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by charlie.stross
Sat May 13, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Wish List
Topic: Gemini PDA: the second coming of the Psion 5?
Replies: 7
Views: 2360

Re: Gemini PDA: the second coming of the Psion 5?

illotg: 1. Palm != Psion. Not even close. Utterly different form factor and use case. 2. Gemini != Psion. It's an updated take on the same form factor (a keyboard-oriented PC-like device you put in your pocket). (I will note that Nokia successfully sold such devices for over a decade in the shape of...
by charlie.stross
Fri May 12, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Wish List
Topic: Gemini PDA: the second coming of the Psion 5?
Replies: 7
Views: 2360

Gemini PDA: the second coming of the Psion 5?

Okay, this goes way beyond a reasonable wish, into ha-ha-you-must-be-kidding territory, but ... Those of us in the UK and of a certain age harbour an unreasonable nostalgia for Psion's PDAs, first the Series 3s and then the Psion Series 5 circa 1997 ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psion_Series_5 ). ...
by charlie.stross
Sun Oct 30, 2016 1:08 pm
Forum: Wish List
Topic: Accommodating the new touch bar
Replies: 59
Views: 4502

Re: Accommodating the new touch bar

I'm a bit gutted. I (naively) had hoped for a price decrease on the old models, if a new model were announced. Off-topic digression: the price rise is entirely down to post-Brexit-referendum currency instability. Eight months ago there were 1.55 US dollars to the pound sterling; today sterling is w...
by charlie.stross
Sun Oct 23, 2016 3:43 pm
Forum: NaNo Materials
Topic: Who's in for NaNoWriMo 2016?
Replies: 18
Views: 5293

Re: Who's in for NaNoWriMo 2016?

I've never completed NaNo, but I'm in as a rebel: I'm a whisker under 70,000 words into a novel and I really need a complete first draft (140,000 words minimum) by the end of the year, so that's me in the corner. (NB: my all-time record was 51,000 words in one week flat -- and published by an imprin...
by charlie.stross
Sat Oct 22, 2016 12:58 pm
Forum: Bug Hunt (iOS)
Topic: [Fixed] Export as Zip crashes Scrivener iOS
Replies: 21
Views: 3582

Re: Export as Zip crashes Scrivener iOS

Just stumbled across this thread and decided to test it: Scriv/iOS crashes on my iPad Mini 4 when exporting via "Send a Copy" right after counting up through all the files in the "create an archive" alert. iOS 10.0.2. Crashes exactly the same on iPad Pro 12.9", iOS 10.0.2. C...
by charlie.stross
Sun Oct 02, 2016 1:00 pm
Forum: Using Scrivener
Topic: Great American Novel TEMPLATE for Scrivener
Replies: 9
Views: 2800

Re: Great American Novel TEMPLATE for Scrivener

Let's just be clear ... are we talking about a template for the Sad Boner Professor Novel? Or some other Great American Novel? Sad Boner Professor: you know the story already . He's a middle-aged Creative English prof at an Ivy League school who is also a best-selling novelist, he's up for tenure or...
by charlie.stross
Tue Aug 30, 2016 12:01 pm
Forum: Wish List
Topic: Project-specific presets & multiple compile option
Replies: 4
Views: 617

Re: Project-specific presets & multiple compile option

Actually, at risk of flogging a dead horse ... I regularly kick out drafts-in-progress to a forum for my test readers to focus-group them. And I have to run multiple compiles each time; one for docx, one for html, one for epub, one for mobi. All using exactly the same compile settings -- just to mul...
by charlie.stross
Mon Aug 15, 2016 9:07 pm
Forum: Using Scrivener
Topic: working with publisher's editor?
Replies: 13
Views: 2478

Re: working with publisher's editor?

Standard publisher workflow is to perform copy-edits in Word, using tracked changes and comments, which author then is expected to review and annotate/correct in Word. They then typeset in something like InDesign and send out PDFs for you to mark up and return -- either by printing them out or by do...
by charlie.stross
Fri Jul 29, 2016 10:40 am
Forum: Technical Support (iOS)
Topic: iPad air, mini or pro?
Replies: 77
Views: 8308

Re: iPad air, mini or pro?

Being a glutton for gadgets, I've got one of everything. No, really. And the unpalatable fact is, no one size fits all needs. Aside from email and web, I've got four key tasks for an iPad that occupy about 80% of my use time: reading ebooks, reading comics (in ComiXology), writing in Scrivener, and ...
by charlie.stross
Fri Jun 03, 2016 1:58 pm
Forum: Technical Support (iOS)
Topic: Scrivener for iOS - When?
Replies: 1074
Views: 185414

Re: Scrivener for iOS - When?

It depends what you mean by size - lots of files or large in file size (megabytes)? If the former, it makes no difference. If the latter, the only difference it will make is that the first time you sync via Dropbox it could take a while as it transfers all files to your device. After that, only fil...
by charlie.stross
Sun May 22, 2016 7:05 pm
Forum: Technical Support (iOS)
Topic: Scrivener for iOS - When?
Replies: 1074
Views: 185414

Re: Scrivener for iOS - When?

I'd just like to snark briefly to the effect that the current beta of Scriv for iOS is considerably more stable and bug-free than Microsoft Word for Mac (the 2016/Office 365 version). I just got a crash course reminder in why I switched to Scriv all those years ago last week when I had to break off ...
by charlie.stross
Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:17 pm
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Should I place my main scrivener project files in Dropbox?
Replies: 7
Views: 1065

Re: Should I place my main scrivener project files in Dropbox?

if your project is 200Mb, it's worth asking why -- is there something you can do to compact it? For example, lots of web archives contain huge chunks of spurious graphics -- ads sourced in via ad exchanges and cdns, random clickbaity images, and so on. Copying the text from a web page and saving tha...
by charlie.stross
Mon Mar 14, 2016 8:34 pm
Forum: Software & Development
Topic: Quiver
Replies: 1
Views: 843

Quiver

Just thought I'd mention this here: Quiver from http://happenapps.com/ might interest some of you. It's an OSX program that's billed as a Programmer's Notebook, but it has a lot of high-powered notepad app features that might appeal; the usual hierarchical notebooks arrangement, but per their own de...
by charlie.stross
Sat Mar 12, 2016 12:15 pm
Forum: Technical Support (iOS)
Topic: Scrivener for iOS - When?
Replies: 1074
Views: 185414

Re: Scrivener for iOS - When?

incidentally, on the subject of beta-testing on different platforms ... The rumour mill (AppleInsider et al) are trailing kites that the March 21st Apple event will announce (a) a new compact (4" screen) iPhone, and (b) a new iPad. Rumours circle about the iPad being either an "iPad Air 3&...
by charlie.stross
Sat Mar 05, 2016 12:19 am
Forum: Technical Support (iOS)
Topic: Scrivener for iOS - When?
Replies: 1074
Views: 185414

Re: Scrivener for iOS - When?

*Waves hand*

Will report crashes and bugs for access. (Got to grind out a partial in the next couple of months, so plenty of motivation ... and I know to keep my backups in hand.)