Plottr - Public Roadmap

Planning

Timeline Template Switcher

After you've chosen a templatet, the ability to go back and start over or to choose another template.

Templates for Scene Cards

New Starter Templates

Features (3)
  • StoryEngines - Joseph Nassise
  • Three Story Method - J. Thorn
  • Master Fiction Plot - Lester Dent

Scrivener Sync

Users need a way to take their first draft written in Scrivener and pull it apart into Plottr and work it out visually

Features (2)
  • Export to a Scrivener File
  • Import Scrivener File

Web App

A web version of Plottr that works in your browser

Custom Styling / Color Schemes

Features (2)
  • Custom Colors
  • Custom Fonts

Revisions & Drafts

Import Word / Scrivener to Plottr

Ability to import files into Plottr (e.g. MS Word, Scrivener)

Custom Note Ordering

Tag Categories

Import Characters

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Act Structure

Users need a way to add a hierarchy to their stories, include Acts/Parts, and multiple scenes per chapter

Features (3)
  • Acts above Chapters
  • Vertical Lines
  • Multiple scenes per chapter

Awesome Little Features

Features (8)
  • Character Categories
  • Add Tags to Characters / Places
  • Spell Check
  • Right click to copy / paste
  • Swap cards by dragging one onto another
  • Drag a Card to a New Chapter
  • Create a New Book with a Template
  • Import from Plottr File

Search & Replace

Customizable Export Options

Decide what you want to export from your Plottr file (e.g. only the timeline) and into what file type (e.g. Microsoft Word, Scrivener, PDF)

Timeline Improvements

A number of highly requested timeline feature updates, including:

-The ability to create Prologues and still maintain the chapter auto numbering.

-The ability to auto-number without using chapters (e.g. scenes)

Features (3)
  • Prologue / Epilogue
  • Configurable Chapter Labels (with Auto-Numbering)
  • Reset the Timeline

Community Templates

Ability to upload / download custom templates from other members

Desktop Mobile Cloud Syncing

In Progress

File Dashboard

When Plottr opens, it will start at a dashboard with all your files and your templates to help you stay organized

iOS / Android Improvements

Translation

Features (5)
  • Easily Switch between Languages
  • Translation into Spanish
  • Translation into French
  • Translation into German
  • Translation into Russian
Last updated 4 days ago
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Planning
Would love to see years, months, days so can figure out overarching plot/event timeline within a single book and across an entire series.
Last updated 5 months ago
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Relationship attributes: clickable links to other characters (so you can specify e.g. a father/son relation)
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A List of Objects like Characters and Places. So we have more Infos for our McGuffin or all the other objects.
Last updated 5 months ago
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Planning
Enable manual sorting of Characters/Places. Drag and Drop would be nice :-)
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A Todo-List would be great. So we can track an plan our progress in Plottr.
Last updated 6 months ago
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Planning
file name at top of program

Which file do I have open? Which version? Hell if I know! If you look at Scrivener and Word, both will stick the file name at the very top of the window. PLEASE DO THAT.

Last updated 11 days ago
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Functionality to generate character names, planet names, etc.
Last updated 5 months ago
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Be able to move characters over to another project

It would be great to take the main characters with me somehow without having to retype all the details again. Perhaps all 'Main Characters' on one book can magically appear on book 2's project?

Last updated 3 months ago
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Nested Places / subplaces

In organizing a massive work with recurring places and sub places it would be very useful to be able to next smaller places within larger places. For example: KING'S LANDING > THE RED KEEP or THE NORTH > WINTERFELL > THE CRYPTS.

Last updated 4 months ago
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I'd like to see an ability to duplicate a card, or an entire plot line, with all its info intact.
Last updated 5 months ago
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Function to add a Desktop-Link for a Project. So if we have more than one Projekct, we can open it directly from teh Desktop.

This Function could com with a Menu-Entry ('Add Project to Desktop') or with a commandline-parameter, so we build that link manually.

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Point of View (Character and Style) for each card. E.g. [Harry Potter 3rd Intimate], [Kvothe 1st], etc.
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An auto-save feature that can be set to save every [choose a number] of minutes
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File Attachments

It would be great if you were able to add attachment(s) to objects in plottr. At a minimum of PDF, XLS, DOC, TXT. This would allow me to launch my manuscript file in word and my word count spreadsheet.

Last updated 16 days ago
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Option to Pin or Freeze Plotline Titles and Chapter Titles. Large projects are difficult to navigate in the Timeline view.
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When switching away from and back to the Timeline window, remember the previous scroll location within the window.
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Thumbnails for the images should have the same size to make the handling and selcting easier.

The gallery looks very strange, ugly, when using images different with different sizes. We need thumbnails in the same-size instead. A Button (like Rename/Delte) to view the image in real size would be nice then.

Last updated 4 months ago
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Would love to be able to copy a scene from the Series Timeline to it's book timeline (so I don't have to put in scenes twice).

I am LOVING the series timeline -- it makes plotting my series So Much Easier. But now I have to input every scene twice--once on the series timeline and once in the book's timeline. It would be great to be able to, when I identify a scene in the series timeline as belonging to a particular book, for that scene to just show up on the book's timeline. Is that possible? Thank you!!

Last updated 5 months ago
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Be able to hide individual plot lines. Not having to add tags to filter out all lines but one in order to focus on that specific line would be great.
Last updated 3 months ago
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To change the color of the [SAVE] button when changes have been made and not yet saved. Back to green when saved.
Last updated 5 months ago
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Add a field for estimated word count on the scene cards and then sum by chapter and book.

To get a good feel for pacing and overall book word count, it would be good to have a numeric field for each scene card where an estimated word count could be place. Then add them up to be displayed at the chapter level. A final sum could be calculated and displayed for the book information. This would help keep a novel within a given work count range.

Last updated 5 months ago
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Ability to create a template for scenes
Last updated 16 days ago
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Display primary character name(s), tag(s), or place on scene cards in Timeline.
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Ability to add milestones (like a vertical line with a tag) to the timeline

Having milestones that sit between chapters could be used to express dates, time of day, elapsed time between chapters, ends of acts, change of location etc.

Last updated 3 months ago
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Add Template to an existing Character.
Last updated 16 days ago
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Promote notes to card and demote cards to notes
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Ability to add a category in notes where you can add nestable notes with the ability to drag and drop to reorder. IE... Ships---Ship 1---Ship 2
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Word count in the text editors
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Would love to see character age progression and character-specific related plot points over a whole series.
Last updated 6 months ago
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Templates for whole series, so each book corresponds to a beat in a story type.
Last updated 16 days ago
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Copy a scene card from one book (or from the series view) to another timeline/book/view.
Last updated 5 months ago
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Better control of font styles

At present there is no control of the fonts, that can be a nuissance at times (well, more an eyesore). Sometimes there is information you don't want to be as prominent as the regular/normal text:

  • The Title & Subtitle styles display way too big.
  • The Normal paragraph font is okay but could be smaller
  • There is no way for the user to select text and make it even smaller than Normal

There is no need to have a full-blown style selector, but just a small selection (Normal, Title, Subtitle) and let the user select default sizes for these few default styles (Title & Subtitle are invariably bold, Normal is always non-bold except for the usual word highlights). And then either a "Smaller" style or let the user highlight and select a smaller font size for the selection.

Last updated 5 months ago
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Being able to click multiple scene cards at once and add attributes to the group would be handy.
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On roadmap
Seach function throughout all texts.

A ctrl+f type search function for finding all occurrences of a word or phrase that scans all texts such as cards, notes and character sheets. For example, if you decided on a certain name for a location, it would be helpful to be able to find all references to that location. If you later want to change that name, you can then more easily find and change the name everywhere.

Last updated a month ago
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The ability to combine templates for blended genres in one story.
  • The Hero's Journey and Romancing the Beat
  • Romancing the Beat and the 8 Sequence Method, etc.
Last updated 16 days ago
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A web-share function (like Google docs) for co-writers who are working together.
Last updated 5 months ago
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I'd love to be able to colour code the individual scene cards

If I could colour code the individual scene cards, I'd be able to see at a glance which of the plot points belong to the overarching storyline for the series or the individual book. I would also use colours to identify where the main turning points are located etc to better track where everything inside a story is happening. I'd also use it to keep track of rewrite cards for chapters already completed.

I'm currently using CAPS with standard keywords to try to emulate the same effect but the colour change would really help my tired wee brain.

Last updated 4 months ago
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Freeze the Left-Hand Header Column when you Scroll

I often forget which plotline is which color and even with a large monitor, by the time I get past Chapter 13, I have to scroll back and forth to see the Plot Line Headers along the left edge of the timeline (horizontal view). It'd be great if you could freeze that column like you can "freeze panes" in Excel. So those headers were always visible as you scrolled left/right. It seems the left and top header rows want to stay visible when you begin scrolling, but then soon end up out of sight.

