Updated Global Publishers database to reflect the latest open/close status, along with updated links.
We ring in the New Year with a new version of The Writer’s Scribe, version 5.0!
This is our best release yet. We incorporated an updated databases engine for improved performance, improved platform support, and improved user interface features. Read all about it from our README file, here.
This is a Free upgrade for all purchases made after May 28th, 2013 (6 months)! We will be sending out updated registration keys soon, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your key.
This is embarrassing. We found a bug in the algorithm used to generate Publisher updates. This bug essentially caused many updates to individual publishers to be ignored. This is now fixed, so you should get these updates when you import the Updated Publishers.
Note: this error was not in your installed copy of The Writer’s Scribe. It was only server side. So you do not need to take any action to see the corrected updated publishers from here on out when you import the updated Global Publishers.
Mavericks is now supported. The update was very minor and we simply updated the 4.9 release of the application. If you have any issues with using Mavericks on the Macintosh, please contact support.
Some other notes on the latest Macintosh release, first, by default the Mac OS does not install Java. We use a plug-in in the application to provide a nice interface for selecting files for backups, upgrades, and imports. It is not absolutely required, and 99% of the application functions correctly without Java installed. That said, most users expect a nice interface for doing these operations, so we employ this plug-in which requires the use of Java for this. The application will automatically ask if you want to install Java, and it is a significant size, so it takes a little time to download and install.
We hope you enjoy using our product, The Writer’s Scribe.
Is less more? In version 4.9, we added a Read-only view to the Stories, Publishers, Submissions, Alerts, Sales, and Expenses tabs. How is this less?
- Fewer clicks
- See more on a single screen
- Easily view everything at a single glance
Click on a tab to instantly switch between a Read-only to an Edit view. Click again to see a Tabular Listing view. It keeps you on the same record, allowing you to continue your work. Use the view best suited to your needs.
Download it today!
Click here to see the Global Publishers blog page for more information on downloading updates from a globally maintained database of publishers.
If you are a registered user, and you are having any problems with performing the Check for Updates, please contact support and we will correct the problem.
Version 4.0 of The Writer’s Scribe has just been released. Read all about it in the README file on the website, www.thewritersscribe.com .
The big change for this release is the addition of formatted listing screens for each of the major tabs. You will see the multi-page indicators on each of these tabs. This provides a visual cue that you may click on the active tab again to cycle between the views. In this case, a form view and a tabular view for Publishers is shown. Clicking on the publisher link of the first column while in the Tabular view will switch you to the Form view for that particular record. Never lose your place, never lose your filters. Your selection will also persist when switching back and forth for the duration of your session.
I had a chance to attend Readercon today. It is the local Science Fiction writer’s convention here in Boston, held out at the Marriott in Burlington.
I heard some interesting sessions, including one on Economic systems and how they are portrayed in the Fantasy genre, and another on Utopias, providing some insight into why we see more works are not done in Utopias, and even if you intend to write in a utopia it may turn into a Dystopia.
I hope all attending are enjoying the convention. If one can judge the show’s success by how much the parking lot was filled, I’d say that this year had a very full attendance. I know the sessions I attended on Saturday afternoon had audiences that filled the rooms to capacity, or at least close to it.
I came across this today, Growl for the Mac is on sale for $0.99. I don’t know how long this sale will last. I highly recommend it. I think it’s worth it, whether priced at $0.99 or $3.99. Here’s the link: Growl at the Mac App Store.
For those that haven’t used Growl, you may ask, what is it? It is a notification app.
Next, you may ask, why should I care? Simple, if fills a gap in usability and improves productivity in a very elegant way. We integrated with Growl on the Macintosh version of The Writer’s Scribe at the suggestion of a developer friend (Ron) many releases ago.
In our application, The Writer’s Scribe, we automatically save a record whenever the user moves to a different screen. This makes it easy and quick to make changes. That said, it is nice to get a notification that a save completed successfully without needing to move your mouse off to some corner of the screen to dismiss a dialog. That would defeat the purpose of an automatic save. So, without Growl, we simply save it silently and that’s it. However, if you want to know, then with Growl you’ll get a note in the corner of your screen that will automatically fade away. In the future, Apple may implement something similar, but this works today and will continue to work.