Plottr - Public Roadmap

Planning

New Starter Templates

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

Timeline Template Switcher

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

Custom Styling / Color Schemes

Features (2)
  • Custom Colors
  • Custom Fonts

Import Options

Ability to import a file into Plottr (e.g. MS Word)

Revisions & Drafts

Web App

A web version of Plottr that works in your browser

Custom Note Ordering

Tag Categories

Templates for Scene Cards

File Dashboard

Import Characters

Translation

Features (5)
  • Translation into Russian
  • Translation into Spanish
  • Translation into German
  • Easily Switch between Languages
  • Translation into French

Up Next

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

Custom Character Categories

The ability to create your own custom categories within the Characters tab

Community Templates

Ability to upload / download custom templates from other members

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)

Desktop Mobile Cloud Syncing

In Progress

iPad App

A full version of Plottr that works on iPad

Features (4)
  • Understand 2.0 files
  • Verify license
  • Full Timeline on iPad
  • Different screens for tablet vs phone

Scrivener Integration

Users need a way to start writing easily in Scrivener after planning their story in Plottr.

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

Features (3)
  • Export to a Scrivener File
  • Import a Scrivener File
  • Sync Plottr File with Scrivener File

Awesome Little Features

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

Snowflake Pro Integration

Features (1)
  • Import a Snowflake Pro File

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
Last updated 2 days ago
Releases
Jul 31, 2020

v2020.7.30

Better communication and a lot of bugs

Jul 17, 2020

v2020.7.21

Multiple scenes per chapter Prologue support

Jul 03, 2020

v2020.7.3

Undo / Redo

Jun 16, 2020

v2020.6.15

Character Categories!

Jun 05, 2020

v2020.6.5

Custom Templates!

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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 2 months ago
Planning
Enable manual sorting of Characters/Places. Drag and Drop would be nice :-)
Last updated 3 months ago
Considering
A List of Objects like Characters and Places. So we have more Infos for our McGuffin or all the other objects.
Last updated 3 months ago
Planning
I would love to be able to reorder the custom attributes on the character pages.
Last updated a month ago
Considering
Relationship attributes: clickable links to other characters (so you can specify e.g. a father/son relation)
Last updated a month ago
New idea
A Todo-List would be great. So we can track an plan our progress in Plottr.
Last updated 3 months ago
New idea
Functionality to generate character names, planet names, etc.
Last updated 3 months ago
New idea
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 2 months ago
Considering
I'd like to see an ability to duplicate a card, or an entire plot line, with all its info intact.
Last updated 3 months ago
New idea
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.

Last updated 2 months ago
Planning
Point of View (Character and Style) for each card. E.g. [Harry Potter 3rd Intimate], [Kvothe 1st], etc.
Last updated 19 days ago
On roadmap
Custom categories for characters
Last updated a month ago
New idea
An auto-save feature that can be set to save every [choose a number] of minutes
Last updated 3 months ago
New idea
Option to Pin or Freeze Plotline Titles and Chapter Titles. Large projects are difficult to navigate in the Timeline view.
Last updated 3 months ago
New idea
When switching away from and back to the Timeline window, remember the previous scroll location within the window.
Last updated 3 months ago
New idea
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 a month ago
Considering
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 18 days ago
New idea
Add Template to an existing Character.
Last updated 3 months ago
New idea
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 a month ago
New idea
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 a month ago
Considering
Promote notes to card and demote cards to notes
Last updated 3 months ago
New idea
Copy a scene card from one book (or from the series view) to another timeline/book/view.
Last updated 3 months ago
New idea
To change the color of the [SAVE] button when changes have been made and not yet saved. Back to green when saved.
Last updated 3 months ago
New idea
Display primary character name(s), tag(s), or place on scene cards in Timeline.
Last updated 3 months ago
New idea
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 2 months ago
New idea
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 2 months ago
New idea
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
Last updated 3 months ago
New idea
Word count in the text editors
Last updated 3 months ago
New idea
I'd like to be able to edit my custom attributes after I create them, or at least the ability to rename them.
Last updated 2 months ago
New idea
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 3 months ago
New idea
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 2 months ago
New idea
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 2 months ago
New idea
Would love to see character age progression and character-specific related plot points over a whole series.
Last updated 4 months ago
New idea
Being able to click multiple scene cards at once and add attributes to the group would be handy.
Last updated 3 months ago
New idea
Ability to create a template for scenes
Last updated 3 months ago
New idea
Would love the option the highlight and use strikethrough in the text editor.
Last updated 3 months ago
New idea
Add an "Add New Character" at the bottom of the page or a return to the top. It is currently cumbersome with a series full of characters.
Last updated 3 months ago
New idea
Templates for whole series, so each book corresponds to a beat in a story type.
Last updated 3 months ago
New idea
I would love to be able to create a separate timeline dedicated to plotting out the backstory for my series.
Last updated 3 months ago
New idea
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 2 months ago
New idea
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 2 months ago
New idea
Image editor (e.g. re-adjusting of image in cut-out + ability to click on it for entire image)
Last updated 3 months ago
New idea
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 2 months ago
New idea
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 2 months ago
New idea
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 2 months ago
New idea
Plottr & .opml files to share files between Scrivener, Scapple, OmniOutliner, SimpleMind, Outliner.
Last updated 3 months ago
New idea
Export a single timeline
Last updated 3 months ago
New idea
A web-share function (like Google docs) for co-writers who are working together.
Last updated 3 months ago
New idea
Short Story Template: Any chance of adding templates for short stories?
Last updated 3 months ago
New idea
Change the colors of single chapters within the same story line
Last updated 3 months ago
New idea
Dynamically add character names, tags, and places when selecting them in a chapter (vs having to switch the tabs)
Last updated 3 months ago
New idea
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 a month ago
New idea
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 a month ago
New idea
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 a month ago
New idea
Functionality to send plot outline via email (or WhatsApp, iMessage, etc.)
Last updated 3 months ago
New idea
Rename or edit custom attributes without causing it to clear that entire field on the character card.
Last updated 2 months ago
New idea
Add the ability to create tables with a note and choose how many rows and columns needed
Last updated 2 months ago
New idea
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 2 months ago
New idea
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 a month ago
New idea
Android app

I'd love to have an Android app so I can make notes as I think of them without having to wait until I fire my laptop up. As you know, the muse can be fickle, so we have to get things down immediately or we'll risk losing them.

