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. In the last article, we setup our folder structure and started the first research document. Now let's talk about how we can collect and store our research notes, screenshots and links as a Craft subpage.

Screenshots & Links
When you grab a screenshot and save it to your Clipboard, you don't need to use an image editor to save the screenshot. Just go to your Craft notes, start a new line in your text and paste the image. It's just as easy to collect any links that you might need to refer back to or include in your article. Just copy the URL from your browser and paste it into a new line of your text. 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 webpage, the title and the url. Of course, it also works as a hyperlink to the original webpage.

When you are ready to write your draft, you have all your notes, screenshots and links all together and right where you need them. Right now, all the notes, screenshots and links are individual items called Blocks. The screenshot is one block, the link is another block and every paragraph of text, your notes, is also a block.

Subpages
Now that we are ready to start writing the draft, it would be nice if we had a way to store these blocks of information with the draft. Craft comes to the rescue again. We can group all the blocks into what is called a subpage of your draft.

Start at the top of the blocks. Click and drag to select all the blocks. Right-click on the selected area and choose Group from the pop up menu (see screenshot). Everything is tucked neatly inside the subpage and only the subpage preview is left. But if you select the preview, you will see a little arrow on the right (see screenshot). Click the arrow and the subpage will open with all your blocks of information displayed as before. To get back to your draft, click the arrow at the top left corner of the window (see screenshot).

Now we have an empty page with our notes subpage preview. As before, let's add a new title for our draft and start writing your draft. If needed, your notes are easily available.

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Craft screenshots used by permission of Luki Labs Ltd.





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