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by nvalvo
Wed Apr 11, 2007 8:39 am
Forum: Mellel
Topic: Avoiding Unintended Deletions
Replies: 12
Views: 5782

What is actually needed is not babysitting dialog boxes (trust me, you would not like that if they actually did it, and I am confident they won't), but proper version control. We've been discussing this over in the Nitty and the Gritty, and if done right, this could be a strong feature, which could ...
by nvalvo
Wed Apr 11, 2007 8:34 am
Forum: Mellel
Topic: FileMaker and Mellel
Replies: 5
Views: 2836

A better idea might be to make .zip archives. This can be done quite easily, using the contextual (control click, right click, or "gear" button in the finder) menu. This will wrap your Mellel file up into a more coherent entity. This process could be automated using AppleScript or Automator, if you'...
by nvalvo
Mon Mar 26, 2007 8:06 am
Forum: The Nitty and the Gritty
Topic: Feature Request: Track changes
Replies: 6
Views: 4853

That was fascinating, guys. I had, just like everyone else, only used subversion on web projects, etc. and not as a versioned backup repository for mellel docs. I always imagined the amount of granularity was customizable; it is interesting that it is not. If we could get a versioning feature in Mel...
by nvalvo
Fri Mar 23, 2007 6:38 am
Forum: The Nitty and the Gritty
Topic: To Undo or not to Undo..
Replies: 29
Views: 23467

What if, while we're talking about the Undo buffer, said buffer were accessible by a pallette similar to Photoshop's history palette? So you could undo edits you had made in the past without undoing all subsequent changes. That is to say, a full-fledged versioning implementation, probably in conjunc...
by nvalvo
Fri Mar 23, 2007 6:28 am
Forum: The Nitty and the Gritty
Topic: Feature Request: Track changes
Replies: 6
Views: 4853

I wonder (I haven't tried) how Mellel's XML file type would respond to use with a versioning system like Subversion or CVS. Because that could be really great. Edit: I just posted the following in the Undo buffer thread, because I think the two features should be envisioned together. I would call it...
by nvalvo
Fri Mar 23, 2007 6:26 am
Forum: The Nitty and the Gritty
Topic: Diacritical marks in Arabic appear on top of one another
Replies: 16
Views: 21122

Perhaps, some of these problems could be simplified by using a utility such as Quicksilver to bind a keystroke to a Trigger to paste the required character. (This could be a really good feature for Mellel to do on its own, don't you think? The ability to paste little preprogrammed snippets of text o...
by nvalvo
Tue Mar 20, 2007 11:27 pm
Forum: The Nitty and the Gritty
Topic: highlighting with keystrokes
Replies: 1
Views: 2069

Yes, seriously.

I was shocked — shocked! — to discover that the Redlers would have added a major feature without any keyboard shortcuts.
by nvalvo
Tue Mar 20, 2007 11:25 pm
Forum: The Nitty and the Gritty
Topic: Upgrading
Replies: 7
Views: 4460

Thanks. I suppose two years will do; maybe that should be clearer.
by nvalvo
Tue Mar 20, 2007 12:54 am
Forum: The Nitty and the Gritty
Topic: Upgrading
Replies: 7
Views: 4460

Speaking of upgrading...

I just paid my $19 or whatever to upgrade (having been using Mellel since 2004, I guess), and I was interested to know how much Mellel I just bought.

Do I get another three years for $19?
by nvalvo
Tue Jan 30, 2007 9:27 am
Forum: Mellel
Topic: Uhoh, google has a word processor and spreadsheet program.
Replies: 10
Views: 6609

This is a Good Thing. Obviously Word is the one screwed here, as Google Docs doesn't do anything well, either (yet). They are natural competitors. Just a moment ago, I used the Mellel XSLT Translator to make an HTML file of a Mellel doc and emailed it to my Google Docs account for archiving purposes...
by nvalvo
Sun Dec 10, 2006 1:17 am
Forum: Mellel
Topic: Footnotes/Height Limit
Replies: 9
Views: 5988

Are there any lines of text between the note in the text and the note separator? Because it matters where the note is. If the note reference is in the last few lines of the page, the note may need to flow in order to keep the reference and the beginning of the note on the same page. Your paragraph s...
by nvalvo
Sun Dec 10, 2006 1:06 am
Forum: Mellel
Topic: Mellel and AppleScript
Replies: 1
Views: 2244

Bump to say that scriptability is important to me. Here's what I want to be able to do: I want to hit a keystroke and have Quicksilver trigger an Applescript/Automator action that finds all of my recently-edited Mellel files using spotlight and has Mellel save them as .rtf (it will take a second) an...
by nvalvo
Tue Nov 28, 2006 7:00 am
Forum: The Nitty and the Gritty
Topic: Features I would like to have in Mellel(3)
Replies: 13
Views: 9073

For me, at any rate, the whole point of this word processor is that we design our documents. A font menu screams MS Word ad hoc-ness.

Not everyone will agree.
by nvalvo
Sun Oct 29, 2006 11:28 pm
Forum: The Nitty and the Gritty
Topic: cmd-I and B for italics and bold
Replies: 24
Views: 17370

Now, granted, I am young enough that I have been using Macintoshes since 1988, when I was six, and keyboard shortcuts are consequently second nature, but I like the f-key situation. The idea of having a different key combination for every type attribute rather than style seems really counter-intuiti...
by nvalvo
Sun Oct 29, 2006 11:06 pm
Forum: The Nitty and the Gritty
Topic: Feature request: split window
Replies: 12
Views: 8108

Bi-directional split is really cool. Pixen, a graphics program, has a really interesting implementation if the Redlers wanted some inspiration...