I have seen some threads somewhat similar to this, so I’m not certain if this exact idea has been addressed. Please, if this has been covered elsewhere, link me to the previous answer? I was a bit confused by what the official verdict is on this topic.
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About My Use Case
I write a combination of text roleplay posts, short stories/scenes, and novels. Although I have used Scrivener for Windows for two years or so now (if memory serves me), it has never been my #1 go-to due to the nature of it. I do not like being permanently tethered to my desk. Very recently I have switched from Ulysses to Scrivener on my iPad, and it has replaced that app’s role in my workflow and exceeded it due to the ability to sync with my windows machine for those times when I need a full keyboard. In reverse, I love being able to grab my iPad as I walk out the door and pick up right where I left off when I was at home. I haven’t used it long, but I love it already!
I have been looking for a solution to one particular hole in my writing workflow for quite some time however. When I first started taking my writing seriously, I had a giant (5 feet wide, 3 feet tall) whiteboard I pasted in the back of my clothes closet. I primarily used this for planning relationships between characters, as some of my stories have casts of 25+ active characters who all know each other and interact regularly. The luxury of this whiteboard has long since perished, however it has been sorely missed for 5 years or more. Currently I use an ever changing combination of Whitelines Link, Evernote, iOS Notes, Procreate, and good old pen and paper to replace this.
I would love to see there be something that served as a sort of whiteboard or chalkboard replacement and integrated with Scrivener in the way that Scapple does (from what I gather). Note that I have not actually used Scapple, so anything I say about that program is merely assumption based on what little I’ve read about it. I do intend to try it, I simply haven’t yet.
I would love to see the ability to drag and drop points around on a large blank screen. I would also love to be able to draw arrows between points and write notes about how those points are connected. In my particular use case, this would be incredibly helpful for tracking relationships between my cast of characters, as well as to visualize the effects of the actions they take farther down the road, connecting and noting how plot points fit together in the grander scheme of the story.
The iPad (or any touch-screen device really) seems like an excellent platform for this kind of functionality. While I’m sure there are plenty of whiteboard replacement apps in the app store, none of them would integrate directly with Scrivener.
While some kind of handwriting/drawing support for the Apple Pencil and iPad Pro I own would admittedly be nice, especially for doing things like managing the arrows/lines connections various points. I also understand that a lot of users likely do not have this hardware however. Plus, I can’t imagine handwriting recognition or handwriting to text functionality being easy to implement in a system like Scrivener.