Do character sketches in cork board

I’m writing in book mode. I can create character sketches underneath that folder from the text sheet. When I click at the folder level I see all of the character index cards, normal.

What I’d like to do is create the sketch on an index card in cork board mode per character, edit, add all of the info. Right now the only way to see the index cards is by clicking the Character Sketches folder. If I click an individual sketch the cork board is empty.

Thanks for any assistance.

When you view an individual sketch as a Corkboard, and it is empty, have you tried adding cards to it, using any of the normal methods for doing so? You should see the new card appear as nested beneath the character sketch, over in the Binder. That’s all there is to it, if you want to drill into a topic and add some more supporting information for it. Is that what you’re looking for? I did not quite follow the second paragraph.

Another way to read it, you’re looking for the index card that represents a document while you’re looking at the document? If so you can do that, just open the Inspector, the blue ‘i’ button on the toolbar. So long as you aren’t using snapshots or comments in that sidebar, you should see a card at the top. What you type in there will change what you see on the corkboard, when viewing its folder.

Thanks, basically when I “create new” within the character sketch folder, it automatically goes to document mode. That’s the default text document that you populate the name, etc.

I’d like for a new document to come up in cork board mode with a new index card, and do my sketches from the index card instead of the sketch text sheet.

You’re correct in that I can create a sub-document index card on and character’s cork board after the sketch is created.

It doesn’t look possible at this point. Thanks for your response, I appreciate it!

Ah, I think we can actually get the software to do what you want then! I just didn’t understand exactly what you were going for at first.

  1. Since you’re wanting text files with subdocuments to act like folders (show the Corkboard) when you click on them, go into the Navigation preferences pane and enable the Treat all documents with subdocuments as folders checkbox. Now when you click on items that have nested items under them, you’ll get a Corkboard instead of a document view. I prefer this preference on in general, myself.

  2. Now we need to set up your document template to have a child by default. Go into the blue icon templates folder in your Binder and locate the character sheet. Feel free to adjust this file however you want by the way (maybe remove the boilerplate text form, if you aren’t even using it), this is the prototype used to create other documents, so everything about it—including its child items—will be replicated when it is used to create new items.

[size=80]A couple of sub-documents added to the “Character Sheet” and given their own icons.[/size]

Create the subdocument for the character sheet template using the same trick I mentioned, just enable Corkboard mode, and then add a card to the empty board. You should see the character sheet item in the Binder get a little “folder” arrow. Create however many boilerplate items you wish here (if you have a few you like to use repeatedly for instance, like “Traits” or “Appearance”).

  1. Optional: you could take this a step further if you truly always want a corkboard view no matter what you’re using currently to view groups of items (Scrivenings mode, Outliner, just the vanilla text editor, etc.). To do so, while the character sheet is viewing the subdocument in the editor, click on the header bar icon by its name and select “Lock group view mode”. No no matter what when you click on a character sheet you’ll get a corkboard.

One last point to be aware of is the Documents/Default New Subdocument Type menu. This is what makes it so that when you add a new document to the “Characters” folder, you get a “Character Sketch” by default instead of a standard plain old text file—we just set all of that up for you in the sample project templates that use them. So you could by extension create a subdocument to the character sketch and then set the character sketch to use that document as a default new type. Now when you add new cards to a sketch, they will use the document as their prototype, just like character sketches are automatically created from the character folder. That is an important side point: these subdocuments beneath the “Character Sketch” file are themselves templates. You could use the Project/New From Template/ submenu to create them individually wherever you want.