I’ve been remiss on my Scrivener Saturday posts in part because I was waiting to see what new and updated features we’d get for each new beta version. Thanks to all the hard work from Lee at Literature and Latte, we have all sorts of spiffed up features.
However, today it’s all about meta-data, specifically, keywords So what the hell is meta-data? In simple English, courtesy of Techterms.com:
Meta-data describes other data. It provides information about a certain item’s content. For example, an image may include metadata that describes how large the picture is, the color depth, the image resolution, when the image was created, and other data. A text document’s metadata may contain information about how long the document is, who the author is, when the document was written, and a short summary of the document.
Web pages often include metadata in the form of meta tags. Description and keywords meta tags are commonly used to describe the Web page’s content. Most search engines use this data when adding pages to their search index.
In Scrivener there are several ways you can input you meta-data. But for today let’s just examine keywords
- In the Inspector, at the bottom, you’ll note a series of icons one them is a key, which unlocks the section to add keywords and descriptions. I can either type it in or I can hit Ctrl and drag the word into the section.
Every time, I enter a keyword, it appears in the Keyword HUD, which essentially a repository of all the keywords in Julius. This HUD can be accessed from the toolbar and it’s a key with colored bullets running down the side. I can also add keywords directly into the HUD by clicking the add keyword icon at the bottom of the HUD panel.
Why are keywords important? Let’s say, using Julius as an example, that I recently read something about Max Eastman and it turns out what I wrote was wrong and Max Eastman is mentioned in several chapters. I can do a search and type in Max’s name in the search tool or I can go to the HUD, highlight his name with my mouse and hit search. This is the outcome:
The binder is replaced with a Project Search Results that lists the chapter where Max Eastman’s name appears and in the text, his name is highlighted in yellow. One discovery I made is that the HUD panel floats so I can move it around.
The beauty of the HUD is that you can manage your keywords. Let’s say that I decided to delete a name or word in the HUD, it will also be deleted from all the documents it’s been assigned to. You can get creative with keywords,and the Scrivener manual notes that they can be used for plot management and status management. In the HUD, you can color-code your keywords, a nice feature if you’re a super visual person.
More meta-data posts to come….