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[NB] How to consolidate all open Scrivener projects?

Posted: Wed May 20, 2020 6:04 pm
by ScrivTrex
How do I merge all open projects in to one Scrivener instance with running tabs at the top for each project? I don't see the Window > Merge all windows option that is included in the Mac version of Scrivener 3. Thanks.

Re: How to consolidate all open Scrivener projects?

Posted: Wed May 20, 2020 8:27 pm
by Jestar
ScrivTrex wrote:How do I merge all open projects in to one Scrivener instance with running tabs at the top for each project? I don't see the Window > Merge all windows option that is included in the Mac version of Scrivener 3. Thanks.

FWIW, the Mac opens projects in one window as tabs. Windows opens projects as new windows.

Re: How to consolidate all open Scrivener projects?

Posted: Wed May 20, 2020 8:28 pm
by ScrivTrex
Jestar wrote:
ScrivTrex wrote:How do I merge all open projects in to one Scrivener instance with running tabs at the top for each project? I don't see the Window > Merge all windows option that is included in the Mac version of Scrivener 3. Thanks.

FWIW, the Mac opens projects in one window as tabs. Windows opens projects as new windows.

But, in Windows, is it possible to consolidate all open projects into one Scrivener instance with tabs once you have multiple projects open?

Re: How to consolidate all open Scrivener projects?

Posted: Wed May 20, 2020 9:10 pm
by Jestar
ScrivTrex wrote:
Jestar wrote:
ScrivTrex wrote:How do I merge all open projects in to one Scrivener instance with running tabs at the top for each project? I don't see the Window > Merge all windows option that is included in the Mac version of Scrivener 3. Thanks.

FWIW, the Mac opens projects in one window as tabs. Windows opens projects as new windows.

But, in Windows, is it possible to consolidate all open projects into one Scrivener instance with tabs once you have multiple projects open?

Not at this point. It might be a future enhancement after v.3 is released. I don't know.

Re: How to consolidate all open Scrivener projects?

Posted: Wed May 20, 2020 9:12 pm
by ScrivTrex
Jestar wrote:
ScrivTrex wrote:Not at this point. It might be a future enhancement after v.3 is released. I don't know.

If it ever gets released. :P

Re: How to consolidate all open Scrivener projects?

Posted: Wed May 20, 2020 9:14 pm
by Jestar
ScrivTrex wrote:
Jestar wrote:
ScrivTrex wrote:Not at this point. It might be a future enhancement after v.3 is released. I don't know.

If it ever gets released. :P

Ha! And we keep bringing these things up... :)

Re: How to consolidate all open Scrivener projects?

Posted: Thu May 21, 2020 8:31 am
by MimeticMouton
The tabbed window is a macOS system feature, not something built into Scrivener. It's possible this could be developed and implemented for the Windows version down the road, if it's technically feasible in the framework Scrivener uses, but it's not in the immediate plans.

Re: How to consolidate all open Scrivener projects?

Posted: Thu May 21, 2020 8:22 pm
by Jestar
MimeticMouton wrote:The tabbed window is a macOS system feature, not something built into Scrivener. It's possible this could be developed and implemented for the Windows version down the road, if it's technically feasible in the framework Scrivener uses, but it's not in the immediate plans.

Thanks. That is what I thought. I use both the Mac and Windows Scrivener and haven't decided which "open window/tabbed window" workflow I prefer. Typically I use one window/project open at a time but, when I do have two projects open, I think I prefer having them in separate windows to more easily drag and drop from one to the other. Just my preference.

Re: [NB] How to consolidate all open Scrivener projects?

Posted: Thu May 21, 2020 11:00 pm
by DavidR
It's an interesting question. I think I'm probably with Jestar. I do use programs that create multiple tabs for different items within a single window: my browser, of course, for one; and the word processor Nota Bene. But these tabs hold Web pages and documents, respectively. I find Nota Bene's approach much easier to navigate and keep track of than MS Word's separate windows for all documents, since when I have multiple documents open, they're generally all part of a single project (and if needed NB can tile or cascade them within its single window).

Which brings us to Scrivener. For me, there is so much going on in a Scrivener project that to have multiple projects open as tabs within a single window feels more complicated rather than simpler. But I've never worked with Scriv on a Mac, with its tabbing feature, so I don't really know what that would be like.

Re: [NB] How to consolidate all open Scrivener projects?

Posted: Thu May 21, 2020 11:54 pm
by kewms
Personally, I like individual windows on my iMac, which has a big screen. On the laptop, tabs seem to work better. OTOH, I'm also less prone to open multiple projects on the laptop to begin with.

Katherine

Re: How to consolidate all open Scrivener projects?

Posted: Mon May 25, 2020 5:32 pm
by narrsd
Jestar wrote:I think I prefer having them in separate windows to more easily drag and drop from one to the other. Just my preference.


I think you've hit quite an important point here, Jestar...drag-drop is a very useful thing, and windows give that...

Re: [NB] How to consolidate all open Scrivener projects?

Posted: Tue May 26, 2020 12:57 pm
by rdale
As someone who frequently uses a trio of projects for reference and one of them for actually creating new content as well, I use the tabbed interface with Scrivener. In fact, that's the default for all of my apps, as I prefer it as the default.

If such a feature were to be shoe-horned into Scrivener, and if it were implemented with the same features, you'd be able to drag a tab out of a single window to make two. I do that occasionally, when I want to drag documents between two projects (and/or I want to see them side-by-side), but more frequently, I have 10+ application windows open, with multiple documents per application (Preview for PDFs, Safari, Pages and/or Nisus Writer Pro, Pixelmator Pro, Devonthink, etc...). Tabs in all/most apps help me tame the chaos.

But having tabs only for Scrivener... I don't know how much that would help in the same scenario.

Re: [NB] How to consolidate all open Scrivener projects?

Posted: Wed May 27, 2020 10:51 am
by jandrewnelson
I'm on Windows and use https://www.stardock.com/products/groupy/. Works perfect. I can get tabs in Windows, Scrivener, or both.