Shaxpir Feature Ideas

  1. 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…

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  2. 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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  3. 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.

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  4. 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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  5. 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…

    17 votes
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  6. 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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  7. 95 votes
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  8. 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.

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  9. Outlining?

    I like the look of the walkthrough and all the features like marginal notes. I don't see anything to help me outline.

    (I'm a professional writer of tie-in novels, and outlining is critical to me. I'm happy to talk you through what's needed if you want)

    35 votes
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  10. 26 votes
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  11. 68 votes
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  12. Tracking story elements

    What I'm currently missing in all writing software I've ever tried is the possibility to track certain words or phrases and have them automatically tracked in the text. This is especially crucial for stories with a big cast, since it would be extremely helpful to be able to see with a single glance which characters are present in a given chapter.

    In an ideal world I'd have the ability to have the text processor highlight all occurrences of a given name (or plot element or item, etc) and list them as tags somewhere at the side of the screen. Shaxpir…

    33 votes
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    I like the way you think, Siipis.

    I’m planning on implementing this in a future version of Shaxpir. Once we get past the BETA period, and roll out some of the more essential features (like export & spellcheck), this is exactly the kind of thing Shaxpir is designed for.

  13. Linux Version

    A version of Shaxpir that runs on linux

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  14. Desktop & Web App Synced

    Like Evernote, I'd really love to be able to use a desktop app at home/on my laptop, and sign into a web app to continue working while away from my personal computer.

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  15. Flagging sentence parts - Adjectives in particular

    This may be too difficult to accomplish, but would be tremendously useful and a major value add - to be able to flag all adjectives (or verbs, adverbs, etc) in a piece of text. My adjectives frequently need toning down in revision, and it would be amazing to have them highlighted.

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  16. Connections should be "two way"

    If I select item A and then add a connection to item B, the connection will show while I have item A selected. However, if I then select item B, there is no connection showing, which is not the case. By definition, if item A is connected to B, then B is connected to A.

    If I select item B, and subsequently connect it to C, the A and C should show one connection each. However, item B should show two connections....one to A, and one to C.

    To do otherwise could cause the author to miss an important connection…

    45 votes
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  17. 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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  18. 10 votes
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  19. the ability to color code my margin comments to help identify the story element I am referencing

    It would be nice to see some kind of color code within my manuscript text to help reference what a particular margin comment is about. There could be different categories. The different story elements like character, setting, etc. And for editing changes, like "Need more research" etc. It's just an idea.

    7 votes
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  20. User-Defined Dictionary

    An author may want to use particular spellings of words, as dialect, for instance, and may want to avoid having spell check find every instance of words it deems "wrong", when those were the intentions of the writer to have those words spelled in a particular way.

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