[LH3137|LH2416] Freeform Corkboard Misbehaving

Not sure if these are bugs, “just not finished yet”, or only happening to me. I’ve searched through the beta forum and hadn’t seen these talked about, so it could just be me. Didn’t see anything listed in Known Issues either.

In Freeform Corkboard, I’ve noticed a couple of behaviors that I don’t think are intended.

Issue 1: Clicking overlapped cards does not bring them to front
If I overlap cards or card stacks, clicking on one that is lower/beneath does not bring it to the front. To get a card to come to the front requires clicking and dragging the card, though even this fails sometimes. Seems to be an issue with the tutorial.scriv, an imported 1.9.7 project, and a newly created project in I have restarted computer and restarted Scrivener.

Steps to Reproduce:

  1. Select multiple items or a folder with multiple items
  2. Select Corkboard view
  3. Select Freeform
  4. Move cards such that two or more overlap, but leave sufficient space so that a lower card is still visible beneath a higher card.
  5. Click on a lower card to select
  6. Expected Behavior::Card comes to front of pile
  7. Current Behavior: Card is selected, but remains below other cards
  8. Partial Workaround: Click and drag a lower card - this will bring that card to the top of the pile, but occasionally this fails.

Issue 2: Rapidly moving cards in succession causes Scrivener to jump to an item in the editor
I noticed this first on my imported project with ~50 items/scenes and was trying to organize them from the default Freeform diagonal cascade. but also run into the issue in tutorial.scriv and new projects. Trying to move cards in rapid succession causes Scrivener to select one of those cards and switches to Editor view for that item, a similar behavior to clicking on the card icon. This can happen regardless of card overlap. It is also not from accidentally clicking the icon. Sometimes it is the item last selected that is opened in the Editor, sometimes it’s another random item. I haven’t as yet found a rhyme or reason.

Steps to Reproduce:

  1. Select multiple items or a folder with multiple items
  2. Select Corkboard view
  3. Select Freeform
  4. Click and drag several cards in rapid succession (faster than a click/drag per second, and the faster the more likely to trigger it seems);
  5. Expected Behavior: Cards reorder and drop when released.
  6. Current Behavior: Occasionally, an item is selected and the Editor view opened for that item. Also, if switching back to the Freeform view of the stack, occasionally the next click will result in another card being opened in the editor. Can occur with as few as 3 cards moved or bug might not trigger till several more have been moved, but it is pretty reproducible.

System Specs:
Surface Pro 4
Windows 10, version 1803 - 64-bit
Scrivener - 64-bit, fresh install

Just updated to beta and all the same applies in the original post.

Again, this may all be known issues, but it would be nice to see some confirmation.

Same specs, only now Beta


Hi youngheart80, I can confirm that you have found a bug. At the moment the Corkboard cards have the Binder order used as a depth index. Using the last clicked card as a depth index is definitely better. I have filed this, but cannot promise that it will be fixed with the next update.

I think the second issue may just be one that we have logged, whereby cards on the corkboard are opening with a single click rather than requiring a double-click. The area sensitive to the clicks is also a bit wide, so it is easy to trigger opening a document accidentally. For instance, if you click just to the left of a card, it will probably open in the editor. Selecting multiple cards and dragging them is more likely to end up clicking in a hot spot.

Once that is fixed, so loading a card requires the double-click, we can see if this is still happening and so a different issue; hopefully it will also be resolved!

Good news. I’ll keep an eye on it as betas progress.


I think this is still an issue. I’m on 2.9.13, and if I’m in freeform corkboard, and two cards are stacked, clicking on the bottom one won’t move it to the front. If I drag one, it’ll stick to the cursor.

I attached a quick-and-dirty video of it happening. I’ve no idea what I clicked to make it pop up a level. I don’t think I was anywhere near the Manuscript level.

OK, it’s too big for the forum. Here’s a dropbox link. dropbox.com/s/e3n2n4bu0sz2r … 9.flv?dl=0