Last updated 4 months ago
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I would love to be able to create a separate timeline dedicated to plotting out the backstory for my series.
Last updated 5 months ago
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Ability to Pin a Note to Timeline view

It would be great if I could pin a note to Timeline view so that I could refer to it while creating my timeline, so that I don't have to go back and forth between tabs. It could be docked to the edge of the screen. Currently I have to use another window/display.

Last updated 5 months ago
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Done/Needs more Work Ribbons on Scene boxes

I use Tags (Written [Green], Not Written [Red], Needs Work [Orange]) to track which scenes I’ve written, and then filter on Not written/Needs work – but what would be great is… A little ribbon across the corner of the scene boxes showing Done/completed [maybe green], or maybe needs work [orange] that way I can see ALL of my scenes and still be able to tell which ones I have to work on!

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Bullet indent in text fields

Text fields would be much more useful if they supported indented bullet lists, like most oulining/notes software. Thus allowing hierarchical lists like:

  • category 1
    • Item 1
    • Item 2
    • Item 3
  • Category 2
    • Item 1
    • Item 2 ...

I would personally find this especially useful in the Notes and Characters sections.

Last updated 3 months ago
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Short Story Template: Any chance of adding templates for short stories?
Last updated 16 days ago
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When adding new fields to existing custom templates, it should be possible to "update" the template without having to save as a new template.
Last updated 5 months ago
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Image editor (e.g. re-adjusting of image in cut-out + ability to click on it for entire image)
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Ability to highlight individual cards on the timeline

I would love the ability to highlight individual cards on the timeline, making it easier to see important scenes/ideas/things that need my attention.

Last updated 5 months ago
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Dynamically add character names, tags, and places when selecting them in a chapter (vs having to switch the tabs)
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Allow for "structure lines" that define key beats or moments in the story by visually partitioning sequences on the timeline.

This would essentially draw a perpendicular line to the timeline (vertical on horizontal timelines; horizontal on vertical timelines) wherever the author determines that a major shift in the story occurs. This would allow the author to see acts and other important story moments at-a-glance clearly, especially if the line is adjustable to cover all plot lines. Additionally, having the ability to add similar but shorter perpendicular lines, or perhaps a specific tag or symbol, for inciting incidents, plot points, pinch points, and other key structural moments will help the author determine if his or her pacing is working. To be clear, this line should have adjustable endpoints on the timeline so that the author can decide how he needs to visualize it for maximum effect.

Last updated 4 months ago
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I'd love to be able to copy a character from one book to another

When writing either a spin-off series, or just a new book in a series, I would love to be able to copy a character and all of their information into the new book.

Last updated 4 months ago
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Create Objects similar to Characters and Places

This is useful for fantasy authors to follow for weapons, devices, artifacts, symbols, etc. I can use Notes, but it's less handly.

Last updated 20 hours ago
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Access to the gallery via Main menu

Current access to the Gallery only through the Characters and Places cards is difficult.

Last updated 20 hours ago
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Auto-save for character card changes--and anything else. Auto-save everywhere! :)

I have lost work SEVERAL times when I've forgotten to scroll down to the bottom and click the save button on a character card.

Last updated 5 months ago
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Storing Characters, Places, Attributes, etc. in a Series Bible and Using It as a Hub for Book-by-Book Inclusion via Check Marks

There are multiple suggestions that piecemeal this idea already, but the premise here is to store every story element from characters, to places, to items, to McGuffins, etc. in a series bible that can be accessed from within any book in the series, allowing the user to "insert" that element via check mark into the active book.

Alternatively (or additionally), each element can be inserted into a selected book directly from the series bible by checking off which books that element may belong to (example: Bob appears in Books 1 and 2, but not 3, so the user would check the boxes for 1 and 2 beside his name, and he magically appears in Book 1 and 2's character list, but not in 3's).

For a more granular approach, the series bible could also have a list of changes from book to book, where a character would display a particular trait or attribute in book one and a change in that trait in book two (this could be noted inside a list of custom attributes that also have checks representing book numbers--Bob, for example, has the attributes "jerk" and "nice guy" defining him, but the attribute for "jerk" is checked for Book 1 only while "nice guy" is checked for Book 2, indicating his internal change from one to the other), or a "pristine" location in book one will be "damaged" in book two, even though the location description would have attribute tags denoting each state (just with different check marks) etc.

I think this check mark method would be a quick and easy, on-the-fly way to keep track of every series element, its position in each book, and how it's used in each book, not to mention less of a headache for the author of a series that spans more than three books to monitor his or her progress, verifying when and where certain characters, places, etc. appear in the series (perhaps also allowing a selection for chapters and scenes via check marks in a submenu here so that the writers doesn't have to skim an entire novel to find each reference), and ultimately staying about as well-organized as one possibly can when writing a series.

Last updated 2 months ago
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Add a template for The Story Grid foolscap (by Shawn Coyne) and include "the 15 critical scenes".
Last updated 16 days ago
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View series as a single timeline from the series overview section (with partitions between books).

There are other requests similar to this, I'm sure, but this allows the author to view his entire series from beginning to end with a clear demarcation between books and (optionally) acts or other structure-defining points of interest.

Last updated 4 months ago
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Scrivener Export refinements/additions

There are a couple of things I'd like to see in the Scrivener export:

  1. The ability to link the tags to Scrivener's built in metadata fields.
  2. The export does not copy over the setting or character information. It would be nice to have a folder created called characters, with text files of the character information, and the same for places and settings.
Last updated 15 days ago
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Plottr & .opml files to share files between Scrivener, Scapple, OmniOutliner, SimpleMind, Outliner.
Last updated 6 months ago
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Export a single timeline
Last updated 5 months ago
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Add the ability to create tables with a note and choose how many rows and columns needed
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Drag and move multiple cards at once

The ability to Drag and move multiple cards at once in the timeline - otherwise you have to sequentially move one at a time, which is a pain.

Last updated 4 months ago
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Scene Card Editing

I would like to be able to scroll down through my notes in the scene cards without losing the editing tools at the top. This will allow me to be able add bold text etc. without having to highlight then scroll back up to the top to the tools.

Last updated 3 months ago
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Change the colors of single chapters within the same story line
Last updated 5 months ago
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Considering
Add custom attributes to scene cards (and optionally notes)
Last updated 16 days ago
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Add space in a timeline without adding a scene

I'm finding myself adding space in a timeline but I don't want a blank scene, so I'm adding and then deleting the scene, which takes a few clicks. It's already easy to add a scene with a single click, can the default behavior for adding space in a timeline be changed to blank space?

Last updated 4 months ago
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To be able to drag & drop / reshuffle the custom attributes list
Last updated 4 months ago
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The ability to manually adjust the 'columns' on the characters/places pages

Currently the column which lists the name of each attribute is auto set and nonadjustable, which is a pain if the attribute name is quite long, as it winds up getting cut off when looking at the individual character/place profile.

Last updated 4 months ago
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Make Custom Attribute fields a "multiple select list" (see also my auto-checklist idea above) so I can have multiple attributes in the same field.

For example, I have a CA for characters called "Affiliations," in which I want to put things like Dead (vs. Alive), or which character group they belong to (I'm writing book three in a series, so there are various factions involved now). I don't want to create multiple Affiliations fields, as that would be cumbersome (e.g., Affiliation-DeadVsAlive, Affiliation-BurkeFaction, Affiliation-Demons, etc.). I'd rather have one Affiliations field that just lists "Dead, Burkes, Germany," etc. Then, I'd like the ability to search that field for "Dead, Burkes" or "Dead, Germany" or whatever combo I'm looking for.

Last updated 4 months ago
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Allow for special cards on the timeline devoted to "behind the scenes" moments when action happens "off camera."

This can help authors decide which important moments should be referred to in later scenes, or foreshadowed in earlier scenes, without having to actually write the scene where the moment occurs. Allowing it on the timeline would also give authors a chance to figure out "when the action happens in the storyline." Because these scenes would not be rendered in the actual story, they should have or allow for special color-coding indicating as such.

Last updated 4 months ago
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Scene counter for pacing purposes

In conjunction with the "structure lines" I proposed above (or wherever it currently sits on this list), it would also be nice to have the ability to drag the mouse (or hold shift+arrow key) to highlight a section of the timeline (perhaps within the borders of those structural lines), or press a default button to highlight the entire timeline, to count and print how many scene cards are in the selection. This would be useful for comparing the size of A and B plots to ensure that each section is getting the right amount of attention with the right number of breaks in between. And it would be extra useful if the counter has a subfunction that counts how many scenes occur on one line before it reaches a scene on an adjacent line. Again, this would help the author see his or her story's structure more clearly. The scene counter information should also be exportable in case the author wants to use it for Scrivener or Excel.

