|Subject:||Re: [O] Org Writer's room|
|Date:||Thu, 6 Dec 2012 12:12:50 +0500|
Hi Everyone,On Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 7:44 PM, Alan L Tyree <address@hidden> wrote:
> On 06/12/12 11:22, Rasmus wrote:
>> Andrew Hyatt <address@hidden> writes:
>>> This sounds like an interesting project. My advice is to make a few
>>> screenshots that give people an idea what you are working towards.
>>> Of course, they could be completely fake, but it would be helpful to
>>> understand for people like me who haven't used Scrivener.
>> I would also like to see this. It sounds nice when I read your
>> description, but I still don't fully appreciate the idea.
> I'm also very interested. I haven't used Scrivener -- what features do you
> see as making org a *way* better writing environment?
> Alan L Tyree http://www2.austlii.edu.au/~alan
> Tel: 04 2748 6206 sip:address@hidden
Sorry, I sent that last email off too quickly as I was realizing that
I actually had /work/ to do while I was at work...
Scrivener is a really neat program, which is designed to help writers
organize and manage large writing problems while staying focused on
the actual task of writing. Like org-mode, it has pretty powerful
tools for manipulating the structure of a text; in general it is (from
what I can tell) way less powerful than org-mode (what isn't?) but for
a writer that may sometimes be an advantage -- it removes
>From what I can tell (and I am not a very experienced user) one of the
main attractions of Scrivener is the metaphors it uses to organize
your work. Each project is called a 'Binder'; it's where you keep
your drafts, your notes, and any supporting materials for your
project. When you work on a project, you can "open up" your binder
and look at the materials on a 2-dimensional canvas to sort through
them. So, it's like taking your papers out of your binder and
spreading them out on your desk.
Each element in a binder is also represented as an "index card". On
the front of hte index card is a title and a synopsis; on the back is
the actual text you've been writing.
In combination, these two metaphors are a really helpful way of
thinking about your project, I think.
In org-mode, it would be very difficult to replicate the
almost-tactile feel of dragging index cards around a canvas to
organize them. (the .org file structure is actually probably really
well-suited to this, but one would need to write a whole other
However, some of the cool things about the Scrivener interface *can*
be implemented in org.
Take a look at the attached screenshots. I admire the 3-column
layout, with an outline view in the left-hand column, metadata
displayed on the right-hand side, and a main panel in the center which
is used either to display index-card representations of the document
structure, or the actual text that one intends to edit.
To start with I would like to just replicate this window structure,
because it keeps you focused on writing, while having the larger
structure available if you feel the need to flit around a bit. The
third screenshot shows a semi-fake, still very primitive version of
what I'd like to have. (I haven't figured out a good way to do the
Does this help clarify a bit? Anyone think it's interesting?
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