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Font style sheets

Posted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:01 pm
by Norvu
Hey there,

I am pretty new to Scrivener, bought it yesterday and worked through the whole tutorial since then.
Though it covered a huge amount of useful stuff, the whole formatting section kind of came a little short for me.
I understand that Scrivener is rather a tool to write manuscripts instead of fully formated finished products, but there's still an issue that I found and would like to address.

Since I am so new here, I'd be glad if anyone could - should this functionality already be implemented - tell me how to use it. Otherwise I'd be glad to know whether it can be implemented and/or whether it is planned for furture versions.

What I want to do is to create custom font style sheets which one can assign to certain text sections/paragraphs/words such that the editor actually remembers that this text is formatted following the given style sheet rules.
I have already found the Format > Formatting > ... menu and played around with the presets. This is basically what I want, except that if I change a preset after having formatted some text with it, all text that was once in that preset stays the way it is, and doesn't get updated with the preset change.
I'd also like it if one can then in the compilation menu assign default formatting for each style sheet / preset.

In my novel, I do have a lot of dialogue that is only thought, and several characters talk to each other mentally, so I used to differentiate between them with different font settings. But with MS Word I had a lot of trouble in exactly this aspect. Their style sheet function is horrendously buggy, which is why I was searching for an alternative editor in the first place.

I'd be glad to receive feedback/answers!

Greetings,
Norvu

PS:
I'm not a native English speaker. If I'm committing some serious mistakes, feel free to point them out to me.
Since I plan on writing my novel in English, I can only profit from feedback. :D

Re: Font style sheets

Posted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:12 pm
by JimRac
Hi Norvu,

Welcome to the board and to Scivener!

I am a user of the Windows version, so I might be wrong, but based on your post I believe you have already uncovered Mac Scrivener's current formatting capabilities. (But you might want to peek in the manual just to be sure.)

The next version of Scrivener will be 3.0, will be released sometime this year for Mac, and will apparently contain some form of style sheet capability.

You may want to follow the developer's blog, as Keith promised a series of blog posts on the coming features of the new release.

https://www.literatureandlatte.com/blog/

Hope that helps,
Jim

Re: Font style sheets

Posted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 3:28 pm
by Norvu
Thanks a lot.
Is there any announcement yet on how soon we can expect Scrivener 3?

Re: Font style sheets

Posted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:25 pm
by JimRac
Norvu wrote:Thanks a lot.
Is there any announcement yet on how soon we can expect Scrivener 3?

Hi Norvu,

Literature and Latte are being very tight-lipped about the release date. I don't know and I don't expect anyone outside of the L&L team will know anything more specific than what was in the blog post: "We’re finalising the updated manual and preparing for release later this year."

Although that certainly hasn't stopped folks from asking. :D

Jim

Re: Font style sheets

Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:06 am
by Norvu
Alright, guess we'll just have to wait for it in that case.

Thanks for answering :)

Re: Font style sheets

Posted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 3:43 am
by LuckyJack
Style sheets? Oh, please let it be so!

I belong to two writers groups. One of them is capricious in its format requests, the other is pretty stable and forgiving.

It would be so nice to just swap one style sheet set for another to reformat according to the wishes of the day.

Here's hoping style sheets are real in version 3.

Re: Font style sheets

Posted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:39 am
by kewms
LuckyJack wrote:Style sheets? Oh, please let it be so!

I belong to two writers groups. One of them is capricious in its format requests, the other is pretty stable and forgiving.

It would be so nice to just swap one style sheet set for another to reformat according to the wishes of the day.

Here's hoping style sheets are real in version 3.


You can already use Compile settings and Compile presets to reformat your output document for a particular destination.

Katherine

Re: Font style sheets

Posted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:51 pm
by Orpheus
kewms wrote:
LuckyJack wrote:Style sheets? Oh, please let it be so!

I belong to two writers groups. One of them is capricious in its format requests, the other is pretty stable and forgiving.

It would be so nice to just swap one style sheet set for another to reformat according to the wishes of the day.

Here's hoping style sheets are real in version 3.


You can already use Compile settings and Compile presets to reformat your output document for a particular destination.

Katherine


Are there any examples of how this is done?

Re: Font style sheets

Posted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:03 pm
by kewms
A number of different Compile presets ship with Scrivener and serve as examples of what's possible.

