First, let me say (at least once a year) that the more I use Scrivener, the more admiration I have for the incredible amount of creative, insightful work that’s gone into the app and the documentation. Superb functionality!
Second, a minor feature request:
When I set a Section Layout for a heading, usually (but strangely not always) the sample text that appears is a series of greeked paragraphs. Since a heading is often set in large type, the resulting Layout preview becomes unreasonably deep, cluttering up the list of Layouts, and visually confusing the idea of it being just a heading.
For example, I have a Layout called “Book Title” and it takes up the entire Section Layouts List pane because the sample “title” is three paragraphs long of gigantic “greek”.
Where does this sample text come from? Can it be changed so that a heading Layout is just a few words?
Third, a Feature wish: Either default each layout to a choice of “Heading Text” or the greeked text, or better yet, let the user supply some descriptive text that reinforces the layout assignments. I would find this latter approach tremendously more useful.
Beyond that, I really wish the Compiler setup scheme could be made more WYSIWYG. The settings are in so many places (brilliantly successful, but very steep to learn) that I imagine the configuration process could be re-imagined to be a lot easier to understand and to use.
For example, that slender line “Determined by Section Layout” is soooo easy to overlook until a lot of hair has been pulled out. As is editing a custom format. Or remembering to leave the Compile environment to re-open Project > Settings, select Section Types, and then select the right-hand tab so you can see the hierarchy-based selections highlighted in the Binder. Quite a lot of terminology involved, too. I realize much of this complexity is inevitable, but the UX can be more fun. (Although that would likely be a monumental task…)
Mainly, I feel terrible that so many of my writer friends are afraid to try Scriv because they can’t begin to fathom the Compiler, even when I show them Ctrl-P! They’re missing such a spectacular organizing and structuring toolset! I pine for them . . . .