Manuscripts is designed for a seamless writing process from the start to a finish in a large writing project. We want to serve especially writing large scholarly documents: literature reviews, Master's dissertations, PhD theses, journal articles, book chapters, grant applications, patent applications… the list goes on.
The world is full of writing tools — how is Manuscripts special?
Manuscripts helps a writer focus on producing great work from throughout a writing project, from plan to publishing stage.
- You can start writing using a manuscript template.
- We supply at the time of writing 1,100 of them and are building literally thousands of them for varied uses like journals across all sciences, university specific PhD theses, grant applications).
- You can outline and plan your writing project using a powerful manuscript outline that updates live as you write.
- The outline helps you navigate a complex document.
- It allows you to focus on a particular subsection of it when needed.
- Editing has been tuned to needs of scholarly writing: clean, simple and built for purpose.
- We want you to focus on your story and not twiddling how the document looks. You will not find half a dozen ribbons of nonsense like in MS Word from Manuscripts.
- Top of the range citing workflow and automated bibliography formatting, either using Citations from Papers, or a built-in citation tool for which you can import references from pretty much any common format: EndNote XML, RIS, BibTeX, Citeproc JSON, MODS, and several more.
- Manuscripts is not a reference manager itself, but it works with a reference manager better than other word processors or text editors.
- The interface to reference management tools is built in a generic way using AppleScript, so other reference managers in addition to Papers can add support too.
- On exporting a document, references are formatted for Word and exported to LaTeX.
- Cross-referencable multi-panel figures, tables and equations.
- Manuscripts exports figures based on the needed format, and keeps original files intact.
- We export mathematical equations to both LaTeX and Word.
- Import and export the key formats used for scholarly writing: MS Word, LaTeX, Markdown.
- We have spent lot of effort into getting our Word export into a good shape. All content is exported, including figures, tables, equations, citations and cross-references.
- Manuscripts works with Markdown and LaTeX too — it's something more powerful than a markup text editor though: you can drag in or paste markup in either these formats to produce beautiful rich text, and then export it back out as Markdown or LaTeX (or indeed HTML).
- You can also drag out or or otherwise export into these markup formats as well as Word (docx) and more.
- The manuscript file format is versioned.
- You can revert back to older versions as needed.
- We are working on the ability to merge and synchronise different versions of the document.
- For those writing peer reviewed literature, we are going to allow you to directly submit your work to thousands of different journals.