I would like to have more formatting options to center text and have more control over the output of my manuscript.
I would like to know more about this, what the formatting is for. This can help to make a better feature rather than re-creating Word in the browser (Google already did that).
I'm not the person who submitted this, but personally I would use centered text for something like a poem or song that was being quoted in a story.
OK, it might have been me... Let's see: from the top of my head, Word features I use when I'm writing: quotes/poems with left indentation; text with left and right indentation; simple align right; italics; centring; different font sizes; bold; pagination; page numbers; double spacing (industry standard); copy/paste/cut; [docs merge; in docs annotation, though these may go under editing features]. There might be more. Oh, & by the way, Google did only 1/2 a job of replicating Word...
I don't expect this to have the functionality of MS word (as I know this does not have a huge dev team and you can't implement everything), but a few more customization options would be great. Underlining and strike-through text, center/right-aligned text, formats for the chapter titles (allowing us to give subtitles or turn parts of the options off); optional page numbers corresponding w/common paper sizes...
Bullet points for outlining would be SO helpful.
I would like the option to single space the manuscript. It's distracting for me that I can't change it.
I'd at least like the ability to use bold and/or italic text, or maybe even just different colors of text. My reason for this is because I primarily use Dabble to create scripts for narrative-focused PC games. As such, having additional formatting options would make it easier for me to differentiate between dialog and narration, between different logical paths, etc.
definitely gotta agree with adding strike through, page numbers, and different font sizes
Definitely needs centered texts
Bold and italic text and I agree, the option to single or double space.
Some Non-Fiction features would be awesome! Like...1. Footnotes or Endnotes2. Markdown support in "Manuscript" area like the "Story Notes" section. Headings would be great, as non-fiction texts can have several sections within a chapter.Thanks for asking!!
My 2 cents: In order to use Dabble for my Non-fiction work, I would need to be able to:Underline (ctrl U does NOT work for that), indent, bullet point, make footnotes(way complicated, so I can probably work around this one), copy/paste with & without formatting, paste graphs and lists from excel. I know that some of these already are there and I just don't know how to use them. Underline would be fantastic though.
Agree with bullet points for story plotting, underlining, and centered text for subtitles and such. Or even just the option to add subtitles to a chapter. My book has the perspectives of 5 different characters so I'd like to put the name of whichever character is at the forefront of that chapter in a more prominent place other than in the chapter title or just at the beginning of the text.
Agree with above, and I really need smaller margins. What's up with all the white space?
I would also love the ability to center, right align, and justify text. I include an about the author page at the end of every book, and being able to center it in Dabble would be incredibly helpful.
"Formating" (suggested by Maggie Weiler on 2019-07-28), including upvotes (1) and comments (0), was merged into this suggestion.
This is a crucial option for those of us hoping to maximize our workflow using Dabble. By the time we export, even if it's only for revision or initial edits, we want to be doing just that: revising, editing, or tweaking. I'm unable to keep the indent out of each chapter's first sentence. I can't center a block quote, or add a centered subtitle beneath the Chapter number, i.e. for excerpts of journal entries, etc. All crucial things I don't want to have to comb through my ms to readdress.
I just want the ability to highlight text, as an easy way for me to identify placeholders when I go back to edit. Dabble doesn't need all the fancy formatting stuff because it's not a word processor - you should always export to Word or Vellum or something else for that. Dabble is meant for DRAFTING, and I love it as is. But the ability to highlight text in yellow or pink or some other bright color (we don't need options, just give us a simple highlighter) would be really handy.
Italics, bold, and text orientation (left, center, right) are all features I would be happy to have. While I don't personally think I would use it, I second that it makes sense to be able to easily format scene cards to do bullets. Though, to be fair, that's also pretty easy to do a simple equivalent of yourself with (-)'s
If you're working a novel, indenting of paragraphs is needed. Some paragraphs don't need indenting, such as the first one in each chapter. So the ability to choose to indent or not indent is needed. Also how much of an indent. 3-5 spaces are my chosen range. Change in font is necessary, too. Most publishers will not work with certain fonts. Times New Roman is the default, but Courier can be an option, too. Thank you for the Bold or Italics, though. Always a plus. :)
I would like to see strikethrough and highlighting options added.
I would love italics, maybe different font choices as there's no way to change them, bolded fonts, underlined possibly. But the big one for me is being able to change my font. I will wait to use dabble until these features are implemented.
