Release 2.4#

Release Date: April 20, 2024

Release Notes#

Release 2.4 mostly focuses on adding requested features to the Manuscript tool, but there are also other changes to the main user interface that may prove useful.

New General Features#


A new project search tool has been added. It is a long requested feature, and it can be activated by clicking the magnifying glass icon on the side bar, or by pressing Ctrl+Shift+F. You have the option to make the search case sensitive, include only whole words, and turn on regular expressions if you wish to make more advanced searches.

Other new features includes outline menus for the document editor and viewer. They can be activated by clicking the list icon at the top left of the document headers. This should make it easier to navigate long documents.

Highlight Text#

A new shortcode is available for highlighting text. It only applies to HTML and Open Document manuscripts, and it is also added to Extended Markdown manuscripts using the non-standard == codes.

To highlight a piece of text in novelWriter, you can wrap the text in [m]text[/m] codes, click the new highlight button on the toolbar, or select it from the Format menu.


### Scene

Some text with [m]this bit highlighted.[/m]

Soft and Hard Scene Breaks#

If you need to distinguish between “soft” and “hard” scene breaks in your project, you can now indicate “hard” scenes by adding an ! to the heading format. The old scene headings are considered “soft” by default. This syntax has no effect on how the scenes are treated by the application in general. The only difference between them is that you can format them differently when you create your manuscript document. See the section below.


### A Soft Scene Heading


###! A Hard Scene Heading


Manuscript Tool Changes#


The Manuscript Build Tool now shows a set of word and character counts of the text displayed in the preview window. The counts are shown at the bottom of the window, and by default only show the word and character counts. By clicking the little arrow icon the panel is expanded to show a number of other counts as well.

In addition to the word and character counts, an outline of the previewed manuscript is now available in a tab next to the build settings on the left. The outline shows partition and chapter headings at the top level with scenes under chapters if scene titles are generated. For notes, level 1 and 2 headings are shown. All other heading levels are ignored.

There are also new settings for each build. Here is a summary:

  • You can now control centring and page breaks for partition, chapter and scenes in the novel part of your project.

  • You can select to hide any heading level in novel documents, not only scenes and sections like before.

  • You can now specify a different scene heading format, or a different scene separator, for so-called “hard scene breaks”. You have to specify which scene headings are considered as such in the text by using ###! to indicate the heading instead of the regular ###.

  • If you include meta data lines in your manuscript, you can now filter out those you don’t want included.

  • You can apply first line indentation to text paragraphs in the manuscript for Open Document manuscript files.

  • You can exclude hard line breaks from Markdown manuscript files.

Older Releases#

Past release packages are available for download on GitHub.