eclecdec Windows 1.3.16.0

This version is now in the Microsoft Store.

The primary (really, the only) goal of this version is to minimize the opportunity for data loss. Out of a years worth of use (by myself and others), I finally got that email that developers dread: data loss.

eclecdec stores projects in zip files (a la Word, Excel and PowerPoint). it’s a neat and tidy way to organize a set of files (metadata and content, to be precise) into a single package that you can easily move around.

But, as they say, “sh*t happens”. It could be a power loss, it could be a bug in the OS or in one of the myriad frameworks that we all use, it could be a bad sector on disk, or a cosmic ray or…even a bug in the app which, of course, is highly unlikely.

Regardless, data protection (or rather, mitigating the potential for data loss), is pretty critical. eclecdec already had a form of that with the ability to backup/restore/sync. But what if you don’t use these things, as so many of us don’t.

The solution, for eclecdec, was somewhat aggressive. I haven’t noticed any performance effects myself, and I write every day in it (and, just BTW, have never experienced any of the above problems).

Basically, whenever you open the project’s zip file, and before the open actually happens, eclecdec now examines the existing file for integrity. If it is ok, that file is saved. Effectively, eclecdec now keeps a rolling backup of “the last good file”. Kind of like Word does.

In the event that a project zip file has become corrupted for some reason, opening the project will substitute the last “backed up” version. This is different than backup/restore/sync since it happens behind the scenes. And doesn’t require explicit user action.

I think (and hope) that this aggressive tact prevents any more of the emails that I dread. Still, please, back up your data.

eclecdec Windows 1.3.7.0

This update is now in the Microsoft Store.

Features

  • Add ability to use a cover image in the project picker, because visual inspiration improves productivity
  • Move some global settings to “per-project” settings
  • Add next/previous story card navigation controls in Editor to facilitate reviewing

Fixes

  • Cards marked “done” will now appear in the card-peek lists in the Editor, with a “done” visual indicator

A couple of the features deserve some brief explanation.

One item that seems trivial but which has been “on the list” for a while is the ability to use images in the project picker:

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eclecdec Windows 1.2.11.0

This update is now in the Microsoft Store.

Features

  • Find and replace in editor
  • Include score, definitions and word type in Better Words
  • Add the ability to have notes per Story card and folder

Fixes

  • Minor ribbon cleanup in editor
  • Mark done/not done tweaks in editor
  • Fix crash when printing from compiled view

eclecdec Windows 1.1.89.0

This update is now in the Microsoft Store, and is a fairly minor (in terms of what you can see) update.

Fixes:

  • Improved typing performance (specifically, periodic lag while typing at-speed) in the editor
  • Fixed average word count and estimated completion dates in Project Statistics.


eclecdec Windows 1.1.85.0

This update is now in the Windows Microsoft Store.

Features

  • In order to help answer the age old question “What’s a better word for some_word ?”, eclecdec now uses the Datamuse cloud service to offer word suggestions. This is available by clicking on the “Better Words” ribbon button in the Story Card editor.
  • Add the ability to edit the current card title in the Story Card editor. This is available by clicking on the “Title” ribbon button.
  • Added the ability Story Cards to be treated as individual chapters titled with their title, rather than scenes with chapter titles based on folders. This is configurable in Settings.
  • Reorganized editor ribbon.
  • The current card title is displayed as the window title when editing a Story Card.

Fixes

  • Improved selection in the editor. Selected text will remain visually selected when focus is changed. This is only fixed in the Windows 10 October 2018 update (1809).
  • Fixed a bug where project statistics could lump the word count for a day into the previous day’s count.
  • Minor wording fixes in project statistics display.

eclecdec Windows 1.1.74.0

This version is now in the Windows Store. There are only a couple of minor changes:

  • Cards can now be imported/exported in HTML and plain text format as well as RTF and Word
  • Included one time non obtrusive dialog box to beg for rating

The first item – import/export changes – are an attempt to make it easier to get “stuff” into and out of eclecdec.  Individual cards, specifically, in this case.  Primarily, I’ve been using this to exchange cards with eclecdec for Android, which I haven’t written about yet here, and which (yeah, I know) uses a different storage format than eclecdec for Windows.  More on the dichotomy between the two applications (usage patterns as well as functionality) in the New Year.

The second item should be self-explanatory.  Please rate the app if you use it.

Happy Holidays!

 

eclecdec 1.1.73.0

I’ve just submitted eclecdec 1.1.73 to the Store.  A couple of interesting things in this version:

Split screen peek cards

While I like the idea, when I’m writing, to be able to pull up other cards for reference.  What I found, though, was that I often had to flip back and forth between the reference card (in, effectively, a dialog), and the actual editor surface.

Enter split screen.  Peek cards now appear as a pane to the right of the editor (both sketch and rich text).  I’ve found this smooths out my workflow quite a bit.
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eclecdec 1.1.69.0

The latest version of eclecdec has been submitted and should be available in anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

Changes for this version are bug fixes:

  • Typing in the writing timer dialog added two numbers for reach keypress (fixed by replacing a 3rd party control with my own)
  • Today and Yesterday status only took into account first editing session
  • Crash when stopping the writing timer when it was already paused
  • App close button now prompts to save editing changes (this is an interesting one – see my follow on post)

Like I said, availability depends on the Windows Store approval time, so the new version should appear (at the longest) in a few days.

eclecdec 1.1.68.0

I recently updated eclecdec to 1.1.68.0, with these changes:

Features

  • Add ability to create a new card from a selection, while editing a story card

Bug Fixes

  • Fix a bug where suspending eclecdec while editing a new (unsaved) card can cause the card to be duplicated, resulting in two cards referencing the same content, and preventing deletion of one without deleting the content of both
  • Fix a bug where returning to a previously edited card correctly places the cursor where editing left off, but improperly selects text past the selection

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My Surface Go

I recently bit the bullet and bought a Surface Go.  For years (decades, now), I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect mobile device, starting with the Apple Newton.  I have, sadly, never found it, but I’m forever hopeful.

Anyway, yeah, I bought a Surface Go.  Specifically, the 8GB RAM/128GB SSD version because, hey, I planned and continue to plan to install a lot of stuff on it, because it will be the perfect mobile device.  Right?
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