It would be very useful to have an option to turn off paragraph indents and to be able to skip lines in the app without it adding a second line skip when exporting to a document. Right now I'm having to manually format it after exporting, which is irritating, and there is no way to turn off paragraph indents.
"No Paragraph Indent Option" (suggested by Shauna on 2020-02-26), including upvotes (1) and comments (0), was merged into this suggestion.
I would like the ability to use different font sizes in my project.
Being forced to use double spacing immediately turned me off, followed by the auto-indentation at the start of paragraphs (which isn't a *huge* problem but I prefer having some control).
I know that the app is trying to keep a very minimalist setup when writing but if you do the thing some apps do where you have to highlight the text and then a small toolbar menu of bold, underline, italics, strikethrough, bullet list, numbered list, right oriented text, centered text, left oriented text. That's really all that's needed for most things and would be SO useful. I just started using this and was immediately turned off at the lack of formatting.
I'd be happy to be able to underline text.
A formatting toolbar of some kind that stays put and doesn't immediately fade out; but, has the ability to be closed, would be really appreciated. :/
I’d love to see page breaks.
I am new to Dabble, and maybe I am missing something but I would love to see page breaks per Diane's comment. I am migrating from Google Docs, which provides a visual break between pages in the UI and allows for hard page breaks (Ctrl + Enter). I am currently querying my manuscript, and this would help with preparing "first X pages" submissions and that sort of thing. I have another feature request in for a more comprehensive query prep tool, but as a stopgap page breaks would be wonderful.
I won't even consider buying it without minimal formatting options. MUST HAVES: italics, bold, font color, centering, font size, ability to single space.
I want to able to use the tab button to make my paragraphs look better
Footnotes and endnotes would be awesome to write more nonfiction pieces. Underlining, Colors, Highlighting, Single space, double spacing.
I'd like the option to choose from a wide variety of fonts.
Underline, please add underline. And the ability to change font size and/or select and make some headings.
"Options for Formatting export to Word" (suggested by Day on 2021-05-28), including upvotes (1) and comments (0), was merged into this suggestion.
I'd like to be able to format the quotation option to right align within the boundaries of the quote.
I don't find where to change the font styles and sizes. I would like to know if that feature exists, if not, I would recommend add it to the program.
Pages outside of chapters, for introductions
I'd really just like to be able to use italics.
I'd really like to be able to center text and make things different sizes. My story has multiple POVs and when I switch from one POV to another I want to put the character's name at the top of that section, but I want it to look different from the rest of the story so it doesn't get lost or mistaken as anything other than a notification that the POV has changed. Ideally, I'd also like to give it another font as well, but that's not needed just being able to center it and make it larger would be enough. I did seem to find a bit of a centering button by highlighting and pressing a button with a quotation mark which I found by comeplte accident so making that more obvious would be good!
I'd also like to adjust the line spacing where needed. For the most part, it's really convenient having Dabble adjust the spacing between paragraphs so that it looks like there is a space between each paragraph without me having to hit enter twice, however, I found that a little irritating when a character was reciting some poetry and I wanted each poem line to be a new line while also not having line gaps, but there was no option to do this so now my poem looks awkward and like multiple paragraphs instead of one block of text on multiple lines, so if we can have that it would be great. Plus the way it formats it with the line gap included exporting it means I have to go in and manually add in those gaps so the paragraphs are distinguishable, which is frustrating. That or i can add in extra lines in dabble having it look a bit awkward there which isn't ideal either.
I don't want the header/footer, and I'd rather have the output spaced at 1.5. These are small changes, but if I'm sending the ms for an editor or beta reader, for example, it means having to open it, reformat it, save it, and only then send it. I had written more details on my original post, but the idea of more control over the export for word would be super helpful.
I've been looking for a dependable novel-writing application for a while now and have been using Dabble for a little over a week, which is a great program for organization. If it were at all possible to add simple features like paragraph alignment (left, center, right, justify) and perhaps a printing feature (which I saw is being planned) because I like to print out my notes as I work, keeping them next to me and accessible, things would go a lot smoother for me, since those little features help me greatly. I know this application is still in its younger stages, so I'm excited to see where Dabble will go in the future. If you guys (creators of Dabble) add in a few more features like the competitor Living Writer, I would choose this over any other app. All you really need to do is make it more customize-friendly. If you give the people the freedom to use it how they want, they will, which would attract many more writers. When a writer isn't satisfied, their ambition changes.
