I’m slowly converting my work in progress into Scrivener, and there’s a feature I’d love to see.
When I’m working with flow in my standard process I make a new draft each time I do a reorder of the scene. So I have a V1, V2, V3 document, in V1, it may go ABCD, in V2 ABEC, in V3 EABDC. I flip back and forth to compare how the different versions work.
What I’d like to be able to in Scrivener is duplicate this process. At any time, take a snapshot that has the following information
1.) A current ‘snapshot’ of each document
2.) A snapshot of what documents are included in ‘draft’, and what order they flow in
3.) A ‘view version’ setting, that restores me to that version (read only) mode - even if it’s a single view-scrivenings like mode, so I can review that complete version rather than trying to piece it together from individual snapshots.
4.) A ‘insert in current version’ button that puts deleted scenes into the current (editable) binder.
Part of the reason for this is trying to figure out what to do with deleted scenes. I’ve got several bits that don’t fit into the current flow. If I delete them, they’re gone. If I leave them in as blank / do not include in drafts, it clutters up the binder/outliner. If I move them into research, I’ve lost their placement. If I export the version or use a separate project file for each, I’ve got to cut and paste to bring bits I want to restore back in.
As a second wishlist feature, I’d love to be able to tag/label/status and/or otherwise mark a particular snapshot for cases when I’ve removed/added a character/plot element - If I do a search for everything with the keyword “Bob”, I’d like to see all current things tagged bob, and all snapshots tagged bob (which wouldn’t be the same list).
Hopefully these fit the function you see for Scrivener, and will fit in some future version.