Last updated 4 months ago
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Linking Character Cards for character growing over a series

I'd like to see a function where one character might have more than one character card but they are linked through a progression. For example, I have a character who starts out as a young woman on a quest in the first book. In the second book, she has a title and is an ambassador. In another book, she becomes queen. I have all of this on one character card, because she's one character, with no real way to show the progression by book unless I make individual character cards for the same character but for each title in the series. I added a custom attribute for aliases for names, so that helps, but nothing I can tag for each book individually.

Last updated 3 months ago
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Photo uploads

Would be nice to upload multiple photos into image gallery at once vs having to choose a new one each time.

Last updated 3 months ago
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Tracking rising and falling tension in timeline and outline

I would like to be able to assign each scene a tension value, say on a scale from 1-10, in order to track falling and rising tension throughout the work. Tension should be visually legible in the timeline and outline view with an appropriate graphic (like bars of increasing heights). Tagging won't do the job. If a scene is not tagged it should not be given the 0-value, but take a null value. Visually there should be no graphic for null values as they would probably mean descriptions or the like.

Last updated 3 months ago
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Family Tree

I'd love to be able to draw a family tree between characters and to take these over time, including births, deaths, nature of relationship, worlds they're part of etc. It would help with world building and keeping track of different character ages at different parts of the story - especially over a series.

btw, my years, months etc are my own creations, not always standard Earth years :)

Last updated a month ago
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BUG! Book Cover Image covers the edit buttons.

In the Project overview, if you choose cover image which is too tall, the image covers the buttons which are used to edit the book!

Now I cannot edit the book cover details, nor delete the image! Please fix.

Last updated 25 days ago
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Functionality to send plot outline via email (or WhatsApp, iMessage, etc.)
Last updated 5 months ago
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Timeline UI Font and Font Size Control

Right now, on Win 10, the card font is a bit thin. I imagine it looks better on MacOS due to the different anti-aliasing it uses. It would be nice if I could manage UI font and font size without zooming the entire timeline.

Last updated 5 months ago
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Add notes to series overview

Please make a box to add notes for each book in series overview. So many things to keep track of over several books! Thanks

Last updated 5 months ago
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Timeline enhancement - Real life calender span

Make it possible to use an actual calendar in the timeline, so that you can actually plan your story over a period of time without getting overlaps.

Like Timeline (The Timeline Project), Aeon Timeline or any other timeline tools do. A combined lite version of Gantt and Perk chart.

All thats needed is a "start date" and an "end date" metadata field (i.e. for a person, born date, death date, or for a journey, started at, ended at)

With this your users can be sure that they also can add paralell histories that either overlap if they should (i.e. a sub-event for that journey) or that it doesn't overlap, if the second storyline are dependent on the first one.

Last updated 4 months ago
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Add an X to close cards, in addition to the save/close button at the bottom (or add a "are you sure you want to close Plottr?" prompt)

I've accidentally closed the whole program more than once, thinking the X in the upper right was for a card. This may be due to the cards and the program being roughly the same color/style so they feel kinda like the same tab/window, rather than separate things. Might also be solved by making the scene card "pop" more in relation to the program.

Last updated 3 months ago
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Crossing plotlines

Sometimes scenes are part of more than one plotline. It would be useful if plotlines could cross each other (like rail lines in a metro map)

Last updated 2 months ago
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Option to display tags at the top of the pop-up next or beneath the title, when hovering over scene-cards in the timeline view
Last updated 5 months ago
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Auto-create a pop-up checklist of new Custom Attributes as they are added, so I can select pre-existing attributes instead of re-typing each time.

These would need to be multiple-select, as each of my Custom Attributes may have more than one item in it, applicable to certain characters.

Last updated 4 months ago
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Ability to add nonstandard chapter structure.

Now that we can add the prologue, it would be cool to be able to add nonstandard scenes (like part prologues) without the remaining chapters being renumbered. My current book is set up in three parts, and each part starts with a mini prologue from the antagonist's point of view. I want to have the option of not numbering these with chapter numbers.

Last updated 4 months ago
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Cards or entries for the "in-between" stories of a series.

Similar to my suggestion to allow for the charting of "off camera" scenes, this feature would allow authors to create entries on the series page or timeline for key events that the protagonist has to deal with between books. This would help generate story-worthy ideas for sequels, as the sequel may be the result of what happens in the moments that happen after the ending of the last book. These cards would not be numbered (or, if they were, they would have decimals or hyphens indicating their position after the previous book, so the important events between books one and two, for example, would be numbered 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, etc.), and even though they could use the full timeline feature set in the event that the author wants to write and publish it after all (where it would then be renumbered as part of the series), they could alternatively have just a single card attached for a basic overview so that the author knows what's going on without having to plan a fully structured story around it. This feature should also allow for prequels (0-1, 0-2, etc.) and epilogues outside of the series proper. Likewise, having this feature might help the author decide whether there should even be a sequel.

Last updated 4 months ago
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Timer and Word count

This is Arial's Husband, Charles.

A feature I think would be a nice to have. Within the Notes and Timeline creation windows you have unpublished data such as Books, Characters, Places, Tags. An additional feature to start and stop a timer that tracks the total time spent would be nice. I would also like to see my word count. Sure I could copy or export the data over to MS Word and get a count, but if I didn't have to leave plottr to get the same information, why would I? :-)

NaNoWriMo promotes the following: "To win NaNoWriMo, participants must write an average of approximately 1,667 words per day (69 per hour, 1.2 per minute) in November to reach the goal of 50,000 words written toward a novel."

Having this feature may win the hearts of those writers looking to be true to the guidelines. Perhaps even a certificate showing that accomplishment.

I envision the total word count would be inclusive of the whole of a project timeline.

Last updated 4 months ago
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File Name in Banner

Would it be possible to add the plottr file name in the banner of the app - as you see with applications like word and excel. This would allow the user to see which file they are working on. At the moment the only way to know for sure seems to be to go to File > Save as whereupon you see the file name with "copy" appended. This would make switching between different versions of the same file much more intuitive.

Last updated 3 months ago
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YWriter7 Export
Last updated 3 months ago
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On roadmap
Project Find/Replace, etc...
  1. A project search by keyword might be helpful.

  2. A project FIND/REPLACE would be VERY helpful! For instance, if I change a character’s name (as often happens), instead of hunting and pecking for every place I used it, it would sure be nice if I could use FIND/REPLACE and change the name wherever it appears.

  3. A button or something for inserting a separator into an editable box (solid or dotted line, or something.)

  4. Another cool feature would be the ability to import ‘mind maps’ into the project somewhere—even just as a picture. For instance, when I create a mind map using, say, Scapple or Minddomo or Mind Maple, I can export the file as a .PNG or PDF. If Plottr had a tab for storing and/or displaying such pictures, then I would be able to keep everything together in Plottr.

  5. While in CHARACTERS, instead of scrolling through all the characters (some books have many, many characters), it would be nice if a little search bar would scroll as I type the name I’m searching for. Or, and maybe also, a dropdown list of the created names, or tag colors I’ve given the characters. Say, for instance, I give all the ‘good guys’ a blue tag and ‘bad guys’ a red tag. Then clicking the tag color would bring up only those characters.

Just some thoughts.

Thanks very much and keep up the great work you’re doing. The sky is the limit with what you’ve created!

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
Ability to rearrange Notes by dragging & dropping them
Last updated 3 months ago
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New idea
Description for multi-scenes

With the new feature of having multiple scene cards per chapter in any timeline, you can't tell what's in the scenes when it's collapsed, just how many scenes there are. It would be really helpful to be able to enter a title and description in the card that appears when collapsed (the one that currently shows how many scenes) like you can for individual scene cards, so that you could still get an idea of the content of those scenes even while collapsed, instead of being a mystery that only tells you how many scenes there are.

Last updated 3 months ago
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New idea
Would love to see the ability to categorize a recurring character as a main in one book and supporting in other books . See more details.

Would love to see the ability to categorize a recurring character as a main in one book and supporting in other books without having to create another character profile. Right now you can only do one at a time unless you want to create multiple entries for one character

Last updated 2 months ago
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New idea
Open New Template for New Book within the same Project

Right now, if you open "New from Template" an entire new PROJECT will open that must be saved as its own file. If I add a book to my existing project, I have to input the timeline from scratch, I can't simply open a template onto the new book's timeline.

I'd like to have a "New BOOK from Template" option, so that I can add a new book to my existing project and use an existing template, without having to make a whole new file/project for just the one book.

