Streamlining Comments and Annotations

Hello, fellow Scrivener users,

I’m in the middle of revising a project and finding myself a bit tangled up with Comments and Footnotes both showing up in the Inspector. It’s becoming a bit cluttered for my liking, and I’m wondering if there’s a more streamlined way to toggle between the two. In my opinion Footnotes are part of the text while Comments are temporary notes jotted down along the way.

I thought about using Annotations as an alternative, but I miss the possibility to see them in a list.

Any advice on better strategies to “comment” a text. Basically my notes are just things like “rewrite this bit, exapnd the intro, describe the scene,”

Thanks a bunch!

How are you using tags and/or other metadata? It seems with the type of comments you mention, combining either one with inline annotations would allow you to find the bits that need reworking?

I wonder if you could then search by formatting to get your lists (and if using a collection of said tags/metadata you could drill down further to specifics? (I’ve not tried this personally yet, but it seems logical. :person_shrugging: )

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Although annotations in Scrivener are actually quite useful, I miss the direct connection to the text. My banal solution probably won’t help you … I simply use a table with two columns. The text on the left, my comments on the right. For me, this has the advantage that everything stays together when scrolling.

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I think you are right, but I was looking for something easier, more visual. Like margin notes. Well, now I think I should make a request in the wish list section :wink:

That’s probably the closest thing to margin notes and it’s a nice trick, but probably not so handy for very long documents.

Scrivener was also developed so that you don’t need to have “very long documents” :wink:

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I still wouldn’t recommend using tables for this application, unless you’re planning to carry them all the way through to the finished output. There’s no automated way to get rid of them.

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Unfortunately, that’s true. That’s why I only do this in certain cases and in a copy of the original. I then delete the copy completely. Sometimes it is also sufficient to delete only the right-hand column.

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I use it for all things text.

If the formatting of the text does not matter, you can get rid of the table by copy/paste without formatting. Otherwise it is better to use a copy.

Without any prejudice intended, seeing this screenshot of how you use tables to take notes about sections of your text gives me brain pain.

It seems like a lot of clunky trouble for not much.

Why don’t you simply dedicate a character attribute style to these “inline notes” ?

You could have a document in the Project Bookmarks where you’d have a blank note ready for copy/paste at the end of a paragraph, as well as your redundant ones (“rewrite”, “to be shorten” ect), which you could even color code (and make standout) using a highlight, once the character attribute style has been applied.

The style would allow you to have them removed from compile.
So, no tables to handle, and you could compile a clean copy at any time.

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@Vincent_Vincent I have nothing against prejudices. Sometimes they are true, even often :wink: To clear up a misunderstanding, I don’t compile. Never. I write texts to inform others. It’s all about the content, the information. The rest doesn’t matter.

I use the table (not very often) because I’m used to it, not because it’s smart. No reason for your brain pain. Your solution is certainly better :slightly_smiling_face:

I see.
Of course, if you don’t compile ever, no need to worry about it.
Do you even need to delete the tables at all, ever?

Just to make it look nicer.

I just realised that I can convert inline footnotes to inspector footnotes and vice versa. This way I can have all my comments as a sort of margin notes in the Inspector.

By the way, I never bothered because I don’t need this, but I just found out that the table can be removed very easily by setting the number of columns and rows to 0.

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Only if only one column contains text. Or rather, you can always remove a table, but doing so when there’s more than one column can leave a mess to clean up.