An update to ShotList was just released, please see this blog post for details on the new features it introduces.
We will put the most common support questions here on this page as they come in.
Q. “Is there a “How To” guide?”
We have put together a comprehensive User guide, which should be the first place to look for help and advice when learning how to use ShotList.
You may also find viewing this walkthrough video helpful
Q. “Where should I go for help?”
If you can’t find the answer on this page or in the User Guide, please contact email@example.com and we’ll do our best to help.
Q. “What are the different ways to send schedule revisions to people?”
There are now several ways to do this-
- As a Oneline Schedule email, which anyone can read on the simplest devices.
- As a PDF attachment in an email.
- By printing physical copies using Airprint.
- or by sharing the project using the free Dropbox service.
Q. “I have a problem backing up and restoring with DropBox”
Please update to the newest version of MailShot (4.0), which includes a fix.
Q. “Do I need a live data connection to run ShotList?”
No, as ShotList stores data locally on your device, you won’t need a data connection to view or edit your project.
You will only require a data connection to email out schedule updates, or to backup or exchange information with colleagues using the DropBox feature.
To keep data use to a minimum, we reduce the resolution of all storyboard images stored in MailShot to match your device resolution, and only send or download images which have changed.
Q. “How could I store more than six storyboard frames, or store more detail about each shot in a scene?”
If scenes require a lot of separate shots, you can replicate the scene information using the duplicate function (listing the shots as 23A,23B,23C, or 23.1, 23.2, 23.3 as you wish).
See this page in the User Guide, for details of how to duplicate strips.
Q. “I need to shoot some of my shots at fixed times. How could I see those times on the stripboard?”
This isn’t a feature, but as this idea was useful to one of our users we are including it here in case it is helpful to others.
If you want to be able to see a critical start time, especially for planning purposes, add it to the Description field (e.g. “12:15 Barney ties Fred up with twine”) and it will be clearly visible on the stripboard as you shuffle your other scenes around it.
If you want to store more complex information about a critical time, such as “Location available from 2:00pm until 4:00pm, but we can’t use firearms until 2:30″ then it is best to store it in the Notes area.
Q. “I have a lot of data to enter, is there a way to create lots of blank strips in Shotlist?”
Here is a quick way to do it:
- Create two blank strips, and then select both at once, and create a duplicate by tapping the +. You now have 4 strips.
- Select all 4 and duplicate again, you now have 8.
- And so on…
You can also use duplication to save on entering similar data each time, for example if a number of scenes share a time and location, for example.
See this page in the User Guide, for details of how to duplicate strips
Q. “Is there a way to get data from other sources, such as “EP” or “Final Draft” into Shotlist?”
ShotList is designed as a lightweight free-standing solution. We see it as having two typical roles- on its own, to plan smaller shoots in detail, and as almost a specialised “To Do” list app for larger productions, where you would just enter scene numbers, along with only the specific notes, storyboard frames etc. you wanted with you on the day.
We have just added the ability to export and import in a popular spreadsheet format, to allow editing your project on a desktop. See this page in the User Guide for details
We’d like to hear which applications you would like to see the addition of optional modules to import from. ”Final Draft” is one possibility, it depends on the availability of documentation on the file formats of the other apps.
TIP You can of course use a Bluetooth keyboard (including the Apple Wireless Keyboard) to enter data directly into Shotlist on an iPhone or iPad. This is worth considering when initially entering data for a larger production.
Q. “Where should we send comments, suggestions and requests?”
Please send all comments, suggestions or requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We always love to hear from you, and have already gained a strong reputation from users of our MailShot app for listening to our users and updating our apps after launch to add features based on requests.
Upgrades and enhancements to the core ShotList features will be free. In time we hope to develop additional plug-in modules to expand the capabilities of ShotList further which would be made available as optional in-app purchases for major additional items.
Q. “How do I enter data into the “notes” field?”
The notes window now behaves like the other buttons on this page, and a tap takes you to another page where you can edit or view the notes. In view mode you can scroll up and down, and access hotlinks for addresses, phone numbers and web pages by tapping on them.