Last updated 2 months ago
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New idea
Option to move top menu bar (Project, Timeline, etc...) to the side. Graphic in each menu option for faster identification (like in Manuskript).
Last updated 6 months ago
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New idea
When creating from a template, have the option to convert template main plot cards into chapters
Last updated 6 months ago
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Considering
Template: 22 Steps - John Truby
Last updated 14 days ago
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New idea
Keyboard shortcut to paste text unformatted (Ctr-Alt-V)?
Last updated 5 months ago
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New idea
Drag-and-drop scenes within chapter up and down to indicate the order of presentation. Retain storyline color to the boxes.
Last updated 5 months ago
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New idea
A secondary timeline view for unchronological storytelling, that can be used in conjunction with the default chronological view.
Last updated 5 months ago
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New idea
Include a list of default "common tags" for all new projects (ex: pov: 1st, setting: exterior, etc.).
Last updated 5 months ago
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New idea
Allow the ability to create custom tag sheet templates that can import the same tags from project to project.
Last updated 5 months ago
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New idea
Set a canvas layout for the character and place entries as well as control field length.

Many attributes I am recording for characters and places do not need a full with field (gender, date of birth, hair color, ...). I would like to be able to define a display size for the field as well as be able to control where the fields are displayed on the canvas, which would prevent me from having to scroll to see everything.

Last updated 5 months ago
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New idea
Control Pick order / make it alphabetical for Character, Tag, and Place when adding to other objects instead of order added to Plottr

I would like the order of the Characters, Tags, and Places to at least be alphabetical, but it might also be good to be able to have that alphabetical order be within a grouping (e.g. by character categories). When adding characters to scene cards, I am noticing I have to read through the whole list to find the ones I need (and I am getting more and more added).

Perhaps also be able to have the pick list filtered by the "Books" filter in the Character/place definition.

Last updated 5 months ago
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New idea
Auto-indent option on cards

It would be nice if in the application settings one could have paragraph OPTIONS. At the moment ALL paragraphs in the card are not indented, meaning the user only has the alternative to use an extra line to separate paragraphs visually.

Like in other applications, you may want to give the user the flexibility to have an auto-indent feature in the card's paragraphs, with that mode enabled, the user isn't forced to insert a new line to visually separate paragraphs.

Last updated 5 months ago
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New idea
Jane Cleland's Plotting Road Map

Jane Cleland's Plotting Road Map has service roads (two subplots) as well as the main plot. The timing is the issue when I try to create it with your system, In order to line it up right, I need to leave blank spaces in the three plot lines. That is ok, but was wondering if there is another way? It would also be great if this was a template. I don't see a way to provide an attachment here to show it to you, but the timeline appears as Figure 3.1 in Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot (a winner of the Agatha Award for best nonfiction) and in Figure 5.2 in her book Mastering Plot Twists.

Last updated 4 months ago
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New idea
Custom numbering of books (Book 0, Book 2.5, etc.)

Love the software. It would be very helpful to be able to put in custom numbering for prequel novellas (Book 0), shorter stories between longer books (series numbers with decimal points), etc.

Last updated 4 months ago
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New idea
Character and Place Timeline

I wish there was a way that instead of just adding attributes or writing it out in the notes for a character or place, that our main heading (Chapters, Beats, Etc.) transferred over to Characters and Places (maybe even notes so we could track things like theme or objects on a timeline).

Then we would add characters or places much like we do with the plot lines on the main timeline screen. This would help track our characters' progression through the story, as well as track who was in what chapter/scene at a glance. And when doing so for places, track where characters are supposed to be at any given time.

While this could technically all be done in the main timeline section, I feel like it's getting too cluttered and then gives me no reason to have to access any of the other tabs. But I'd like to be able to keep things separate, but then be able to see them all put together in the outline, since it'll be tracked by chapter.

Last updated 4 months ago
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New idea
Paste as Plain Text

I sometimes copy text or notes from my Word doc, and paste in Plottr. I would like to be able to right-click and choose "Paste as plain text," which is available in other apps. As it is, it pastes text with hard line breaks, which I then have to go back a delete/fix, or the note is unreadable.

Last updated 4 months ago
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New idea
Share a project with another Plottr user to collaborate

I'd like to be able to share a project (that is in progress) with co-authors or assistants so that everyone is on the same page when it comes to the story, the plot and series bible.

Last updated 3 months ago
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New idea
Allow tags for Chapters

If a filter is set for a tag and the Chapter has the tag, then the Chapter and all of its scenes are visible. If the Chapter doesn't have the tag, then the Chapter and all its scenes are hidden. This will remove the need to add the same tag to all the scenes in a Chapter just to get them to show up correctly in a filter.

Last updated 3 months ago
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New idea
Overview/Detail view in timeline

When the Act structure is implemented, it would be great if we could collapse and expand it to see only the Acts and their cards (assuming the Acts do get their own cards) in the timeline, or to view all the chapters as well, so that we could switch between a short, at-a-glance timeline that shows only a broad overview of events and the full, detailed timeline we currently have.

You can already use tags to accomplish something similar, but even if you hide some tags, there's still blank space left for those scenes on the timeline, so it doesn't allow you to see a more compact big-picture view; it would be really useful if you could actually have the timeline spacing collapse to be able to see the broad overall story flow shown on a single screen or two!

Last updated 3 months ago
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New idea
Navigation in chronology - lock plot title to the top or the left when traveling in the plots lines

I have a lot of 6 plotlines and 50 events in the chronologie. When I travelled left or down, I lose the title of the plotlines. It would bring some comfort if we could lock the plot titles and then scroll down / right to the latest entries.

Last updated 3 months ago
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New idea
Character Categories: The ability to assign different categories to a character throughout a series

A lot of Romance series are built around a family or a town, with each book in the series focusing on the relationship of a different couple. Many of the same characters will appear in each story, but they will only be the main characters in one book and will be supporting characters in the others.

Last updated 11 days ago
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New idea
Sorting and cross linking

When it comes to a list of notes or characters or places on the left side, can you set it up to allow us nest / indent / group them? If we have George Washington and Abraham Lincoln as characters, we can put them under some kind of left heading like "Americans"?

When we're working within a Note or Place, can you set it so we can cross link notes, perhaps even words in a note and send it back to another? That would be quite helpful.

Lastly, I'd love to be able to drag anything from a Project or a Note or a Place into that Shortcut / dropdown menu at the top of the Plottr window. That would help save me a few steps when I'm hunting for things.

I've attached a pic to the Facebook group to help. If these are already planned, great. If they are something for the future, that's fine too.

Last updated 2 months ago
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New idea
Font Size

I would like the option to change the type face to different sizes

Last updated 2 months ago
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New idea
Card on the timeline - when I title it and press enter again, the card should open.
Last updated 5 months ago
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New idea
Ability to make scene cards viewing area smaller when opened
Last updated 5 months ago
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New idea
Turn the first image of characters, places, objects into stickers on a card starting bottom right moving left and up, PoV character top right
Last updated 5 months ago
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New idea
Have the toolbar hover at the top of the screen, wherever you are in the document, instead of being static and disappearing as you scroll down.
Last updated 5 months ago
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New idea
When you add a Character or Location in a scene card, have the sort order inherited from the Character/Location entry sort choice
Last updated 5 months ago
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New idea
Export to Bibisco & Import from Aeon Timeline

Would be really nice if in addition to Scrivener (writing application) you also supported Bibisco (they have a free Community Edition) which like yours, it is written with Electron and has a JSON project file.

Regarding imports, it would be nice to be able to use Aeon Timeline to export a project to Plottr. Aeon Timeline supports writers and is really great to do timelines. But for that you would first need to add support for dates/times in Plottr (it is weird not to have it).

References:

  1. Bibisco - https://www.bibisco.com/
  2. Aeon Timeline - https://www.aeontimeline.com/users/creative-writers/
Last updated 5 months ago
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New idea
I'd love to be able to export to CSV

I like to put my outlines into a spreadsheet and print them off. It would be great to export to a CSV file to make this easier.

Last updated 5 months ago
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New idea
Duplicate and paste or import a timeline (entire timeline, individual column/row, card) into a new book within the series.
Last updated 4 months ago
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New idea
(right?) Click and Drag Timeline

I find myself trying to drag the timeline left and right by clicking empty space rather than using the scroll bar at the bottom of the screen. It would be handy to see this implemented!

Last updated 4 months ago
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New idea
I would like to be able to freeze the Chapter Row and following 1 or 2 rows, as well as the Plot line (Names) Menu.

This would allow me to see any labels that I make for Plot Lines or for Time Lines consistently, as I scroll down or sideways.

Last updated 4 months ago
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New idea
More use for Series View

When creating a scene in the series instead of creating a copy of it in the relevant book, would it be easier to create a non-editable index or a reference so that we can plan around the timeline that is built in the overall series view

Last updated 4 months ago
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New idea
Would like the ability to save as a template for Places and Tags
Last updated 4 months ago
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New idea
In the timeline editor, capitalize the first character of a sentence automatically
Last updated 4 months ago
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New idea
Move multiple scenes at once in timeline

The ability to move/drag multiples scenes at once in timeline, instead of one at a time

Last updated 3 months ago
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New idea
Adding a projected word count to the create new template feature

This would allow an author to monitor the transitions from Beginning to Middle and Middle to End of a manuscript. A feature of this sort would work with any of the plotting methods a writer might be comfortable with. Adding the ability to upload an image to idea submitter would help too. A picture is worth a thousand words and all that... :)

Last updated 3 months ago
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New idea
Please!

