Autonumbering: arbitrary start?

(Doubtless this will either be impossible, or already exist and I just can’t find it…)

Is it possible to force an autonumbering string to start at an arbitrary number when compiling the draft? So instead of starting at 1 and counting up, it would start at (e.g.) 15 and count up from there?

No, I’m afraid there is no way of doing this currently. What do you need it for? I’m overhauling Compile Draft before the next update, so now’s the time to put your pitch in. :slight_smile:

It’s for graphic novels, natch.

Publishers sometimes ask me to deliver longer works (e.g. over 100pp) in chunks, so that the artist can start work while I’m finishing the script. So I turn in the first 50pp, then later turn in pages 51-100, etc. To enable this, I create a separate folder for each section in the Draft folder, write each part within that folder, then export only that folder for each section as I go. And I use autonumbering for the page numbers, so that I can add/swap/delete pages around if need be when writing the draft.

This is fine when compiling the first section, but it causes problems for subsequent “chunks”. So when I export (for example) the second folder, which contains pages 51-100, it comes out with page headers starting at page 1, instead of 51. I then have to change them manually in FD while doing final formatting. Which is a bit of a pain :slight_smile:

Actually, that situation is a good example of where the current implementation falls down. It really should start numbering as though the earlier sections were included, too… I’ve added it to my list to look at for 1.2.

It’s a pretty specialised need, so if you can’t make it work, please don’t stress over it. But if you can, I’ll be a very happy bunny :slight_smile:

Also: if it’s the default behaviour, I could see instances where that might cause problems for others. So if it can’t be a configurable option ("<$N?51>", or something) then you should probably leave it as is.