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Version 4 New Features

New Features in Version 4

We think you will be very pleased at the LONG list of new features!

Installation – Easy installation with Windows 7/Vista. No more disabling the User Account Control.

Block Footnotes – One of our most requested new features! Each block has an optional footnote area where you can enter reference information (or any other type of information). When you transfer block text to the manuscript, the footnotes are compiled at the end for a bibliography.

New Ribbon Interface – Consistent with Microsoft products, Writer’s Blocks 4 uses a new interface based on the Microsoft® Office Fluent™ user interface known as the Ribbon menu system.

Drag and Drop Columns – Drag and drop entire columns of blocks – another highly requested new feature.

Selecting Blocks is Easier - Select a block by holding down the CTRL or SHIFT key and clicking anywhere inside a block.

Insert Graphics – Graphics can be inserted into blocks and the manuscript and they can be printed from the manuscript panel.

Hyperlinks – Blocks and the manuscript can contain hyperlinks to web pages.

Mouse Wheel Scrolls Text in Blocks – Just click in a block and use your mouse wheel to scroll.

New Spell Check Tool – We have added a powerful new Spell Checker with a 140,000 word dictionary. You can optionally “spell as you type” and right-click to complete partially typed words.

New Thesaurus – We’ve added a great new Thesaurus with over 60,000 words with synonyms, antonyms and related words.

More Manuscript Import and Export formats – You can now import and export Word Docx and Adobe Acrobat PDF files.

Zoom Power Panel – You can now change the zoom level of the Power Panel independent of the Blocks Zoom. This allows you to see large text in the Power Panel while seeing normal size text in your blocks.

Multi-level Undo/Redo of Block Text – Each block has its own undo history. Index Card Printing – Print on individual index cards of any size supported by your printer.

AutoMax – A new feature that automatically enlarges the current block so that you can see more text as you edit.

AND EVEN MORE...

... Manuscript Panel is a full-fledged word processor with screenplay formatting
With the addition the Manuscript Panel, you can now complete your project with your notes available, all a single program. By selecting the new option to Convert Blocks to Manuscript, your block information is converted to a word processing format.  You can then split your screen and see your blocks on the left and your manuscript on the right.  There is an adjustable vertical split screen bar that lets you control how big the block and manuscript panels are.

Your manuscript contains Blockmarks that are links to your original blocks.  If you like, you can work only in the Manuscript Panel and reference your original block text by double-clicking on the Blockmarked text.  Click anywhere on the Blockmark to have your original block pop up in a small text window. 

The Manuscript Panel includes many popular word processor features such as bullets, numbering, tables, borders, grid lines, page breaks, text highlighting, as well as headers and footers.

AutoScript
The AutoScript feature assists you when writing a screenplay, automatically formatting your script in the standard submission script format.  Use the popular Tab and Enter key script formatting system along with pop-up slugline, scene, character, and transition lists to format your script.

Blocks-to-Manuscript Conversion
After you complete your outline, you can transfer the contents of your blocks to the manuscript panel and begin writing.  The title and text of each block is transferred to the manuscript panel.  The title of each block becomes a Blockmark indicating a separate section of your manuscript.

Manuscript-to-Block Conversion
You may also convert your manuscript into blocks.  The function is useful with importing information from other programs.

Blockmarks
Link blocks to sections of your manuscript using Blockmarks.  With AutoScroll on, clicking on a block scrolls the manuscript to the corresponding section.  Conversely, clicking on a Blockmark in the manuscript pans the corresponding block to the center of the block display area when AutoCenter is turned on.

Synchronize manuscript
Rearrange your manuscript simply by rearranging your blocks.  Blockmarked sections of your manuscript can be re-ordered based on the new locations of your blocks.  Turn on AutoNumber to renumber your Blockmarks each time your manuscript to synchronized.

Blockmark pop-ups
When editing your manuscript full screen, double-click on a Blockmark to display the contents of the corresponding block in a small window over your manuscript.

Format individual words/text  
You can now format individual words or characters within a block.  Each paragraph within a Block can be left, right and center justified.  You can also set margins for each paragraph within a block.

Column Insert and Delete
You can now insert and delete columns in your Writer's Blocks documents.  There is also a new 'Select All Blocks in Column' function to help you move blocks from one column to another.

Greater control when adding new blocks 
You can now add a block to a particular column by clicking on the column heading before adding a new block.  Holding down the Shift key when adding a new block will allow you to drag the new block to a new location immediately after adding the block.

Greater block capacity, greater text capacity
Writer's Blocks now allows you to create hundreds of blocks each containing several pages of text.

Power Panel displays formatted text
The Power Panel now displays fully formatted block text.

Delete multiple links
You can now continue deleting links until you are done.

