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WriterDuet's Blog by Dennis Budde - 11M ago

We’re really proud of the newest version of WD, WriterDuet version 4. This is our most dramatic update yet in terms of user experience and design, and we also have a number of new features in our never-ending quest to enhance the creative process.

Here are some of the awesome things to look out for in the new version:
  1. Total design overhaul. As you can see below, we have a new layout designed around maximizing the amount of the page that is visible at any one time. Without sacrificing simplicity, we’ve also gotten sleeker on menus, modals and everything else.
  2. Faster performance. All scripts should be faster and write smoother, whether they are one page or one thousand pages.
  3. Better portfolio. The portfolio is now just a popup, with way faster load time, shared folders, search, and easy click-and-drag.
  4. WriterSolo modeFor Pro users who have the desktop application, WriterDuet files from your computer open in this new, strictly offline mode instead of opening a new WriterDuet project. If you already used Save within WriterDuet to save a project file to your computer, then double-clicking that file will still open the existing project in WriterDuet. This same rule applies to using File > Open File in the WriterDuet desktop application. If you want to save a new file to the cloud, open WriterDuet and then use File > New and File > Import from there to import the file. Note: There is no need to download the separate WriterSolo app, as WriterDuet already has that built in.
  5. Lots more! Simpler auto-save, new templates (books, plus right-to-left scripts), Adobe Story import, and a new notification system, to name a few. And as always, the groundwork for a future of endless creative possibility!

Other than that, things should be pretty familiar! We’ve moved a few things around the menu, but you can still find them with the feature search under the Help menu. If you’re looking for some guidance on the new layout, our new Quick-Start Tutorial is on Youtube.

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Everything you write and everything you have written for a project is stored in a WriterDuet file (the .wdz filetype). This file is kept on our servers, in the WriterDuet cloud. Data is added ~constantly (note: added, not replaced) based on edits made by you and your collaborators. This enables real-time collaboration between writers and devices, as well as access to any point in your script’s history.

You can export WriterDuet project files under File > Export > WriterDuet, but that creates a copy of the file. Instead of living in the WriterDuet cloud, that file is sent to a location of your choice, where collaborators do not have access to it. To access the original file on the WriterDuet server–the one that updates in real time–one must go to the WriterDuet web portfolio (accessible under File > Open). The only exception to this is if there is a WriterDuet project being saved to the computer with the Save function. For those using the desktop application, double-clicking that file–or using File > Open File–will open the associated WriterDuet project, unless a new Save As action from that project has begun saving the project to a different WriterDuet file.

So what happens, then, when you open a WriterDuet (.wdz) file that has been exported to your computer, or a cloud location like Google Drive or Dropbox?

It opens in WriterSolo mode, our file-based (rather than cloud-based) mode, which is also available as a separate purchase for non-Pro users (for Pro users, it is already built-in). Since it is an offline application, the only saving that happens is manually done by you, to a specified location (computer, Dropbox, Google Drive, or iCloud). It still has all of your history if it’s a WriterDuet file, but the file is wherever you keep it, rather than in our WriterDuet cloud.

If you want to open a file on your computer, but use it in WriterDuet (to collaborate on it, have it in the cloud, etc.), you can do so by opening WriterDuet, and then go to File > New, and File > Import to import the file to a new project.

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