
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  19. Will I be able to view my manuscript as a whole?

    I would really like to have a manuscript view where the whole novel can be seen as a whole and complete entity to get a feel for how it reads.

    50 votes
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  20. I would like to be able to track submissions from within the software.

    It would be nice to be able to track what story was sent to which agent/publisher, how long it has been out. Their response. payment, what kind of story did I send them.(short story, novel, memoir, what was the word count, genre? Agents contact info) I would love to make this my one stop writing shop and forget about loading down my computer with all the different software.

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