Manuscripts: one month on from 1.0

Manuscripts 1.0 was the result of three years of research & development from two motivated and caffeinated geeks. We built a writing tool with a feature set never before combined into a single easy-to-use app. Yet the 1.0 really is just the beginning: we intend to change how complex documents are written up, especially research work.

We continue to express our gratitude for the trust our users have put in us at this early stage. Your support is what keeps us working on this app! We continue to recognise this with the almost daily updates to the app (more on that below)… and with some great launch deals.

This Cyber Monday week we have teamed up with our friends at Findings, makers of the most gorgeous lab notebook out there, to offer two crazy-good offers.

These limited-time offers last until Thursday the 3rd December.
Please enjoy, and please tell your friends!

What’s been cooking since 1.0?

Manuscripts 1.0 was just the beginning. That’s what they all say, right? We really mean it though: we have been updating the app on an almost daily basis since launch. You may be surprised that by Manuscripts 1.0.22, you now can…

  • Add inline math expressions.
  • Cite specific page ranges.
  • Cite with a prefix or suffix.
  • Hide the caption of equations, figures or tables.
  • Hide the header or footer of a table.
  • Export a BibTeX / BibLaTeX file as part of exporting to LaTeX.
  • Enjoy the results of dozens of bug fixes and overall improved stability.

Next up:

  • Footnotes.
  • More and more refined imports and exports.
  • Change tracking and collaboration.
  • … and of course, lots more based on what you request from us.

You can update to the most recent version by going to Manuscripts > Check for Updates, or by downloading the most recent version from here (replace the version you have put in /Applications with the one you downloaded).

Manuscripts: one month on from 1.0

Manuscripts 1.0: a new take on scholarly writing.

I am thrilled to announce the general availability of Manuscripts 1.0 for Mac. Manuscripts is a writing tool with an entirely new take on scholarly writing. It puts the substance of your writing first, and its design is inspired by our previous life as researchers.

Manuscripts is an independent product created by some of the people who created the Papers reference manager, with which Manuscripts works beautifully. We have prepared the following short video to introduce you to Manuscripts:

You can read more about our approaches to scholarly writing for instance on our discussion forum and in our budding Manuscripts knowledge base (a version of which is bundled with the app as a “Getting Started” guide). We will open this topic up on our blog and newsletter in the future, so stay tuned.

I want us to begin the Manuscripts blog from something a lot simpler though: being thankful.

We feel incredibly fortunate having been able to complete a six-month beta program to tune Manuscripts to the stage it is on now. This beta program concluded a close to three year long development project for us. Polishing Manuscripts together with a super enthusiastic user community who have been kind and patient beyond our expectations has been thus far the best part in the project, so I want to thank absolutely everyone who has supported us during the Manuscripts 1.0 beta program!

The reception Manuscripts had since the beginning of the beta program really kept us going to this point, and from this point on: our users have given us a very clear idea of where to focus after the 1.0 version… so stay tuned.

Thank you.
Matias Piipari, CEO & Co-founder at

Manuscripts is available entirely for free for writing small documents (limitations apply for writing large documents, and can be lifted by purchasing a Manuscripts Unlimited license).

You can download the app for free from here:
Download Manuscripts 1.0

Manuscripts 1.0: a new take on scholarly writing.

Introducing Feather: an Open Source component for building Couchbase Lite apps

Manuscripts would never have been created without the work of dozens and dozens of open source projects, ranging from WebKit to many many others.

One of the most significant of those Open Source components is Couchbase Lite, a database technology we use as the backend for the version controlled document database. Now that we are reaching the more public stage in the project, we wanted to contribute back what a framework we’ve built on top of CBL to speed up building Manuscripts. We’ll be writing in more detail about Feather in due course!

For now, please enjoy the attached slides from the Feather announcement talk Matias from the Manuscripts team has just delivered at the Couchbase Connect conference!

Couchbase Connect slide deck for Feather

Introducing Feather: an Open Source component for building Couchbase Lite apps