Manuskript 0.8.0

Manuskript 0.8.0 is out!

This release focuses on bug fixes and language translation updates that improve the usability of Manuskript for both fiction and non-fiction writers alike.

What’s new?

  • Add support for Pandoc v2.x while maintaining v1.x support
  • Fix plot importance changes if delete earlier plot and click other plots
  • Remove conflicting plot resolution step key bindings for Ctrl+Backspace and Ctrl+Enter
  • Fix crash in Outline pane when multiple items selected
  • Fix crash on startup if project file was moved
  • Fix crash on compile/export with non-ascii encoding
  • Fix crash on import with Qt 5.11
  • Improve pandoc compile/export return code handling
  • Enhance Travis CI builds and tests
  • Increase Travis CI package build minimum for macOS X to Sierra 10.12

Here’s a look at the Editor pane in Text mode which facilitates a quick overview of the document:

Manuskript Editor Pane in Text Mode

Download Manuskript

Download, install and learn how to use Manuskript to write a fiction novel today!

Manuskript is available for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X.

Extra export formats such as ePub, OpenDocument (LibreOffice), and DocX (MS Word) are available in manuskript if you also install pandoc.

More information can be found on the Manuskript Wiki.

Improvements in this release can be found in the ChangeLog.

This release was made possible by input and contributions from a growing community that includes users, reporters, developers, and translators. Thanks to you Manuskipt is becoming a more powerful writing tool. Your feedback and help is appreciated.

18 thoughts on “Manuskript 0.8.0

  • Really a wonderful tool! Especially that I can edit the markdown docs separately, making it cross-platform. Thank you!

  • I started using Manuskript a couple of days ago and so far I love it. It has everything I was looking for in a novel writing programme – and some things I didn’t know I needed till I found them!

    I’ve got one wee wrinkle, though. I created my project on my desktop, and saved as multiple files so I can access them as plain text. I then synced this folder to google drive so I can access my project from anywhere. I then ran Manuskript from my laptop and clicked the ‘Open’ button on the startup screen, but when I navigated to the folder where I’d synced my project to it wouldn’t open the folder as it was looking for a file with a .msk extension. Is there a way to open a multi-ifle project in Manuskript, or do I have to save it as a .msk in order to open it?

    Thank you for everything you do with this software!

    • ‘Glad you are enjoying the software.

      When the Manuskript setting Save to one single file is disabled, the project details are stored among the file “projectname.msk” and the folder “projectname” which contains multiple subfolders and files.

      If you wish to make a copy or synchronize the project, be sure to include both the project “.msk” file and the project folder and contents.

      Further be sure to only run Manuskript from one location at a time to avoid data loss due to one open editor clobbering the changes of another simultaneously open editor.

  • Is normal that the program opens in my pc first with a black box with text who says:
    “Debug: Web rendering engine used: QWebView
    Running manuskript version 0.8.0.
    Loaded translation: C:\Users\[i censor this]\Downloads\manuskript\i18n\manuskript_es_MX.qm.”

    and then the program is opened, but the blackbox remain in there.
    is normal?
    Because in other videos i ve seen of the program no one has this thing. I am worried this can affect in my project in the future.

  • I’m trying to install Manuskript, but its giving me the following output on trying:

    dependency problems prevent configuration of manuskript:
    manuskript depends on python3-pyqt5; however:
    Package python3-pyqt5 is not installed.
    manuskript depends on python3-pyqt5.qtwebkit; however:
    Package python3-pyqt5.qtwebkit is not installed.
    manuskript depends on python3-enchant; however:
    Package python3-enchant is not installed.
    manuskript depends on python3-markdown; however:
    Package python3-markdown is not installed.
    manuskript depends on pandoc; however:
    Package pandoc is not installed.

    Obviously, they are not installed. Is there an easy way to install them?


    • The Manuskript Download page includes instructions and links to instructions on how to install Manuskript and all requirements. Be sure to follow all the steps for your respective operating system.

      For example if you are trying to install the .deb file then I suspect you skipped the second section of instructions which start with the sudo apt install -f command.

  • First of all great programm, tested many, love its simplicity.
    It hangs on me a lot with longer text. Maybe because the spellchecker keeps turning itself back on when opening text in new tabs!?
    When I enter a search criteria e.g. ‘Lord’ all Chapters containing ‘Lord’ are listed below.
    Instead of highlighting the phrase ‘Lord’ the spellcheck is beeing activated and does its thing even though spellchecking was deactivated from the main menu. The search for ‘Lord’ is not visually reflected!!
    Also I would love to be able to only show icons in the navigationpane on the far left and controll their size too.
    I found the export window, is there an option to export text to single files per chapter / scene?
    The Dos/Terminal Box is anoying me but I understand its need from the developers POV.
    On the Mac I could not find a way to close open tabs but I did not look thoroughly.

    I did not read all the comments, sorry if my concerns might allready have been mentioned 😉

    Thanks for the great work…

  • I use Arch Linux and launch Manuskript through Terminal. I also have a shortcut that allows me to launch it outside of a Terminal prompt. In both cases, I get a debug log. While this is okay in the former case, it’s a minor annoyance in the latter due to how my windows open maximized, resulting further in Manuskript being squished and needing to be resized.

    Is it possible on my end to install Manuskript without this log popping up every time I start? If it’s a matter of editing the source code before compiling it, I ought to be able to figure out what to do if you can point out what to do. Otherwise, it might be a good idea to include a debug log toggle in Manuskript’s settings in a future update.

    Thank you!

    • If you do not wish to see the log on a terminal window then you can opt to redirect the console log output. For example:

      manuskript > /tmp/manuskript.log &

      The log is extremely valuable for debugging issues. With manuskript in it’s early days of development we plan to keep this log at least until we leave pre-release status.

      • That works for me! It’s a bit inconvenient, but I guess I didn’t realize how Manuskript is still in early development and a debug log is still necessary. My apologies.

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