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Apr

25

Tracking Notes

By Mike Fleming (@hiveword) on April 25, 2016 5:50 am

You can now track notes in Hiveword Plus*.

Notes can be attached to most things: stories, scenes, characters, etc. You can also have unattached notes that are not part of any story.

Here’s an example of notes for a scene:

Scene Notes

The notes popup is embedded in the scene page. The normal scene textboxes and such are right below the notes so you can refer to your notes if needed or close the notes popup to get it out of your way.

The notes textbox is resizable and the entire notes popup is, too, so you can see exactly what you want. There is no limit to the number of notes you can assign.

All of the other pages — characters, settings, etc. — have the same way of managing notes.

Eventually, you’ll have notes all over the place. It sure would be nice to see all of them in one place, wouldn’t it? Behold:

Notes List

The screenshot above is the notes list page. It shows all of your notes from any story. On the screenshot you’ll see an “Unassigned” note. This note is not connected to any story.

The notes list also has filters that operate the same way as the scene filters. With these filters you can easily find just the set of notes you need.

Notes can also be tagged. Sensible tagging will help immensely as you accumulate more notes. Here’s a good example: I’m using unassigned notes to track my story premise ideas. I tag the notes “premise.” From the notes list page I can select the “premise” tag via the filter and only see my “premise” notes.

Do you have any clever ideas for how you’re going to use notes?

*  Hiveword Plus offers extra features in Hiveword. Currently, Hiveword Plus is half price during development so be sure to take advantage of that if you like the features.

Apr

25

Hiveword Updates

By Mike Fleming (@hiveword) on 5:48 am

Hiveword update time!

Notes

The big news is notes that you can attach to pretty much anything — scenes, characters, etc. The notes are taggable and you can view all of them in one place with a powerful filter for finding what you want. Notes are part of the Hiveword Plus upgrade. I’ll talk more about notes in my next post.

Plotlines

The Scenes by Plotline page lists scenes vertically and then plotlines as horizontally. This allows you to quickly see how plotlines weave throughout your scenes. The feature itself has been around for a while but the plotlines were ordered by name. Since users can manually sort plotlines it makes sense to present them in the user’s sorted order and not by name. Now it is so.

Font Size

Eventually I want to make the application properly customizable. But, since that is a low priority, I’ve boosted the font size in the textboxes in the meantime. I hope this makes your eyes happier. I know it does mine!

Are You Sure?

If you’ve ever edited a scene, character, or whatever, and then tried to leave the page without first saving it you have seen the “Are You Sure?” dialog that saves you from losing data. But, boy, was it ugly. I mean UGLY. Now it is less so. 😉

That’s all for now. While no one complained about Are You Sure?, the rest of the changes were user requests. So, don’t be shy about contacting me with suggestions.

Until next time…

 

 

 

 

So embarrassing!

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