How do I create & save more than one custom compile format?

Publishers have different format requirements - I want to compile to the various formats that meet their requirements without disturbing my custom compile format. I.e., how do I create and save more than one custom compile setting?

  • Line Spacing
  • Font and size
  • Margins
    I already know how to change smart quotes to straight and italics to underline.

Once you’ve got all your compile settings as you want them, click the “Save Preset” button in the lower left and give a name for the preset. It will appear then in the drop-down “Format As” menu, available for selection from any of your projects.

I’m assuming I need to uncheck “Compile as is” in order to change the settings, correct?

No, compile-as-is means that the document selected won’t be affected by the compile formatting that is set and that it will compile the document text and only the document text regardless of what elements (title, document notes, synopsis, etc.) are set for its type and level in the compile formatting tab. The option doesn’t affect the ability to change the compile settings, but it means that the formatting won’t affect the document one way or the other.

For clarification of “Compile As Is” - If this setting is UNchecked,then will my Compile settings affect the document?

I’m running into some problems.
If I check Compile As Is:

  1. It will compile my document settings (ariel font, 0.5" margins) and include my indented paragraphs. It also does NOT print my synopsis - I had removed the titles. The title of the folder prints (i.e., chapter 1, Part I, II, etc.). It does nothing for my prologue, so I typed up “Prologue” at the top of the page.
  2. It is ignoring my font and margin settings (Lucida Bright, 1" margins).

If I uncheck Compile As Is:

  1. It prints my revised font settings (via format tab) and my margin settings.
  2. It is printing titles, and the folder titles, i.e., “Chapter One, Prologue.”

a) Title Page (text)
b) Prologue (title hand typed at the top) (text)
c) Part I (folder), prints on top of Quotes (text)
d) Chapter 1 (folder) and scenes (text each). The synopsis (title or description) does not print.
e) Part II (folder) prints by itself on a page.
f) Subsequent chapters follow the same formatting as item (d).
g) Epilogue (title hand typed at the top) (text)

I’m not really clear what you’re trying to do, so I’m not sure what to recommend. “Compile As-Is” works per-document. If it is selected, that document will compile its text–it will not add a title or synopsis or whatever else, no matter what you have set for the document type and level in Compile’s Formatting settings. It will use the editor font and indentation. It will also use the compile margins set in Page Settings, since that applies to the entire compiled document and is separate from text formatting. I’m wondering if you meant it was ignoring indents that you set in compile formatting, rather than margins?

Basically, if a document or folder or document group has “Compile As-Is” checked, then it will ignore all the formatting set in compile, even though other documents and folders and groups will be formatted according to those settings.

“Compile As-Is” is intended for occasional use, where most of your documents are having their formatting overridden by the compiler but you have a few that need to maintain their editor formatting. If you always want your documents to use the editor formatting, you should deselect “Override text and notes formatting” from the top of the Formatting tab in compile. That will still let you include synopses and titles (and format them there in compile) but will retain the font, indentation, spacing, etc. of the document text in the editor.

Section 23.8 in the user manual discusses compile formatting and may help you understand what’s going on with your set up. If you need specific help getting your manuscript formatted correctly, including a binder screenshot so we can see the hierarchy and and document types would help a lot, since each of these can be formatted separately in Compile. Then if you can share what you’re trying to get as the final formatting (where you want titles, where you want synopses, etc.) we’ll be able to help point you in the right direction.

Thanks MM. I was able to fix most of the problems, but I still have 2 more problems:

Is it possible to set different margin or justification requirements within a text file?

  1. The Title Page is Level 1 Text file. I want the Name & Address to be left-justified, but it is paragraph indented. Also I want the Book Title and By to be centered, and the Word Count to be right-justified. I can’t just left-justify it, because all my other scenes will be left-justified instead of paragraph indented. My compile for my document is set as “Compile As Is” so it picks up that formatting.
    scriv i.jpg

1(a) In order to turn off the synopses, I removed the titles, so I hand-typed “Prologue” and “Epilogue” and centered them. However, they print left-justified and paragraph indented. How can I center them?

1(b) This is what I mean about indented text, where the margins are different for certain sections within a scene:

  1. My Text separator is centered everywhere except for the first appearance, where it is left-justified and paragraph indented. What can I do to fix that?
    scriv j.jpg
  1. You should be able to fix all the Title Page problems by setting the title page to compile as-is and then formatting it directly in the editor (not in compile). Its formatting will have no effect on the formatting of the other documents and vice versa, so you can adjust the indentation and alignment and so on without worry.

1a) I’m not sure what you mean when you say you removed titles in order to turn off synopses–how are these related? If “Prologue” and “Epilogue” are now part of the document text, then they’re being overridden with the compile formatting just like the rest of the document, so you’ll need to format just that text in the editor exactly as you want it compiled and then select it and choose Format > Formatting > Preserve Formatting. You’ll see a blue box around the text indicating that its formatting won’t be changed during compile, even though the rest of the document’s text take on the compile formatting.

1b) It looks like you have different indentation set for the different paragraphs and are not overriding that during compile. If the document is compiling as-is, you’ll need to adjust its formatting in the editor–select Format > Ruler to show that in the editor so you can easily adjust the indentation for your different paragraphs. If you’re trying to have standard formatting throughout for the document, though, I’d think you’d really want to just deselect “compile as-is” and thus have it use the compile formatting.

  1. If you have included separators within the document text, you can use the Preserve Formatting technique above to keep their editor formatting even when the rest of the document uses the compile formatting.