Wordcount History

I love the new Project targets dialog in 2.0.5. Persistent targets per day, and automatic daily word-count targets from a deadline. Awesome!

Now, what would be really cool would be if you saved all the daily word-counts and then gave us a simple progress graph. It’s nice to see how well (or badly) progress has been going.

In the future you might allow us to input daily caffeine (alcohol?) consumption, and then provide a correlation between the two :slight_smile:


There are no plans for anything like this - this is where a nice spreadsheet comes in handy. :slight_smile:

As for caffeine consumption, a full-on built in coffee-maker is on the list for 3.0.

Thanks and all the best,


If you have MS Excel you may find this spreadsheet useful. Works with Numbers too, more or less. (You could add a couple of columns and charts for alcohol and caffeine consumption - will the relationships with wordcount be inverse or directly proportional?)


OK – so this is where scripting would be great, as I’d like to automate the procedure (though thanks for the spreadsheet link, Hugh).

I’m not sure I want to know the real connection between caffeine and output. I’d like to think it was positive…

Full AppleScript support is planned for 2.1 - it’s a big job and will be 2.1’s main focus, hopefully later this year (don’t quote me on it being 2.1 - that has long been the plan but don’t shoot me if it gets pushed back to 2.2).

So, this is one to add to the AppleScript list - the ability to get the session word count and target. If you could do that, you should be able to write a script that would put them in a spreadsheet - or someone could, and we could host it here…

That sounds completely awesome! I’ve never done anything in AppleScript, but I’m pretty good with Bash scripting and Perl, so AppleScript support in Scrivener would be welcomed. At the very least, it would give me a reason to find out what can and can’t be done with AppleScript.

And if someone wrote an AppleScript that keeps a wordcount history in Scrivener, I would definitely use it, probably even pay for it!

To throw in my two cents, I would love this feature/script as well.

Personally I use a spreadsheet when I need this sort of thing at the moment now… helps give me the visual nudge to keep going. (Search for NaNoWriMo or NaNo wordcount spreadsheets and you will find a lot of examples that can be used for more than just nano.)

Automated stats, well thats just an awesome goal to have :slight_smile:

Just for the record, AppleScript support won’t be coming with 2.1. The focus of 2.1 ended up being a greatly refined Compile and Lion support. 2.1 will be out in the next few days, and then there will be a 2.1.1 to fix the inevitable bugs that crop up, and then, once the summer is over (which is very busy with a) the Windows version, b) me getting married and c) me moving house), I intend to start work on AppleScript for 2.2 later in the year.

All the best,



I’m looking forward to seeing the compile refinements - they’re just in time for me to practice with before I submit my thesis in a couple of months.

As for your summer
a) commiserations :frowning:
b) congratulations :smiley:
c) both :confused:

As for b), remember the logic of weddings is as follows: weddings are the best parties; your own wedding is the best wedding; therefore your own wedding is the best party. Enjoy it!