I post this here on the advice of Katherine from the support team.
Actually, I’m looking for an app which could do something special for me, and (as usual!) every app I see can do a part of it, but none seems to be able to do all of it. Yet it seems rather simple to me…
I’m a screenwriter, and for some years now, I have been noting ideas on a simple Word document. Just a list.
In fact, I use three documents : for “stories ideas”, for “situations ideas” and for “images ideas”.
But they are so linear and non-labelled that of course I never looked at these three lists when I was searching for ideas.
Some weeks ago I realized how silly it is to have all these ideas and never use them.
So I thought about it and came to this conclusion : what I need is to create one single list with all the ideas (because some ideas can be “stories ideas” and “situations ideas” at the same time) and to be able to filter them according to criterias like type (“stories ideas” or “images ideas”, etc.), themes, for example (comedy ideas, drama ideas, whatever) or some more precise elements (if the word “subway” is present in the text of the idea, etc.).
Scrivener is great for the possibility of reading a list as a whole or as an addition of little parts.
Scrivener is great for the possibility of dividing a text in little parts when importing it (by chance I put a dash before every ideain my list).
Scrivener is great for the presentation of the searching list (like in a blog when you can click and have all the entries which have one keyword).
But my problem is : as a writer (and I think it could be useful for every writer), with Scrivener, I can’t (for the moment) filter a list of ideas to find the useful ones in a flexible way like :
I need an idea for a situation I’m looking for.
I need an idea for a funny situation.
I need an idea for a funny situation which takes place in the subway (because the character is in the subway at this point of the story).
This is a simple example, the need can be more complex…
To be honest, I’ve used Journler to keep a diary (I discovered it years before Scrivener). The filter function of Journler is I think exactly what I would need (it’s like searching in the mac finder) but you have to create a new entry each time you have a new idea (and can’t divide an existing list in little parts), and all the entries are contented in the “diary database” like all the photos are contented in iPhoto’s library. And I don’t want my ideas to be mixed up with my diary entries, or the entries of another file…
I had a look on Tinderbox and DevonThink, but it seems far too complicated for me and my needs.
If somebody have an idea of an app that match my need, I would be grateful!