I was recently going through my script and I was trying to see what one of my partners added. Instead of being able to easily see what he changed, I had to look through 40 pages of script. I propse that I can search for a Shared user, and Story will bring up that users name and all of his/her changes and comments. I can sort them by date and see what they added and when. It should like an inbox, you see a little snippet and you can click on it to open up the full thing or double click to take you to that part in the script.
Wait, wait, wait! Better idea!!! Instead of having to search for that person, a notification should show up in that "inbox" (the place where you are notified of sharing requests) and I click on it to take you to that part in the script. Then you can see who added what, when they did it or if the just commented.
I log into Story. I have 3 projects going on. I see that I have 25 new messages in my inbox. I click to open. I can sort by user, date, or project (or a combination--kind of like filters on the inbox--filter it by James Smith, William Hanks, and Ryan Hartman in the project Paladin on Jan 5, 2011. Then you only see notifications that meet those criteria). I see that 3 people commented on my Paladin script. I click on one of the messages. It says something like,
I was wondering about this part. Should we have it after the...
Ryan Hartman deleted: Mark and Anthony walk slowly up the mountainside while...
(Set a certain amount of words that appear before hiding it.)
When I click on that message, it automattically takes me to that part of the script. It shouldn't be THAT hard to implement. Then again, I don't know about the coding that goes into something like Story so if it is possible, GREAT! If not, I understand. I would still keep using Story.
I think it should be implemented ASAP.
Thanks very much for ideas you mentioned. All really great ideas.
We have something like that in our backlog. These usecases and solutions that you proposed will definitely help us design at the time of implementation.
Meanwhile you might want to give following a try:
1) You have a script shared with your partner.
2) You made some changes and than your partner made some more changes in the script.
3) Now open your script and click 'view -> History' menuitem.
4) You should see various versions of your script. There you will see a version in the name of your partner and just before that one with your name on it.
5) When you hover any of them you will see a compare button, which essentially compares that version with the currently opened version. When you click on it, both the versions will be loaded side by side in a compare view.
6) So if you compare your's with your partner's than you will notice that in the outline view (the view which contains just the scene headings) will have start '*' icon on some the scenes. Those are the scenes in which you partner made changes. You can use scroll-lock button to see those scenes side by side in both scripts.
Note: You might find this tutorial useful (http://blogs.adobe.com/preran/2010/11/video-tutorial-versioning-docume nts-in-adobe-story.html)
Thank you! I will definitely have a look at that versions feature!
Out of curiosity, when do you plan to have Story out of beta and how far way is your backlog (ETA)? Six months? 1 year?
Something more that would help you keep track what the co-users have changed in the script is "Track Changes".
For further information on track changes kindly visit the help file (Using Adobe Story -> Sharing, commenting and collaboration->Track Changes while you edit).
For any further queries please do get back to us. Hope you find this useful.
And regarding your question of Story coming out of beta..there are many high priority items we would like to cater to before we get to 1.0.
Adobe Story Team
I do track all changes. And I track them by user. I would just like to have an easier way to see what has changed in the script since I last saw it. My memory is not good enough to memorize anything that had not been... Well, the point is, I need to see who has changed what since I last saw the project. When can we expect this feature?
We are working on providing change notifications which will help solve this problem for you. However, I'm personally biased in favor of using the script compare feature that Ratnesh outlined in an earlier post.
Can you try it out?
I have tried out the version comparison and have to say it is pretty cool. However, it is not quite what I wanted. It lets me see the changes, but its hard to understand, and when I click on a version to compare, I STILL have to look through the whole thing!!! And, if I'm on version 61, I can't compare versions 1 & 2, just 61 & 2... So please keep working on those change notifications. When can I expect them to be available?
You can. Steps:
1. Click on View->History
2. Double click on version 2 to make it the default version. This version opens up in the authoring view
3. Click on the compare icon on the 1nd version to compare versions 1 and 2.
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