Wishlist for version 2.6

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Re: Wishlist for version 2.6

Post by simifilm » Fri Nov 14, 2008 10:21 am

skaertus wrote:Most urgent
Full Word compatibility is a must-have for me. I also wouldn´t mind to have full ODT support too...
Since this is something not even Microsoft can provide, you'll never see this in Mellel.

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Re: Wishlist for version 2.6

Post by skaertus » Sat Nov 15, 2008 3:07 am

Since this is something not even Microsoft can provide, you'll never see this in Mellel.
I wouldn´t say that. I´ve heard of incompatibilities between Mac and Windows versions of Word. However, I use Word XP and Word 2007 for Windows and Word 2008 for Mac to edit the very same files, and it has always worked perfectly for me - and they were quite complex files, with styles, tables of contents, footnotes and cross-references. I have never noticed any kind of incompatibility. I would be quite happy if Mellel was able to open a .doc or a .docx file the way Word 2008 does it. I simply just cannot afford to be Microsoft-free in a Microsoft world.

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Re: Wishlist for version 2.6

Post by Duane » Mon Nov 17, 2008 2:45 am

I am hoping for:
7 (better footnote control)
14 (better table control)
19 (Improved WORD integration)
I think that the last item, 19, is the most urgent, as very few people (editors, publishers, etc.) have ever heard of Mellel, much less use it. People will not accept your Mellel files, because they can't read them. If you export to RTF or Word .doc using Mellel 2.5, you will have an enormous job of fixing the format problems. This is the single most important reason I can only use Mellel as a secondary word processor, for work that I will only share via a printer or as a PDF. For any file I might have to share, I use Word. My own preference would be for Mellel to have it documents in the .docx or Open XML format, rather than the proprietary .mellel format.

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Re: Wishlist for version 2.6

Post by Bulow » Wed Dec 03, 2008 9:06 pm

Here is my number 1.1.A URGENT wish for Mellel 2.6:
Because of all the poor people who have not yet adopted Mellel - they may even still use Windows or worse - you often have to import texts through RTF. In doing so, one is most often faced with a magma of styles all called 'par. style.+'. Since people using other WPs (read: Word) are not encouraged to use styles in any disciplined way, there may be a lot of these 'par. style+'s and there is no way of knowing which one is involved at the place where you want to impose your Mellel-style. In most cases these variations only cover a small change, e.g. a changed tab that was not used anyway, but sometimes they make a lot of difference. Can’t we have a list of styles that have different and unique numbers (or whatever other way of distinguishing them), so that one knows that this part of the imported MS is in style ‘X’ and you can safely change it globally into your Mellel style ‘text’. It may be argued that there is a detailed description of the styles once you call it up in ‘replace styles’, but as far as I am concerned, this will not do - too uncertain.

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Re: Wishlist for version 2.6

Post by mkhabbaz » Tue Dec 09, 2008 7:58 am

my top are
1. 10 (side notes)
2. 15 (floating text boxes/around images)
3. 27 (quicklook integration)

small adjustment
1. footnotes control (pressing arrow up move you from one note to another , pressing Command+A select all notes, switch between endnotes and footnotes)

2. detachable outline pane

Nice to have
1. ability to turn on and off part of the text from the outline. think of this as your photoshop layers, it allows me to work on specific part of my text, print it, export it, format it without the need to go through zillion pages. it would extra nice to have two options when you turn an outline 'element' off : 1. let the text flow (i.e. it acts as if you deleted the text) OR 2. just hide it (i.e. equivalent of coloring the text white)

2. AND/OR similar feature to controle style : this way I can create a style called : "notes and corrections" and give it a color "red", then I can hide all text associated with that style and print. this could be done in similar ways or by right-clicking on a style/outline element.

best,

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Re: Wishlist for version 2.6

Post by nalugu » Tue Dec 09, 2008 11:23 am

Ooo I can't wait anymore for this one
(3) two-pages-view

finishing a long text (in pages for the time being), really would love to use mellel outlining and everything, but without the two-pages view how can one work? It's like reading the book you are working on...
any land in sight with this?
nalugu@snafu.de

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Re: Wishlist for version 2.6

Post by TomEck » Tue Dec 09, 2008 12:32 pm

nalugu wrote:Ooo I can't wait anymore for this one
(3) two-pages-view

finishing a long text (in pages for the time being), really would love to use mellel outlining and everything, but without the two-pages view how can one work? It's like reading the book you are working on...
any land in sight with this?
nalugu@snafu.de
FYI

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Re: Wishlist for version 2.6

Post by gpolberd » Tue Dec 09, 2008 4:39 pm

nalugu wrote:Ooo I can't wait anymore for this one
(3) two-pages-view

finishing a long text (in pages for the time being), really would love to use mellel outlining and everything, but without the two-pages view how can one work? It's like reading the book you are working on...
any land in sight with this?
nalugu@snafu.de
Nalugu,

Two-pages view is here.

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Re: Wishlist for version 2.6

Post by skaertus » Mon Jan 26, 2009 1:17 am

Now that Mellel 2.6 is released, there should be a wishlist for version 2.7... should we change the name of this topic or create another one?

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Re: Wishlist for version 2.6

Post by nicka » Mon Jan 26, 2009 3:30 pm

A new topic seems best. I'll start one.

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