Q. “What is coming in the next update?”
We will add items here when they are completed, or near completion.
This is what we added in previous updates.
Oct 31st 2012
4.0 Update Release
- NEW iPhone 5 support for larger screen. Including selectable thumbnails for the 6 storyboards, and recompiled to take best advantage of the new processor.
- NEW iOS6 support for privacy settings, etc.
- NEW Retina graphics supportfor iPad (3rd and 4th Generation)
- NEW Shot details. As well as a large notes area for each shot on the storyboard page, you can use spinners to quickly set shot type, angle, movement and camera. (If no storyboard exists for the shot yet, stand-in images represent your chosen shot type.)
- NEW .xls format export and import to export and edit projects in a desktop spreadsheet program.
- NEW Print stripboard and details pages direct from iPad and iPhone via AirPrint.
- NEW Send PDF format strip board and details pages as email attachments
- NEW Reorder shots to change shooting order (with 2-finger drag and drop)
- FIXED Dropbox issue causing files to be saved with a version number appended, and therefore not to be loaded back on other devices
- NEW Rotate for closeup on the storyboard pages.
- NEW swipe between scenes on the gallery pages, and swipe between shots on the close up pages.
- NEW Reorder cast, to change numbering
- NEW Email the project group without attachments (intended for sending messages to your team)
- NEW Use project name in heading and first line of email.
- FIX Word wrapping in notes field (iPad only)
See this post for a more detailed description of the new additions
Feb 28th 2012
3.3 Update Release
- NEW DropBox support updated to newest API
- NEW Layout improvements in stripboard view.
(Move INT and DAY onto the same line, allow a wider Scene number, and embolden location name.)
- FIX Crash bug on iPad text entry.
9th December 2011
3.1 Fix release
- FIX: Bug on renaming locations
5th December 2011
3.0 Update Release
- NEW: Filtered scene selection by cast, location or time of day. Makes it easier to manipulate scenes into shooting order, and to spot problem scenes quickly when something changes at short notice.
- NEW: Swipe between scenes from the “Details” page. Swipe up and down to move to the previous or next strip in the stripboard.
- NEW: Include scene notes in the oneline schedule (selectable)
- NEW: Save data more regularly, to increase robustness.
- FIX: Crash when leaving “Delete Picture” box visible on the closeup screen and exiting that screen without closing the box. (iPad only)
- FIX: Crash when deleting a ShotList project.
- NEW: Blue flash to show the last edited strip when you return to stripboard view.
- NEW: Help text in notes field when no data is entered
- NEW: “Notes for Scene n” in heading on the notes page to aid navigation (iPad)
- NEW: Increased size of notes area on iPhone in portrait mode.
- FIX: Shows correct number of whole pages per day in oneline schedule.
See this post for more details on the 3.0 update
29th July 2011
2.0 First Update Release
This includes the following major features and fixes:
- NEW: Select and move multiple strips at once.
- NEW: Duplicate strips, singly and in groups.
- NEW: Show cast names on stripboard and details screen (user selectable).
- NEW: Thumbnails for storyboards on “Details” screen (iPad).
- FIX: iPad Photo Library crash.
- FIX: Occasional Dropbox initial settings problem.
And the following minor changes as well:
- NEW: “I/E” and “Green screen” options on the location type reel
- NEW: “Morning”, “Evening” and “D4N” options for time of day.
- NEW: Page count on day strip given as days and eighths
- NEW: Shortcut to storyboard screen from “Details” screen.
- NEW: Pick images using popovers on iPad & iPad 2.
- NEW: Set dates and location type with popovers on iPad
- FIX: Can now enter Dropbox screens with no project selected.
- FIX: Will load more image formats from library.
13th July 2011
1.01 Patch Release
A quick patch released to fix an issue in Version 1.0 that limited users to 5 live projects at once
29th June 2011
1.0 Initial Release