I am asking for help in knowing where I am in the Binder.
Without creating any ire from the esteemed developers of Scrivener as to why we cannot edit a doc and have the Binder show specifically where that doc lies inside of our projects (I understand the whole philosophy behind Scrivener and, as expressed many times by Keith, I understand why it is not a good idea to have the Binder blink each time an editor window switches docs – this philosophy is fundamental. I buy that point.)
But my purpose here is to throw out to the community a question, a question as to which workarounds have “worked”. I personally don’t find it useful to enquire about the Path. The Path tells me about the hierarchy that would bring me to a doc in the Binder IF I KNEW HOW AND WAS WILLING TO TAKE THE TIME TO TRACE THAT PATH but I usually don’t want to take the time by going back to the Binder to trace the Path, clicking folders, finding which folders are in the Path, sometimes, oftentimes, clicking the wrong folders, etc. I’m not good at using Path information to spot my place in the Binder! Instead, I typically simply want to know where, in the Binder, is the particular doc I am working on. To trace a Path through the Binder is often difficult and involves many steps: couldn’t we have a command --Reveal Specific Document – that, instead of showing every Binder document in our Scrivenings Session instead shows the Specific Binder Document that our cursor sits within? This would be a narrow “REVEAL IN BINDER” command, and it would be VERY useful to me
So, I throw the question out to my fellow Scrivener lovers: What is the best way to work if I need to often ask, “where in my Project is my current Doc?” Might there be some sort of split editor, where the first editor is in Outline Mode, and the second editor is in Text Mode, and I could associate the current Text with the current line in Outline — but, unfortunately, despite trying, I haven’t been successful in putting together that type of layout.
Ultimately, I wish to be able to ask instantly where I am in my project (at the Binder level) when I edit a line in a document. I don’t want the Binder to continually give me the location of my doc, but I do want to be able to “ask” the Binder “where is the doc I am currently working on?”
I understand this is currently not the easiest thing to do in Scrivener. But I do know something more: Scrivener is the best software I have ever used, period, in thirty years of Apple and Windows. I love Scrivener. I only hope to discover a new way to use it.
Happy new year to everyone,