Please make this available for Chromebook! Pretty, pretty please. I'll even put sugar and a cherry on top!

Last updated 2 months ago
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New idea
Allow existing characters to be easily imported between books of different series.

In the overall world we create, there may be a time where a main character in one book may be a supporting character in another. Instead of recreating the character, we can simply "add" them and track which stories they appear in no matter how minor or major their role is.

Last updated 2 months ago
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New idea
Series Plot

I write series and I want to be able to view the over-arching plot along the entire series. Currently, I can do that by making a separate 'book', but it would be awesome to have the 'series plot' as a separate section.

Last updated 2 months ago
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New idea
Ability to link/attach notes to a plot card in the Outline Mode

If I am working on a plot card I would like to be able to attach particular notes to it that might be useful when writing the scene.

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
Save the Cat template please
Last updated a month ago
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New idea
Make the chapter/card title visible in the lefthand sidebar when hovering over it to make it easier to find the scene in question at a glance.
Last updated 5 months ago
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New idea
When entering a timeline card, tab directly from the title to the description box without stopping at the format toolbar.
Last updated 5 months ago
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New idea
Would live to be able to use Alt + a letter to jump between pages - character (Alt c) timeline (Alt t) etc. - like in word, to avoid using the mouse.
Last updated 5 months ago
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New idea
Filter keyword results by both OR conditions (current function) and AND conditions (when results require all selected conditions met).
Last updated 5 months ago
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New idea
I'd love to see a simple timeline option that allows me to position and move cards without being "locked" to a chapter / scene
Last updated 5 months ago
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New idea
Use 'ctrl + scroll wheel' to scroll vertically in the timeline.
Last updated 5 months ago
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New idea
Ability to Access Auto-Backups

Auto backups (like Scrivener's) would be truly useful for me. I tend to forget to make backups. An auto option gives peace of mind. Thank you. :-)

Last updated 5 months ago
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New idea
It would be great to have a template built on the Larry Brook's Story Structure method
Last updated 5 months ago
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New idea
I'd like if the Timeline could work with dates pls - calculate character's ages at a given point and sort events chronologically:-)
Last updated 4 months ago
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New idea
Keyboard shortcut for moving between cards on the timeline

Right now, if I have one card on the timeline open and I want to open the next card, I first have to close the current one and click on the next one to open it. If I want to quickly go through all cards to see if one is still missing some info (e.g. occurring characters), there is currently no option to easily go back and forth between cards. I would love to see a keyboard shortcut for this, such as ctrl+. or the home and end buttons.

Last updated 4 months ago
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Planning
Better Mixing/Matching of plot templates and chapters/beats

I love the ability to use templates, but when I go to mix and match it makes a huge mess due to chapter/beat headings. I don't know if there's a better way to consolidate this stuff so that it overlaps, rather than adding a new chapter/beat every time, leading to a sprawling mess.

Last updated 14 days ago
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New idea
Much Improved Text Formatting Features

The current features are basic. I saw in another post a request for strikethrough. As a minimum if would be good if the text editing was comparable with that found in Evernote.

Last updated 3 months ago
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New idea
Ability to import characters from other projects and be able to export character sheets to Scrivener, OneNote, Evernote, Etc

Some of my series are twenty plus books. It would be nice to import characters from one book to another and to export their sheets with ease to various programs.

Last updated 3 months ago
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New idea
wider borders around the plottr screen

I'd love to see a wider border around the exterior of the plottr screen ~ I'm having a hard time scrolling with my mouse. I'm kind of afraid I'm going to click on something in the window and delete it!

Last updated 3 months ago
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New idea
Would love to be able to export Characters and Tags

So that you can use in other books.

Last updated 3 months ago
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New idea
Being able to alphabetically sort books within a series

I like to keep all my books in alphabetical order within a series so that I can easily find them. I know I can drag and drop the books within a series, but they don't always drop in the right alphabetical order and it takes a long time for it to happen.

Sorting the photos easily would be nice also, I have each book cover named as the book. I have to scroll down the list of photos I have added to see if I have that particular photo.

I know I can add photos to the books within a series, but it would be nice to add photos to the main folder where I list all the series, I can't always remember the series name which story it belongs to. So I have to open another folder to find the story I need to work with. I have several series planned at once.

To get around all these problems, I usually delete all the books I added within the series and I start all over. Trying to add things afterwards, is way too difficult and time consuming. Hopefully I don't forget to check if I already started a plot and just delete it in error.

Thank you for your consideration.
Laura

Last updated 2 months ago
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New idea
Better placement/functionality of character, place, and tag buttons on scene boxes in outline/timeline views.

In Timeline view, you can only see tag buttons during a mouseover of a scene box. Would be nice to see character and place buttons as well during mouseover. When the scene box is then opened in timeline, or in default Outline view, you can't navigate to the character/place/tag by clicking the button. Would be nice to navigate to the character/place/tag for editing straight from the button. Even better, would be nice to see the character/place/tag information by mousing over the button as well...

Last updated 2 months ago
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New idea
Fantasy Character Templates

I just added this program and it's exactly what I was looking for. That being said, there were a couple features I thought might make it slightly better. For a character template, I think it would be a great idea to base one off of a Dungeons and Dragons character sheet. I am a fantasy writer and it would help keep track of skill sets and magic systems and the like. I also was thinking maybe a creature template, as both fantasy and sci-fi would create new creatures that could be included and help track. World-Building as a whole could be part of the places tab. Again, thinking fantasy, something that could include like magic systems for the world, or technologies. Just a few thoughts. Thank you for an awesome app!

Last updated 14 days ago
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New idea
Add new characters, places, etc. from the characters and places selection boxes IN the timeline.

I'd like to click the + for a character, place, or tag and make a new one right there.

Last updated 2 months ago
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New idea
toolbar

Is there anywhere to have the toolbar float. When I am typing in a scene card, for instance, and I move farther and farther down the card, if I want to BOLD a word or change color of type, I have to highlight word or phrase, then manually scroll up and click the BOLD button, then scroll down and hit the space bar, then scroll up and unclick the BOLD button to continue on my way.

Last updated 2 months ago
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New idea
Nesting.

In tags, notes and characters it would be nice to be able to nest a tag within another. In order to show hierarchies like military units in the same service or branches of government. Or even organizing locations for being more than just a city or town and going into multiple locations in an area.

Last updated a month ago
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Considering
27 Chapter Template

Would love to see a template made from the 3 act, 9 block 27 chapter structure by kat o'keefe

Last updated 14 days ago
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New idea
Scratchpad

When I’m trying to work out plot problems, I like to write free form, or brainstorm. It would be great to have a dedicated area for this. I’d imagine it like a list of notes, all dated so easily sortable. There wouldn’t need to be anything special about the notes themselves. However, a future development, could see some prompts introduced to help you work out the plot problems.

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
New Templates

I'm not sure if you have heard of the Creativindie or Derek Murphy, but I'd love to see his "Plot Dot" as a template. Maybe reaching out to him would be good, saying a fan of his and the Plot Dot requested it. I actually used it in Scrivener but was clunky and I can see it as a template for Plottr since I and many others do use his template. 

Last updated 10 days ago
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New idea
Multiple Series

It would be great to see all series you are working on in one place

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
3/9/27 Method Template

I would like to suggest the 3 Act 9 Block 27 Chapter Method by Katytastic as a starter template. You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fe3eodLF_Uo

Last updated 11 days ago
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New idea
I would like to be able to add a "shortcut" to a doucment of my choosing in a scene card & or Chapter.
Last updated 5 months ago
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New idea
When a new tag is created, move the focus directly to the next new tag to avoid having to pick up the mouse.
Last updated 5 months ago
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New idea
Keyboard Shortcuts for Formatting

When I'm writing a note, I use a lot of bullet lists. I'd love a keyboard shortcut like in Google Docs (Ctrl + Shift + 8) to quickly toggle that kind of formatting.

Last updated 5 months ago
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New idea
I would like to be able to add a newline within one bulletpoint.
Last updated 5 months ago
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New idea
templates

I'd like to see the James Scott Bell Signpost system. I'll be creating my own template, but...

Last updated 4 months ago
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New idea
The Help Menu needs an "About" section that shows version number

Most programs have an "About" in the help menu that shows which program version number you are running. Yes, I know Plottr updates automatically, but it would be helpful to visually confirm this, or if unconnected to the internet for a while, see if you've missed an update.

Last updated 4 months ago
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New idea
Export to graph formats

Add ability to export a timeline and all relations tothe folowing network graph formats: graphviz file (.gv, .dot), graphml or gml json-ld or a xml format that conform to the OWL or RDS standard.

