• robopu

    does anybody have some good suggestions for an editorial equivalent app for mac osx? i've been out on the road for over a year with only an itouch and editorial became my go to writing app b/c i love to write. i really love markdown but editorial's dropdown header navigation feature is what is most important to me as my documents tend to be large with lots of headers. without some way to navigate the document HEADERS IN THE EDITOR EASILY VIA APP FUNCTIONALITY , a markdown tool is almost useless to me.

    UNFORTUNATELY, i didn't realize editorial didn't have an equivalent app for osx when i committed learning it and creating a couple hundred documents for it that i can no longer easily edit now that i'm back on my macbook! kind of pissed off about that actually to be honest.

    so i'm wasting a lot of time now looking for yet another app to work with my editorial md docs on my laptop. what i see are probably 20-50 available markdown apps, some with crap reviews and i can't really determine which of the better reviewed ones actually have the key navigation feature that i require so badly. i don't want to pay for the app to find out i can't navigate my documents easily and must resort solely to scrolling a long document.

    fwiw, i bought ulysses at the same time i downloaded editorial. ulysses had all these great reviews but it was hard to decipher aspects of the app from the site alone so i trusted the reviewers and paid the ridiculous app price / installed it. to be honest, after putting it through it's paces, i think it's way overpriced and had a lot of flaws especially on my device. the biggest one is it doesn't work with traditional text files like editorial which means i have to convert all my documents over and commit to using their proprietary and confusing underlying management scheme which locks me in to this app which i already have reservations about having dealt with their tech support many times over the last year. in short, don't recommend ulysses to me as an editorial complement app on mac osx b/c it's not! :)

    features i want

    • easy inline markdown editing (common to most all of these though i do like editorial's highlight plus auto wrap with asterisks when typing 1 to 3 asterisks!)
    • easy way to navigate long documents by headers in a separate outline or navigator pane vs scrolling (MUST HAVE THIS!)
    • auto synch preview to position in editor (editorial did NOT have this and you have to scroll in preview to find current editor position which is pita for long docs you make a lot of changes to)
    • multiple open files in tabs so you can easily switch back and forth between them (i don't think editorial has this either)
    • files are stored as regular text files (universal format) vs proprietary / non-text containers so my work can shared and backed readily and easily between different platforms and apps

    thanks!

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  • robopu

    ok thx for both those replies webmaster.. makes sense..

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  • robopu

    @Webmaster4o

    ok.. but i could swear the documentation just showed me an example of running a script using:

    python script.py

    since this is pythonista documentation.. i figured they meant it when they said it ;) even if i can't use redirect per bash, can i still invoke a script per above (though i guess it doesn't give me much advantage other than that i don't have to load the actual script in the editor to run it)?

    thx

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  • robopu

    sidenote: quick question with my script. in editorial it didn't mind if the print statements weren't wrapped in ().. but pythonista is demanding it meaning i have to go and change all my print statements. would prefer not to have to do that.. there are lots of them.. is there a way to just disable this somehow in this script?.. i'll be sure to use () in going forward ;)

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  • robopu

    well if i just type 'python'.. it thinks that's a string too ;).. so is the documentation wrong? it looks like i'm obviously already in the interpretter and it wants python language statements issued here individually

    fwiw, i would like to write print output from script to a file using redirection. it's easier if i can run the script form the cmdline vs having to code it up

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  • robopu

    simple question. i wrote a script in editorial console and it works fine there. pasted it to pythonista and it runs when i hit the play button.

    but i want to execute it from the cmdline so i can redirect output to a file.

    i'm trying :

    python script.py

    but there is no love. script.py lives in the root directory of the pythonista library.. it appears the console is trying to interpret script.py as a sting.. sorry if it's simple question but a dumb answer but the documentation told me the above is what i'm supposed to be running.. i can't give the file perms and i'm not sure i need to include an interpreter comment line up at the top of the file as if i was in linux...

    thanks

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  • robopu

    oops.. i almost forgot..regarding those dropbox scripts...

    they're written for pythonista. i'm actually wanting to get files back and forth from editorial and not pythonista to dropbox.

    those scripts are for pythonista which is a separate app with a seperate sandbox from editorial. can these scripts "reach back" to editorial to perform the same functionality for editorial docs? if so how do i set editorial's base path from pythonista in the code?

    or must i run the script in editorial console or workflows and if so will i have to edit it to make it work there?

    thx

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  • robopu

    thx dgel
    i guess i'm a late comer to the iOS party but this pita sharing don't make for much fun at the party ;) i'm not sure how iOS gadgets became so popular with such limitations.. you pay a premium for the hardware and imho don't get much useful funtionality. i don't care what my gadget looks like. i care that it's useful and allows me to be productive :)

    also.. i'm not so much concerned about getting the files into pythonista though maybe i will at some point in the future :).. i'm more or less just concerned if pythonista could be used as a broker to get files from one app to another but it looks like iOS is going to block that maybe. anybody else care to elaborate if i'm boned here?

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  • robopu

    thx for those ccc... they were in the utilities module.. and will be very useful in due time.

    fyi, my last post that you replied to was actually asking about how to perform moves and copies from the interface in editorial without scripting in both directions.. just wondering why something really useful like copy wasn't included and it's only one way to db and not the other way around :)

    thx

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  • robopu

    i finally broke down and bought pythonista 3. i cut my teeth in editorial python console and got an amazing amount done.

    something that pisses me off about iOS is how locked down all user data is. by that i mean most user data is intimately tied to a give applictation. like ibooks for example. i copied my own private pdfs to it using another awful apple mess called itunes. now that my pdfs are in ibooks, i can't get them out to be used in other applications.. they're locked in to ibooks.

    oh wait.. apple did give me the ability to email myself a copy of the pdf.. through some jackass share sheet clickthrough.. thanks apple i really appreciate that but lets say i think ibooks sucks and i just want to use a different reader now. i'm on the road and have been for 11 months. i don't have access to my computer to use as an intermediary out here.

    so what i want to do is find a way to reach back to my ibooks pdfs in teh file system using python and MASS copy / move them to somewhere else my other apps can get to them. none of this one by one 10 clicks and mails to send myself a pdf file. it shouldn't be that difficult.

    so here's the questions:

    1. is it generally accepted that with pythonista i can get to any app's content / media directory?

    i'm using ibooks as an example but i've run into the same issue in just about every major app on my device whether it's music player, podcasts, nook, whatever..

    1. though i might be able to see the data by navigating to it in #1, will i actually be allowed to move / copy it somewhere else?

    2. once it's somewhere else, will the permissions be ok for the other / new app to use the content without doing anything? or must i change them to stg else or am i just screwed?

    and before y'all tell me to use icloud, dropbox, etc.. i've tried them out here and icloud plain sucks and is completely locked down.. you might be able to put apps under it's control but once the data is under an apps control it gets one folder and that's it.. nothing gets in or out and it's extremely hard to move somewhere else to share it. if you have access to a computer, you can then use it as an intermediary once you sync back to a computer and then copy out to somewhere else. but when you're a road warrior you're screwed without the computer.. i can believe how bad it is.

    i'm also finding tons of inconsistencies and restrictions with dropbox as well.. and other cloud services..

    which means i'm looking to get messy with iOS if i must to get what i want.

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