Thank you Mark and Niran for the quick replies!
Mark, it’ s good to know about those things for future reference. I’m not sure what you mean by your last sentence about the preview pane. In any case, for now it seems I don’t really I need the preview capability I was asking for.
To answer Niran’s question: I am trying to use TB for short scraps of text copied from handwritten notebooks. Not a complete transcription; only certain passages that feed into work in progress. Until now I’ve used Drive documents for these. But that has become cumbersome.
This is how I’m planning to proceed: Each new note (typically quite short) will have just two pieces of metadata (as well as a two- or three-word summary as title):
A custom date string in the form (day of week, month, and year, e.g. Monday, April 26, 2021), which is the date of the original entry in the notebook where the scrap comes from,
The name of the notebook and the page number of the entry (e.g. Blue Leuchtturm p. 6).
That’s all I need to find the original entry, which is sometimes helpful for more context. I’ve created a prototype with these attributes.
Each note ends up in a named category (i.e. a higher-level note) or, if no category seems appropriate yet, an “inbox” note. Some notes may belong in more than one category. I recall that Tinderbox can create an alias for this purpose.
I’m hoping that lightweight notes from different notebooks, loosely organized and easily navigable, will be an improvement on Drive for this kind of correlation. Based on what I’ve seen of TB so far, I need to start using it in a practical way and investigate more advanced options later as needed.
When related scraps are ready to start shaping into a poem or story, I’ll continue to use Drive, which is also my “document repository” for all sorts of stuff that doesn’t need to be in TB.
Hope this makes sense! Just an experiment at this point. My programming skills are limited. I really need to keep things simple. I have a lot of material to deal and this feels like it could help.