Joy Livingwell wrote:Thanks for the additional information, Mr. X -- that's very helpful.
Since you're far more experienced with Nisus Writer Pro than I, and you understand that particular workflow better, I'd like to ask you a couple of questions:
- When you select all examples of a format in order to apply a named style, can NWP search for and select paragraph margins & tabs?
- Do you use Scrivener's auto-generated heading levels and formats? E.g. the names of nested folders determine the heading name?
I have to admit that after all these years using Scrivener, I am still learning its features and working out better ways to use it!
First of all, it's a pleasure to help. Then, to start at the end:
- I couldn't agree more about still learning Scriv's feature after all these years, though my needs are simpler than yours. For instance, it was only at the end of last year that I realised that project search with judicious use of labels would make my life much easier. Working in editing Chinese–English translation, where much of the text for me to edit is in the form of Chinese > English > Chinese > English, I used to laboriously duplicate the document and in one remove all the English and in the other delete all the Chinese, then I could have them each in one split of the editor. After 6 years of using Scrivener, having used labels to mark the state of completion of each document — "Original", "In Progress", "Completed" — I realised that if I split the whole thing up into individual paragraphs, labelled "Chinese" or "English" I could use "Project Search" to set up collections of each language, and in the end, with no hassle, export a unitary English text or an interleaved text, whichever was wanted at the far end. 6 years to realise that!
- In Scrivener, levels and headings: yes. Chapters — as it were — Level 1 folders; Sections, Level 2 Folders, or Level 2+ documents with Sub-documents; Sub-sections, Level 3+ documents with sub-documents or simply Level 3 documents. On compile Chapter titles 18pt, Section Titles 16pt, Sub-section titles 14pt … you could vary it by differentiating with different fonts, using italics or bold face, or colour. After compiling, starting with the Chapter level title, place your cursor in one, from the status bar at the bottom, click the 'a' icon, choose "Select All" and apply the style you've set up in NWP.
- Nisus can't search for margins or tabs, but finding everything in a particular colour is easy. If the cursor is in a block of text in a colour other than the standard, then in the status bar at the bottom of the window a little circle of that colour appears; click on that and choose "Select all" from the menu that pops up. So colour is your friend here. If you want a paragraph to have particular tab and margin settings, in Scrivener set up a preset with the appropriate tab and margin settings and an individual text colour — it's not even necessary to set "Preserve formatting" as you're going to add the style in NWP. Set that up in your Nisus template, then when you've compiled the file, put your cursor in a paragraph of the colour in question, select all of the text in that colour and apply your style.
At this point, you're probably thinking "Heavens! That all sounds so complicated!" Actually, it's not, and it seems that you're not particularly familiar with NWP. Here is not the place to write an NWP tutorial, but I might write a Scrivener-to-NWP workflow example and put it up in the "Tips" or "Usage" forum, just in case others might be interested.
Mind you, NWP will almost certainly still choke on 1 million+ words!