User Guide

Changes to Quoll Writer in version 2.5

Released: 06/Jul/2016

This release focuses on major new features and bug fixes.

Listed below are the bug fixes made to Quoll Writer in version 2.5

New feature - Targets

You can now set certain targets to track how your writing is progressing. Set targets for how much you write in a session, every day, week or month. A number of new charts have been added to help you track these statistics over time. You can also specify targets for chapter length and readability.

New feature - New Charts & a Chart revamp

The following new charts have been added:

  • Display current word counts for all chapters, this has integration with the chapter word count target.
  • Display current readability indices for all chapters, this has integration with the readability targets.
  • Display session word count, again this has integration with the session word count target.
  • Display session length.

New feature - The writing area background and text color can be changed in normal mode

I think it makes things look hideous but enough people have asked for it!

New feature - Option to always display the current time/word count in full screen mode

A new setting in the full screen properties will allow you to always have the current time and word count (including targets) display in full screen mode.

Minor changes

  • The Beta tag has been removed from the Editors Mode service.
  • The For time duration values in the charts have been changed to be more useful.
  • Invites to pending contacts can now be resent.
  • The default new project directory is now derived from the last opened normal project not the last project.
  • The icon column color is no longer updated when the background color of the writing area is changed.
  • The version selector for switching between versions of a project received now shows the number of comments each version has.
  • Sent/Received has been added to the comments box title to indicate the direction of the comments.
  • Drag-n-drop of a file onto an asset or chapter has been removed due to Java 8 introducing some stupid bug that I can't fix. I hope to re-add the feature in a future version... grr...
  • Documents opened from the asset document panel will open as a file rather than a url.
  • When creating a new chapter from an idea use the idea text as the chapter description.
  • A number of performance enhancements have been introduced, not least chapter word counts are now calculated in the background and trigger on text changes rather than at regular intervals.
  • New keyboard shortcut - Ctrl+Shift+H to add a new chapter at any time.
  • New toolbar and chapter right click menu items for adding a new chapter.
  • When importing a file, any assets that already exist in the project will merge with assets being imported with the same name/type.
  • The current Java version is now displayed in the About Quoll Writer popup.
  • A couple of new achievements related to backups have been added.
  • New keyboard shortcut - Ctrl+N to add a new project at any time.
  • New keyboard shortcut - Ctrl+O to open a project at any time.
  • When there are no backups for the project the backups popup will display a message indicating this.
  • Links to assets in description now works on the name of the asset rather than it's id/key. If multiple assets match the name (through aliases or partial matches) then a popup will be displayed asking which one the user wishes to view.
  • The color selector has been reworked to support direct entry of a HEX code and RGB selection through a slider. Previously selected colors are displayed below for easy access.
  • Text pasted into a chapter will have control characters removed and smart quotes replaced with normal quotes.

Bug fixes

  • Empty chapters can now be sent to an Editor.
  • Only a single viewer is shown for any comments sent about a project.
  • The Editor Mode service Logging in... popup will now disappear is there is an issue with logging into the service.
  • A number of tips have been brought up to date and tweaked to ensure they display the correct panel/sidebar/feature when the associated link is clicked.
  • Items in the find will now be unselected when a different item is selected.
  • The split chapter option is now only available when the caret is not at the end of the text.
  • When a chapter is deleted any associated sidebars, such as chapter information, are also removed.
  • Only show the link to view the backups directory when the directory exists.
  • Ensure that the chapter information sidebar can be shown when there is no associated chapter tab.
  • Fixed an issue where, if part of an asset's name was the same as another asset, then the links in descriptions would mess up.
  • The problem file properties.xml is no longer used and user properties are now saved to the projects database. This file would (rarely) become corrupted for some reason I could never divine causing QW to not start. This sidesteps the problem and has the advantage of making things more portable.
  • Selected chapters and assets can now be exported to the EPUB format.
  • When sending an invite to an Editor the Editor is now added to your local Editor database prior to the invite being sent.
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