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by Amontillado
Thu Jul 29, 2021 3:27 am
Forum: Mellel
Topic: Greyed-out band on left side of document
Replies: 4
Views: 36

Re: Greyed-out band on left side of document

I think I know what that is. That's the annotations pane. Position your cursor at some point of interest in your manuscript, right click (or control click) and you'll get an option to enter a comment. That will put a little text box with the user name from Mellel 5->Preferences. It's in the document...
by Amontillado
Mon Jul 19, 2021 2:00 am
Forum: Mellel
Topic: FILE/PAGE SETUP -- PRINTING TO AN OFF-LINE PRINTER
Replies: 2
Views: 56

Re: FILE/PAGE SETUP -- PRINTING TO AN OFF-LINE PRINTER

I just set up a document with pages 1200 inches wide and 2200 inches tall. It seemed to work. In a new document, use File->Page Setup. It may be helpful to choose "Any Printer" in the printer choice field. Click in the Paper Size field to choose page geometry. The bottom option, Manage Custom Sizes,...
by Amontillado
Sun Jul 11, 2021 12:45 am
Forum: Mellel
Topic: Looking for your input regarding Mellel's Factory templates
Replies: 6
Views: 245

Re: Looking for your input regarding Mellel's Factory templates

The linked fonts would be like hierarchical styles, where a style inherits properties from a parent style. Initially, I missed that feature. On the other hand, it's nice to have zero side effects, and there aren't many places where making a change has hidden consequences. It's off-topic regarding te...
by Amontillado
Wed Jul 07, 2021 2:57 am
Forum: Mellel
Topic: Looking for your input regarding Mellel's Factory templates
Replies: 6
Views: 245

Re: Looking for your input regarding Mellel's Factory templates

I am probably in a minority. The best use of pre-packaged templates may be as tutorial material, or food for thought. It is very nice to see examples of what can be done. In practice, I made my own templates for everything I need. Personal letters, angry letters to Congress, business letters, short ...
by Amontillado
Mon Jun 28, 2021 7:04 pm
Forum: Mellel
Topic: Nice hints about templates in the SummerFest announcement
Replies: 0
Views: 191

Nice hints about templates in the SummerFest announcement

Nice to read in the SummerFest announcement that work continues on a new major release of Mellel. No other word processor feels as solid.
by Amontillado
Wed Jun 16, 2021 3:20 pm
Forum: Mellel
Topic: MathType and Catalina
Replies: 10
Views: 5817

Re: MathType and Catalina

I occasionally need math in a document. When that comes up, I create images of LaTeX equations in Keynote and save the Keynote file with the Mellel document. That lets me edit the equations. For my light usage, it works. Things I write that involve notes go in a folder with supporting information, o...
by Amontillado
Wed Apr 28, 2021 12:13 am
Forum: The Nitty and the Gritty
Topic: Page Style Break Question
Replies: 7
Views: 711

Re: Page Style Break Question

I may not have communicated very well. What I meant was I found an autotitle setting that would cause the problem, if you are using autotitles.

If you aren't using autotitles at all, nothing I said has any application. It was just a wild guess.
by Amontillado
Tue Apr 27, 2021 12:32 am
Forum: The Nitty and the Gritty
Topic: Page Style Break Question
Replies: 7
Views: 711

Re: Page Style Break Question

I'm a Mellel newbie. Take what I have to say with a grain of salt, if not morphine, but I can duplicate what I think you're seeing. I have to set some specific options and I think I see a work-around. Does this scenario match what you see? Set the "insert before" option in an auto-title to "column b...
by Amontillado
Mon Apr 26, 2021 4:34 pm
Forum: Mellel
Topic: epub images not appearing, a fix, and error sending to support
Replies: 3
Views: 442

Re: epub images not appearing, a fix, and error sending to support

I think Mellel is pretty close. Docx output from Mellel seems to work fine with Kindle Create. New nerd tools are all kinds of fun. I would grab a copy of Vellum, but it's expensive. I can fix Mellel epub files and I suspect a fix will be implemented soon enough, anyway. It's not like I'm very close...
by Amontillado
Sun Apr 25, 2021 12:01 pm
Forum: Mellel
Topic: epub images not appearing, a fix, and error sending to support
Replies: 3
Views: 442

Re: epub images not appearing, a fix, and error sending to support

Followup observations, with more fixes, and the realization I'm completely out of step with the world. My wife was right, again. Kindle Previewer doesn't like Mellel files and logs two classes of errors that are really just one problem. KP will barf, whining about unknown tags (autotitle), and it wi...
by Amontillado
Fri Apr 23, 2021 3:46 pm
Forum: Mellel
Topic: epub images not appearing, a fix, and error sending to support
Replies: 3
Views: 442

epub images not appearing, a fix, and error sending to support

This may be at my end - I get an error, "Couldn't send data (Failed to connect (701))" when I use Help->Support to send a question. Here's what I sent. Angle braces around xhtml tags were omitted in this message, thinking that might be why the error message appeared: An image used as a chapter headi...
by Amontillado
Fri Apr 23, 2021 2:36 pm
Forum: The Nitty and the Gritty
Topic: epub heading flow, tag headings flow
Replies: 1
Views: 1111

Re: epub heading flow, tag headings flow

I think I figured this out, but it's a little down on my list of things to test. The heading flow is the paragraph style to use for the auto-titles included in the epub's TOC. The tag flow is the paragraph style to use for footnotes, endnotes, and other Mellel tag flows used in the epub's TOC. A tag...
by Amontillado
Fri Apr 23, 2021 12:41 am
Forum: The Nitty and the Gritty
Topic: Mail merge - from Mellel to a pile of envelopes
Replies: 2
Views: 571

Re: Mail merge - from Mellel to a pile of envelopes

Affinity Publisher is a great app. You have to save the Mellel document (you want to import to AF) as a docx file, and then import them to Affinity Publisher through Menu - File - Place. I concur. It's great and it's actively developed. It will only get better. Have you ever heard the old joke abou...
by Amontillado
Sun Apr 18, 2021 5:18 pm
Forum: The Nitty and the Gritty
Topic: Mail merge - from Mellel to a pile of envelopes
Replies: 2
Views: 571

Mail merge - from Mellel to a pile of envelopes

I've been whining for years about not having a utility that will do a mail merge outside of a word processor. I searched Google, I asked friends, and nobody could point to anything other than utilities that merge email. If you want to do a print mail merge, turn off your ego and install something th...
by Amontillado
Tue Apr 06, 2021 3:43 pm
Forum: Mellel
Topic: File format for greatest longevity
Replies: 8
Views: 2821

Re: File format for greatest longevity

Mellel deserves credit for safe document design. A hundred years from now a programmer with no exposure to Mellel could extract an ASCII version of a Mellel document without trouble.

It's a safe format.