Hello all !
I just discovered Scrivener, and while sceptical at first as how it could help my daily writing, I’m starting to change my mind. This software could very well streamline and better organize my writing workflow. One thing could hold me back at that point, thought…
As a journalist I’m often find myself working from several interviews (text files). I need to constantly refer to those when writing my story. On complex stories, I might have about five or six such interviews I need to jump from (cite one sentence from that one, then copy-paste a couple lines from this other one, and feel that they perfectly relate to what this other guy said at the end that other interview, so now I need to cite just a bit from him too). This is no hard research material per se (which I could just read a few times and start writing, coming back to it when / if needed). Here, I really need to see all those documents at the same time, be active on them and jump between them.
Going back and forth between those interviews and my main document (the story itself) is not confortable. So in those cases, I plug my MacBook Pro to an external 24" monitor, allowing me to spread all interview notes at once in front of me, keeping only Pages open on the MBP screen for the story itself.
I haven’t found yet a way in Scrivener to “detach” research material pieces as independant windows I could put on an external monitor (as a “View in…” option using the system’s default application for that format).
While the horizontal split screen is very helpful when working from just a few sources, it does not keep up when I need to have six documents spread out for that “global” view.
If I’m to make Scrivener my main writing tool, such interviews would then be written directly as new research notes for each story (Scrivener project, then). Of course, I could always export them to RTF and open them with TextEdit on the external monitor, but that would be nice to have a way to do it right from Scrivener.
So is this possible ? Or maybe planned ? And if not (I’m feeling it might be a deliberate decision here to keep everything in one window, ala Coda), how do you guys cope with that kind of requirements ?
Extra point question :
I haven’t experimented much with exporting yet, but I don’t feel Scrivener has the capability to “export all” in a project, or have an “Archive project” option. By this, I mean having a single option to have the software create a (user specified) folder and puting in it all RTF documents found in the .scriv package (along with the research material in their native format too) with user-supplied names instead of the “1.rtfd”, “2.rtfd”, “3.rtfd” used inside the package. And of course without the XML (plumbing) files.
While I commend the fact that .scriv projects really are standard folders with standard formats inside, I would feel more at home if once a project is over, I could export it as a mere folder with regular and appropriately named files in it (and if there’s a check box to compress them and make it optionally a ZIP archive instead, I might even shed a tear of joy ).
Thanks for your help !