Would you use a built-in browser in Scrivener?
Not sure if this has been suggested, but a built in web browser would be a great feature. Find a website, select some text and/or pictures, and click a button to automatically keep a note in the research section. This will prevent me from switching back and forth between Firefox and Scrivener. Plus it could store the url so I can properly reference the information without too many additional steps.
I understand the desire for something like that, but to be honest, I want my writing tool to be a writing tool, not a jack of all trades.
To use an analogy, a well-designed screwdriver fits great in your hand, and you love using it. A screwdriver that’s also a hammer and a wrench starts to feel bulky and awkward, and it stays in the drawer.
Interestingly, I once asked for this exact feature for another writing program I was trying out. I was used to having it in DevonThink Pro.
But to be honest, while I know other users who use this feature of DT often, I seldom use it in DT any more, since it has gotten so easy to import web contents without having to view things within the program itself. And I see no real reason for it in Scr., where the job is writing and developing a specific project. Scr. lets me store links, which is pretty important, since a good deal of my research material is often web-based. But I don’t need to view a linked page itself within Scr. It’s fine that I can view it in my favorite web browser. And if I want to import the contents into Scr. for more development, I can do that too easily enough.
If Scr. could do what you request, that would be fine. Or perhaps if I worked ONLY in Scr. it might make more sense to me. But I agree that I’d rather see development time going into improving the writing aspects of Scr., which is what I need–a writing environment that I can tailor to my needs. The research side of Scr. is already robust enough for my uses.
My 2 cents,
Yet again, what is required here isn’t a new feature - it’s a good user scenario. Scrivener -or Devonthink for that matter- could never rival the tools already available in Firefox, Safari etc. Better to aim at better integration with available browsers.
I agree with the previous posters on this one. I see no need for browsing capabilities from within Scrivener, and in fact, I would rather not see time/energy spent on its development.
Scrivener is so good primarily because it’s a writing tool. As such, integration in future versions with bibliographic software is more important in my mind.
Fair enough response, and I suppose it does make sense. I am unfamiliar with DevonThink, I’ll certainly take a look at it. Otherwise I would like to say that Scrivener is a great application, and keep up the great work.
Thanks for your kind words on Scrivener, erasableink. I think the others have pretty much explained why this won’t happen in Scrivener without my having to say anything. But basically, consider how much development goes into a good web browser, such as Safari or (my favourite) Camino. There is just no way I could match their features and make Scrivener a good writer’s app. That is why I decided links should open your default browser, which will always be the best way to view web content.
Thanks for your ideas,
All the best,
two more cents coming in…
I’m firmly in the “more integration, not more features” camp.