(Cross posted with the DTP beta testing forum)
I have been trying to use DTPro for academic writing/research while keeping in mind what I need the app to do as well as what it can do.
For me, there is a gap in every application I’ve used though Ulysses comes closest in some areas and DTP in others.
Imagine the three pane view with a drawer that slides out either side of the browser.
In that drawer would be a notes pane that could hold text and images related to content in the main viewing pane and those notes would be automatically linked to the main document.
I think all of the necessary under-the-hood stuff is present.
The note would be a physical rtf automatically created (via an applescript?) in a notes group, at the root level of the current group, when the notes pane was opened. All notes would be linked to the document in the main window when they were created.
What is needed from the DT folks is an integrated viewer to keep the notes content integrated with each respective document.
If it were possible to view a pdf/html/text/image in one panel or side of a screen and a text or rtf document in a pop–out panel or drawer we could use the rtf/text doc for notes, comments etc related to the main pdf/html/text/image.
Something like this has been an oft requested feature.
In short, DTP needs (IMO) another view panel so that we can view a main documents of interest and, for example, a text doc for notes, links, urls etc (there’s our metadata - much better than comments) or perhaps an image from a larger pdf.
The split view would be available from within a group or subgroup of course.
It would be VERY helpful for capturing notes related to any content and it wouldn’t be limited to the tiny comments field.
Mere linking isn’t adequate and the integration would help with presentation and focus, IMHO.
Also, have you thought about integrating spit views? Split screen views are possible and in use in several apps.
Check out this free and improved resource for programmers: brockerhoff.net/src/rbs.html
Thanks and keep up the great work!