Last updated a month ago
New idea
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!

Last updated a month ago
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 4 months ago
New idea
Keyboard shortcut to paste text unformatted (Ctr-Alt-V)?
Last updated 3 months ago
New idea
Add a template for The Story Grid foolscap (by Shawn Coyne) and include "the 15 critical scenes".
Last updated 3 months ago
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 3 months ago
New idea
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 3 months ago
New idea
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 2 months ago
New idea
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 2 months ago
New idea
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 2 months ago
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 2 months ago
New idea
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 a month ago
New idea
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 a month ago
New idea
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 a month ago
New idea
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 a month ago
New idea
When creating from a template, have the option to convert template main plot cards into chapters
Last updated 4 months ago
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 3 months ago
New idea
A secondary timeline view for unchronological storytelling, that can be used in conjunction with the default chronological view.
Last updated 3 months ago
New idea
Include a list of default "common tags" for all new projects (ex: pov: 1st, setting: exterior, etc.).
Last updated 3 months ago
New idea
Add custom attributes to scene cards (and optionally notes)
Last updated 3 months ago
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 2 months ago
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 2 months ago
New idea
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 2 months ago
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 2 months ago
New idea
To be able to drag & drop / reshuffle the custom attributes list
Last updated 2 months ago
New idea
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 2 months ago
New idea
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 2 months ago
New idea
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 a month ago
New idea
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 a month ago
New idea
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 a month ago
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 a month ago
New idea
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 a month ago
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 a month ago
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 a month ago
New idea
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 25 days ago
New idea
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 25 days ago
New idea
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 17 days ago
New idea
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 13 days ago
New idea
Template: 22 Steps - John Truby
Last updated 3 months ago
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 3 months ago
New idea
Card on the timeline - when I title it and press enter again, the card should open.
Last updated 3 months ago
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 3 months ago
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 3 months ago
New idea
Allow the ability to create custom tag sheet templates that can import the same tags from project to project.
Last updated 2 months ago
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 2 months ago
New idea
Use 'ctrl + scroll wheel' to scroll vertically in the timeline.
Last updated 2 months ago
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 2 months ago
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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 2 months ago
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It would be great to have a template built on the Larry Brook's Story Structure method
Last updated 2 months ago
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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 2 months ago
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Duplicate and paste or import a timeline (entire timeline, individual column/row, card) into a new book within the series.
Last updated 2 months ago
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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 2 months ago
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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 2 months ago
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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 2 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 a month ago
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Would like the ability to save as a template for Places and Tags
Last updated a month ago
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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 a month ago
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In the timeline editor, capitalize the first character of a sentence automatically
Last updated a month ago
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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 a month ago
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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 a month 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 a month ago
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YWriter7 Export
Last updated 19 days ago
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Ability to rearrange Notes by dragging & dropping them
Last updated 13 days ago
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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 11 days ago
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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 11 days ago
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I would like to be able to add a "shortcut" to a doucment of my choosing in a scene card & or Chapter.
Last updated 3 months ago
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When entering a timeline card, tab directly from the title to the description box without stopping at the format toolbar.
Last updated 3 months ago
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Ability to make scene cards viewing area smaller when opened
Last updated 3 months ago
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Filter keyword results by both OR conditions (current function) and AND conditions (when results require all selected conditions met).
Last updated 3 months ago
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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 2 months ago
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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 2 months ago
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I would like to be able to add a newline within one bulletpoint.
Last updated 2 months ago
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templates

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

Last updated a month ago
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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 a month ago
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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 a month ago
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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 a month ago
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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 a month ago
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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 a month ago
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Search facility

Is there a search facility. I have put my novel down for a while and am not sure what notes I added into plottr...and would love to do a full search of a phrase to find out if it is already there.

Last updated a month ago
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Syncing

Don’t know if this counts as a new idea, as it is supposed to be part of Plottr already, but would love for syncing to get fixed (between, for example, mobile and desktop versions). This is a must for me. Yet, despite it being supposedly a functioning part of Plottr, it does not appear on the roadmap. Shouldn’t fixing functions that don’t work come ahead of new functions? Would work for me.

Last updated 24 days 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 23 days 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 20 days ago
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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 20 days ago
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Would love to be able to export Characters and Tags

So that you can use in other books.

Last updated 15 days 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 9 days ago
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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 8 days ago
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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 4 days ago
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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 3 months ago
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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 3 months ago
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Minor irritation. Plottr on big screen of 2-screen system. "Save As" goes wonky. Asks me to exit, reopens on small screen.
Last updated 3 months ago
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Timeline Manual Zoom: Enable Manual Zoom/Pinch Zoom for Macbook touchpads, and Zoom Percentage Selection in small increments.
Last updated 3 months ago
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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 a month ago
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Hope the desktop version will sync with the iPad version so I can work on both platforms, rather than choose one of the platforms.
Last updated a month ago
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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 a month ago
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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 a month ago
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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 a month ago
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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 19 days ago
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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 16 days ago
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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 15 days ago
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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 13 days ago
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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 6 days ago
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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 6 hours ago