I want to export the titles of my section as an outline, to be used as a simple indented list, or in a mind-map program.
I’ve seen this question several times in the forum, but I’m not sure I’ve found an answer. So, I’ll try asking it again.
What I do is to simply create in a custom compile format a “Section” style, with just the title selected.
When compiling, I get the full manuscript in the resulting RTF file. What else should I do, to avoid having the text in the compiled document? I’m sure the text option is not selected, and that all my documents have the default Section style applied.
Are you sure that this is the layout actually assigned to your documents? I ask because many of our Compile Formats have “Section” layouts built-in, and using one of those instead of your own would obviously not give the results you want. (Maybe give your own layout a more unique name?)
Just a note for those who are having a hard time making sense of the section types vs section layouts, and why is what,
picture the old telephone system, where an operator would have to connect you to the person you want to call.
You’d tell the operator who you want to call, and he/she would then plug in the board a patch chord from your phone line to that other person’s phone line.
The document is you.
The section type is the patch cord.
The section layout is that person you want to call.
It allows you to patch any document to any pre-built layout (by you, or factory), with the ability to adapt according to the compile format and/or the situation, while at the same time allowing you to use those very same layouts across different projects.
Where without that virtual patchbay, you’d have to redo the whole compile setup every time you’d have to compile to a different format, or wish for the formatting to be somewhat different.
You’d constantly be destroying whatever other setup you would have previously fine tuned, and might still later need.
And couldn’t use one project’s setup in another.
FWIW, the potential for confusion is exactly why “Section” might not be the best name for a Section Layout. It’s your Format, you can call the layouts whatever you want, so maybe use something that isn’t one of the most overloaded terms in all of Scrivener.