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Posted by Dr Andus
Mar 20, 2015 at 11:57 PM


You could sort of do some of this with ConnectedText, e.g. by using the inclusions feature, so that there is one document that is made to include all the other smaller documents, but it involves some tinkering. Also, the displayed snippets wouldn’t be immediately editable, one would need to click the edit button (and when you do that, you wouldn’t be able to see the rest of the snippets). And getting the text in via Dropbox wouldn’t be that seamless either.


Posted by Zman
Mar 21, 2015 at 01:31 AM


you may be able to accomplish a form of this using Zoot with the Combine and Split file functions - not perfect, but maybe useful?



Posted by Lucas
Mar 21, 2015 at 02:28 AM


Thanks, steveylang, for the Ulysses suggestion. It works! The new version of Ulysses has recently become my new favorite text editor, but I didn’t realize it had this particular functionality. Very cool!


Posted by jimspoon
Mar 22, 2015 at 03:46 AM


I mentioned Scrivener as having the nesting capability I was thinking of - but actually I was thinking about the Sense Editor.  The nested text is referred to as a “viewpoint”.


I need to experiment with Sense to see how Viewpoints work.

I also found an earlier outlinersoftware.com thread dealing with structured text editors:




Posted by Arnold
Mar 22, 2015 at 12:39 PM


Not sure if this would fit into your workflow. If under Windows OS, there is a text editor called NoteTab the Pro version does allow for ‘outlines’ which can be nested and linked to different sections of text file or another file. There is a demo available that will allow for testing to see if it fits.



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