Hi Martin and Katherine,
Thanks very much for your comments. I do understand - although not in great detail - the part about the projects being packages, and the fact that a DTP database is a package. It’s not yet clear to me, though, why having a package within a package is a bad idea.
I’m aware of the DTP quicklook not being very useful, but, upon a double-click, the project file opens right up in Scrivener, which is really all I am interested in here.
The reason that I’m considering the idea of a Scrivener project file inside a DTP database is that I am trying to test and evaluate different workflow ideas. My interest is in becoming more efficient at managing all of my information, and I strongly believe that a scalable solution requires an approach that is based on searching rather than browsing - or, searching to get into the right neighborhood, if you will, followed by a little bit of browsing to find the right house. My suspicion is that good metadata habits and tools are very important elements of the eventual answer, so I’m trying different ideas and software tools - i.e. Tags, Houdahspot, Path Finder, Forklift … DTP is a given at this point as my main information management depot/tool. And, I’m planning on using Scrivener for writing - although my writing will be more like experiment notebooks where I collect thoughts and observations, maybe some small essay writing, notebooks of work done as part of a course or workshop than novels or scripts. I’d like to be able to reliably and efficiently (over an extended period of time) sit down at my computer, think of what I want to work on, and quickly open that thing - as if I had a personal assistant that would bring me whatever book, article, paper, notebook, etc. I wanted after a brief description by me.
Two of the reasons I initially liked the idea of keeping Scrivener projects in a DTP database - although this reasoning might be flawed - are: the freedom from file-naming constraints, and the freedom to move the file within the database without breaking a link to it. Those are combined, of course, with the fact that I like the experience of being able to efficiently search and find things in DTP - although I keep hoping that they will do a much better job of implementing tags into the quick-search capabilities.
One of the other things that I’m thinking of trying - and this may be a source of some type of problem that I don’t yet foresee, is using ChronoSync (with the ‘dissect packages’ setting selected) to keep my documents in sync between my MacBook Pro and my iMac (and maybe an eventual MacBook Air).
Thanks again for sharing your thoughts on these things,