Project total word count target

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APH
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Mon May 20, 2019 8:33 pm Post

Hi folks
At the moment I can manually enter a Project Word Count Target via <Project Show Targets>. That same popup shows progress -- eg 50,000 words written of 80,000 word target

I enter Word Count Targets for documents, chapters, folders ... eg 10,000 for that folder, 3000 for that chapter, etc. Scrivener totals these per folder, enabling me to see via Outliner what the target is per folder or chapter

However, the total of all those targets (ie my actual total project word count target) is only visible via the editor when viewing the top folder in Scrivenings mode.

Here's my suggestion: are you able to make the Project Word Count Target in the pop up equal to the total that appears at the bottom of the Scrivener Screen, not one that is entered by the user? ie in the same way the popup counts actual words in the whole document, can it count actual targets in the whole document, since these are entered manually in each document/chapter ...?

Thank you for a great product

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tiagosilvanunes
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Tue Oct 15, 2019 6:57 pm Post

What APH suggests in this post seems like a great idea.

Scrivener already adds up all document Word Counts into folder Total Word Counts.

Why doesn't the sum of all Word Count targets appear as the Total Project Target, instead of only having a manual input?

For example, if a draft has five chapters (folders), each with 10k words as target, why doesn't the Project Target become automatically 50k, instead of requiring the user to enter 50k manually?

I understand that not everyone outlines and sets word count targets for each and every document, section and chapter. But for those who do, having this feature would have a significant positive impact in how Project Targets window works.

Thank you.

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richardun
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Wed Nov 20, 2019 3:45 pm Post

I would like to second this. I've only been using Scrivener about six weeks, but I've found it excellent to use and easy to learn.

The only problem I've had during the past six weeks has involved targets.

I set chapter targets, then set a project target based on the chapter targets. That was no problem.

As I typed the chapters I adjusted some of the chapter targets, and then expected to see the change reflected in the project targets, but no, I had to add everything up and change the project target manually.

Would be great if that was automatic, similar to the documents in a chapter.

Apart from that. Excellent software. Has helped me immensely.

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Thu Nov 21, 2019 2:36 am Post

tiagosilvanunes wrote:Why doesn't the sum of all Word Count targets appear as the Total Project Target, instead of only having a manual input?

For example, if a draft has five chapters (folders), each with 10k words as target, why doesn't the Project Target become automatically 50k, instead of requiring the user to enter 50k manually?


Because you can set your target to a higher number this way, which lets you know you need to add either more scenes, more chapters, or a combination thereof.
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