Operating System Windows 10
Papyrus Author Version Papyrus Author Free version 10.06a Win64 dated 2020-9-15
Firstly, I welcome anything that challenges Microsoft’s domination of the ‘Office’ software. However, I will point out firstly that I am vehemently opposed to subscription software; I have no problem paying a one-off fee, with small increments for new versions. In my experience, I believe most users would prefer this method.
I find the interface very clean and functional but I have a few thoughts and suggestions that might help with the development of Papyrus Author. I have already scoured the manual to the best of my ability:
- Internal hyperlinks do not appear to work (e.g. the content list generated with Word). Are the anchors eliminated, or is there a certain keypress (Ctrl-click in Word)?
- Footnotes reset to ‘1’ for every page. I realise this is the only method in Papyrus, but it is definitely not useful to me (and many others, I suspect).
- Footnote format not translated across, e.g. tab used instead of the original space.
- Decimal tabs are tabbing to the comma used as a separator, e.g. 3,456 (although I know this is a European standard).
- .pap file sizes are much larger than .docx
- Grammarly support? I appreciate Papyrus has the built-in ‘Style analysis’ – and it looks quite powerful too – but I wonder how that compares to Grammarly.
- Reduce text size of the Navigator even further from the ‘Small font’ option.
- Alter action of the mouse pointer when on the left side of the document, to permit whole lines to be selected.
- Import Word user preferences, in particular the dictionary and autocorrects.
- Pane/Pinboard to display Paragraph styles. I constantly have to change styles so need an easy one-click access to them.
- Convert footnotes to endnotes. This is particularly useful when composing a manuscript with hundreds of footnotes to keep track of the indices relative to the page. However, my intention is to convert them to endnotes before publishing.
I would be keen to continue with Papyrus but I will have to carry on with Word until such features are implemented.