Question about the Corkboard

When in Corkboard mode, is there a way to display only the title of the index cards and (thus) hide their synopsis ?

…beside manually resizing the cards to make them temporarily tiny like that :

Thx for any help.

Not easily, but it’s possible.

The corkboard can show either a synopsis or an image. So if you assign a blank image – something like a neutral background color – the image view will give you just the title.

Unfortunately, you can’t force the image display if no image at all is assigned.

Thank you very much for the tips.

Here is the result of showing an image with the same colour as the card : un big square card with a small title.

I for one prefer resizing the cards as in OP. It requires only one manipulation for all the cards (while in the other case, a picture has to be added to each card). But more importantly, it allows to have small cards with only the title on them, so I can see a lot of them on the screen at a glance. Interesting for plotting imho.

Scrivener → Preferences → Appearance → Corkboard → Options lets you tell Scrivener to use normal index card dimensions for image cards.

But you’re correct, this is definitely not as convenient as just showing a blank card.

if all you want to see are the titles, do you need to be in the corkboard? E.g. if you use outline view and turn off every column except for the title, doesn’t that give you the same effect?

@kewms : the idea of being able to ‘toggle show synopsis’ using a simple button (as in your solution) is nice.

@brookter : I of course tried this option. A vertical list of words is not very appealing for brainstorming imho. But it is a question of personal preference.

A nice setup imho :

Fair enough: some may not know about the flexibility of the Outliner, so it’s worth mentioning.

Personally, i prefer the simple list of text to all those squares - I don’t have 1 word titles so the cards would have to be bigger, and a list is much easier to rearrange with the keyboard - but, as you say: preferences differ. Glad you found something which works.

Indeed. And that’s because I knew of the flexibility of the Outliner that I wonder about the flexibility of the Corkboard (namely the ability to hide the synopses).

Btw it is possible to write a few words, not many, as two lines are available :

You should check out their other app: Scapple. You can easily brainstorm in a free-form space, where each note is only as big as its text requires. It has other nice features, but remains very simple, on purpose, and is not like hierarchical mind maps that constrain you in the same way as an outline.

The bonus is that you can import a selection of notes into Scrivener when you’re ready to organize them into the binder structure.

Thx for the tip. I have Scapple. Nice app indeed.

What I was trying to achieve here was, inside a well-advanced Scrivener project, to easily and quickly hide/show already-written synopses to be able to focus on the titles so that I can see my whole story (or the part I’ve already made) on the screen, tell it, quickly modify it…

You can also adjust the shape of the cards using the icons in the footer below the cork board. You should be able to make them much wider than they are tall, if that’s an issue.

A couple of half-baked ideas:

Put a few blank spaces in the synopsis of your cards, and put the actual synopsis text into the card notes area in the inspector. The blank spaces prevent Scrivener from putting the page text into the synopsis.

I tried setting the index card style so the synopsis text is white against a white background. I couldn’t get the color to change. Maybe you can do better.

Yes, I know. It helps a bit. However, thanks for seeking solutions :slight_smile:

It is indeed a solution if one wants bigger cards (with the title on the upper part of it).

No I can’t :slight_smile:

Thank you for these ideas.