@Cloughie me too.
I give this app a try every month or so to see if it has improved (I like the app's concept).
But I always find it way too buggy to be usable and switch back to my default tool.
@mz2 have you considered using an issue tracker like github's? It will greatly simplify your life, this forum is very messy to report and track bugs, or to be usable to find a workaround until they are fixed.
protip: try to level new features with bug squashing. Freeze the feature set and get the bugs out so it is usable before throwing in loads of new features.
Right now it is not usable for anyone who values his time.
Just my 2 cents.
Hi, for something I'm writing I decided to give it a try again, happy to see the improvements for 1.0.45 but still too many bugs, so after wrestling with it for a week I'm going back to my good old latex tool.
Bugs that annoy me:
- start a section title with an unicode character turns the section title invisible, even after deleting the character.
- insert citation in russian (cyrillic), export to pdf hangs and manuscripts quit abruptly, export to latex gives a broken latex file.
- too many unexpected hung beachballs while doing normal stuff.
- more bugs, see tl;dr below.
TL;DR: There are lotsa bugs and if I'm gonna spend my day submitting bugs and uploading broken files so you can debug them I won't be able to focus on what I'm actually writing... so switching back to good old plain latex editor.
EDIT: This applies for version 1.0.45 - newer versions may fix the issues I describe here.
Maybe some new users are also considering using Manuscripts for their next assignment, so I'd thought I share my experience so both new users and matt can profit.
I started playing with Manuscripts because design concepts and philosophy are great, and I really could use a tool like this. I liked it so much I even shelled out my $ to support it!
Last week I had to write a 25 page assignment, it included maths and images. I thought it would be a great chance to Manuscripts and see how it'd perform in real life.
- You will find lots of bugs and crashes, and be prepared to rewrite some sections (even though you just saved it a couple minutes before the crash, that great paragraph won't be there the next time you open your file).
- Copy pasting to your other favorite text editor won't work either as a backup, as you can't tell what's been yanked and what's not being copied to the clipboard.
- Even when you decide to export to your other favorite writing app because you just need to go ahead and stop fighting bugs, you will have to rewrite lots of stuff, and formatting will be painful.
- Submitting bugs usually gets them fixed in a couple of incremental releases, but they take time.
- (may not apply if you don't use equations) equation writing and handling is very very buggy.
Matt's support and bug squashing capabilities are amazing, but I think usability is not just at 1.0 level, its somewhere between alpha/beta. So I went back to my old latex editor. It lacks most of the cool features introduced with Manuscripts but it's rock solid and provides a deterministic behavior.
TL;DR: Manuscripts has great potential but be ready to deal with lots of bugs, crashes and rewriting. So be careful when choosing it to write that hard deadline assignment, you may want to prefer your good old latex editor.
Hi, I'm currently writing in fullscreen mode and the line with the cursor is at the bottom of the screen, really close to the bezel of my monitor!
The lateral grey margins are great, and the ability to configure them from the preferences menu is really nice.
Would it be possible to add some spare white space below, so that the cursor stays at 2/3 (two thirds) or the half of the screen? This would make the writing experience much more comfortable, like the margins feature.
also as a hint, the tooltip coming from the yellow exclamation mark triangle reads: "Typesetting equations & inline math took longer than 10.000000 seconds"