I’m brand new to this tool (and site), so forgive me if the below questions have been asked before. I’m trying to find out whether SEW might be a good alternative for me because of several issues with a certain competitor tool. So far, the lightweight interface all looks good and, given that I’m a regular user of Word, this seems to be a suitable tool. I haven’t been able to figure out the following yet though:
Full-screen mode: There doesn’t seem to be a quick option (F11 doesn’t do anything, and I can’t find anything in the menu). I’ve been able to simulate full-screen mode by simply hiding the left and right panes as well as the menu bar. That’d be good enough for me, and I like that I can quickly display the document structure via F6 even in this simulated full-screen mode. However, when I then (even just accidentally) click on a notes item in the document tree, it opens the Notes pane on the right and there’s no simple way to make it go away quickly. I’ll have to bring back the menu bar and click on the button there. Can this be fixed by giving the Notes pane its own shortcut key so I can make it appear/disappear just like the Document and Research panes? Or is a true full-screen mode already planned? Or is there a way to assign custom shortcut keys so I can make the interface behave the way I prefer myself?
Selecting multiple scenes/chapters: This issue is even more important for my personal writing routine than 1) above. Is there a way to display multiple scenes/chapters at the same time as a consecutive stream of text (like Scrivener does)? I know I can click on several scenes one after another and then there’ll be tabs on top of the main window, but everything I’ve tried so far only opens one scene at a time in the main composition window. Sometimes I’d like to play with transitions between scenes or just skim/read through multiple scenes at once to get a “big picture” view of my project. I’ve also checked the Export options but could only manage to export either a single scene or the whole project. (Besides, having to export the whole thing for this purpose sounds a bit like too much unnecessary work.) So, same question here: Is there a way to achieve this or is this something that’s already in the works?
In case it matters: I’m using Windows 8.1 (64-bit) and Word 2007 (I saw that SmartEdit for Word requires a newer version; if I’m planning on using only SEW, will this be a problem anyway?)
Thanks in advance for any answers!