Note: This blog post pertains to upcoming features in Scrivener 3, which will be released on macOS later this year and will follow on Windows some time in 2018.
With the rise in popularity of web searching, and similar tools like Spotlight on iOS and macOS, we’ve grown accustomed to the concept of not only finding things by searching, but interestingly so, using that mechanism as a principal means for navigating to things we already know about. You may have seen an article or two demonstrating how Google has for many become a shortcut in getting to other websites without having to key in a URL or find a bookmark for it. And on an iPhone or Mac, how often have you used Spotlight to load an app or document, rather than hunt down its icon so you can double-click or tap on it?
Wherever we find a sea of things flooding the ordinary routes in navigation there seems a clear tendency toward searching as a means of cutting through the data, straight to what we were looking for. Over the years my own use of Scrivener has been shaped by this tendency, even though there was never a dedicated way of doing so. Project search worked, but could be disruptive if the sidebar was already in use for another purpose.
Scrivener 3.0 takes the concept of searching as a form of motion, and puts it at the very top of the application, literally in fact.