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    Anthony

    Magic Manuscripts. I have Papers3, and I'm bringing up the citation tool by double-tapping Ctrl,

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    Anthony

    @mz2 Further to your pinned post regarding citations, I'm having a little difficulty amending them, or placing them in the correct order. My normal practice is to place in-text citations in date order, and in alpha order if they are the same year. However, when I attempt to add a citation to an existing one, they don't combine (i.e. within the same parenthesis), but the new one is rather on its own beside it. If I try to re-do it entirely i.e. delete the existing ref and replace it with a multiple citation, the programme ignores the order I bring them up in. Is this to do with the journal/citation style?

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    @mz2 No worries, have sent this on. Thanks!

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    @mz2 Yes, I have headings in bold, but when I change them one by one, nothing else changes bar those headings. Will send the doc now.

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    I too have a similar problem, in that it just fills out my name rather than any affiliations.

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    Hi, was this resolved and if so, could you explain how? Exactly the same happens with me.

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    Problem is, I can't even trust it with that. I have a report I need to do – nothing too strenuous, although it will involve images. So I created a new doc with 4 headings and a few words. That was it, no images, tables etc. Total word count less than 20, and it crashed when I hit save. It's frustrating because I like using it, I just wish it was more stable.

    I'll take another look at LaTeX.

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    @rlmo could you point me in the right direction for that? Thanks.

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    @DrJJWMac Many thanks for such a detailed reply. I also had a similar 'meh' moment with Mellel – just felt like I had to learn a new version of Word all over again.

    I think I have to correct a few misapprehensions here though. My main concern re 'trust' is simply stability – I'm seeing rather more of the spinning beachball then I would like, and for routine tasks e.g. opening a new doc from template. My concern is that if Manuscripts appears unstable with a very small doc, how will cope with a PhD? How confident will I be x years down the line that when I open up a PhD chapter that I can use Manuscripts confident that it won't crash or that I have to wait there drumming my fingers while I look at that darn beachball? For just writing there are fortunately any number of Markdown-style apps available for that (Writer's Block Free is a fav), which store material in an easily-accessed form such as a txt/rtf. I could therefore simply write in that and then c+p into a Word doc for the prettying-up phase.

    It's interesting that you bring up LaTeX as that was something I considered before (for my masters). What eventually dissuaded me was simply the steepness of the learning curve in the time I had. I think there may have been other factors too, but without redoing my research, I can't recall what they were.

    My actual main focus at the moment is that all-elusive smooth academic workflow. I need to be able to record what I know and accurately recall it when need be, which is why I've been experimenting with DevonTHINK Pro Office as a gateway for everything I encounter, as it can take pretty much any file/internet link and scan it to make it searchable, and can store all my notes on PDfs etc.

    Re citation managers, not looking for anything especially fancy (especially if I'm using DTPO to store and sort info). I used Mendeley/Word previously, but then Mendeley threw a rather strange wobbly, which I won't bore you with here (and which support could not solve), hence why I've been looking at other managers. Which is a pity as overall Mendeley is a pretty decent refs manager. I'm curious though, why do you use Mendeley as opposed to BibTex? And Bookends is decent, and importantly has top-notch support.

    As for the last paragraph, I'll leave that unanswered as, with respect, I'm at a loss to see how anything I wrote in the OP prompted those remarks.

    I have cast a very wide net in looking for the right set/combination of tools to do my PhD as I think it's crucial to get this right at the start and save hassle later. I must admit, I am getting rather weary, having looked at quite a few.

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    Bought this as part of a bundle (with Papers 3, DevonAGENT Pro, etc.), which was a bit of a leap as I had pretty much had my mind set on a Bookends/Melel combo for my PhD. Like the look, but I find it very frustrating to use.

    1. I can't seem to find an instruction manual for a start (bar the Welcome to Manuscripts bit on the Help menu), This means I'm working it all out via trial and error, which can only take you so far;

    2. It seems buggy. I keep getting beachballed for just doing basic things or it even crashing (like just now when I tried out merging a sub-section into the section as a whole);

    3. When I insert a new section/sub-section whatever, the whole text of the article disappears and I'm left with just the title band for my article. Nothing I can do to access anything unless I close the whole thing and open it again.

    I'll say again, I like this, but you have to realise that you're asking people to buy a product with which they will entrust their work. This is something I don't think I can do right now, but like the others here I'll keep an eye out here to see how things progress because I want to use this.

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