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DQ 3.1: Output and progress tracker

The world is in lockdown, everything “abandonable” is shut or closed down. Accept this invitation and make the lockdown your “writedown,” so now, in the weeks of the lockdown, write down your story.

Help you do this with the new feature in DramaQueen 3.1: ‘Output, Target, Progress’:



The new DQ Output & Progress Tracker now allows you to set writing goals and keep track of how fast you are progressing step by step. It shows you how much you’ve accomplished, whether you’re still on schedule, how much space you have left to finish the current chapter or story, or when your writing time is up.

Where can you find the new feature?

– In the new release 3.1 for the versions PLUS and PRO (the update is offered automatically and for free after opening DramaQueen)
– In the gear menu of the text view under ‘Output, target, progress’, whereupon another gear menu appears at the bottom of the status bar:

Here you can set which output should be displayed.

Depending on which output option you have selected, you can define the target, i.e. how many characters per scene, day or session you want to achieve. You can also define a negative target, for example if you are in the process of shortening.

The current progress is also displayed in the status bar – as a percentage and as a bar. If you are approaching your self-defined target, the progress bar turns green:

For example, a 90-minute script has about 100,000 characters. So if you set a daily output of 5000 characters and you actually create this output every day, you will have a first script version ready on January 10. That would be quite a start into the new year…:)

3 new test days

For those interested, we have unlocked 3 additional test days where you can try out the DQ output and progress tracker. When opened, DramaQueen automatically switches to the test version 3.1, which already supports macOS Big Sur (11.0).

We wish you to get out of 2020 and into 2021 well, health-wise, mentally, professionally and financially. Hopefully, the new year is under a better star. But before that, we wish you a wonderful and positively reflective and maybe even especially creative and positive Christmas!

All the love,
Your DramaQueen Team

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Countdown to DramaQueen 3.0!

Christmas is getting closer and closer and at the end of the year we are busy planning for the future…
What we would like to present to you at Christmas time?

 

Still this year: DramaQueen 3.0 BETA
including Serial Mode!

In a few days, just in time before the turn of the year, DramaQueen PRO 3 will be available as a free BETA test download! We had and have lots of fun developing all the new tools that will make the hearts – especially of all series writers – beat faster. :) Get ready for a bunch of new features that will make plotting fun and enjoyable.

While we’re still working on the final beta version, you can have your very first look at DramaQueen 3: look forward to the long-awaited cards view, which will be called ‘Board’ in DramaQueen and which will expand to a great season & episode board in Series Mode. Create your series format right on the new start panel, print your season outline in the storyline colors, build the most daring season arcsshare your episodes with your co-writers, import their episodes & much more!


Start panel with format template / Season board in storyline colors


Printed season outline (10×4 pages) / Season arcs

We’ll let you know as soon as BETA 3 goes live, so you can start developing your new series right away, or simply discover and try out all the new tools for plotting and writing – completely free of charge during the beta phase… :)


And one more info for all playwrights: We haven’t forgotten you!


Soon there will be specific layout templates for audio and stage. These will be deactivated in BETA 3, but as promised they will also be free for owners of a version 2 license. And of course the series extension will also be available for audio and stage plays!

 

To download: The DramaQueen plotting template!

Immediately at your creative disposal is the brand new DramaQueen plotting template, which we developed ourselves.

The structure template consists of 3 acts and 10 phases and is perfectly coordinated with the DQ Storytelling Guidance!

First develop your plot from the 10 phases and then work out each phase into scenes. :)

Here you can download our plotting template for DramaQueen PRO.
 

We wish you all the best for the last days of Advent, Merry Christmas & happy holidays. We will be back soon with DramaQueen 3 BETA!

 

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DramaQueen 2.8: Footnotes & starting immediately: Purchase of Version 3!

Like squirrels collecting hazelnuts, we collect new and crispy features almost monthly. In the new version 2.8 DramaQueen adds support for footnotes! But not only that: If you order DramaQueen PLUS or PRO from now on, you get the license for version 3, that means for the serial extension and all upcoming updates up to and including 3.9! :)


Insert footnotes

This is how the new footnotes work in the main texts:

The footnotes can be created via the toolbar of the Text panel, the Add menu, the context menu or the shortcut [Ctrl] + [Alt] + [F]:

The footnote texts are entered and edited in the footnote editor. They appear at the end of each text page:

The numbering can be continuous or per page and the start number can be set freely:

The footnotes can be individually laid out in the layout settings:

The import, export and printing of footnotes is also supported.


