Shaxpir Feature Ideas

  1. 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…

    43 votes
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  2. 26 votes
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  3. 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.

    26 votes
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  4. 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?

    25 votes
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  5. 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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  6. 4 votes
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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Character - is detail template possible?

    I do know that there are templates out there for character descriptions. I might want to remember that the character has blue eyes, not brown, and that they are a particular height and weight, and gender. And, frankly, I don't want to have to remember to add this information each time I'm developing a new character. I'd rather have a template that I can fill out. If I leave information off, that's my choice. But, if I forget to add something, simply because I didn't remember, then it could be disastrous for the story.

    15 votes
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  11. Connections - Could we have connections to files and URLs?

    There is an ability to connect with pictures. There is an ability to connect to other parts of the document. However, I don't see any ability to connect to something like a PDF, a word document, or especially to a URL that might be critical to the story that we are writing.

    6 votes
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  12. Color text formatting would be useful

    I would find it useful to be able to highlight text at certain points in my story development....not necessarily for printing, but for my own recognition of something that might need additional work before publishing.

    4 votes
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  13. Connections: Is a mindmap snapshot in future plans?

    Seeing a single connection between A and B might be useful to the author, but seeing all of the connections in a visual (picture) format at one time would be an immense improvement.

    Is that something that is possibly on the list of future improvements? Could it be?

    6 votes
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  14. 20 votes
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  15. Genre writing environment themes for inspiration

    I love the way you have set this up to be a complete writing environment. Meaning all my writing is created and kept in this one environment, and I no longer will have to create separate document files for each writing project. As such I would love to be able to meld function with inspiration. Like desktop themes of old, I would love to be able to set different writing environment themes bases on the most popular genres, aka Mystery/Suspense, Romance, etc.

    These themes would be complete with animated desktop, and soundtracks to use as white noise.(i love writing with…

    4 votes
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  16. Improvement - Add new "sub section" at the context (cursor position) level

    I created my book title, and then created the first chapter. Then, I wanted to create a dozen, or so, "scenes". The goal was to arrange all of these into the outline format of Part 1 of the book.

    What I discovered is that no matter where I placed my cursor....no matter what level I was at...any new "scene" was created at the story level, and then had to be dragged into its hierarchical position (outline position).

    It would be helpful if I could highlight a level, and then insert new scenes as children of that level, rather than having…

    6 votes
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  17. Export excert to blog

    This would be really nifty!

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  18. Connections - adding a new connection is not intuitive

    It's easy enough to add the heading of "Connections", but adding the actual connection is not intuitive, since the links (small plus and minus) signs) are not visible until one hovers over that particular area with the mouse pointer.

    I fiddled around with the Connection link for 5 minutes, before my pointer rested over that area of the page long enough to see the small plus and minus signs.

    The same is true for deleting a connection. User won't see the delete link until and unless they happen to hover their cursor pointer just over the end of the connected…

    2 votes
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  19. You should pivot, be the Frame.io, Figma, Framer, etc. of writing tools.

    You could do it... I'd help you if you want.
    I'm also a web developer, heavy front-end, UX dev, etc.

    I think you could benefit from an overhaul with focused UX and focus on collaboration phases that real indie authors really need. A bigger focus on external integrations needs implemented as well.

    Exporting needs to be a huge focus as well.

    3 votes
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