NWP 3 Document Properties Feature Requests

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aersloat
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NWP 3 Document Properties Feature Requests

Post by aersloat » 2018-11-15 11:10:22

I am starting to leverage document properties, both standard and custom, into our workflow. Right now we are only using NWP for one specific task, which is writing and editing architectural specifications.

It is very handy to set up a bunch of document properties that I can push to a set of files using a macro. If I want to change the issue date for a set of files, for instance, it is a simple process of just pushing an update to a specific custom property.

As nice as this system is there are two things that would make it easier.

First, a floating palette or non-modal window for editing properties would be nice. Right now I am setting up two different kinds of properties -- properties that are applicable to a group of files (like a project number or issue date) and properties that are specific to a file (like a specification number) that might show up in a few different places in the document and are nice to edit quickly just once using the custom property window. The modal property sheet adds a bunch of clicks to the process.

Second, as we go through the ongoing exercise of converting years of files that were created in Pages the process of making sure the file is set up correctly is pretty straightforward except for identifying (quickly and visually) whether we have the desired inserted document property content. I always work in "show invisibles." Could we have some kind of shading, blocking, squiggled underlining, or similar that identified automatic content (of all kinds) in either the show invisibles mode or similar?

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Re: NWP 3 Document Properties Feature Requests

Post by martin » 2018-11-15 11:34:53

I'm glad to hear Nisus Writer's custom document properties have been useful for your workflow! Thank you for your feedback and suggestions.
aersloat wrote:
2018-11-15 11:10:22
First, a floating palette or non-modal window for editing properties would be nice. ...
The modal property sheet adds a bunch of clicks to the process.
That's a potentially useful enhancement. I'll file the idea, thanks. In case it's helpful here's a macro that lets you edit a single custom property:

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$doc = Document.active
$props = $doc.properties
$propKey = Prompt Options "Edit which document property?", '', 'Edit...', $props.keys

$propValue = $props{$propKey}
$propValue = Prompt Input "Change '$propKey' to a new value:", '', 'Change', $propValue
$doc.setProperty($propKey, $propValue)
That macro is probably not terribly useful, especially if you're editing multiple properties, but it might save you a few clicks if you often edit a single value.
Could we have some kind of shading, blocking, squiggled underlining, or similar that identified automatic content (of all kinds) in either the show invisibles mode or similar?
The good news is that Nisus Writer already has this feature. Here's how to enable it:

1. Open your preferences.
2. Switch to the Appearance pane.
3. Look near the bottom for the label "Colors".
4. Select the color Automatic Text > Automatic Text.
5. Turn off the option to hide the highlighting and adjust its color however you like.

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Re: NWP 3 Document Properties Feature Requests

Post by aersloat » 2018-11-15 14:18:53

Thanks Martin. I am not sure that I would have ever found that despite having spent some time with the manual.

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