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Tracking Notes

By Mike Fleming (@hiveword) on April 25, 2016 5:50 am

You can now track notes in Hiveword Plus*.

Notes can be attached to most things: stories, scenes, characters, etc. You can also have unattached notes that are not part of any story.

Here’s an example of notes for a scene:

Scene Notes

The notes popup is embedded in the scene page. The normal scene textboxes and such are right below the notes so you can refer to your notes if needed or close the notes popup to get it out of your way.

The notes textbox is resizable and the entire notes popup is, too, so you can see exactly what you want. There is no limit to the number of notes you can assign.

All of the other pages — characters, settings, etc. — have the same way of managing notes.

Eventually, you’ll have notes all over the place. It sure would be nice to see all of them in one place, wouldn’t it? Behold:

Notes List

The screenshot above is the notes list page. It shows all of your notes from any story. On the screenshot you’ll see an “Unassigned” note. This note is not connected to any story.

The notes list also has filters that operate the same way as the scene filters. With these filters you can easily find just the set of notes you need.

Notes can also be tagged. Sensible tagging will help immensely as you accumulate more notes. Here’s a good example: I’m using unassigned notes to track my story premise ideas. I tag the notes “premise.” From the notes list page I can select the “premise” tag via the filter and only see my “premise” notes.

Do you have any clever ideas for how you’re going to use notes?

*  Hiveword Plus offers extra features in Hiveword. Currently, Hiveword Plus is half price during development so be sure to take advantage of that if you like the features.

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[…] The big news is notes that you can attach to pretty much anything — scenes, characters, etc. The notes are taggable and you can view all of them in one place with a powerful filter for finding what you want. Notes are part of the Hiveword Plus upgrade. I’ll talk more about notes in my next post. […]

I’m unable to put in a note. When I click the note button, a note field pops up for a second, then disappears, leaving a gray box where the note should be.
I’ve tried this on two different browsers and a couple of different stories.
Thanks for any help.

Robert,

I’m very sorry to hear that you’re having problems with the notes feature. I can’t duplicate it but one other user mentioned it, too, so I’ll see if I can get to the root of the problem.

I also responded to your email and will follow up there.

Thanks for reporting the problem!

For others who might have experienced the same problem, it was attributable to Hiveword not handling slow internet connections very well. It does now but I forgot to update this post when it was fixed.

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