Mouse wheel scrolling
You can now use your mouse wheel to scroll through your document.   Rotating the mouse wheel pans the display area horizontally.  Depressing the mouse wheel while rotating the wheel will pan the display area vertically.  You can also scroll vertically by holding down the Control key while rotating the mouse wheel.

Right mouse click functions
Right clicking over the text area in a block will display the Edit menu.  Right clicking over the border of a block will display the Block menu.  Right clicking over the display area will display the Display menu.  Right clicking over the manuscript panel will display the Edit menu.

Progress Bar
A progress bar displays the percent complete for many functions such as Open, Save, Print, AutoSize, Search and Replace, and Block conversions.

Drag-and-Drop Text
You can now drag-and-drop text between blocks or any Windows program that supports drag-and-drop.  This capability is very useful when collecting information from other sources such as your internet browser.

Drag-and-drop Blocks
You can drag-and-drop blocks between open Writer's Blocks files.

New Export Formats
You can export your outlines and manuscripts as Microsoft Word, RTF, HTML, and plain text formats.

Import New Formats
You can import Microsoft Word, RTF, HTML, and plain text files into the Manuscript panel.

Don't Split Blocks during Printing Option
Writer's Blocks now has an option to not print partial blocks on a page.  If the entire block does not fit, then the block will be printed on the next page.

Display Page Breaks
Writer's Blocks can now display page breaks in Block Mode.

Leveling To Page
You can now arrange your blocks so they fit on one page vertically, using as many horizontal pages as required.

Leveling to Blocks per Column
You can still arrange your blocks by specifying the number of blocks are column by using the leveling function with "Don't Split Blocks" turned off.

Set Background Color of Block Display Area
You can now customize the background color of the block display area.

Improved Printing
Writer's Blocks now allows you to print with greater control to a variety of paper sizes.  The Print Preview screen now allows you to use your mouse to zoom and scroll with your mouse wheel.  A ruler and grid have been added to Print Preview to assist with accurate page formatting.

New Toolbar Buttons
Writer's Blocks contains new toolbar buttons including: Add Block, Block Panel, Manuscript Panel, Split Panels, Home, End, Arrange, Level, Renumber, and Resize.

Manuscript Ruler
A ruler allows you set tabs and margins for individual paragraphs of your manuscript.

Status Bar
The Status Bar displays the current page number, line number, cursor column, and zoom setting of the manuscript.

Headers and Footers
Create and edit manuscript headers and footers using the Header/Footer Toolbar.

Bookmarks
Block bookmarks allow you to quickly jump between blocks, panning them to the center of the display area.  Writer's Blocks now supports an unlimited number of bookmarks.

View Blocks as Outline
To display and edit your blocks as an Outline, use the View Blocks as Outline function.  Changes made in Outline View are reflected in your blocks. 

View Outline as Blocks
After editing and formatting in outline view you may convert it back to blocks using the View Outline as Blocks function.

AutoType
The AutoType feature is a word completion function that learns as you type.  Any word that all ready appears anywhere in your document will be automatically completed the next time you enter the first few characters of the word.

Spell Checking
Writer's Blocks now contains a new, larger dictionary.  Add words to your own custom dictionary.  The 'Spell As You Type' function offers word suggestions for misspelled words using a pop-up menu.

Thesaurus
The Writer's Blocks thesaurus offers synonym for the currently selected word.

Word Count
Count the number of blocks, words, characters, paragraphs, and  lines in your blocks and manuscript.

Version 3 New Features

Over 100 new features in Writer's Blocks 3!

New Features in Version 3

Writer’s Blocks was originally designed as a place to start writing.  You would create your outline and then export the outline to your word processor where you would complete your project.  Writer’s Blocks 3 is now the place to start and finish your project with the addition of a built-in word processor.

New Manuscript Panel is a full-fledged word processor ~
With the addition of the Manuscript Panel, you can now complete your project with your notes available, all a single program.  By selecting the new option to Convert Blocks to Manuscript, your block information is converted to a word processing format.  You can then split your screen and see your blocks on the left and your manuscript on the right.  There is an adjustable vertical split screen bar that lets you control how big the block and manuscript panels are.  The Manuscript Panel also offers bullets, numbering, tables, borders, grid lines, page breaks, text highlighting, as well as headers and footers, and more.

Blocks-to-Manuscript Conversion ~
After you complete your outline, you can transfer the contents of your blocks to the manuscript panel and begin writing.  The title and text of each block is transferred to the manuscript panel.  The title of each block becomes a Blockmark indicating a separate section of your manuscript.

Manuscript-to-Block Conversion ~
You may also convert your manuscript into blocks.  The function is useful with importing information from other programs.

Blockmarks ~
Link blocks to sections of your manuscript using Blockmarks.  With AutoScroll on, clicking on a block scrolls the manuscript to the corresponding section.  Conversely, clicking on a Blockmark in the manuscript pans the corresponding block to the center of the block display area when AutoCenter is turned on.

