I mostly write (professionally) in HTML or in Markup. So a few years ago I bailed out of Scrivener v1 and went whole-hog into BBedit, so I could make use of its powerful text editing tools.
The big problem with BBedit is its utter lack of file management/organization. Worse, they recently added auto-save of unsaved documents. This has made me very lazy. I currently have open (not kidding) 400 documents, mostly untitled and unsaved. It’s a mess. I can’t live like this.
So I just upgraded to Scrivener 2, and will migrate in all these works-in-progress and take care of long-deferred housekeeping. But I could use help with four things:
I’m still going to spend a LOT of time passing text to/from BBedit (for grep search. HTML toolsets, scripting, etc.). I could use help/advice re: tools and workflows to make BBedit more easily available to/from Scrivener. If you, too, are using Scrivener for doc management in tandem with BBedit for hardcore editing, I’d love to hear from you (and/or be pointed to anything you’ve written on the topic).
Any suggestions for hardcore markdown/html use of Scrivener, e.g. using it in conjunction with Marked to view browser result on-the-fly?
I don’t do screenwriting. I don’t write novels. I don’t write academically, so I rarely use annotations or footnotes. I don’t use “cards”. I don’t want or need much of the functionality of Scrivener - e.g. the highly specialized tools. I mostly want to use Scrivener for its organizational power. There are surely others like me. Are there any existing articles/tutorials out there helping people like me avoid feeling overwhelmed by the large feature set?
One problem I used to experience with Scrivener was that copy/pasting in and out of the app would change the styles (true of any word processor). Over time, each doc would build up unpredictable formatting. Is there a quick/easy way to make docs revert to my default style/formatting settings? Thing is, I almost never apply font/tab/spacing styles anymore … again, I’m mostly using Markup. I can’t remember the last time a writing job called for submission of a formatted word processor doc (in fact, I can’t remember the last time I italicized something!). So: how can I make Scrivener act less like a word processor and more like a text editor, and make my docs more uniformly formatted? Is there a way to, for example, select all text and apply a keystroke to make it all appear per my default config?