Getting Started

You can download Manuscripts for free on our website at, or by following this link.

The free application allows you to write up to three documents that reach a word count of 1,500 words, after which you are prompted to purchase a "Manuscripts Unlimited" license code that removes document count and length limitations.

The license code allows activating the application on up to three computers. The license code does not expire (the activation state of the application version you've downloaded will persist). If you are a student, a 50% student discount applies when purchasing the unlimited license code.

If you have any trouble activating the app with your license code, please contact us at, noting your license code and the email address you used when purchasing.

Installing and Running Manuscripts Download the app. Open Finder and drag the un-archived bundle to /Applications or ~/Applications. If your browser did not already un-archive the you downloaded, double-click it in Finder to unarchive it, before dragging it. NOTE! It is important to drag the app either into /Applications** or to ~/Application (Applications folder under your home directory) rather than using it from e.g. ~/Downloads, because macOS is guaranteed to register its Spotlight and QuickLook support only once this has been done). Launch the app you placed in the Applications folder (double-click in Finder, or click it in the Dock).

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Collecting notes and tasks

I add notes for marking ideas for improving my texts later as you can see on this picture
however I would like to have a summary view of them.
Any ideas on how can I do that?

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Citations as footnotes; citation key not working

I've been trying to insert citations as footnotes - but the default seems to be in text. I've tried inserting a foot note then putting the citation into the footnote but that isn't allowed, apparently.

Also, my citation key does nothing when I press it (either the default cmd cmd, or the one allocated.)

I really do need to be able to use footnotes; I read in the support forum that others had this problem but there was a comment saying it would be fixed "soon" - at version 1.0. I'm on version 1.2.7...

Is there any word on this? It'd be incredibly helpful to be able to put citations where I actually need them to be.

Any advice on the citation key would also be appreciated!

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