Notes on v2.20, 2017-12-3.
1 New default para settings are great. Very helpful, since I like to use para indents with no extra leading for content, and just a bit of leading with no indents for notes.
2 Having the para settings available in Word Processing bar is also very helpful.
3 Very helpful to have the app title-bar showing 3 levels of naming. That said, I would love (perhaps as an option) to see the whole path to the current Scene. I have projects with deeply branching trees, and I suspect people using AS as an idea manager will end up with deep tree branches, too. The path display makes it significantly easier to use short, terse Scene naming. Also, the title bar is one of the few places that a long location string could actually fit.
4 The tiny check-mark indicating currently displayed text is helpful, too. On my huge screen it is indeed very tiny, but it will suffice. Now that it’s present, I’m wondering what context is indicated by the light blue background on the “last clicked” tree node. From a GUI perspective, when I glance at the tree, the first thing I notice is the blue-highlighted element, which almost always is unrelated to what I’m doing. This is because it’s left highlighted from perhaps half an hour ago when I last opened a Scene.
On a related note, it seems to me it would make sense for the current tab to be light blue. Or perhaps both.
I may be missing something, but I’m not sure in what context the tree node needs to remain highlighted. I suppose I can use it as a very temporary place-marker — that is, I might be moving blocks of text from hither and yon, all into one folder, so I would click on the destination folder to make it easier to find (in my large projects). [As I was writing this, the current blue node seems to have lost its highlighting — nothing is blue now, including the tree title. Puzzling.]
5 Creating new tabs to the right of current tab makes a lot of sense. I’m hoping the next release will support moving tabs around. The order in which I open them is almost never the order I want to see them in! Another very useful tool for this would be a button on the Project toolbar to “Auto-Arrange Tabs”. When toggled on, all tabs would rearrange to match their order in the Tree, and new ones would appear in their Tree positions. When toggled off, tabs could be freely arranged. So the user could toggle on and then off to set an initial tab order, and still have free positioning.
6 Ctrl-W will be handy, especially since I often have dozens of scenes open at one time. (I’ll be fixing up some continuity issue, and then I’ll want to return to just a few scenes currently being written.) I do like the tab management options in Google Chrome — Close Other Tabs, and Close Tabs to the Right. After a reorganization session, I could easily have 40 tabs open. There’s presently no way to close most (or even all) of them without a tedious amount of clicking. But Ctrl-W does let me effortlessly whack away lots of tabs, so it’s a good solution.
I just noticed that right-clicking on a tab selects it. If there’s a context menu for tabs in the future, it might be advisable to disable right-click-selection early on. I would expect a right-click menu for individual tabs will eventually be needed.
7 Help menu access to kybd shortcuts is most welcome!
8 Having the shortcuts online is useful. But in some environments I have to be off-line, so displaying help in a local RTF would be important. Also, in-app buttons that “unexpectedly” invoke a browser session and trigger a web page download can be a bit jarring — one expects app commands to apply to the app itself. They may also be disallowed in many work environments. And where WiFi isn’t available, or is painfully slow, they lead to a lot of distracting pauses and delays. If WiFi isn’t available, the user may just experience an unresponsive key-click, implying a bug, leading to support requests, bug reports, etc.
9 Find works in Current Tab context. Excellent! This was actually becoming a big problem for me. Now solved.
10 Para indent option removed. Yes.
11 Layout buttons always enabled: Good. Helpful.
12 I should have taken a screen shot before upgrading! I like the present colors, whatever they may have been before. (I still wish the Save disc-icon states were more visually distinctive. The app’s light blue is too similar in value to the greyed-out color. Perhaps the app’s logo-orange could work? “Not saved” is after all a kind of warning.)
Thanks for releasing all this ASAP. Much appreciated.