Simply Scrivener reader Miles Bennette-Eaton emailed me the other day with a question whether it was possible to use the split screen function in Composition mode. The response, unfortunately, was “I’m afraid not.”
However, Miles was tenacious and came up with his own workaround using document notes, The gears turned in my head and I came up with another workaround. Together we have two possible solutions. Take your pick each one works great.
The Miles Bennette-Eaton Solution:
1. Select the text files you want to see in Composition mode.
2. Copy and paste text file two into Document Notes.
3. Go to View—>Enter Composition Mode.
4. In the footer, position the paper to the left.
5. Select Inspector and in the header’s dropdown menu, select document notes. You should see your copied text.
And this is how it looks like:
The Simply Scrivener Solution:
1. Select the text file—just one—you want to see in Composition Mode.
2. Go to View—> Enter Composition Mode.
3. In the footer, position the paper to the left.
4. Now, take your mouse up so the menubar appears. Go to View—>Quick Reference and from the menu select the second document you want to work on.
5. Move the floating window to the right and resize it.
This is how it looks like:
Using Quick Reference panels eliminates copying and pasting into document notes. What if you want to work with a photo or PDF? Can they be accessed via the Quick Reference Panels? Why yes you can! Instead of selecting from the Draft section, make your selection from the Research folder. Below are two illustrations for a photo and PDF.
A big THANK YOU to Miles for the inspiration behind this tutorial!