On the Mac we get this bit for free, in that that system Mac colour picker tool has the ability to set names to chosen colours. So we provide a set of swatches that Scrivener uses, and then you can name those colours yourself using the Mac, and system-wide anything that prints those colour names will use the names you chose.
So that, in particular, cannot be “ported” so to speak. A mechanism to name highlights would have to be added from scratch.
Would styles work for you here? You can of course save any kind of formatting into them, including highlights, and styles are by nature named, can have their own shortcuts for setting them, and will let you know the named range of text when you’re cursor is within them.
I do use the ad hoc highlights now and then, but since Styles came along I’ve found most of the reasons I had for using them in the past are cases where styles are really the better answer all around.
I must say, that is really brilliant! That will help a lot with a few usage scenarios.
There is still one usage scenario that I can’t think of a way because we cannot assign multiple styles to the same text.
So, I’m writing a series of fiction novels, and so I want to apply different highlights (think colored post it) my manuscript in multiple ways, for example:
Highlight the text with different emotions. (each emotion can have a color).
View where I can highlight distinct “blocks” of scenes. (right now I use alternating colored-highlights)
View where I highlight the area of improvement, i.e. action items (I do that now with colored comments: e.g. purple = rephrase, yellow = fixes, orange = plot-related).
And as I’m writing (or editing), I want to be able to cycle through different ways of looking at my text, but at the moment, that is difficult to achieve.
Now that I learned “styles”, I thought I could create a snapshot of my text, and each snapshot would have a view, and I can cycle through these in the editing phase for analysis.
There are two major downsides to approach: 1) cumbersome, 2) once I do fixes in the original document, that is not reflected in the snapshot.
Any suggestions or ideas? I’m still learning Scrivener It is an amazing app and using v2.9 (from 1.9) is a huge leap!!! The writing history feature in itself is worth the upgrade (it saved me the time of manually doing this in a spreadsheet!).
What I’m trying to say: THANK YOU SO MUCH for the amazing piece of software.
If each emotion has a color, and you only use one emotion at a time, you can do this with styles.
Not sure what you mean, here. You can select multiple scenes in the binder, and the editor will show the list in outline view. I usually have this showing in the right pane editor.
You can do this also with styles, but not at the same time as you highlight emotions. However, not only can you change the highlight color, you can change the text color also. You could also change the text to inline annotation, although I’d think you’d want multiple colors (you can change the colors on inline annotations).
And if your text does not use italics, boldface or underline for emphasis, you could also use those.
I usually change to red bold-face any text I know I need to change, and put in an inline annotation the changes I see I need. I comment plot issues.
There is a revision marking system, but I do not know how to use it or even if it works in the current Beta, nor am I sure it would work for this purpose.
You could make a separate scene for each set of revisions, put them side by side in the editor and compare? (so, Scene 1 becomes 1.a and 1.b) No idea if that would work for you.
That’s true, if the text you want to highlight is already styled, that is a place where simple ad hoc styles are better. I would think for novels that would not be too common though.
One feature I really like is the ability to map a section’s Label colour into the Scrivenings title background. When you’re viewing a long section of scenes, you can turn on titles with the View ▸ Text Editing ▸ Show Titles in Scrivenings setting, and then View ▸ Use Label Colour In ▸ Scrivenings Titles.
While the whole scene isn’t bright pink or whatever, it’s still pretty obvious if the title prefixing it is highlighted in pink. It also means if you use labels to mark important areas you want to work on, you can very quickly scroll through a long Scrivenings session and find blocks of text you’ve flagged.
So if you use style highlights (the feature in the Style setup pane rather than saving highlight formatting) for marking emotion, and you use labels to mark block level bits of information, and comments for notes-to-self, then you would be able to turn these markings off—even selectively—using the View ▸ Text Editing ▸ Hide Markup menu command. The options for what that hides are found in the Appearance: Main Editor tab at the moment (not sure if that’s a final placement).
Happy to hear you’re enjoying the beta version! We still have some work to do with it of course, but it’s so nice to finally see a lot of these improvements (like the above) we worked on for years with the Mac, coming to PC.