Okay yeah I wasn’t clear on what you meant earlier, evidently. My suggestion above describes a way to mark your current draft count and then show how far you have deviated from that point going forward, whether into the negative or positive.
If by “tech specifics” you mean what some of the features are called in the software, like “allowances” and so forth, you can look up all of that in §20.1.2, Document Goals
, pg. 504. That section goes over all of the checkboxes in the document targets tool. And if you scroll up a bit to the previous section you’ll find the options for the main Project Targets tool documented. I do agree the terms are a bit opaque, but hopefully once you read the decriptions they make good sense.
It would be cool to be able to set a revision deadline and Scrivener gives me a word count target for each day to revise and then at the end of each writing session I can either mark a text document as revised or a chunk of text as revised, and it shows me if I revised to my daily target and my progress overall to completing this revision of the entire manuscript.
All of this you can already do with the Project Target panel’s options and a few other features. You would set up a deadline for the Draft Target, which does nothing more fancy then let you know how many days you’ve got left. But in Session Target, if you Automatically calculate from draft deadline
, then instead of you setting a session goal the software automatically figures out how much you need to write every day to reach the draft goal. If you write a little more one day, it calculates down; if you miss a day, then the daily goal will go up a bit.
As for marking things… that part I’m a bit unclear on and do not understand the relation between A and B. But perhaps more importantly, I don’t understand what would be gained by the software having another status feature—particularly when there are custom metadata fields you can add, including such things as simple checkboxes. I.e. if you really do want a second status feature you can make one yourself in Project ▸ Project Settings...
And if you are thinking more about the process
than the metadata, there are many ways in Scrivener to work with
metadata as well. It’s not just a checkbox or a status pulldown that sits off in the corner—you can search for these things and save the search as a Collection list (or rather search for when they are not
set, and thus have a list of things yet to revise). As you work through the list and mark them revised, however you do so, the to-do list will gradually shorten until you finally clear the collection entirely out!
That’s my favourite way of putting my head down and getting through a big chunk of fixes in a project. I’ll either use a search, or I’ll manually select the items that need work and create a regular collection, where the act of “checking it off” isn’t changing metadata anywhere, but merely deleting the entry from that collection. It depends on the kind of thing, which I use. If it is something like a one-time fix to 35 binder items then I’ll add them to a regular collection and use the list in that collection as
the metadata. Once I’m done I delete the collection and that’s that. But for other things like revision state it is better to have a static piece of information that always exists, and where I sometimes monitor the overall status of items based on their status setting, with search collections.
There are other approaches as well, even less formal than Collections. For example in a corkboard or outliner view, hit ⌘F
and expand the tool to show additional options. You can filter by whatever you use to mark revision status. The software will remember your search settings for the session, meaning that you can visit various different “chapter” groups in the binder and press the Find shortcut to filter and see what you have left to work on in that section.