And for outliner and consept map software: Opml mm

Export and import to/from markdown (Joplin, Zettlr, Trilium

If you also could make an importer for some of this formats it would be just great... To do network relation planning in some of the mentioned desktop software are a lot easier than doing it textbased

Reason: to be able to analize your plots in a large perspective in a more suited graphical application or to be able to import your historical story to any web application that support any of this formats. i.e OMEKA, Heurist, Researchspace, Archers, Infranodus. Or desktop network graph software like yEd, Gephi, Cytoscape, Constellation, Tulip, Pajek

Last updated 4 months ago
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New idea
Ability to quickly see a list of New Features

Would like an obvious place where I can see a list of new features for each update. Probably under Help or About.

Last updated 4 months ago
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New idea
Would love to be able to use an android/apple app along side windows/mac app

Be able to seemlessly sync between an app on my phone and my pc

Last updated 3 months ago
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New idea
Transclusion and navigation

Plottr is fantastic!

I have something I'm working on, and have quite a few notes already filed away in a Devonthink database.

It would be very nice to be able to transclude text from other sources. That way, a scene library could exist in Devonthink or in a folder full of text files.

As the source file is updated, every scene card that references it would follow.

It would be nice to be able to transclude multiple source documents into a single scene card. I believe supporting ASCII and RTF would be sufficient to make that a killer feature, and the reference should be either by URL or local file path. Markdown support would be pretty cool, too.

Regarding navigation, I can add characters to a scene card, but when I open the character, there's no reference to the scenes he's in.

It would be nice to have everything linkable to anything and show clickable backlinks.

Last updated 3 months ago
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New idea
Allow adding conversation/threads to the ideas

Definitely don't want to "hijack" someone else's ideas - but they often spark other things. Like I just read "make a todo list" and I wanted to add "and make it hierarchical". Don't want to add another idea for that.

Last updated 2 months ago
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New idea
Would love to see the chapter with more customizations, so it could be used for Movie/TV show planning as well.
Last updated 2 months ago
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New idea
Connecting the Dots

I would love another "tag" option at the top-left on the places page for "characters" - giving me the chance to link certain characters to certain places.

On the reverse, I'd love the ability to link certain places to certain characters.

Last updated 2 months ago
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New idea
Ability to print directly from Plottr (i.e. outline view) without having to export to another software

Outline view is laid out perfectly for printing, but there doesn't seem to be an option to do that directly from Plottr.

Last updated 2 months ago
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New idea
World Building Category

I would love a in depth world building category for Plottr. With pre-made templates and custom ones, for things like places, items, etc.

Last updated 2 months ago
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New idea
Preset/determine number of chapters so you don't have to add every single one

This would cut down the clicking in half if you, for instance, went into the doc knowing you needed 35 chapters, for example. You should be able to set a value for the number of chapters that populates.

Last updated 2 months ago
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New idea
Integrate with Dabble

I use Dabble, love it. I'd like to use Plottr also but it looks as if it would be quite the chore to transfer the information into Dabble, which I use to write and also to move plot points around and have my manuscript scenes follow those movements.

IOW, I'll download the free trial but Dabble integration is really a must for me.

Last updated 2 months ago
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New idea
Display scenes horizontally

Unless I missed it somewhere, I'd love to be able to expand scenes in the same direction as the timeline. So if I have a bunch of horizontal timelines, I'd like the scenes to also display horizontally, instead of in a big vertical pile that pushes my other timelines downward.

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
using different genre templates within a series

Hi! I would like to choose among the awesome templates you have for my series, some of which have different story styles/emphasis (for example hero and mystery) - can't sort out how to do this and keep it within one series file. Does this make sense? or should I ignore the series feature...maybe put a link to the related other book files into the series field? hmmm

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
Cancel Button

I need a cancel button when filling a form causing all changes to be to aborted. Currently, there are only Save and Delete buttons. I noticed the lack of this feature on the Character Form.

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
Sticky chapters row & plotline names column

It would be really great to have the row where the chapters are to stay in place at the top of our screen so that when we navigate down to add a card, we know at once what chapter we're adding the card to. Same with the column where we put all the plotline names. Just like a sticky header on a website, but I think you get the drift. Thank you and keep up the good work ! Florian

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
Import Scrivener template into Plottr
Last updated a month ago
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New idea
Deep plot development

In future, would be great if you could incorporate a really robust plotting engine such as in K.M. Weiland's "Outlining Your Novel Workbook" software (which mirrors in title and function the book upon which it is based). Even though something like this might be a more intense module than those Plottr currently offers, it would be a nice option to have, to be able to deep plotting right here in your program. Plottr outweighs Weiland's program now because of the timeline feature; but it is a close call between Plottr and her program when it comes to a guided method of deep plotting. Prices for both programs are comparable, but a similar deep plotting module would tip the scales in Plottr's direction for sure.

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
Extra option in Timeline Flip

When Flip is used in Timeline you flip so the Beginning is at the top, I'd like the option to have the End at the top.

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
Timeline Labels Stay on Scrolling

When plotting a work with many chapters and plot threads, scrolling right makes the left side timeline labels disappear. I think it would be helpful for those to remain visible, even as you scroll to later chapters or beats.

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
Export to Final Draft

As I can see this software is primarily used by writers and novelist - I am a screenwriter and I find this programme very useful in certain stages of developing a script. I would highly appreciate if the project could be exported to Final Draft in decent formatting already. e.g. - you can assign INT. or EXT. to certain places - and you have a scene heading. Thanks, good luck to your beautiful invention, I really like it.

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
Ability to "freeze" top row and leftmost column

This way you can scroll down and/or to the right and still keep track of the label for each chapter or subplot.

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
Connecting Notes to Scenes

I would really like to see the ability to connect notes to descriptions of scenes, not just books, characters, places, and tags. This would allow me to brainstorm outside of the main description and write my primary narrative in the description and easily access my notes, this would be especially useful if the note itself applied to multiple scenes or chapters.

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
Find and Replace Names

I changed the name of a character. It would be great if there was a feature where you could find every instance of that word and replace them all at once.

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
More keyboard, less mouse

Keyboard shortcuts to open, close, and save would be great.

Currently, the UI requires so much mouse work and many extra clicks. For instance to create a scene card with details you have to name it. Save it, then click again to open it. When you're done you have to grab the mouse again to save it again. It's not bad when adding one thing, but when creating a whole outline it gets tedious, fast.

Last updated 25 days ago
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Separate notes by book

I noticed when I went into the Notes when working on a new book, that it showed the notes of one of my other books. I would like it so the notes were per-book, rather one for all books.

Last updated 24 days ago
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New idea
Relief for Low Vision People

I have macular degeneration, which means I have very poor vision. The default font you've chosen, Forum, is a nightmare for people like me. it's too lightweight and skinny. I've just begun using Plottr and already it's giving me bad headaches from straining to make out your default font.

I would love to be able to choose any font I have installed as the default font. I'd also like to see all my fonts listed in the popup where you allow font change, not just the handful you now have. Of your choices, Georgia is the only one that comes close to being low-vision friendly.

Last updated 20 days ago
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New idea
Scene Card

I'd like to have the ability to duplicate scene card or copy scene card. Character flaws and traits may belong to particular scenes. I suppose I can copy and paste to make another card for each scene or chapter I want to be reminded of content.

Last updated 16 days ago
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New idea
Character Connections

Add connections to characters profiles and link connections so they're viewable on the character's profile in case if we need to add/edit information. Have a description of how the character knows the other character. Linking connection: You can click on 'Frost' it goes to her profile with more information and her own list of connections. I hope I explained it good. If not, I'll try to explain my idea better. Thank you for reading. Visual Example: Cahira Connections: Frost Description: sister Dinh Description: husband Indira Description: major character

Last updated 11 days ago
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New idea
Sub-Series within a project

The ability to set up multiple series or sets of books within one project.

Last updated 11 days ago
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Considering
24 Chapter Novel Outline by Derek Murphy

Maybe add the 24 Chapter Novel Outline by Derek Murphy which utilizes the methods in his book The Plot Dot? It can be found here: https://www.creativindie.com/plot-outline/

Last updated 10 days ago
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New idea
Syncing between Scrivener and Plottr

I would like to be able to sync files between Plottr and Scrivener

Last updated 10 days ago
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New idea
Be able to use character/place name tags in a text and have them linked to Characters/Places sections

Main goal: Change a name everywhere in a text directly by modifying its Character/Place card.

Last updated 10 days ago
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New idea
In Scene Card View Navigate between Scene Cards along Timeline

When View/Edit Scene Card - Add ability to Save then move to next/previous scene card as positioned along either Horizontal or Vertical Time Line Paths.

