Storyist 4.1.1 for macOS is out. If you’ve upgraded to macOS 10.15 Catalina (released last week), please also install this Storyist update. It has some important changes for Catalina.
Support for notarization – macOS 10.15 Catalina brings a number of under-the-hood security enhancements. Starting in Catalina, all apps distributed outside the App Store need to be notarized by Apple in order to run on your Mac. Storyist 4.1.1 is notarized, and includes support for Catalina’s Hardened Runtime features.
Compatibility updates – The first release of Catalina (10.15.0) has a couple of non-backwards compatible changes that require changes to Storyist.
Storyist 4.1.1 includes some other enhancements, including support for a new, iOS-style cursor. You can find the full release notes here.
It’s been quiet around here. Maybe too quiet. Let’s change that. I’m happy to announce that Storyist 4 for macOS and Storyist 4 for iOS are currently in beta testing and will be available soon. Here’s a peek at what’s coming.
Storyist 4 for macOS
Dark mode on Mojave
Storyist 4 for macOS sports a beautiful new content-aware dark mode when running on Mojave. Many apps only support dark mode when your Mac is in dark mode, but Storyist 4 takes it a step further. Dark mode is available even if your Mac is running with the Light appearance and you can choose either dark text on a light background or light text on a dark background.
Getting around your project has never been easier. You can use the new Go To command to get to any project view with a few keystrokes.
Storyist 4 for macOS supports High Sierra and Mojave and includes many other enhancements, including
Additional workflows for exporting PDF files and books.
Increased performance for large files.
Updated user interface elements.
Storyist 4 for iOS
Files App Support
The Storyist home screen is now based on the Files app, so you can:
Store project files where you want and edit them in place.
Use 3rd party cloud storage solutions like Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive.
Share files with others over iCloud using iCloud file sharing.
Organize your files using nested folders and tags.
View recently-edited files stored across multiple cloud storage providers.
Open recent files from the home screen.
Storyist 4 for iOS includes several new interface themes, including both a light and a dark mode. Like the original theme? No worries, it’s still there. Tap the More button on the home screen and choose Themes to see the complete list.
Updated User Interface
Storyist 4 for iOS requires iOS 11 or later. The UI has been updated and includes new icons, animations, and usability enhancements.
Commands are organized in a simplified More menu on each screen.
Expanded keyboard shortcuts include cut/copy/paste and undo.
The text and index card editors take better advantage of larger screens on X model iPhones.
Free Trials and Upgrade Discounts
Both Storyist 4 for macOS and Storyist 4 for iOS are free to download and offer 14-day free trials so you can test all the features before purchasing. Both versions also offer upgrade discounts for owners of previous versions!
Want to Help Test?
Storyist 4 will be out of beta later this quarter, but if you want to help test, there are still some slots open for both the macOS and iOS versions. If you’re interested in helping, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate which platform(s) you’re interested in.
Storyist for Mac 3.5 is out! This release adds support for a very popular feature request: Creating PDFs for Print.
Starting in version 3.5, you can use the book templates in Storyist to turn your manuscript into a print-ready PDFs. The new book editor lets you add front matter (like a table of contents); specify verso/recto pages; and set trim size, margins, and bleed.
Blurb Trade Book Templates
Storyist has partnered with Blurb, a popular self-publishing platform, to provide you with book creation and distribution tools that make it easy to print and sell your work. Use the included print-optimized templates to quickly build beautiful Blurb Trade Books.
Storyist for Mac 3.4 is out, and adds support for the Touch Bar on the 2016 MacBook Pros.
Apple describes the Touch Bar as follows:
The Touch Bar replaces the function keys that have long occupied the top of your keyboard with something much more versatile and capable. It changes automatically based on what you’re doing to show you relevant tools you already know how to use — system controls like volume and brightness, interactive ways to adjust or browse through content, intelligent typing features like emoji and predictive text, and more.
Here is the “and more” that Storyist 3.4 brings to the table:
The text bar, active when you’re using the text editor, adds Touch Bar shortcuts for:
Setting text color
Setting text alignment
The outline bar, active when you’re in outline mode, adds shortcuts for:
Choosing a background color
The storyboard bar, active when you’re in storyboard (index card) mode, adds shortcuts for:
Settings the zoom factor
Choosing an index card color
Project View Bar
The project view bar shortcuts for adding files and folders to your project.
Have a new MacBook Pro? Download the trial version and take it for a spin.