Shaxpir Feature Ideas

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  3. Linux Version

    A version of Shaxpir that runs on linux

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  4. 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…

    29 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.

  5. 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.

    26 votes
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  6. 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.

    11 votes
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  7. 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…

    42 votes
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  8. 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.

    11 votes
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  9. 10 votes
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  10. 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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  11. 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.

    46 votes
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  12. Story Board

    Story Board is a place to post ideas, pictures, snippets of color, ideas found on the web....in short, anything that might eventually weave its way into the story. And, most importantly, the author needs to be able to move items around on the story board, and connect them, notate them, highlight and/or color code them, so that the ideas are not lost, and begin to form the framework of the story.

    Story board would best be free-form, but could take the shape of an organization chart, or index cards....or file cabinet...or something that can be quickly and easily reviewed over…

    40 votes
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  13. 25 votes
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  14. Paperback formatting

    I've long struggled with paperback formatting. Not a big revenue generator, but to be able to simply input my dimensions and headers, then have the bulk of the formatting done for me would be fantastic. Obviously things like widows & orphans and hyphenation would need to be done manually, but a correctly-sized .rtf file (or in-Shaxpir) file would be a great start.

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  15. Improvement - Drag scenes to and from manuscript

    I've created my story/book title. And, in my idle moments I came up with a bunch of scene ideas, which I dutifully typed in as new "scenes". Now, I'd like to position those "scenes" within the manuscript, or main story. The only way I can see to do that, is to retype the "scenes" as new "chapters" and then position them into my outline.

    I would find it useful to take these random scenes that I created on the fly, and simply drag them into the manuscript, to be positioned in the proper outline.

    Conversely, perhaps I've actually added the…

    8 votes
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  16. 4 votes
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  17. Improvement - Edit: Find and Replace

    In my last novel, I had misspelled the name of an Air Force Base....an actual historical Air Base. Fortunately, I discovered the issue, and was able to use "Find and Replace" to make sure that all occurances, of which there were many, were replaced.

    Will we have that capability?

    21 votes
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  18. Text Formatting - Need ability to paste special, removing formatting as pasting is being done

    Many like to write in MS-Word, or other word processing programs, to take advantage of spell check, etc. We do need the ability to copy/paste from those programs, stripping out formatting at the same time, or causing Shaxpir to maintain formatting, so that the manuscript looks the same in Shaxpir, as it does in MS-Word, for instance.

    10 votes
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  19. Chapter Heading Images

    It would be nice if I could specify an image to go directly under the name of each chapter, before the text starts. something to alert myself, and any future potential readers that this is indeed a new chapter. This is somewhat related to the "inserting pictures into the body text of a chapter" thread, but I felt it was worth bringing up on its own.

    4 votes
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  20. Insert pictures into the body text of a chapter

    Concept art is great, but some stories have illustrations in the body of the text.

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