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Andrew116 | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Sep 25 2017 4:54 PM

Hi there! I recognise that this is technically challenging to pull off, which is why no e-reader that I know of has been able to implement it. (Which would make Logos app industry leading!)

When I read, one way I process what I'm reading and make it easier to return to later is by writing short notes to myself in the margins.

This would be so good to be able to do in Logos.

Here's one way I can think of to implement it:

  • Essentially add a column to the left margin (single column view) or outside margins (2 column view). Make width of main text column slightly narrower to fit it in. (In short the view becomes 2 columns or 4 columns, with an invisible skinny margin column per column of main text.
  • Margin notes are anchored to a word in the main text. They display their content in the margin starting in line with their anchored word.
  • You could put a character limit on marginal comments, e.g. 140 chars.
  • The margin note continues down as far as needed, stopping either: (A) when it runs out of content, or (B) when it meets a line containing a new margin note (similar to how Microsoft Excel displays the text of a cell until it meets a cell containing text). If a margin note gets cut off, it has a clickable ... indicating this.
  • The font size of the margin note would be much smaller than the main text. E.g. if main text is 14pt, margin note would be 8 pt etc
  • Optional: You could make the font size of the margin note proportional to the number of words/characters in the note. e.g. a note of 3 words or less is size 10 pt. A note of 4-10 words is size 8pt. Above 10 words, size 6. Clicking the note expands it to more readable font. 

What do you think?

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 25 2017 6:12 PM

I asked about something similar a while back... specifically for resources which were "workbooks." Yes

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PL | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 25 2017 9:27 PM

Yes

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Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Sep 26 2017 4:10 AM

How about a "margin" mode (visual filter) for displaying annotations? This way the user can toggle between the configurations at will and based on preference or work needs. 

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PL | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Sep 26 2017 2:48 PM

Yes

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Myke Harbuck | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Sep 26 2017 5:42 PM

Great idea

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Kevin A. Purcell | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 27 2017 1:47 PM

I bet a more technically possible way might be to simply add insert drawing to a Notes file.

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Steven Branson | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 27 2017 9:59 PM

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Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Sep 28 2017 12:04 AM

Kevin A. Purcell:

I bet a more technically possible way might be to simply add insert drawing to a Notes file.

Using graphics to write takes up a lot more bytes and would not be searchable. It would probably slow things down even more. 

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Kevin A. Purcell | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Sep 28 2017 4:44 AM

Francis:

Kevin A. Purcell:

I bet a more technically possible way might be to simply add insert drawing to a Notes file.

Using graphics to write takes up a lot more bytes and would not be searchable. It would probably slow things down even more. 

Asking the company to make margin notes of any kind searchable is a pipe dream. They can't even get their traditional notes working on the web app in a reasonable amount of time let alone taking something you write in the margin searchable.

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