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Editor Tutorial

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Help / Editor Tutorial - 20 Jun 2013 15:01

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This is an interactive tutorial document designed to lead you around basic features of the Editor to help you get up and running.

The tutorial takes about 30mins to complete, depending on how much investigating of ProseEdit's features you do.

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1 How To Use This Tutorial

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This tutorial guides you around ProseEdit's features and has prompts for you to try each feature as it is described. To do this it needs to be opened in the Editor itself, and not just previewed (which is how help files are normally opened).

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If this text is red, you are viewing the tutorial in the Document Preview.

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If you are in the Document Preview and want to follow this tutorial you need to:

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  1. Enter the Editor Help, tap on Editor Tutorial and take the〔Do Tutorial〕option. This will open the tutorial in the Editor so you can interact with it.


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  3. Return to the File Manager, browse to the ‘Help’ folder and tap on ‘Editor Tutorial’ to open it in the Editor yourself. If you see a green toolbar, you are in the editor, and you can proceed.

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2 Quick Background

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ProseEdit treats a document as a list of chunks, where a chunk of text is along the lines of a couple of short paragraphs or one large one. In addition to all the normal text editing functions, you can also handle text by the chunk:- delete an entire chunk with a swipe, or select and move a range of chunks. You can also split a chunk into sentences and merge several chunks together. There are several types of chunk to let you include all your document's content.

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This is one chunk.

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And this is another. This chunk has got 2 sentences.

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When editing your document you've always got the choice between editing the text within a chunk or working with entire chunks. This tutorial covers both aspects.

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3 Making a Start

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Bold text gives instructions to follow.

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The surrounding text gives a commentary about what you should see. It is important to observe the directions of any arrows, especially when ‘tapping on grey ▸ on the left’ to ensure the commentary makes sense for what you have created.

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If any onscreen guides (yellow windows with brown borders) pop up during this tutorial, you can safely dismiss them. The tutorial does not rely on the onscreen guides. Dismissing is temporary - the guides will reappear when relevant the next time you edit a document.

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4 Text Entry Features

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Each chunk is like a text editor in its own right. You can tap anywhere in any chunk and edit the text there immediately.

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Tap somewhere on this text to edit here.

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The keyboard will appear and you can edit the text - just like any other text editor. Tap where you want the cursor, or touch and hold to position the cursor accurately, and type away…

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Tap on the dismiss button ↑ .

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To dismiss the keyboard.

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4.1 Typing Recognition

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Try typing ‘Dont’ followed by a space in the chunk below:

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… you should find it turns into ‘Don't’. This behaviour comes from ProseEdit's typing recogniser, which constantly scans the typed text for reactions which have been loaded in. It's a bit like text expansion, auto-correction, and a simple command language rolled into one. You've got complete control over what reactions are loaded - they can even vary between documents.

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Feel free to type other words, like ‘hasnt’ ‘iphone’, ‘h2o’, ‘ 'now ’ (note the leading apostrophe), ‘->’, … Don't forget to follow words with a space or punctuation.

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Try adding a ‘t’ followed by a space on to the end of this can

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You'll get ‘can't’. The typing recogniser is fully integrated into the editor and includes existing text to the left of the cursor in its assessment of reactions. Likewise it won't get thrown if you make and correct a typo, like typing ‘canm⌫t’.

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Typing reactions can do more than correct words.

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Try typing ‘(’ on the end of this chunk

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You should also get the matching bracket with the cursor left between them. This is called auto-closure and applies for all brackets and quotes. Again this comes from typing reactions which you can easily change.

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Tap in here somewhere and type 3 returns
(if you get the Typing Help Pop-up, dismiss it then type 3 returns)

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You'll find you've split the chunk into 2. This was caused by another typing reaction.

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Unlike standard auto-correction, the typing recogniser only performs the fixed typing reactions which have been loaded in. It's easy to turn off any reactions you don't want, or add more - look for ‘typing reactions’ in the editor's ‘How Do I...’ help.

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(You can also enable the normal auto-correction should you wish.)

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4.2 On-the-spot Spell-check And Lexicon Suggestions

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ProseEdit has a ‘not in your face’ spell-check feature, which makes it easy to check any word you're not sure about, or correct/alter it.

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Try double-tapping on the words below

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Correct Incorect their blue necessary wroong

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In the Edit Menu which appears, a green tick/red cross shows whether the selected text is correctly spelt or not.

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Tap somewhere else in the text, then tap at the cursor once or twice slowly to dismiss the Edit Menu.

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You might find it easier to tap beyond the end of the text, as a means to reliably tap in the same place. The Edit Menu is also dismissed whenever you type anything.

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Now try tapping the words again and this time try tapping on the red cross/green tick - alternative words or phrases are given. You will notice these are not all just the usual differently spelt possibilities - this is ProseEdit's lexicon at work.