Synchronize manuscript ~
Rearrange your manuscript simply by rearranging your blocks.  Blockmarked sections of your manuscript can be re-ordered based on the new locations of your blocks.  Turn on AutoNumber to renumber your Blockmarks each time your manuscript to synchronized.

Blockmark pop-ups ~
When editing your manuscript full screen, double-click on a Blockmark to display the contents of the corresponding block in a small window over your manuscript.

Format individual words/text ~
You can now format individual words or characters within a block.  Each paragraph within a Block can be left, right and center justified.  You can also set margins for each paragraph within a block.

Column Insert and Delete ~
You can now insert and delete columns in your Writer's Blocks documents.  There is also a new 'Select All Blocks in Column' function to help you move blocks from one column to another.

Greater control when adding new blocks ~
You can now add a block to a particular column by clicking on the column heading before adding a new block.  Holding down the Shift key when adding a new block will allow you to drag the new block to a new location immediately after adding the block.

Greater block capacity, greater text capacity ~
Writer's Blocks now allows you to create hundreds of blocks each containing several pages of text.

Power Panel displays formatted text ~
The Power Panel now displays fully formatted block text.

Delete multiple links ~
You can now continue deleting links until you are done.

Mouse wheel scrolling ~
You can now use your mouse wheel to scroll through your document.  Rotating the mouse wheel pans the display area horizontally.  Depressing the mouse wheel while rotating the wheel will pan the display area vertically.  You can also scroll vertically by holding down the Control key while rotating the mouse wheel.

Right mouse click functions ~
Right clicking over the text area in a block will display the Edit menu.  Right clicking over the border of a block will display the Block menu.  Right clicking over the display area will display the Display menu.  Right clicking over the manuscript panel will display the Edit menu.

Progress Bar ~
A progress bar displays the percent complete for many functions such as Open, Save, Print, AutoSize, Search and Replace, and Block conversions.

Drag-and-Drop Text ~
You can now drag-and-drop text between blocks or any Windows program that supports drag-and-drop.  This capability is very useful when collecting information from other sources such as your internet browser.

Drag-and-drop Blocks ~
You can drag-and-drop blocks between open Writer's Blocks files.

New Export Formats ~
You can export your outlines and manuscripts as Microsoft Word, RTF, HTML, and plain text formats.

Import New Formats ~
You can import Microsoft Word, RTF, HTML, and plain text files into the Manuscript panel.

Don't Split Blocks during Printing Option ~
Writer's Blocks now has an option to not print partial blocks on a page.  If the entire block does not fit, then the block will be printed on the next page.

Display Page Breaks ~
Writer's Blocks can now display page breaks in Block Mode.

Leveling To Page ~
You can now arrange your blocks so they fit on one page vertically, using as many horizontal pages as required.

Leveling to Blocks per Column ~
You can still arrange your blocks by specifying the number of blocks are column by using the leveling function with "Don't Split Blocks" turned off.

Set Background Color of Block Display Area ~
You can now customize the background color of the block display area.

Improved Printing ~
Writer's Blocks now allows you to print with greater control to a variety of paper sizes.  The Print Preview screen now allows you to use your mouse to zoom and scroll with your mouse wheel.  A ruler and grid have been added to Print Preview to assist with accurate page formatting.

New Toolbar Buttons ~
Writer's Blocks contains new toolbar buttons including: Add Block, Block Panel, Manuscript Panel, Split Panels, Home, End, Arrange, Level, Renumber, and Resize.

Manuscript Ruler ~
A ruler allows you set tabs and margins for individual paragraphs of your manuscript.

Status Bar ~
The Status Bar displays the current page number, line number, cursor column, and zoom setting of the manuscript.

Headers and Footers ~
Create and edit manuscript headers and footers using the Header/Footer Toolbar.

Bookmarks ~
Block bookmarks allow you to quickly jump between blocks, panning them to the center of the display area.  Writer's Blocks now supports an unlimited number of bookmarks.

View Blocks as Outline ~
To display and edit your blocks as an Outline, use the View Blocks as Outline function.  Changes made in Outline View are reflected in your blocks. 

View Outline as Blocks ~
After editing and formatting in outline view you may convert it back to blocks using the View Outline as Blocks function.

AutoType ~
The AutoType feature is a word completion function that learns as you type.  Any word that all ready appears anywhere in your document will be automatically completed the next time you enter the first few characters of the word.

AutoScript ~
The AutoScript feature assists you when writing a screenplay, automatically formatting your script in the standard submission script format.  Use the popular Tab and Enter key script formatting system along with pop-up slugline, scene, character, and transition lists to format your script.