Improved Synchronization

Furthermore DramaQueen now detects if a file has been changed externally (e.g. via an installed Google Drive or DropBox service) and warns accordingly when saving – before unknowingly overwriting these changes. The warning dialog offers to open the modified file as a separate document. From there, you can integrate the changes between the two versions of the document. Changes can be identified and navigated easily when they have been recorded with Track text changes.

Be aware that there is a time delay – depending on the internet connection and file size – when saving a document on one computer until it is synchronized to another computer via a cloud storage service. When two users save a document at the same time, there is no way for DramaQueen to detect the conflict.



All details and improvements can be found as usual in our update report for DramaQueen 2.8!


Starting immediately: Buy version 3!

If you order DramaQueen PLUS or PRO now, you already buy your license for version 3!

This means that you not only get the next update for version 2.9 for free, but also all upcoming updates from 3.0 (Serial extension) up to and including 3.9!

Have fun with the new footnotes, we wish you a nice remaining summer & creative holidays!

We will be back with version 2.9 – the extension for stage and audio plays… :)

 

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Inserting Images in DramaQueen 2.7

 

Decorate your script with a title photo, your synopsis with mood pictures, your character descriptions with cast photos, your director’s script with storyboards, your settings with location photos, your autobiographical novel with photos of your life stations…!

 

Images can be inserted in JPG, PNG or GIF format. The image size can be changed simply by dragging the mouse or using the ‘Edit Image’ option in the context menu. There you can also set the border margin to the text. The inserted images are saved directly in the dq document (unlike images that are added as references).

 

In the new release there are some more Easter eggs to discover:

The font size can now also be changed in the side panels, the references offer new options and much more. All new features and improvements in DramaQueen 2.7 can be found in our update notes.

 

We wish you a splendid spring and inspiring Easter!

 

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DramaQueen 2.4.5: Import templates

The current update DramaQueen 2.4.5 introduces a number of improvements for working with serial formats. Often it is the case that one wants to use elements such as characters and locations in more than one episode. This is made possible by the new import of elements from other documents into the current one. From the main menu File → Import → From another document one can directly select ideas, storylines, characters and locations:

Either individually or in the case of characters and locations also by certain criteria such as the appearance in certain storylines or text levels. When elements with the same names already exist in the current document, there won’t be additional copies, but instead the elements will be synchronized with each other.

The import from another document is also available for the layout settings. In the Template selection there is a new entry User (import from file):

When the selected file is a DramaQueen movie or novel document, the effective layout settings of the same text level will be transferred, the general layout settings otherwise. The other document may also be in one of the supported import file formats, when the filetype filter has been extended accordingly in the open file panel. At the moment DramaQueen imports layout settings from Final Draft files. In the future support is planned to be extended for other import formats.

The new features may of course be used specifically to create an extra document as template for other documents. When developing a series one could for example store a master document that already includes all characters and locations of the season, the layout template as well as the structure template.

Drag&Drop of elements between open documents, i.e. of a character from the character list of one document into the character list of another, is of course still available and may be more practical depending on the situation, especially when transferring single elements.

The improvements and new features don’t stop there, however. Often we received the request to make All caps available via keyboard shortcut or its own icon in the formatting toolbar. This is now implemented. We also reworked the import and export filters in this regard, so they support the new text style attribute in the expected manner.

Script authors will be happy to learn that the keyboard shortcuts for the text elements (action, parenthetical, dialogue …) now match the industry standard behavior. Strictly speaking, they don’t perform the same function as the icons in the formatting toolbar, which set the style of the current paragraph. Instead the shortcuts insert a new paragraph inbetween the existing one and set this new one to the respective style. Of course this also works when the caret is positioned at the end of a paragraph, which may sometimes be more direct than using the TAB key or the formatting popup after pressing ENTER. Speaking of which – the popup can now be disabled in the gear-menu of the Texts panel. Even when autoformatting is not to be used. This option is remembered for the script separately from the other text levels.

Another improvement for script authors is the new separation of the text elements “Action” and “General”:

This makes DramaQueen more compatible to the industry standard when importing and exporting, and it gives more flexibility regarding the spacing between paragraphs. The default setting is to have one line of spacing before “Action” paragraphs, while there is no spacing before “General” paragraphs. The pre-text is now also formatted to “General” by default. The layout settings allow to configure each of the two text elements separately.

As usual, the new update is rounded off by bux fixes and performance improvements. We wish you great fun when working with the new version!

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