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      CommentAuthorjustluke
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2011 edited
     
    I'm a new user of Daedalus Touch - I only purchased it last weekend. It's a great application that makes writing and gathering documents an absolute pleasure. I'm very impressed.

    Having said that, there are a few features that I think would hugely enhance the usability of the app. For reference, I'm coming at these things from the position of a novelist who would like to use Daedalus Touch exclusively to plan and write a novel.

    1) The ability to duplicate a sheet. For planning purposes, I have a bunch of stacks for various categories such as scenes, characters, plot points, etc. In each stack I place a template relating to the relevant topic. For example, the character template sheet contains blank information lines for name, race, age, physical description, attributes, etc. I'd love to be able to quickly duplicate my character template so that I can then fill in the duplicate to create a new entry.

    I know that I can select and copy the text in my template, swipe to create a blank document and then paste the text into it but this involves a bunch of steps. It just doesn't feel either elegant or efficient and there surely needs to be a quicker more efficient way to copy/paste or one-step duplicate a sheet?

    2) Split pane view. When writing scenes, it can be useful - and sometimes essential - to be able to refer back to one's notes. However, to do this in Daedalus Touch one must close the sheet containing the scene in progress, navigate back through the stacks to reach the desired note sheet, read it, and then repeat the steps in reverse to return to the sheet containing the current scene in progress.

    What I would like to see is a split pane view so that I can keep my current scene sheet open to view and edit whilst also being able to navigate to, view, and possibly even edit my other sheets. I know that this would probably be a major addition, but I really can't emphasize enough how needed this functionality is when you're working exclusively with Daedalus Touch on a complex piece of writing.

    3) The ability to move sheets from one stack to another. This has been mentioned plenty of times by other people here so I don't think I need to elaborate. :)

    4) A way to view a list of different projects. How about extending the stack/sheet metaphor to include desks. A "desk" can hold many stacks, and each stack can contain many sheets. I think it's an elegant way to add another "project layer" to the existing app. As with a stack, each desk could be named - for example, one desk might be "My fantasy novel", another might be "My unsorted story ideas", and another desk might be labeled "My non-fiction article about ...." You get the idea. :)

    As I wrote at the beginning, I really do love the way that Daedalus Touch works. Abandoning the traditional project/document approach has really worked. As I said, the tactile stack/layer approach feels elegant and, well, just plain right.
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      CommentAuthorniklas
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2011
     
    Hi Luke,

    As someone who also use Daedalus for writing fiction (among other things), I find your ideas interesting and appealing. Although, by the time these ideas are incorporated Daedalus would suddenly have morphed into something not too far from Ulysses...

    Anyway, I just wanted to point out that your point 3 is indeed possible now. Just grab a sheet and move it towards the bottom of the screen, and you'll see...
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      CommentAuthorfehnman
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2011
     
    Luke, thanks for your suggestions and kind words. Really appreciated. As Niklas pointed out, moving sheets is already in Daedalus Touch, and once you've used it, you'll never forget… :)

    I like the idea of "desks", and at some point in the future, we will definitely introduce such a "further out" level.

    Same goes for duplicating sheets -- this will come at one point, though I doubt we'll do it on the editor level but rather in sheets overview. Maybe we'll do a "copy corner" or such, so that you can drag a sheet to one of the corners and have it copied to the sheets bar instead of placed there. Dunno yet.

    As for split-view editing, I hate to say this, but I don't think this will ever make it into Daedalus, for various reasons.
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      CommentAuthorjustluke
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2011
     
    It's a shame that split-view editing isn't on the cards (in the stack?) at some point but it's not a big deal. That the rest of the stuff is either already implemented (doh!) or on the to-do list (woohoo!) is great news.

    Actually, now I think about it, a split-view mode might detract from the simplicity and elegance of Daedalus. I suppose it would be all too easy to add feature after feature and end up with a bloated, unfocused monster of an application, which would be a real pity.