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simeva
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Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:02 pm Post

I've been using this marvellous program for nearly a year now. Here's a list of various wishes and niggles I've been collecting up - some large, some so small you can hardly see them.

Metadata
I understand this is on the way - it's my top major wish. I hope it includes:
- fields that can formatted as dates or numbers
- the new metadata fields included in search criteria
- and in sort criteria for collections and searches.
Status: I'd like to choose the position and orientation of the stamp on the card.

Tables
I'd like:
- 'Split Table' command
- 'Join table' command
- the ability to copy and paste rows and columns.

Editor
At the moment the editor window fits a table to its width. So a wide table (in a narrow window) can be squashed up so much it is unreadable. I would like to choose to float the editor window over the table.
Version 1.2.5.0 introduced a restriction on the minimum size for the two editor windows. This is much too large for me. Sometimes I want to reduce the size of a window so that it just shows a couple of lines of text.
When working in two windows, I often want to open one of them out briefly to see more of the document, and then revert to the two-window view. But the closed window then re-opens on the same document that is in the open window. The closed window should reopen on the document it was displaying.
The ability to set default line spacing and other paragraph attributes for the notes.

Saveable 'edit states'
I'd like the ability to save a specific document, shown in a specific mode (corkboard, outline etc), with its specific view settings (card size, use of label colours, outliner options) and screen layouts (binder shown, window size, split windows etc).
This is a set of layout preferences and also a specific file. So when you recall this 'edit state', what happens is you see a specific file displayed in a specific way. In each project there are always a couple of documents I am always going back to - a 'masterplan' of the entire work, a to-do list, a set of character notes.

Customisable icons
I would like to recall these 'edit states' by clicking customisable icons placed on the menu bar.

Keywords
For each keyword, the ability to choose whether the chip colour appears, because with more than half a dozen they're too small to see on the cards.
A way to remove keywords from multiple cards (apart from deleting the keyword altogether).
Ability to add a keyword to a card by right-click in its keyword pane, which would display the list of keywords.

Corkboard
Left and right arrow should move the focus to the next card (doesn't work at the beginning and end of lines).
Ability to reduce the space between cards even further.

Collections
A way to connect the colours of tabs with the colours of keywords.
Clicking the header of a collection selects all the items in the collection.
Make more collections visible (am not sure the tab idiom works too well - the list would be more compact without it).
Buttons to show/hide the binder, the list of collections and the collection (perhaps similar to the Inspector, with its clickable triangles to show/hide the synopsis and metadata panes)

Compile
Ability to select which metadata to include in compiles.
When you save settings, there should be a cursor in the filename box - at the moment you have to click in it to get one.
Ability to change font settings of the numbers in enumerated compiles.
Ability to change the default page size (A4, letter). At the moment, we A4 users have to resave each preset as a custom set of preferences.

References
The ability to drag (ie move/copy) references between documents. I recall someone posting that you can do this, but it doesn't work for me.
As my project gets bigger, I find myself looking for a reference, but forget in which file I have made the link. It would be great to see them all together, and then be able to go the linked item, and to the file on which the link was made.

Improved Find/Replace
So that it works on notes, synopses and titles as well as the main document text.

Many thanks for the program, and I hope some of this makes it into the next version.
Last edited by simeva on Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:36 am, edited 1 time in total.

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Mon Oct 01, 2012 6:38 pm Post

simeva wrote:Improved Find/Replace
So that it works on notes, synopses and titles as well as the main document text.

This, at least, is already there. Click on the magnifying glass icon in the search box, and you can select any one or All of the listed elements to search through.
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Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:44 pm Post

simeva wrote:
Metadata
I understand this is on the way - it's my top major wish. I hope it includes:
- fields that can formatted as dates or numbers
- the new metadata fields included in search criteria
- and in sort criteria for collections and searches.



This would make my life so much easier, specially the dates.

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simeva
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Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:33 am Post

robertdguthrie wrote:
simeva wrote:Improved Find/Replace
So that it works on notes, synopses and titles as well as the main document text.

This, at least, is already there. Click on the magnifying glass icon in the search box, and you can select any one or All of the listed elements to search through.

Robert, see http://www.literatureandlatte.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=19745.

There are two search tools:
- With Find/Replace you can select which parts of the project to search, but it only works on the main document text; it does not affect notes, synopses, etc.
- If you use Project Replace, there are options to search notes/title/synopsis/etc, but no way to restrict the search to specific files or folders.

I'd like a way to restrict scope by file/folder and search notes/title/synopsis/etc.

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Wed Oct 10, 2012 5:22 pm Post

I would like to second the request for the ability to choose exactly which metadata to include in compiles. That would be very useful indeed.

Been using Scrivener for a few weeks now, and I'm just loving it. Keep up the good work!

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Fri Oct 12, 2012 2:49 pm Post

I can't help feeling guilty making a suggestion about Scrivener, –it's just such an elegant app. I feel like I'm telling a favorite aunt, I love my new sweater, but...

1. I would love to be able to move my Project Target window into the bottom of either sidebar, the Binder or the Inspector; or the ability to reduce it's size -not an issue on my iMac but kind of monopolizes space on my 13" macBook...

I absolutely love the Project Target feature and may be petulant for wishing it more powerful.

2. I'd love it to save the days I write and my progress during the session period. It could even be a little text window:

09/29/12 Session: 967 of 1000, Manuscript: 23,897 of 70,000
09/30/12 Session: 1026 of 1000, Manuscript: 24,923 of 70,000
10/01/12 Session: 1702 of 1000, Manuscript: 26,625 of 70,000
10/02/12 Session: 1003 of 1000, Manuscript: 27,628 of 70,000
etc.