Thinking outside the box...Is anyone using Scrivener as a Project Management Database?

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Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:18 pm Post

Has anyone used Scrivener as a Project Management Database?

I've been looking for a solution to manage project documents, notes and emails with a way to compile a formated final summary once the project is completed. This way, I'd have one .pdf document for myself and others to refer to down the line instead of having to manually create a summary or having to hunt for project files.

I know Scrivener is built to be used by writers, however, I can't find another solution which allows such control over how a document is compiled. Also, no other application can match the ease in which different pieces/types of information can be organized in Scrivener. I've tried using all the usual note apps such as One Note, Evernote, Apple Notes and Bear, but always come across limitations.

I'd love to hear the communities thoughts on using Scrivener as a Project Management Database.

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Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:28 pm Post

Just remember that all those other snippets of information, if they end up in the Research part of the Binder they can’t be included in compile.
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Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:32 pm Post

lunk wrote:Just remember that all those other snippets of information, if they end up in the Research part of the Binder they can’t be included in compile.

I didn't realize that. Thanks.

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Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:59 am Post

Take a look at Devonthink Pro Office. It'll really put hair on your chest. Several of the internal scripts will take care of most of your requests. :wink:

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Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:34 am Post

Another alternative is Curio.
https://www.zengobi.com/curio/
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Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:53 am Post

I haven’t used Curio, but from what I’ve read about it, it looks as Scrivener can be used in a similar way.
lunk wrote:Just remember that all those other snippets of information, if they end up in the Research part of the Binder they can’t be included in compile.

That’s definitely a limitation, but isn’t that a limitation shared with other project managers, i.e. that there is no way to “compile” documents in different formats?
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Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:04 am Post

mats wrote:I haven’t used Curio, but from what I’ve read about it, it looks as Scrivener can be used in a similar way.


I've used both. Scrivener is of course best described as a writing tool. Curio is best described as an electronic whiteboard. (Given the harmonious way in which many macOS apps can work together, I prefer if I can to use "the tool for the task" - but maybe I'm just odd that way!)
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Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:39 am Post

matsgz wrote:it looks as Scrivener can be used in a similar way.


Scrivener can, of course, be used in many ways that L&L never thought of when they made Scrivener, but like Hugh...

Hugh wrote:I prefer if I can to use "the tool for the task"


... I prefer to use specialized apps for the task they are designed for. If there is no good specialized app, then I might try to bend an existing app into an alternative use, or try to find an alternative use.
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Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:51 pm Post

Hugh wrote:maybe I'm just odd that way!)

not just that “way” and not maybe.

I can’t believe Vic-k let this sit with no comment for so long...
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Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:36 pm Post

lunk wrote:Just remember that all those other snippets of information, if they end up in the Research part of the Binder they can’t be included in compile.

For Scrivener 3, that's no longer a limitation. You can include the entire contents of a document, no matter where in the binder it's located using the <$include> tag. See section 10.1.5 in the Mac Scrivener manual to use it (if you have V3 for Mac) or to get a preview of what's to come in V3 for Windows.
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Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:45 pm Post

Jaysen wrote:
Hugh wrote:maybe I'm just odd that way!)

not just that “way” and not maybe.

I can’t believe Vic-k let this sit with no comment for so long...


I think I walked into that one with my eyes closed... :D
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that distant, almost inaudible clicking sound? That's one of your
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Paris or London or Erie, PA.'