The lexicon lists likely alternative for words based upon meaning. Like typing reactions the lexicon is loaded in from a separate document, which you can readily edit, and each document can specify which lexicons to use.

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(You can also enable the underlining of mispelt words during typing should you wish.)

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4.3 Changing Case

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Double tap on any of the words below

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monday HELLO ProseEdit wysiwyg

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and swipe the Edit Menu which appears above to the left to see 〔aa〕〔Aa〕and/or 〔AA〕.

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These buttons will change the case of the selected text - give them a try.

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These buttons are an example of user edit menu buttons. You can change what user edit menu buttons appear - each document specifies what button definitions to use. As ever it is easy to edit the definitions to get exactly what you want.

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4.4 Selection Wrapping

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Double tap on any of the words below

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Word hello Greg comment

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And swipe the edit menu to the left to show buttons like 〔‘…’〕- these will wrap the selected text with the symbols - give them a try.

If you double tap on a word which has a wrap already, the 〔☓…☓〕button will remove it.

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There are also other buttons which work on selected text of more than one word - try selecting a range of text by dragging the blue handles.

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5 Chunk Operations

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In addition to all the text editing features, ProseEdit has a range of tools which work on whole chunks - great for large scale edits.

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5.1 Adding New Chunks

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↙ Tap on the grey ▸

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A new chunk is created there. You get to choose what sort of chunk - for now just tap on ‘Text’ - which makes the new chunk into a Text chunk. This tutorial covers the various ‘Types of Chunk’ in a later section.

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5.2 Swapping Chunks Over

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Tap on the double-headed arrow ↘

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The 2 adjoining chunks are swapped over. You can swap them again should you wish.

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Touch and hold the double-headed arrow ↗

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The 2 chunks are now joined together. They'll now stay together when swapped
(try tapping the double-headed arrow here ↗)

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5.3 Selecting Chunks

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Swipe/Drag across the green toolbar below to the left to get to its page 2 (so 〔Document / Scratch〕etc is visible).

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You should see vertical blue lines. These are the selection margins which show you where to tap. Tap in the margins to select the chunk, or tap in the middle to edit it.

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Tap
Here

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(or the other side)

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You should see the chunk goes amber coloured. This chunk is now selected. Selected chunks can be moved, copied, deleted, split, merged and much more using the toolbar buttons on page 2 of the toolbar.

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Touch and hold on the〔/Move\〕button to call up the Move menu, then tap on〔Delete〕.

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You'll see the chunk is now highlighted in red. Tapping on 〔Delete〕will delete it, while tapping on 〔Cancel〕will give it a reprieve. You can undo all these actions (3rd page of the toolbar).

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The selection grows and shrinks as you tap in the margins of other chunks - have a play. If it doesn't behave how you expect you might want to have a look in the ‘The Selection’ section in the Editor Manual, which describes exactly how it responds.

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5.4 Swiping Chunks

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You can also do things to individual chunks by swiping them.

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Swipe across this chunk

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You'll see it goes blue and a toolbar appears. This gives a range of actions which will affect just that chunk.

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Tap on 〔/Tab\〕

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The swiped chunk is now tabbed.

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All chunks can be tabbed, just like you might in a book. You can also show tabbed chunks in the index and restrict move, copy and delete operations to just affect tabbed cells.

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This might be a good point to take a break.

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6 Types Of Chunk

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6.1 Text Chunks

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This is a text chunk. Text chunks appear rather boring as they don't have an icon. They form the majority of most documents though. You can split text chunks into paragraphs, sentences and even words - then merge them back together again.

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You can change the details of a text chunk (or any other chunk) by touching and holding in the margins.

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Ensure the toolbar is on page 2, showing 〔Document / Scratch〕etc
Touch and hold in the margins on this chunk.
Change some of its settings and tap 〔Update〕.

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To learn more about the detail properties of any chunk, tap on the〔?〕whilst viewing them.

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Drag across the toolbar to the right - to go back to page 1 (when 〔/Done\〕is shown).

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6.2 Section Chunks

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A section chunk starts a new section or sub-section. Sections are automatically numbered following document settings.

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6.2.1 This Is A Section Chunk

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Tap on the section chunk's icon above
Try adjusting its level and see how the numbering changes
Tap〔Cancel〕(or〔Update〕if you don't mind altering the numbering of the rest of this tutorial)

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If the icon doesn't look like a button, drag or swipe the toolbar to the right, to get back to page 1.

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6.3 Item Chunks

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  3. Several items placed together form a list

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↖ Tap on the grey ▸, and touch and hold 〔/Text\〕to get the menu, then tap on〔Item〕.

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You've now added an item to the list. You can see the item is automatically numbered.

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Items can have a range of formatting and can be nested with 5 levels of indentation.

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Tap on item 2's chunk icon above
Try adjusting its level and see how the numbering changes
Tap〔Cancel〕or〔Update〕

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Items can be numbered or have bullets, both in a range of formats. The document has a setting which defines the default numbering for lists. Additionally the first item of each level in a list can specify the formatting to use for the rest of the list.

