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    I have been testing out Ulysses actually I uploaded a somewhat confusing first time tryout.

    The fumbling I did was around trying to rename a doc in the doc pane on the left side by double clicking on it. Which did not work. I began by pasting in some text from word and saved a few files with the New Document name. It was when I tried to rename them that I came across problems.

    Here are some things I wrote down along the way:

    -- Can not double click title in the Documents pane to change the doc name.
    Changing the title name in the Document info creates confusion since it adjusts all of the other docs as well. Right clicking the Doc pane files to change the title also changes all the files. ---- What is an easy way of adjusting the names of the files???

    -- One needs to go to File -> save as to save the project. Is there an easier way?

    -- How do I change the date format?
    I live in Norway and we write our dates like this:
    4 day 3 march 2011 year - 4/3/11 or 4 march 2011 or or…

    Highlighting the text. Pressing cmd/option 1 or 2 creates a heading with a color and a symbol in front. What about making it possible to hide the symbol. Or when clicking on the line the symbol becomes visible? It is nice to have it invisible.

    - Nice with the small icon that creates a split pane!

    - The documents seem pretty good in order on the left document pane.

    I am not sure where to go from here. Perhaps I will go back and check out the video tutorials located on this site to get some additional tips on using Ulysses.

    My trial is up tomorrow so it was in the last minute that I am testing out Ulysses 2. I do not know if I should purchase it or not yet though....

    Paal Joachim
    • CommentTimeMar 5th 2011
    Hello Paal Joachim,
    thank you for testing Ulysses so deeply that you even did a screencast! About your questions:

    1. Looking at your screencast, I can't really see the problem here so I think you already found the way between writing and doing the screencast: You can rename the Documents in the Document Info panel or via right-clicking. A double-click opens the Document, a single click just shows it in the preview in the lower left.

    2. You only need to save your Project once, after that, Ulysses always saves. Even if you have changed Documents (those with a dot next to their name in their tab), the state that they are changed is still saved in the Project itself. If you want to read some more about that, see "Projects vs. Documents" in the Ulysses Help.

    3. Ulysses uses the system wide date format which you can set in the System Preferences > Language & Text > Format.

    4. Having the Style Tags shown makes it much easier to change them and to recognise different styles even if you might have set them to look similar. I think hiding the Tags would confuse too much.

    I can really recommend watching our screencasts, they might answer some other questions you might still have.

    Best regards,
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2011 edited
    Hey Dirk

    I opened Ulysses pasted in one set of text and saved the New Document. I repeated this 3 times.
    I now have 3 New Documents listed on the top left side Documents panel, and in the tabs above.
    I picked one of the new docs and renamed it in the Document Info panel: Changed the title from new Document to 12jan2003. Saved the doc.

    When I clicked one of the other New Documents in the Documents panel I noticed the Document info title: said 12jan2003.
    This should have changed to reflect the New Document that.....oOOO F..K. Yes now I see it! I have been as you mentioned just single clicking noticing the change in the preview thinking that I had changed the doc which I had not. Man a light came on! It is just too easy to forget to double click. My screencast showed my confusion, and it was confusing having a preview which came on with one click having to double click to actually move to the file. Ok this is just something to get used to. Good to know and it will be something to mention in the next screencast...:)

    Ahh gotcha. I am adjusting the date on my computer.

    --- A question comes up from checking out the style & marker - custom marker video. I created a custom paragraph style but do not know how do I adjust the color, bold etc of it? I can not find any logical place to look for it. I was thinking that perhaps by double clicking the new custom style I would be able to open a customize box, but nope. It would be the perfect place for it. It is a little bit tricky since the tutorial shows something else then what is in the newest Ulysses version.

    Have a great night!

    Paal Joachim
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2011
    You can adjust the colors and styles in the Fonts&Colors settings. It's in the Ulysses menu, just below Preferences. hth
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2011 edited
    I had noticed the Fonts & Colors settings that in general changes the look of.... ahh so I had to double click my custom selection here.... I am checking it out now. Sometimes it helps checking something out multiple times.

    One more thing:
    It takes time to get used to the vision behind Ulysses since they chose to focus on the text and putting simple font and style for the Exporter for instance making a heading bold by pressing cmd+b. I can of course make my own custom marker do the same thing with a symbol in front and behind the text though, but it seems more cumbersome. Is this also why the Font and Text submenus are greyed out? So that one needs to add markers, inline styles etc to make adjustments to the look of the text and not just choose bold under the Text option in the Format area?
    O'well I like the vib of the program and will continue to use it.

    Thanks for the heads up!

    Paal Joachim
    • CommentTimeMar 8th 2011
    The Font and Text menus can only be used for the Notes as those can use all RTF features. The main writing environment of Ulysses is fully based on semantic editing to let you write without worrying about the layout.