Last updated 8 days ago
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New idea
Ability to Delete/Add Characters/Places in one Book of a series without Adding/Deleting it from another Book in series

I like that once you've created a new book in a series that it carries over all the Characters/Places/Notes/Categories from the previous book since some of them will be the same. However, I'd like the ability to Delete/Add these things to the new book without it affecting the previous book where they originated from. I don't want to permanently delete these things from the first book, but if they're not needed in the second book, I don't like them cluttering the feed. The same goes for adding new items in the second book, and these appearing in the first book where they don't exist.

Last updated 7 days ago
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New idea
Minor irritation. Plottr on big screen of 2-screen system. "Save As" goes wonky. Asks me to exit, reopens on small screen.
Last updated 5 months ago
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New idea
Timeline Manual Zoom: Enable Manual Zoom/Pinch Zoom for Macbook touchpads, and Zoom Percentage Selection in small increments.
Last updated 5 months ago
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New idea
The ability to up-vote other peoples ideas & suggestions.

This is Arial's husband, Charles.

I was reviewing other suggestions made and your roadmap. I think this is great option for people that want to suggest new features. I found myself wanting to up-vote some of the suggestions and think this would be helpful to your team when trying to prioritize new feature requests.

Last updated 4 months ago
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New idea
To be able to export into word one line - eg just the scene cards from the main plot

To be able to export into word just one line - eg just the scene cards from the main plot without any other plot lines.

Last updated 3 months ago
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New idea
Earlier suggestion for an 'objects' tab could be implemented simply by adding a new 'objects' category on the Characters tab

I couldn't see a way to reply directly to the idea, so adding this as a new one here. I started using the 'other' category in the Characters tab to enter details about objects. So for me, the Other category = Object. The objects appear in their own section in the view at the left now, so I'm happy with that (although it would be better if there was an actual 'objects' category).

Last updated 3 months ago
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New idea
Cut back the gray tab hanging over the Chapter heading.

I am on a 30 day trial and for the most part enjoying the options. Will soon buy. Still trying to get used to it. I am on a Mac. When I go into the timeline and select a scene (Chapter) the gray tab holding the Project, Timeline, Outline, etc is so long that it overhangs the chapter title. This also is the case when selecting photos. though it seems minor, it is irritating to feel like I have to go "under" the gray drop down to see or get things done.

Last updated 2 months ago
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New idea
Be Able to tick a checkmark and add a book's plot line to series page

It would be useful to be able to make a timeline copy/appear on a series page (or vice versa) so that you can plot inside the book and see it on the series page, or update it on the series page and see it in the book. That way there are two different ways to see the timelines within the series as a whole and the book as an individual.

Last updated 2 months ago
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New idea
Progressive Web App

I know "Web App" is listed as a future feature. But consider making it a PWA - this would allow us to run it anywhere we can run a modern browser whether we have internet connection or not. Now that would be awesome!

Last updated 2 months ago
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New idea
Export Plottr Content to Fictionary

I wrote this in Facebook and someone suggested I put it here, so here it is: I just started using editing and writing software named Fictionary https://fictionary.co. I looked at it after seeing a webinar sponsored by Reedsy and given by Kristina Stanley (and I think Kristina offers a free class on Reedsy). I started using it for editing/rewriting, but I like it so much I'm also planning on writing in it as well. It has a free trial and lots of videos to show all the things you can do. As an example, for those who want to analyze and rewrite an existing novel, you can load the novel into Fictionary and get editing feedback and lots of specific guidance for how to improve it. You can also write directly in the software. I would like to see an interface with Plottr so that I could export my Plottr content to Fictionary when I am ready to write (the same idea as the Plottr export to Scrivener). :))

Last updated 15 days ago
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New idea
Ability to hover over a chapter and insert a new chapter at that point without having to scroll all the way to the end to click the plus sign
Last updated 2 months ago
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New idea
Select Features

Allow export of individual chapters Allow a feature to choose only to export the outline and not notes, characters, places

Last updated 2 months ago
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New idea
Recently used files

To see a list of the last few files opened under the File -- Open menu for those of us working on multiple books at a time.

Last updated 2 months ago
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New idea
Option to delink 'Timeline' and 'Outline'

Tick box to disable linking so you can points to the timeline without them appearing in Outline (and vice versa)

Last updated 2 months ago
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New idea
Exporting

The ability to filter (timeline or outline) then export (Word or Scrivener) only the filtered results.

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
Open Plottr Maximized

Most Windows applications remember the window state when it was last closed. If it was maximized before closing, it should open maximized the next time it is opened.

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
Duplicating Characters in a Series

So that you can just drag/drop or duplicate them in a sequel (rather than having to enter each one again). Much quicker for a series.

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
Character List

On the timeline feature, the list of characters does not follow the extent of the scene mapping. Once you get so far, the only way to identify the character you wish to prefer is by color. I suggest that you somehow allow a key box for the characters to be available, or maybe have the list follow the scenes as you progress through your plotting.

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
Custom fields in project info

There many things that only apply to the project as a whole and we need the ability to create custom fields and/or modify the existing fields. For instance, using the Story Grid format, we need external genre, internal genre, external and internal values at stake, etc. It would also be nice to choose which of these we want to appear at the top of the timeline as a sort of heading.

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
Characters andScenes

Making it possible to add characters to scenes, and have the scenes pop up under the characters in the timeline so I don't have to copy/paste to four or five different characters in that same scene.

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
Tags Feature Window

Could you put a scroll bar on the right side of the Tags Window. Currently the only way to get to the bottom of the window is by selecting the Add New Tag Function Button. This is the case whether in Minimize or Full View.
I am using PC running Windows 10.

Best Regards, Donna Barnett

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
SCENE CARDS

Currently when hovering over the scene card in the TimeLine View, I cannot see what tags are attached when there is a large amount of text in the description area, the tags only show at the bottom of the window. . Can you fix this, or provide an option to specify whether the user would like the tags to appear at the top of the text window or the bottom?

Best Regards, Donna Barnett

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
TIMELINE VIEW - SCENE CARDS

Is it possible to have the selected scene card stay bolded or perhaps a different color even after a change has been saved. When there are a few subplots and you can't see the chapter numbers at the top, it is cumbersome to find where you left off after saving a change.

Best Regards, Donna Barnett

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
Update custom template

If I create a custom template, and then make changes that I'd like to add to that template, I'd like to be able to save this as an update to the existing custom template, not create a new template.

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
Character Outline

I'd like to see the ability to be able to sort Outline based on character. That way we could see their journey through the story.

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
Actual calendar

A calendar that will go back by month/year as far back as you can manage, and one which will go forward, to help track a dated timeline of events in a story, whether historical, contemporary, or futuristic. Possibly (maybe later on) a configurable calendar feature for someone who wishes to track, for example, their world's "star date" or a calendar system similar to what you'd hear about in Star Trek or other sci fi setting.

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
Ability to attach the other book outlines into "(Series View)", simple and easy with a couple clicks as opposed to manually entering each card

Currently: (Series View) for book series has to be constructed by me, even if my other 4 books are fully outlined with cards. I have to type those cards over after creating 4 different "Plotlines" in the (Series View) "book", in addition to adding any tags. It's a lot of extra work when (Series View), being that it views the series, sounds like it should already be allowing one to see the books all together on its own. Thank you for your time!

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
Double click for scene card pop-up, single-click to quick-edit

Might just be a quirk of mine, but hopefully this makes sense to others, too. Currently, if you click on a scene card in a timeline once, AFTER you've already entered some text into it, it will bring up this giant pop-up window where you can go into detail. Half of the time I'll have accidentally clicked off from the initial sentence for the card, so this huge pop-up always gets in the way. It's also more difficult to see what I'm typing in a huge, single-lined bar, as opposed to it being condensed into a box. Double-clicking the scene card like it's a folder to open up would be a nice way to ensure that someone trying to go into the details of the scene is doing so intentionally. :)

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
Templates for Scene Cards

I see there is a heading for this, but no ideas under it. I'd like the ability to create a custom template for a scene. As for provided templates: that could be: Scene (Goal+Conflict+Outcome) + Sequel (Reaction+Options+Decision) Or Story Grid terminology: Inciting incident for scene, Turn, Crisis, Climax.

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
Need to add Notes or preface

It would be great to have some tracking for events before the novel

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
Show More on Card/Scene Popup Preview

I love the popup preview on cards/scenes. However, aside from notes, they only show one tidbit as far as I can tell: tags! But within the scene there is info on characters and places. To make the popup truly effective, I need to see that info as well. For example, if I have two scenes in one chapter, and one scene has character X and the other has characters X and Y, I want to be able to discern that from the popup, not by jumping into the scene card. I feel it makes sense for Tags, Characters, and Places to each have a line of information at the bottom of the popup.

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
ICON TAGS in addition to the color tags already available

Sometimes there's just not enough colors visible to the human eye, which means the same colors will have to be used for different objects, characters, themes, etc. Having icon shapes will give more variety to what we can track without color crossover/sharing. I know there's MANY color shades we can work with, but often times the view of the color, be it an outline on the tag, or in a tiny little square, is so small most people wouldn't be able to tell the shade difference unless it's glaringly obvious such as neon blue vs dark blue.

