As noted in an earlier posting to the Manuscripts support forum, one of the small but really vexing glitches of Manuscripts 1.1.3 is its habit of “dumbing” quotes, en and em dashes, and the like, when text is pasted in from another application.

I’ve finally been able to run a few tests and have determined that copying text from any of the following applications and then pasting directly into Manuscripts will consistently strip out all curly single and double quotes (“smart quotes”), replacing them with straight quotes (' ', " "), and will convert all en dashes and em dashes to hyphens:

  • BBEdit
  • Bookends
  • Mellel
  • Microsoft Word 2016
  • OmniOutliner
  • Preview
  • Scrivener

I would really like this to be fixed, as I must review every block of text I copy to Manuscripts from the apps I use for my note-taking and individually correct all the typographic infelicities Manuscripts introduces. :-(