Using Craft - Research to Article - Research

Using Craft - Research to Article - Research
This article continues to discuss how to use the new Craft Docs app as part of your workflow. Let's talk about how we can collect and store our research notes, screenshots and links as a Craft subpage.

Screenshots & Links
Adding screenshots in to your document is easy. Grab a screenshot and save it to your Clipboard. Open Craft, start a new line in your text and paste the image from your Clipboard directly in to your Craft document. It's just as easy to collect any research links that you might need to refer back to or include in your article. Just copy the URL from your web browser and paste it into a new line in your notes. After a few seconds, Craft will display the link beautifully in what is called a Link Preview (see screenshot). The Link Preview displays a thumbnail of the article or webpage, the title and the url. Of course, it also works as a hyperlink to the original webpage.

Now that you have collected all your research and you are ready to start writing the draft, it would be nice if you had a way to store your research along with the draft. Craft comes to the rescue again. We can group everything together into what is called a subpage.

Start at the top of the list of research content. Click and drag to select everything. Right-click on the selected area and choose Group from the pop up menu. Everything is tucked neatly inside the subpage and only the subpage preview is displayed in the original spot. Now you can begin writing your draft, knowing that all your research is only a click away (see screenshot).

If you select the subpage preview, you will see a little arrow on the far right. Click the arrow and the subpage will open with all your information displayed as before. To get back to your draft, click the arrow at the top left corner of the window.

Everyone has their own system of organization. Here's how I use the folder structure. As I work, I move the documents from one folder to another, by right-clicking and choosing Move To (see screenshot).

  • Research Notes - When I begin researching for an article, I start a new document for that article in the Research Notes folder. In this main document, I place all my research.

  • Drafts - When I start writing my draft, I move that main document and the research subpage from the Research Notes folder in to the Articles folder. While it is still in the draft stage, I place the document in the Drafts subfolder. It stays there as I polish and refine the article.

  • Once I post the article on BellaOnline, I move the document from the Drafts folder to the Published folder.


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Craft screenshots used by permission of Luki Labs Ltd.

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