Shapes that can be incorporated and are easy to identify even when small: 1) Star, 2) Square, 3) Circle, 4) cross, 5) rectangle, 6) triangle, 7) crescent moon, 8) diamond, 9) spade, 10) clover, 11) wedge, 12) parallelogram, 13) oval

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
See characters and/or places in the "Timeline"

Timeline gives a big picture overview of the story, and it would be great to see what characters are in which scenes and chapters right on that overview -- as well as places (though less important)

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
Timeline "Nodes"

It would be great if the timeline would allows us to combine two or more scenes from different plotlines into a scene "node" of some kind, to show where a single scene that takes place is in fact part of two or more different plotlines that intersect with each other in that scene. The result would be that the timeline becomes something that visually represents a subway rail system, instead of the plotline simply existing in parallel with each other. Scenes belonging to one plotline so become "local stations", but scenes where different plotlines intersect would become larger, "express stations". The feature would ideally retain the simple drag/drop ability of scenes, so that the intersect scene can be combined/split at will with dragging and dropping, maybe with a special handle in this intersecting scene to enable one to grab the scene you want to split by it's plotline-handle, and drag it out of the intersect. The app would then, at that time, create a copy of the scene. Conversely, when two scenes from different plotlines are combined, they would get merged into a single scene, and provide the option to edit details you'd like to keep from the two or more scenes that are merging. The benefit to this would be less need to retype or duplicate copies for scenes where plotlines intersect, and so more easily see exactly how plotlines interact with each other.

Here is the link to an article that explains the idea in more detail: https://blog.nanowrimo.org/post/166302962291/nano-prep-outline-your-story-like-a-subway-map

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
Ability to create custom structure template and to layer structure templates

We need a way to create our own structure template and save it as a reusable template. Also, a way to layer multiple structure templates. For instance, THE HERO'S JOURNEY is a character arc structure, not plot. It is used WITH story/plot structures like THREE ACT/FOUR PART STRUCTURE, SAVE THE CAT etc.

Thanks!

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
Find Feature

Find (Ctrl+F) on Timeline and in Outline.

I'm using Plottr to map beats and sometimes can't remember where something is, but I know it's there. Not sure how you'd scroll to it; maybe highlight the found word. But I really want to be able to find at the Description level...cause that's where the word I'm looking for is bound to be.

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
Update description

Hi

I love your streamlined update system, however is there any way I can check the update list and what the updates were?

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
Save custom plots to a file

When opening a file cross platform, the custom templates saved don't transfer.

Last updated a month ago
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New idea
Fixed Column/Row Headings in Timeline View

I'm really disappointed that this is STILL not a feature. My timeline has many rows and columns, and when I scroll to the end or the bottom, the headers (labels) scroll away, instead of remaining fixed. I have color-coded my plotlines (rows), but it is extremely easy to get lost in which chapter I'm in, or plotlines with similar colors. I remember this being a feature request last summer, and it seems like a relatively easy fix, that would greatly improve functionality. Instead of adding brand-new features, I'd like to see the existing ones - such as this one - fixed first.

Last updated 25 days ago
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New idea
Save the Cat and Wired for Story Templates

Could you please add templates for Save the Cat and the Wired for Story methods.

Many thanks,

M Leigh

Last updated 25 days ago
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New idea
Add a sidebar to the outline where cards can temporarily go and wait for placement

This would be great for busy outlines when you're moving scenes around. You can put them in the sidebar because you don't know where to place them yet, while you organize the rest, and then drop the cards from the sidebar in to the main, or sub-outlines. The sidebar could have a "floating sticky notes" look to it.

Last updated 21 days ago
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New idea
Headings Suited for Scripts Instead of Books

It would be great if you could say Act 1, Act 2, Act 3, etc or Episode 1, 2, 3, etc instead of Chapter 1, 2, 3, etc. I think it would also be great if on the project page you could say Episode 1, 2, 3 instead of Book 1, 2, 3. I am using Plottr for writing a script for a romantic comedy tv show with 7 couples getting together throughout the show so Plottr will definitely come in handy! Thanks so much! :)

Last updated 21 days ago
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New idea
Drag & drop + crop character images into Plottr

When adding character images, I suspect most authors follow the same process:

  1. Go to Google Image Search.
  2. Find an image (likely of an actor) who approximates the character.
  3. Download the image
  4. Open the image in a simple image editor to crop the headshot (since Plottr uses a circle to display character images)
  5. In Plottr, upload the image
  6. Assign the image to the character.

What I'd much, much rather be able to do is:

  1. Go to Google Image Search. 2 Find an image
  2. Drag the image to the character in Plottr
  3. Have it give me a quick option to crop/resize the image.

Thanks in advance!

Last updated 14 days ago
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New idea
Dark Mode Update - Minor Request

This is minor, really it is, but it's just something I would love to see in the future. The current "dark mode" really isn't one. It's seems like an off grey mode that's somewhere in between dull and okay. I'd love to see and deeper darker mode, if you will. Maybe a pallet that has #1c192b and #252032 somewhere in the mix. That combined with the font revisions you've got coming up could make this very slick product just that much slicker.

Thanks for all the work you do. I know it's easy to sit back and just request features without knowing all that goes into making a great product. That's definitely not my intention here.

Thanks again.

Last updated 12 days ago
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New idea
Visual Map

This feature would allow those of us who write a series to have a visual map of a city, or world with drop and drag things such as stores, homes, restaurants, etc. so we can keep track of where locations are in our character's world.

Last updated 9 days ago
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New idea
Interface Customization & Outline functionality

The biggest things getting in my way of using your software is my ability to control my interface, colors, font styles, background colors, etc. Your interface is very hard to read and the dark mode would not pass any type of accessibility testing as the middle gray value you've chosen removes all contrast from the screen.

My other big issue with the software is that I should be able to do the same level editing of adding tags, characters, etc... using the outline mode. Not giving me the same control there seems like an oversight and makes the outline view nearly useless. Ability to inject cards would be nice too.

Thanks.

Last updated 9 days ago
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New idea
Deleting parts of character profile templates

I love custom templates, and adding attributes is nice, but more important for me would be a way to get rid of what is for me useless junk. I want very simple character profiles and they keep getting more complex. Simple is good. In fact, why not let me delete everything in the standard template and add back in what I want???

Last updated 9 days ago
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New idea
User-Enterable Book Numbers

Currently, when you create books in your project, Plottr arbitrarily numbers them, and if you reorder them, Plottr renumbers them. However, some writers keep their books organized by book number, and I'd like the numbers to match.

So, I'd like the book numbers to be user-editable, so that I can add a Book 0 or a Book 2.5 in my series later, without having to renumber my existing and possibly-already published books to keep everything straight.

Last updated 8 days ago
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New idea
Two-Factor Authentication

I'd like to see a Google Authenticator-based added to the website. It occurred to me that keeping my auth key secured would be helpful.

Last updated 8 days ago
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New idea
I want the Night mode
Last updated 5 days ago
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New idea
In characters tab, order lists of books based on series order, not based on order in which you add them

In the characters tab, you can add books to a character, so you can quickly see the books in which that character appears. This is a great feature.

However, when you add books to a character, the books are listed in the order in which you add them, rather than the series order.

During series planning, I've had a case where I originally thought I was going to introduce a character in, say, Book 3. Later I've decided to actually introduce that character earlier, say in Book 2.

On the character tab for that character, however, the first book listed is Book 3, then Book 4, then Book 5, etc., and Book 2 is at the very bottom of the list.

This is really confusing. The first book in which the character appears should always be listed first, even if that book wasn't added to the character until later. When I look at a character, I want a correctly ordered list of the books in the series in which that character appears.

Last updated 3 days ago
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New idea
Creating my own Template for Characters
Last updated 3 days ago
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New idea
add an always on top feature like excel freeze top line

maybe i have missed this. but i would like the Plot titles on the left to always be vcisable as i add more chapters.

Last updated 3 days ago
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New idea
I would like to have a visual representation of my characters relationships
Last updated 3 days ago
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New idea
Word count

I would like to see word counts, by chapter and total project,with and without counting notes and characters. If possible even charts, for instance Ch. 1 has 3000 words and Ch.2 has 15,000.

For me, I would like it constantly displayed. Others may prefer a toggle.

Minimum - currrent total word count.

Last updated a day ago
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New idea
Roll up some of these ideas, like word count

As I was looking at the Ideas, and mine is Word Count, I see there are several ideas posted about Word Count. If they were gathered together, not into one idea, but as a group, the gathered votes would be higher with more robust functionalities to consider. I suspect other subjects could be aggregated the same way to better feed into future updates.

Last updated a day ago
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