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    Adam Buckley

    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.

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    Adam Buckley

    @Zarrar-Shehzad Hi Zarrar,
    I don't think this issue has been resolved. The workaround is to export the document as HTML, navigate to the folder you used for the HTML export, and drag-and-drop each of the image files from that folder into their respective frame in the Word document.

    Bear in mind that if you open the HTML file in your browser, it will also appear to have missing images, for the reasons I outlined above.

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    Adam Buckley

    There's a couple of possible workarounds:

    1. in System Preferences/Keyboards/Text, set up a word/phrase to be substituted with the character you want, e.g. replace the word "beta" with the symbol β

    2. Use Ukelele (from http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&id=ukelele) to add the characters you need to a custom keyboard layout. It's a little more difficult but there are tutorials available on the internet.

    3. Use the "Emoji and Symbols" pane to insert symbols

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    Adam Buckley

    Thirded. I do, however, have a lot of sympathy for the devs because while Manuscripts looks admirably simple from the user's point of view, it's actually a very ambitious piece of software with a huge range of functionality.

    The current plans for collaborative editing are a huge endeavour and probably taking a lot of time and resources to implement. However, I still would have preferred to have a more reliable and bug-free version of the current functionality than more features; I reported bugs in the first versions that still aren't fixed.

    It's very frustrating because the actual experience of writing in Manuscripts is far more enjoyable and productive for me than either Word or Scrivener, and I would really like it to succeed and continue development - especially given that the majority of alternative modern text editors are focussed on Markdown and are pretty useless for actual scientific writing (e.g. no support for tables, images, etc).

    Anyway, I'd attribute the silence between the last few updates to the vast amount of work that mz2 has to implement the collaborative features; and to be fair, in the current environment, an application lives or dies by its ability to interoperate with others. Looking forward to the next update.

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    Adam Buckley

    Hi there,

    Are you asking about how to add a new section to a manuscript, or are you asking if there's a specific "chapter" function?

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    Adam Buckley

    @mz2 I've checked all of the figure panels in my document and they're all set to "Exported with manuscript", while Figure Layout and File Layout are both set to "Unspecified".

    With a fresh document, exporting to Word, and having trashed all of my Manuscripts preferences:

    1. Create panel with single figure->exports correctly
    2. Convert panel to 2x2->images missing
    3. Change panel to 1x2->images missing
    4. Change panel back to single figure-> images missing
    5. Create new figure panel with single figure ->new panel exports correctly, original panel still broken

    i.e. it looks as though single figures work, but setting to anything else changes something such that the export fails with missing images.

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    Adam Buckley

    Images are still not showing up on export to Word in beta 1.2.7.

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    Adam Buckley

    This is the only way I know of to delete duplicate references:

    1. Window->Show Bibliography Data
    2. Right-click any reference in the bibliography window->Select Duplicates (or hit Apple-D)
    3. Right-click again -> Delete

    This can be a bit spotty, but mostly works for me.

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    Adam Buckley

    @Adam-Buckley By the way, I tried downloading the latest non-beta release of 1.2.6 and the problem remains the same.

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