Creating your own is simply a matter of setting the Compile up the way you want it, then scrolling down to Manage Compile Format Presets in the Format As: menu at the top of the Compile pane.

See Chapter 24 in the Scrivener manual for more information about the Compile command. Custom presets are discussed in section 24.5, and the use of the Formatting pane to change the appearance of your output document is covered in section 24.11.

Katherine

Re: Font style sheets

Posted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:14 pm
by LuckyJack
kewms wrote:A number of different Compile presets ship with Scrivener and serve as examples of what's possible.

Creating your own is simply a matter of setting the Compile up the way you want it, then scrolling down to Manage Compile Format Presets in the Format As: menu at the top of the Compile pane.

See Chapter 24 in the Scrivener manual for more information about the Compile command. Custom presets are discussed in section 24.5, and the use of the Formatting pane to change the appearance of your output document is covered in section 24.11.

Katherine


I know about the style presets. They don't serve the function of style sheets.

What I want is to define a style for normal text. Then I want to change the style and have that propagate through the document. Style presets are one-time settings. Change a preset after you've used it a dozen times, and none of the places where you used the preset change as you adjust the preset. Style sheets are rules for output - totally different animal.

When you change a style preset, nothing in your document changes. When you change a style sheet, in software that supports such things, everything using the preset changes to match.

Re: Font style sheets

Posted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:09 pm
by kewms
Style sheets as you define them do not exist in the current version of Scrivener.

Katherine

Re: Font style sheets

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 3:37 pm
by JimRac
LuckyJack wrote:
kewms wrote:A number of different Compile presets ship with Scrivener and serve as examples of what's possible.

Creating your own is simply a matter of setting the Compile up the way you want it, then scrolling down to Manage Compile Format Presets in the Format As: menu at the top of the Compile pane.

See Chapter 24 in the Scrivener manual for more information about the Compile command. Custom presets are discussed in section 24.5, and the use of the Formatting pane to change the appearance of your output document is covered in section 24.11.

Katherine


I know about the style presets. They don't serve the function of style sheets.

What I want is to define a style for normal text. Then I want to change the style and have that propagate through the document. Style presets are one-time settings. Change a preset after you've used it a dozen times, and none of the places where you used the preset change as you adjust the preset. Style sheets are rules for output - totally different animal.

When you change a style preset, nothing in your document changes. When you change a style sheet, in software that supports such things, everything using the preset changes to match.

LuckyJack,

Your response leads me to believe you may have missed Katherine's point.

You mention *style* presets, but she is talking about *compile* presets.

As she says here, in answer to the problem you raised in your first post ---

kewms wrote:
LuckyJack wrote:...I belong to two writers groups. One of them is capricious in its format requests, the other is pretty stable and forgiving.

It would be so nice to just swap one style sheet set for another to reformat according to the wishes of the day...


You can already use Compile settings and Compile presets to reformat your output document for a particular destination.

Katherine


--- the compiler may solve your writers groups challenge. Have you looked into it?

HTH,
Jim

Re: Font style sheets

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 5:32 pm
by Orpheus
kewms wrote:Style sheets as you define them do not exist in the current version of Scrivener.

Katherine


What he is talking about is like CSS on the web. But that would only affect the way the document looked in Scrivener which I suppose could be useful from a user interface aesthetics point of view. But the important thing is how it looks after it is compiled. The sense I am getting from what you said earlier is that you can change the compile setting so that the compiled document looks however you want it to look.

Are their any videos that show how to do this?

Re: Font style sheets

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:26 pm
by JimRac
Orpheus wrote:
kewms wrote:Style sheets as you define them do not exist in the current version of Scrivener.

Katherine


What he is talking about is like CSS on the web. But that would only affect the way the document looked in Scrivener which I suppose could be useful from a user interface aesthetics point of view. But the important thing is how it looks after it is compiled. The sense I am getting from what you said earlier is that you can change the compile setting so that the compiled document looks however you want it to look.

Are their any videos that show how to do this?

There are compile tutorials in the video section: https://www.literatureandlatte.com/video.php

Re: Font style sheets

Posted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 3:47 pm
by Orpheus
JimRac wrote:[
There are compile tutorials in the video section: https://www.literatureandlatte.com/video.php


Thank you.