Spell Checking ~
Writer's Blocks now contains a new, larger dictionary.  Add words to your own custom dictionary.  The 'Spell As You Type' function offers word suggestions for misspelled words using a pop-up menu.

Thesaurus ~
The Writer's Blocks thesaurus offers synonym for the currently selected word.

Word Count ~
Count the number of blocks, words, characters, paragraphs, and lines in your blocks and manuscript.

    AND EVEN MORE.  THERE'S ALSO...
  1. Long file name support
  2. Merge files
  3. Save selected blocks
  4. Import text
  5. Export text
  6. Recent file list
  7. Shadow as current block indicator
  8. Paste blocks between open documents
  9. Search and 'Select' Block
  10. Search and 'Select All' blocks
  11. Active window list
  12. Cascade open documents
  13. Tile documents horizontally
  14. Tile documents vertically
  15. Minimize documents
  16. Arrange document icons
  17. Unlimited number of blocks
  18. AutoSize blocks options
  19. Direct editing of block titles
  20. Cut blocks from your documents
  21. Copy blocks in your documents
  22. Paste blocks into your documents
  23. Apply Block Styles from the Styles dialog
  24. Assign styles from Formatting toolbar
  25. Create Styles dialog
  26. Modify Styles dialog
  27. Block Properties dialog
  28. Double-click on block for Properties dialog
  29. Lock block titles
  30. Choose any block size between 50% and 999%
  31. Size blocks using the Formatting toolbars or Zoom dialog
  32. Ctrl + Home Power Tool = End
  33. Print on index cards
  34. Print the Outline mode
  35. Override block text fonts
  36. Override block title fonts
  37. Override column heading fonts
  38. Override block color
  39. Fit all block text on index card
  40. Select printer from within Writer's Blocks
  41. Select printer orientation
  42. Print blocks in color on color printers
  43. Print blocks in grey scale on b/w printers
  44. Print selected blocks
  45. Print footers
  46. Print headers
  47. Print preview zoom with magnifying glass pointers
  48. Text description of links printed in outline mode
  49. Text description of links printed on index card print
  50. Tabbed Page Setup dialog
  51. Page Setup preview image
  52. Index card preview
  53. Header/footer toolbar
  54. Header/footer font
  55. Header and footer justification
  56. Header and footer margins
  57. Outline Column Width settings
  58. Index card margins
  59. Choose Index card "Print Items"
  60. Print scaling
  61. Call Page Setup from Print Preview
  62. Block Fill color density setting (ink saver)
  63. No color fill
  64. No color text
  65. Arrange blocks in up to 100 columns
  66. Change individual column fonts
  67. Change individual column border colors
  68. Column break (block property)
  69. Column Font command (block menu)
  70. Float Power Panel above all Windows applications
  71. Solo Power Panel
  72. Resize Power Panel
  73. Move Power Panel
  74. Save Power Panel size, position, and options
  75. Hide Power Editor
  76. Hide Power Tools
  77. Reset Power Panel
  78. Block formatting shown in outline mode
  79. Format blocks and columns in outline mode
  80. Text description of links shown in outline mode
  81. Display Blocks dialog
  82. Hide blocks by title
  83. Hide blocks by style
  84. 'Hide All' block button
  85. 'Show All' button
  86. Arrange while hidden option
  87. Tabbed Preferences dialog
  88. Power Editor font name
  89. Power Editor font size
  90. Power Editor font color
  91. Change current block shadow color
  92. Auto scroll speed preference
  93. AutoSize minimum preference
  94. First column preference
  95. Column gutter preferences
  96. Starting block preference
  97. Block gutter preference
  98. Link color preference
  99. Link font preference
  100. Link style preference
  101. Hide/show standard toolbar preference
  102. Hide/show formatting toolbar preference
  103. Renumber block
  104. Renumber column headings
  105. Renumber All blocks
  106. Renumber selected blocks
  107. Renumber from the current block to the last block
  108. Renumber 'Increment' setting
  109. Renumber 'Ending Number' setting
  110. Override locked titles
  111. Assign function keys
  112. Copy function key assignments to Clipboard (for printing)
  113. Right mouse button edit functions
  114. Power Panel tool tips
  115. QuickView
  116. Sort by block text
  117. Sort by block title
  118. Sort by block font
  119. Sort by block color
  120. Sort block block style
  121. New 100,000 Word dictionary
  122. Add words to custom dictionary
  123. Undo arrange
  124. Undo renumber
  125. Undo block format
  126. Undo block delete
  127. Undo edit
  128. Undo Block move
  129. Floating Standard toolbar
  130. Docking Standard toolbar
  131. Floating Formatting toolbar
  132. Docking Formatting toolbar
  133. Format Painter
  134. Choose link colors
  135. Choose arrow head styles
  136. Choose link line types
  137. Link/unlink mouse pointers
  138. Help buttons on dialogs