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6.4 Figure Chunks

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Figure chunks let you include images, with an automatically numbered caption.

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Ensure the toolbar has been swiped all the way to the left - to page 1.

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↙ Tap on the grey ▸, and touch and hold 〔/Text\〕to get the menu, then tap on〔Figure〕.

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The preview button ↑ .
has a pink border to show the figure
hasn't got any content image set.

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↑ Tap on the figure's icon to see its details.
Then tap on the blank entry under Content, to choose a file
Browse into ‘Icons’ folder, and choose ‘ChunkIconIdea.png’
Tap on 〔Choose〕then〔Update〕.

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Tap the preview button ↑ .
to see the content image now.

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You get to see the figure with its image in situ when you preview the document.

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Touch and hold 〔/Read\〕〔Preview〕to preview the document.
Tap 〔Return〕when done.

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6.5 Table Chunks

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The various table chunks define the structure of a table. Normal chunks can be placed in the table's cells. Table chunks include an automatically numbered caption.

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Tables are beyond the scope of this tutorial really, but let's just quickly create a basic one.

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↙ Tap the grey ▸, then touch and hold 〔/Text\〕to get the menu, then tap 〔Table〕and finally tap on 〔Add〕.

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You have now inserted a skeleton table. It won't look like a table until you preview it. Tap on the preview button on the righthand side of the start of the table.

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Try adding some text to the blank text chunks after each cell chunk
and preview the table again.

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6.6 Markup Chunks

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Markup chunks provide a way to insert comments and notes where they apply in your document.

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You can also make any of the markup chunks show in the index for quick access (and to see if there are any).

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All markup chunks provide a journal in their details so you can jot down any notes. These notes will not appear in your document, though are saved within it.

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Ensure the toolbar is showing page 1. If not drag across it to the right until it is.

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↙ Tap the grey ▸, then touch and hold 〔/Task\〕to get the menu, then tap 〔Note〕.

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You have just created a Note chunk, which you can use to make general notes.

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↑ Tap on the note's icon to see its details.
Try tapping the buttons and editing the journal text.
Tap on〔Update〕when bored.

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Idea chunks are similar to note chunks but are clearly intended for logging ideas.

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Idea
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This is an idea chunk


04/04/2013 10:21 - Idea logged

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↑ Tap on the idea's icon to see its details and have a play.
Tap on〔Update〕when bored.

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The last type of markup chunk is a task.

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Task
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This is a task chunk, it lets you track progress


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Task
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This task is half done



08/03/2012: Task set to 50%

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Task
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This task is done



08/03/2012: Task DONE

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Task
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This task was abandoned



08/03/2012: Task abandoned

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↑ Tap on the task's icon to see its details and have a play.
Tap on〔Update〕when done.

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7 Other Useful Features

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7.1 Scratch

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The Editor has a Scratch document which is always available for temporarily holding chunks. It's a bit like an editable clipboard.

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Swipe the toolbar to the right to page 2
Tap on 〔Document / Scratch〕
Have a play in the grey Scratch document then
Tap on 〔Scratch / Document〕to get back to here

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You can move and copy chunks to and from Scratch and much more. Have a look at the ‘Scratch’ section in the Editor's manual - tap on 〔?〕then choose ‘Manual’. Use the Preview's index by tapping 〔/Index\〕…

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7.2 Document Index

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ProseEdit has an interactive index, which is a great way getting about your document.

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The document index shows a list of the section headings. Tapping in the margins of any one will turn〔Return〕 into 〔Go To〕. Tapping on 〔Go To〕will take you straight to the chosen entry.

You can change what's included in the Index by tapping 〔Show〕.

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Swipe the toolbar to the right - to get to page 1
Touch and hold on 〔/Read\〕, then tap 〔Index〕
Have a look then tap 〔Return〕to get back here


Tabbed so it appears in the index by default.

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To find out more an out the Index, tap on〔?〕when in the Index.

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7.3 Document Preview

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The Document Preview shows your document in its final form.

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Touch and hold 〔/Read\〕then tap 〔Preview〕
Have a look and tap 〔Return〕to get back here

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The Preview is the route to printing. It's also got its own index for navigating around the document.

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To find out more about the Preview, tap on〔?〕when in the Preview.

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8 That's It!

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Well done, you've reached the end of this tutorial. You now should have enough knowledge to make a start using ProseEdit.

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There's plenty more to ProseEdit which hasn't been covered. Don't worry though, you are not on your own henceforth. The help will always be there for you - just tap the〔?〕…

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This is a ProseEdit Help File. You can edit it as desired to follow the tutorial and investigate ProseEdit's features. To reset the tutorial, simply delete the file in the File Manager - it will be replaced the next time ProseEdit starts up.