Persistent corkboard settings?

I’m new to this, but is there a way to make the settings separate for each corkboard? For example, my Characters corkboard only has 6 cards, so I can make them nice and big. On the other hand, I want the cards to be smaller and closer together for the Plot corkboard, which has many cards, so that I can get a better overview. It’s troublesome to have to adjust the settings each time I switch corkboards.

Hmm, this isn’t a part of the design plan. The corkboard settings have always been universal to the project. There is one exception, corkboard settings are unique to the split, so you might be able to work something out where one side gets used for large cards, and the other side for small cards, or whatever the case may be.

Ah, thanks for explaining. I’m afraid the split screen is not a solution because I rarely need to look at both corkboards are the same time. Is this addressed in the latest mac version, with the advent of freeform corkboard? If so, at least I can look forward to seeing a solution when the Windows version reaches feature parity :smiley:

In a way. Freeform vs. Linear is a preference that is set at the container level not the project level. So you can set one container to be freeform out of hundreds of linear corkboards and it will always be that way when you click on it.

Otherwise, the particular display settings are still project-universal. What Freeform would let you do is of course treat each container in its own unique spatial way.

Does a freeform container retain its own index card size/ratio settings? I imagine that the spatial arrangement of the cards in freeform would be influenced by their size. If I then change the card size in another container and this change is propagated project-wide, the arrangement in the freeform container might not be suitable anymore (e. g. cards might be too far apart if they decreased in size.)

View controls are still project-universal even in freeform, but the way card size is handled is different. It acts more like zoom does in a graphics program. The cards don’t expand or contract based on their centre-axis, but rather the entire corkboard scales up or down—thus changing the controls do not alter the spatial relationship between cards or cause overlaps.

Likewise it would be really cool if when I set my cards to a certain size and the font size to small if it would stay that way the next time I opened Scrivener! 8)

BTW – on a totally different rant – I totally expected this ocean of interest in the beta. I’ve been “lusting after” Scrivener for some time, ever since I toyed with a trial on my work mac, and all you have to do is google “Scrivener for Windows” and come up with so many people looking for it or trying to set it up via pearpc, and other contortions more ridiculous, etc. I tried LSB and really adored it (and still do) complex as it is, but I prefer the Scrivener corkboard / “master view” I get of the entire structure of my novel all at one time, in a visually pleasing complete way, and the ability to organize images/research in a folder structure. (LSB is great for nonlinear writing and brainstorming but I have a tendency to distract myself with all the features and get “lost” in it–plus there is no way in there to see notes, research, and overall structure of the novel all at one time–it’s more like a forest you wander through location by location, while Scrivener gives you a world map.) Scrivener has a great sense of completeness about it, and would be awesome for writing a dissertation (something I also am going to get to do one of these days in all likelihood :unamused: ) My novel is pretty intense on the research and tracking different subplots so I love this overarching bird’s eye view I get in the corkboard/outline.

There! :smiley: Deep breath. Hope you guys are getting enough praise to balance out with / inspire you through the bug reports!

Thanks StarTigress! :slight_smile:

Non-persistent corkboard and outliner features are definitely going to be there; they just aren’t wired up yet. Eventually, any change you make to the appearance of a corkboard or outliner will be saved into that project—and into that split side—without having to even think about it.

Thanks AmberV for explaining this in more detail, even taking the trouble to include screenshots :slight_smile:

I do hope that the team would consider adding container-specific settings as an option – that’d make the app even more flexible and convenient to use.

It’s not a bad idea, but it definitely would require some design thought. Consider that now—if you want to change the way your project looks and feels—you can do that with one move. You just change those settings. If each and every item in the Binder had its own settings, there would no longer be a way to universally set up your project using that control. There would need to be two controls, and coming up with an elegant way to do that would be something to think about.

That occurred to me as well. I was thinking this can be a checkbox in Options, something like “Propagate corkboard settings project-wide.” It can be checked by default, which would result in the behaviour we see now. If unchecked, the settings become container-specific.

Hmm, not sure about that because Options are application-wide, not project specific, and this would probably be something you want to tune at the project level. I think a checkbox within the corkboard settings itself would work better, on a two-layer system. Basically by default the display settings would always impact global, but if you checked off an option in the display settings first, it would lock that one container to override the default settings.

Whatever the case, this is definitely “feature request”. :slight_smile: Give us a bump on it in a few months.

Your version sounds excellent. Will definitely bring this up again when things settle down. Can’t wait for that wish list to be up 8)