Export to Standard Manuscript Format would be a killer feature for me.
Align text - left, center, right. Subheadings in chapters, especially for non-fiction. Unordered (bullets) and ordered lists (not just 1,2,3...but also a,b,c...and further) with the appropriate indentations. Or just the ability to indent several tabs and we could work around not having the ordered list feature. LOL! I'd like the ability to highlight text in a few different colors for printing when we get that feature (e.g. highlight in red for a note to add a particular image, highlight in blue for special spacing, whatever).
While I agree with others that I don't expect (nor necessarily want) this to have the same functionality and formatting options of MS Word, here are some things that I would like to see:Lists (numbered and bulleted)HeadingsManual indenting and outdenting of lines/paragraphs
I already posted a similar comment regarding certain features on Dabble. I thought to add one more piece of information since the feature I'm looking for isn't yet on the Dabble application. For satisfaction and neatness, the only feature I'm looking for right now is to "Justify" my paragraphs in order to make the project look and feel proper. I love the way you can change certain formatting in the PROJECT SETTINGS where you can change the format of paragraphs (like the Scene Paragraph Style) and wish there was an option to JUSTIFY the paragraph as well. This isn't a very big concern, but adding this would sure make my project look much neater and not have such clobbered words on the right side of the page, giving the project a more 'professional' look to it.If this were at all possible in any future updates, I would be tremendously pleased.Thank you for taking the time to read this. I'm sure other writers would benefit themselves greatly with this, as well.
Bullet points and the ability to change the colour of the text itself (not highlighting) would be amazing!
I have gone from Scrivener to Ulysses. They are better than having nothing, but they are not novel writing software by any means. I watched Jacob on Writing Mastery today and was flabbergasted that somebody finally has written a decent writing program.But I miss one thing from Ulysses: simple formatting. I looked through all the comments under this topic and I like others are not looking for Word type stuff, just simple formatting. Just some simple markdown if possible.
I would love to be able to change the paragraph style! I use justify in google docs (end-to-end paragraphs) and I feel like it's much cleaner and I have a hard time focusing when my writing isn't in that style.
I feel like an advanced formatting option should be included, more than just simple manuscript writing. Writers use creativity with their writing; including text message kind of part of their story, a letter a character could be reading to include the readers, singing. Many functions that could also encourage writers to get creative and give them the option to many who already try to execute such a feature on google docs
indenting, please. I use indention or bullet points a lot in world development to separate notes. I can't seem to do that without copying and pasting bullet points
More colors for highlighting! I'm a visual person, I know that sounds dumb, but when my notes are prettier I am more likely to look and use the product!
I'd like to be able apply left, center and right as an option, mostly centering because of certain uses, like dates for a novel or notes like that, If you hit shift 8 and pressed the space you can get a normal bullet point, however, more options would be nice because more bullet points can be used under neither to separate sections of that's how someone does their notes in a specific way. Also, if you need to use the tab for proper indentations that would also be helpful as well for paragraphing when used. For now, that's all I can think of off the top of my head.
I would also like the ability to center, or start the text from the right of the page. For example, in my story, my character is texting, and I'd like to be able to format it the way it would look on a text screen (my character's text from the right, the other person's on the left).
I would like to have justify as an option. I prefer the way it looks when writing to the uneven spacing we get.
I would really like to be able to add two spaces after sentences- it's a stylistic preference for some people, and having it autocorrected drives me crazy! Beyond that, I love the ideas other folks have had about centering/etc...many times I've wanted to indent something (a lyric, selection of poetry, quote) and not been able to. The formatting suggestion seems like one of the things that would make a huge difference day to day for improving user experience.
Need to be able to center text, right justify text, etc. within body of chapter.
I really need to justify text, please consider adding it as an option.
i agreed with this. can help out
For instance, Bold / Italics / Underline are nice, but why must I hit enter on the 1st line just to get indentation? Now I have a blank first line for no reason! Gimme my indentation, it's one of the most basic features of a word processor!I don't need fancy custom tabs or start/stop places like Microsoft Word/Google Docs, just let me hit tab to move the text, darn it!
I agree with more formatting options above, but want to add another use case. In the iPad app, the print is quite small. Pinch and zoom would be one solution, but increasing font size is another way to do the same job. If you’re doing font size, anyway, I’d use it every day to make writing easier on my eyes.
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