Storyist 4 for macOS Release Notes
What's New in 4.2
Storyist 4.2 adds support for macOS 11 Big Sur and Apple Silicon and includes new features and bug fixes.
Big Sur Support
- Storyist runs natively on Apple Silicon.
- Storyist adopts the unified toolbar design when running on Big Sur.
- The split controls have moved from the main toolbar to the navigation bars at the top of each split. To split a view, click the right-most button. Holding the Option key changes the orientation of the split. You can close the split by clicking the x-mark next to the split button.
- You can now set the sidebar text size by opening the Appearance tab in the Theme pane of the Storyist Preferences window and setting the sidebar size to Small, Medium, Large, or System.
- The sidebar adopts the new, flat icons in the sidebar, along with the new outline style.
Show Previous Versions
- If your project is stored in iCloud, the Show Previous Versions window now displays versions stored in iCloud in addition to versions stored on your computer. Clicking the new cloud download button makes them available on your computer.
- The Show Previous Versions window now includes a Share toolbar item that lets your export your previous versions (comments and all) using the standard macOS sharing services. You can, for example, send them via Mail and Messages.
- The Show Previous Versions window now includes a toolbar item that lets you open the versions browser. Previously, you could only open the versions browser using the File > Revert To > Browse All Versions command.
- The Show Previous Versions window now includes a file size column that shows the size of the versions (if they are downloaded to your computer).
- Manually created versions are now available (on the Mac on which they were created) even if macOS prunes them from the list of previous versions.
- The File > New menu and the Project view context menu now include items to open a new window tab in addition to opening a new window.
- The Add (+) button in the tab bar now creates a new tab for the current document rather than creating a new project.
- Window tabs now show the selected project item title in addition to the document title.
- The General pane of the Storyist Preferences window now has a checkbox to show/hide the document titles in the tab titles.
- It is now possible to import word count session data using the Import Word Count Data menu item in the writing goals popover. This feature is useful if you want to edit session data manually.
- Exported session data (Export Word Count Data) now includes the starting and ending word count for each writing session. Previously, only the total count for the session was available.
- The "New" context menu items now have a "New Book" command on Big Sur.
- The Storyboard view now handles background-aware colors on Big Sur.
- Toolbar customizations are now properly restored after quitting the app.
- Fixed a bug in the outline template editor (available from the File Info inspector) that prevented the list from updating in certain circumstances after you made changes.
- Fixed a bug that caused Storyist to crash when switching a book from outline mode (View > as Outline) to text mode (View > as Text).
- Fixed crash that could occur when closing a split view leaving the book editor in the remaining view.
- The Duplicate and Delete items are no longer enabled in the context menu of the Project item.
- Fixed a bug preventing multiple windows from being restored when reopening a project. Previously, only the first previously open window would be restored.
- Fixed a bug that caused section names to be removed in certain circumstances.
What's New in 4.1.2
Storyist 4.1.2 includes several minor improvements.
- The comment highlight color is now more readable in dark mode.
- Hyphenation defaults to "off" when exporting PDFs using the File > Export command. You can still enable hyphenation in the book editor.
What's New in 4.1.1
Storyist 4.1.1 addresses several issues you may encounter when running on macOS 10.15.0 Catalina.
- When running on macOS 10.15 Catalina, Storyist no longer quits unexpectedly in the text editor in certain circumstances. (The crash log contains the string "_needsGeometryInWindowDidChangeNotificationCount" when the bug is triggered).
- When running on macOS 10.15 Catalina, the Bold and Italic menu items are reliably enabled. Previously, an issue in macOS 10.15.0 prevented this from happening.
- Storyist non longer quit unexpectedly when deleting multiple chapters or sections in the Project view.
What's New in 4.1
Storyist 4.1 includes support for macOS 10.15 Catalina and includes bug fixes and usability enhancements.
macOS 10.15 Catalina brings a number of under-the-hood security enhacements. 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 is notarized, and includes support for Catalina's Hardened Runtime features.
Storyist now offers the option of using an iOS-style cursor in text files and sheets. iOS-style cursors are slightly wider, and are easier to see. To change the cursor style, visit the Text Editing pane in the Storyist preferences.
The text cursor is no longer clipped (too narrow) at the page margins when using certain zoom factors.
The cursor is now white when the editor is running in dark mode on Mojave or later. This matches the Apple-recommended defaults.
Fixed a crash that could occur in rare circumstances when emptying the project trash.
The style inspector override button (the red disclosure button) is now updated immediately when the underlying formatting changes. Previously, the override button would not be updated until some time later on Mojave and later.
Fixed an issue that prevented full-screen text colors defined in the theme from being applied correctly on Mojave and later.
The "Redefine style from selection" command no longer discards the "next style" value.
Merging a duplicated text file with the file from which it was duplicated no longer results in incorrect titles in the outline.
The sidebar text in the template chooser is now displayed with the correct text color when running in dark mode on macOS Mojave or later.
Fixed an issue with the display of non-sequential heading levels in the Project view. Previously, if the outline level had gaps in outline levels (for example, a heading 1 followed by a heading 3) or started with a heading level other than 1, the indentation of the heading in the Project view could be incorrect.
What's New in 4.0
Dark Mode—Storyist 4 for macOS sports a beautiful new content-aware dark mode when running on Mojave or later. 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.
Quick Navigation—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.
Enhanced PDF Export—Sometimes you just need to make a PDF from several files in your project. Storyist 4 lets you quickly assemble and export a PDF without needing to create a book. This is useful for adding a title page to a manuscript or for assembling a couple chapters to send to your critique group.
And More—Storyist 4 comes with many other enhancements, including an updated outliner, a more flexible full screen view, and animation, performance and usability improvements.