Slugline 1.2.5

This update is all about one thing:

Touch Bar Support

Slugline 1.2.5 now supports the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro Touch Bar models.

With the Touch Bar, you can show and hide the Outline navigator, toggle Bold, Italics, and Underline styles, and switch between Edit and Preview mode.

Give it a go and let us know what you think!

This update also fixes a bug where CONT'D would be printed in Courier, even if you chose Courier Prime as your font.

As always, each new update provides a blank slate for your eloquent reviews — so if you feel inspired, please share your feedback on the Mac App Store.

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Slugline 1.2.3

Slugline 1.2.3 is a free update with some important bug fixes, improved pagination, and a handy new feature.

Force Uppercase

Choose Format → Force Uppercase (Option + Command + K) to convert an entire line to uppercase. Handy for formatting, as well as addressing that vague “more intensity” note from your producer.

Pages Count

We’ve greatly improved pagination in this release, fixing a slew of small bugs, and improving handling of widows and orphans. The subtle page break lines that guide your writing are now more accurate, especailly around Sections and Synopses, as well as forced page breaks.

And the Bug Fixes

  • Less crashing! We fixed a crasher bug where Slugline would helpfully insist that it was time to take a break from writing.
  • We fixed two different cases where Dual Dialogue would get scrambled. Don’t everybody thank us at once.
  • Outline text is no longer cut off by an “Always visible” scroll bar.
  • We fixed a rare case where an extra blank page could appear after the Title Page.

Update 2016-11-10

We just released Slugline 1.2.4, which fixes a bug with turning off Bold Scene Headings, corrects a cosmetic issue with scroll bars, and updates the Help documentation.

We are already hard at work on our next update. As always, we are grateful when you take the time to rate or or review Slugline!

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Creating an Interstitial Page

Some screenplays begin with a special page that contains only a quotation or other text meant to set the context for the story. The Hurt Locker, for example, starts with a page featuring two quotations about mankind and war.

You can do this in Slugline with manual page breaks, but for now, this means the first actual page of your screenplay will then be numbered as page 2. In the world of screenplays, page count matters, so this is kind of a bummer.

We have plans to make this work better, but for the time being, there’s a pretty easy workaround that takes advantage of one of the post powerful and underestimated apps on the Mac: Preview.

Preview isn’t just for viewing images and PDFs. It also has many powerful editing abilities, including re-ordering pages, and even inserting pages from one document into another.

So, to create an interstitial page, just save two PDFs — one of your screenplay, and another with just the special page. Then open both, and drag the single page into the thumbnail pane of the screenplay, inserting it exactly where you want it.

Here are some tips:

  • If Preview opens without the Thumbnails visible, reveal them by choosing View → Thumbnails.
  • When creating the document for the interstitial page, you’ll probably want some white space above the text to center it vertically on the page. You can create this with a few carriage returns, but to make sure Slugline prints those lines as intentional white space, add 2 spaces to the very first line of the document.
  • This technique can also be used for adding a fancier title page, with whatever fonts or imagery you like. Create the title page of your dreams in any app that outputs PDF, then insert it according to the above instructions.

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We’ll make this process much easier in a future version of Slugline, but for now, this is a powerful way to customize your PDF screenplays.

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