Hi Per, I know you are making big improvements to the software in general as you guys prepare it for collaboration/sharing etc, but just wanted to put in a few personal things that would really help my workflow and you can decide if they are relevant/would be useful for others too, if if they are already in the mix for a future update. Just some ideas and no doubt you are already thinking about some of them, so forgive me if it's repetitive.
Episode dropdown toggle that would enable being able switch/jump to episodes in a dedicated way. Currently I have 7 episodes (Books, but for formatting I'm using the Episode method to separate each book as I can't see how else I would do it). As they 200-300 pages long. it's a lot of horizontal scrolling or resizing the top timeline to roughly move to where I need to be.
I know it's a much bigger task but it would be great to be able to focus on one episode at a time and remove the others from the whiteboard until I need them. The filtering just greys things out, but keeps it in place, so doesn't alter the amount of scrolling needed to access neighbouring episodes. Understanding how that might present issues with moving beats around, I did think about Episodes having tabs, so that if you need to move a beat from one episode to another you could hover over the tab to then port it to that. Much like moving a file between tabbed FINDER window on a mac.
WORD COUNT: Live word count for Novels format:
The word count reporting takes a while to load as it's pulling together a lot of info.
I spoke to a few authors using Causality and we imagined which in Novel mode, a dynamic counter in place of where the page count currently is (as page count is not relevant for authors because of individual output formatting that would make this inaccurate.
Clicking on a beat would reveal it's word count.
Clicking on a group would reveal the combined word count for every beat contained within it.
Clicking on a Block etc
Placing the marker randomly on the whiteboard would aggregate all words (ignoring titles, meta) up to that point.
NAVIGATION: More keyboard shortcuts for Controllers:
It would be awesome to have a scrub left / scrub right shortcuts, so that I can link them to my Scrub wheel controller making moving through the whiteboard horizontally left to right much faster. I'm constantly needed to jump through beginning scenes. and end scenes.
(A keyboard equivalent of the two finger gesture on the trackpad).
BEATS: pop up windows:
Currently they live inside the UI of the app. Are they able to float outside of the console so that they can be left open on another monitor.
The colour palette has an array of similar colours which makes it hard to select the exact colour again. Could the colours also have numbers: B1, B2, B3, B4 etc so that selecting them is a sure thing. I'm often selecting the wrong shade when trying to colour multiple beats for clarity. It would also be great to be able to change the colour from right click of a beat, as you can with Character/Visibility/Tags etc.