DISCLAIMER: I’m posting this suggestion so as to get it out of my system. I recognize that it is likely too costly, complicated, overkill, and outside of or at odds with Scrivener’s direction. But I’ll rest easier, having posted it. I hope it is intelligible. Beware, this way lies madness…
SUGGESTION: Timeline-like synchronization between binder portions. Presumably between MANUSCRIPT and various other binder portions.
EXAMPLE: I’ve outlined a story arc and expanded/drafted it into a novel in the MANUSCRIPT portion of the binder. Upon reviewing, I conclude that I need to outline character arcs (in CHARACTERS or RESEARCH or some such other portion of the binder)… and that it would be helpful to not only create them alongside the MANUSCRIPT portion of the binder (already doable via side-by-side windows) but also be able to synchronize their items in a timeline-like manner with items in MANUSCRIPT.
Obviously, one can create character (and other) arcs elsewhere (CHARACTERS, RESEARCH, etc.) and can do so side-by-side with MANUSCRIPT, via side-by-side edit windows. But such will tend to be of various lengths/amount of detail and start/progress/end at various points relative to the contents of MANUSCRIPT.
One can do some of this via custom metadata columns in outliner view, but a given character’s arc items can be sufficiently spread out and different in hierarchy level and number from the MANUSCRIPT’s entirety of items so as to be difficult to conveniently view and deal with as a granular zoomable arc.
So, it seems it would be useful to be able to position and synchronize such arc components relative to MANUSCRIPT. And view them at various and differing degrees of zoom/granularity.
This might involve tieing specific arcs items to specific MANUSCRIPT items, though I suspect that would be a snarl to implement and maintain and be easy to break and corrupt.
Or perhaps all binder items could optionally be positioned/tied to some shared background timeline (perhaps a visible TIMELINE folder or timeline object somewhere in the binder outside of MANUSCRIPT).
When displayed side-by-side like this, it would be useful to have the options of seeing the two views synchronized (expanded as necessary via vertically spacing items to allow for their being placed side-by-side on a per item basis) and seeing them unsynchronized (compacted with no vertical white space padding).
I’m guessing this would prove complicated. A “bridge too far”. And quite possibly unneeded by experienced authors?
I’ve looked at Aeon Timeline, but it doesn’t give the vertical orientation and compactness that I need and get from Scrivener. The Aeon Timeline developer has mentioned adding some sort of outlining capability in the future.
And I’ve downloaded the Qt development tools, with the thought of seeing if I could rough up a proof of concept version of this. But appears to be way beyond me.