Have we given up guys?
Is this app abandonware?
i was just checking out the site and interested in the app but yeah, judging from the forums and news up dates it seems stale for a new user to jump in now.
i hope I'm wrong, seems like a great program.
I would advise to download the demo and do a quick test run to see whether the version as is suffices for what you need to do. My opinion after following the program for way too long is that I wouldn't recommend it to use at this stage. There is only one developer who will occasionally drop in here to say that everything is still running smoothly but while quite a few bugs from the (very very buggy) initial version have been ironed out it is totally unclear how it is going on from here; intentions to share a roadmap or to advise customers more closely on the forum were never fulfilled. Right now, for me it is still not possible to finish an entire paper within manuscripts, which makes me have to export it to word where I have to manually re-enter all citations, re-format a lot etc. A collaboration function was announced in the newsletter a couple of months ago for "the following week" but has not surfaced so far without any updates as to what happened. So bottom line: I wouldn't go for it at this stage but (at the current speed of development) check back in maybe a year whether it is still active at all.
I can't really recommend Manuscripts at this point; there are too many bugs in the basic functionality e.g. copy/paste, super/subscript, tables, figure panels. The fact that Manuscripts is once again in beta and that development time currently seems to be being devoted to adding new features rather than fixing the bugs in the existing feature set hasn't given me much confidence, either. One bug which has been affecting my work is, as far as I can tell, a simple typo, but I reported the exact problem with a full description a couple of months ago and it's still not fixed. I've personally gone back to Scrivener; even though the support for tables and images in Scrivener is pretty poor, it does at least work!
It's a crying shame. Manuscripts has the exact feature set I need, and when it works it's a lot better for academic writing than any of the other options, but at this point it really does look as though it's never going to get fixed.
@hubob Yes, I must agree that there still exist lots of bugs (or at least "friction points" in regular usage). I, too, have been unable to finish a manuscript-writing process from initial outline/draft through to publication using Manuscripts. I get stuck at various points (usually pretty early on in the process, sadly) and have to export to Word to finish.
For the record, I would qualify myself as a power user with regard to everything else Mac-related. I would even prefer doing the entire process in Markdown and LaTeX/MathJax, if Manuscripts let me. But I'm okay with the current rich-text approach for now. I just wish Manuscripts could accomplish all that it's intended to accomplish.
I hope they continue development. It has great potential.
@Adam-Buckley I agree with you -- Last year, I told all my grad students to pay attention because there was a new player in town -- i.e., that Manuscripts would be the academic writing app of the future. Sadly, I can't recommend it to anybody anymore, as its future is uncertain.