Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Getting the most out of Word Count Dashboard

Word Count Dashboard tries to keep you motivated with a writing project. Each time you finish a writing session, update the app with your word count, and it will let you know how far you've come, how many words you've got to go, and what you need to write each day to achieve the target.

The following example shows the process the app goes through when you add the details of a writing session: -

Imagine for instance that you've just started a writing project. You check the word count in your word processor of choice (e.g. Pages, or Word), and you find that you've done 2500 words for your new project.

In Word Count Dashboard, create a new writing session and enter 2500 as the current word count.

Now, jump forward a day, and you finish your next writing session. Check the word count in your word processor - and it gives a total of 4000 words.

In Word Count Dashboard, when you go to enter your new session, it is 4000 that you enter: the current word count total for the whole manuscript.

Word Count Dashboard will work out the difference between the new word count and the old one, and let you know how many words you wrote in the session.

In the above example, it would have been 1500 words.

You don't enter 1500, as that would show -1000 as the change in word counts.

When I was developing Word Count Dashboard, I chose to base it on the overall manuscript word count because that should be easier to enter than you having to work out manually/with a calculator, how many words you've written in a session.

Happy writing!

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Recharging the batteries

It's been a hectic couple of weeks here, and with the UK heading into a bank holiday weekend, I'm going to be taking some time away from apps and development from today.

Any emails relating to apps won't be read until Tuesday 7th May, so please don't panic if you don't get a reply for a couple of days.

I'm going to be working on my novel, Spark of Humanity, as well as taking in some fresh air outdoors.

Happy writing, happy reading, happy trails.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Introducing Shelf Life

Our fifth application has just launched on the Mac App Store: Shelf Life.

Shelf Life is a small application to help you keep track of books that you're reading, or want to read but don't have. It's not as full-featured as a cataloguing application - it's designed more for readers who want to keep track of things like the series that a book belongs to.

For example, I often end up reading book one of a series when it comes out, but book two is nowhere in sight, because the author hasn't even written it yet - so it's not even available for adding to online wishlists to keep tabs on it. Fast forward a few months, and books appear, and I'm often not sure whether I've read the first one, or what series something belongs to.

Adding in to that, was the fact that I've recently joined a reading group (hello to all the gang at the Cardiff-based Saucers and Dragons!) and wanted to keep track of things I've finished reading as well.

Hopefully some people will find it useful - especially the reports that allow you to print out your list of wanted books for those trips to the public library so that you can trawl the shelves and spend hours immersing yourself in books.

Happy reading!