What’s New in Storyist for iOS 3.3

Storyist for iOS 3.3 is available in the App Store–just in time for summer! Here’s what’s new.

iCloud and Dropbox Versions

Prior to version 3.3, you could browse and restore the previous versions (backups) of your projects that Storyist created on your iPad or iPad. Starting in version 3.3, you can access previous versions stored in iCloud and Dropbox too.

To do so:

  1. Navigate to the Storyist home screen.

  2. Tap Edit and then tap the Versions (umbrella) icon.

  3. Choose Show Previous Versions.

You’ll see a list containing the versions stored on your iPad or iPhone and the versions stored in either iCloud or Dropbox. (Please note that by default, Dropbox only keeps old versions for 30 days.) If you want to revert to a specific version, simply select it and tap Restore.

Smart Quotes and Dashes

It’s odd that the iOS text system doesn’t natively support automatic “smart” quote substitution. It’s a popular feature that the OS X text system has supported for years.

I’ve held off implementing the feature for a while now thinking that Apple would add support “any day now.” Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the iOS 10 text system will be any different, so I’ve gone ahead and added smart quote support to Storyist 3.3.

To enable smart quotes:

  1. Open a text file.
  2. Tap Tools > Edit > Substitutions.
  3. Turn the “Smart Quotes” switch on.

By default, Storyist follows the standard English conventions for smart quotes, but other languages have different conventions, and you can change the default behavior in the Preferences window.

  1. Open a text file.
  2. Tap Tools > Preferences
  3. Select your preferred single and double quote style.

Import and Export PNG and JPEG Files

Previously, you could add images to a Storyist project by selecting from the Photos app or by using copy and page. Storyist 3.3 adds the ability to import and export images using the document picker. Finally!

To import an image to a Storyist project using the document picker:

  1. Navigate to a project folder.

  2. Tap the Add (+) button.

  3. Select the cloud service (iCloud Drive, Dropbox, etc.) containing the image you want to import.

Similarly, to export an image from a Storyist project:

  1. Navigate to the project folder containing the image you want to export.

  2. Tap Edit, and select the image.

  3. Tap the Export button.

  4. Choose Copy to Location.

  5. Continue exporting as you would with other file types.

Bug Fixes and Stability Enhancements

As always, this release also contains bug fixes and stability enhancements. Here is the list:

  • Dragging outline items in the sidebar now works correctly in cases where the “Show Body Text” setting is off. Previously, dragging text to a chapter that contained a hidden body text section would result in the text being placed between the chapter title and the hidden section. It is now placed after the hidden section, matching the behavior of the index card editor.

  • Storyist no longer crashes in certain circumstances when undoing a drag in the outline sidebar. Previously, Storyist might crash if you reopened a project, dragged an outline item, and then executed an undo before doing any other undoable operation.

  • Folders containing images of different aspect ratios are now displayed more uniformly in the folder view.

  • Storyist now handles the case where some cloud services (e.g. Dropbox) deliver Scrivener files as zipped packages even though these packages have the proper “.scriv” extension.

  • Storyist now correctly handles the case where a Scrivener file contains a PDF that acts like a folder (i.e. the binder item has “children”).

  • Styles are now imported if necessary when you paste text from one file to another.

  • Storyist no longer appends an unnecessary newline when pasting text.

As always, thanks for using Storyist. And keep the feature requests coming.