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5.05.07 publication - 04/09/2022 21:18

The new version 5.05.07 is available.


5.05.06 publication - 01/05/2022 10:10

oStorybook 5.05.06: what's new?

The first notable change is cosmetic. Indeed, the graphic theme manager has been modified, in particular to have a fully functional dark theme.

Then the other evolutions concern the resolution of some bugs and especially the addition of two features:
a) the Episodes tool: it was inspired by the publication of working notes by J.K. ROWLING, author of the famous Harry Potter series.
b) Storymap view: which allows you to visualize your story in the form of a map, a bit like the subway map.


5.05.05 Released - 01/01/2022 07:00

I'm pleased to announce the release of version 5.05.05. This version includes its usual lot of new features such as the strong improvement of import and export which aims to facilitate the work of those who use Word from Microsoft or Writer from LibreOffice.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy new year.

I'm still looking for contributors to write the documentation of the software, but rather than making a "pensum" difficult to assimilate I prefer documents, sometimes more targeted, and more "digestible". This is the occasion to propose you a little challenge: tell us how you use oStorybook. There is nothing to win, no big prize, just the pleasure of writing and sharing. I tried this exercise:

Chapter 1
What if oStorybook was a good meal in a restaurant? You feel like having a good meal in a restaurant. So you choose  carefully. You ask about the possibilities in your vicinity.
you don't really know your neighborhood, you look on specialized neighbourhood, you consult specialized Internet sites to determine what kind of to determine what kind of meal you could have, how to get there, and what other how to get there, the opinions of other customers. In short after a long cogitation you decide to go to this you decide to go to this brewery that promises you so much.

This first step led you to install oStorybook. No, it is not not to eat but to write the novel that has been nagging at you for so many you've been titillating for so many years.

So here you are, seated at your table. The waiter has kindly asked you in which language you would like to asked you in which language you would like to speak with him to compose your to compose your meal. This waiter is really nice, and on top of that he is is multilingual. He now shows you the menu to make your choice. In fact, after installing oStorybook, let's see what you are proposed.

The menu is rather small and simplistic. Let's start at the beginning. Your meal is a new meal, so we will choose to visit the "New project" section.

This is just a rough outline of what's on offer. Feel free to approach your narrative from a different point of view, such as a detective story, travel guide, science fiction novel, romance, etc.

See you soon.

(Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version))


Next release of 5.05.05 - 04/12/2021 11:23

The next version 5.05.05 should be released on January 1, 2022, so it will be your New Year's gift. This version will come with a lot of new features, including the extension of the possibility to use an office tool, such as Writer or Word, as an external text editor. These new features have improved all the export functions globally. Curiously, this version, which includes a lot of new functions, is considerably lighter since its size has been reduced by almost 5MB. This is due to the fact that some APIs have been abandoned in favor of a much better integrated specific programming.


Release of 5.05.04 - 04/09/2021 00:00

Version 5.05.04 is available.

Many changes have been made, but most of themmade, but most of them will be invisible to you since they concern the code itself. Indeed, the program has been modified to improve its readability while facilitating maintenance. Here are the evolutions that will be directly visible to you:
- the wizard is now fully functional
- graphical improvement for reports (dark colors)
- export of sheets (info view), with modification of the dialog
- export of the info view in HTML
- export of tables "as is" (visible columns only)
- added choice of color for the TimeEvent
- creation of the "Timeline" view
- added a parameter for truncation in the Tree view
- activated Web links (Read, Info, Memos and Editor views)
- reordering of the scene date (fixed, relative)
- added duration for a scene
- added duration for an event
- reactivation of undo/redo shortcuts with addition of buttons
- added stabylo to highlight a passage
- ability to switch from HTML to Markdown and back
- possibility to activate/deactivate the scenario mode option
- extension of scenario mode to all functions (scene table, scene editor)
- adjustable column width in the "Manage chapters and scenes" view

Hopefully these improvements will be useful for you.


Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)


oStorybook: discovering - 21/07/2021 14:52

Here is a small 3 pages document made by Bernard. He was kind enough to make it to help you discover the software. Of course it is very basic but quite useful for beginners.

If you also want to provide a document describing how you use oStorybook, I will gladly make it available to everyone.

Download link. (french document)


Domaine name - 05/02/2021 12:57

Due to a small banking problem the domain name ostorybook.eu might not be renewed in time, that is to say on February 9th. If you access the site via this domain, planned for the future version 6, you can continue to access it via the address http://ostorybook.tuxfamily.org/v5 which will remain operational.


Hightlighting - 23/01/2021 13:43

The "highlighter" will make its appearance with version 5.05.04.

Bernard, who has joined the development team, suggested to allow to highlight a part of the text. Indeed, he uses this in his work as a writer to mark parts of his text that do not fit in with the do not satisfy. It allows him to spot them quickly.

I'm sure others would like to have such a device, it's why the "highlighter" function has been added. How to use it? Nothing very sorcerer. In the text editor you select a part of text and then press the "Highlight" button next to it. paragraph style. The text is then highlighted in yellow.

Throughout the GUI the text will be highlighted. But what happens when exporting? You have the choice, via the menu Export > Options, of what you want to get. The alternatives are:

  • ignore the highlighting: the highlighting tags will be purely and simply ignored, the text will return to its normal appearance.
  • delete the highlighted text: the concerned text will not appear. in export.
  • leave as is: the highlighted passages will be left as is, with the same rendering.

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)


5.05.03 publication - 25/12/2020 00:00

Version 5.05.03 is released. The notable evolution is the addition of the possibility to choose the look and feel, with a dark theme.


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