First of all, I’d like to offer my sincere thanks to everyone who has purchased or downloaded the trial of the app. It is an encouraging sign that I’ve made something that fulfills a need.
I also appreciate everyone who has provided feedback either by the floating feedback form in the site’s left sidebar, by email, the contact form, or especially by reviewing the app. I read each one carefully and thoughtfully.
As a result of your feedback the following features are going to be implemented in the next release, currently scheduled for release by the end of the month.
The initial and current release lets you export your project or section using Windows 8′s built in Share charm. However, there are two assumptions that I made that prevented this from being a viable option for many:
1. I assumed that everyone knows about the Share charm and how to even use it.
2. I assumed you had an app installed that accepts text shares from other apps.
Windows 8 is a brand new operating system. Most people who know about the charms are technology early adopters–not the average user. Plus, Microsoft’s own design documents say that you should put key extended features of your app in the app bars (top and bottom hidden menus).
In the next version of Writing Type you’ll be able to export your writings to either a Word document or to a PDF.
When done from the Project level, the app will consolidate all sections into one document in the order you have them listed in the project. When you export from the section level (writing view), you will only export that particular text.
I realized leaving this feature out was a mistake from the moment I started using the first published version. As writers, we should backup our works as often as is convenient to our writing style and comfort level. As I was typing, a little bug in the back of my brain was speaking to me asking what I would do if my computer crashed and I couldn’t recover months and months of writing.
Thankfully, Writing Type saves everything to the local database automatically, so you don’t need to keep hitting a ‘Save’ button. But that doesn’t cover hardware failures.
So, in the next release we are adding a Backup and Restore feature. This will allow you to manually backup everything in the app to a single backup file and save it to a location of your choice. SkyDrive is my preferred choice since that is automatically saved into the “cloud” and available from anywhere. The backup will save all projects, groups, and sections and all associated texts along with the configuration order at the time of backup.
If you lose your computer, have to rebuild, or want to load it up from another computer, you can simple use the Restore feature to import the backup file. All your information will be there with no further configuration required!
Improved Snap View Support
The current version of the app only supports the large “Snap View”. Snap View is the Windows 8 app feature that allows you to have two apps on the screen at the same time. One app in Large Snap View (taking up about two-thirds of the screen) while the other app makes up the Small Snap View (the remaining one-third).
The next release will allow for a small snap view, so that you can view a web page or other document in large snap view while continuing to work on your writing. This is useful when you have a research document open that you need to refer to when you write.
Portrait View Support
Some of you are writing on tablets and as such you may want to have a more page-width type view of you document. Currently, Writing Type’s layout does not change to portrait view when you turn your tablet in this long view.
The next release will support this.
There will also be some bug fixes that have been reported as well.
Thanks again for your support and feedback. I really appreciate it.
Let me know if you have any questions and please use the feedback module to leave your ideas and report your issues.
Creator, Writing Type