Cards Widget & Mode

What does it do?

View your script or content like notecards. For a script, each scene is a separate card. The content in your cards is identical to what you see in the Page view. Any edits made to cards will be visible in the Page view of the document. 

In This Article

Cards Overview

Cards are an outlining tool that allows you to see a zoomed-out view of your content. They are simply an alternate way of viewing any document in your project. If you are working on a script, each scene will be organized into a card. You can also use Cards for other content such as character descriptions, beat breakdowns, and more. 

Cards will be organized differently based on your template. For example, in the Notes template each 'section' is a card, and in the Graphic Novel template each 'page' is a card.

Cards can be viewed in the Cards Widget alongside the document it corresponds to or in Cards Mode, a full-screen display of the contents.



Manage Card Display Options

The Cards Widget & Mode behave very similarly. All of the following actions are available in the Cards Widget and the Cards Mode.

  • In the Widget, Options will be found under the three dots to the right of the widget header

  • In the Mode, Options will be found in the Options drop-down above the cards

Collapse/Expand Individual Cards

Cards are collapsed by default. You will see the card header and a preview of the card's content. This allows you to see more cards at once.

  1. Select the arrow to the left of the card header


Collapse/Expand All Cards

  1. Open Options
  2. Select Expand all or Collapse all


Show/Hide Card Preview

Cards display a preview of the content by default. Hiding this will display the card header only.

  1. Open Options
  2. Check/Uncheck the box next to Show card previews


Show/Hide Tags

To tag cards see below. To learn more about the Tagger tool, see Tagger

  1. Open Options
  2. Check/Uncheck the box next to Show tags


Dark Mode

  1. Open Options
  2. Check/Uncheck the box next to Dark mode


Use Outline Mode

Outline lines can be used to create summaries, descriptions, or notes for scenes or content. With Outline Mode enabled, a card will display only the outline lines. To learn more about outline lines, see Outline Mode.

  1. Open Options
  2. Check/Uncheck the box next to Use outline mode



Rearrange Cards

If you are using cards to outline your script, this is a great way to move scenes around. Changing the order of cards will change the order of content in the document.

  1. Click and hold the card you would like to move
  2. Drag the card to the desired location
    1. This change will reflect in the Page view
    2. Scene numbering will automatically adjust



Add a Card

Added cards are expanded by default.

  1. Scroll to the last card
  2. Click the empty outlined box with the + in it
    1. You can then enter the header for the card (if this is a script, this will be a scene heading)



Edit a Card Header

  1. Double-click the header of the card
  2. Edit the header
  3. Press Enter/Return



Tag a Card

For more information about the Tagger tool, see Tagger.

  1. Right-click on the card OR select the three-dot icon in the card's header
  2. Select Color/add tags
  3. Enter the tag name
  4. Select to open the color selector box to the left of the tag name
  5. Select the desired color
  6. Press Enter/Return
    1. The card header will change to the designated color



Cards Widget

The widget is intended to be used alongside the Page view. This will allow you to use the Cards widget to navigate through the script quickly.

Open Cards Widget

  1. Select the cards icon in the left sidebar OR select the cards tab in the right widget panel


Jump to a Scene in the Script

Easily navigate to any scene in your script by selecting cards in the widget.

  1. Click on the desired card to jump to the scene in the script.

OR

  1. Right-click or select the three-dot icon in the header on the card for the scene you would like to view
  2. Select Jump to card


Focus on Specific Scene(s)

  1. Right-click or select the three-dot icon in the card's header
  2. Select Focus on card
  3. Check the box in the right corner of any additional cards
    1. The Page view will filter down to only those scenes



Cards Mode

Cards Mode is intended as an alternate view of your document. Changes here will affect the document, but since you are viewing the document in Cards Mode, you will need to return to Page view to see the changes reflected there.

Open Cards Mode

This mode contains the same content as the Cards widget but in a full-page view with additional options. Cards are in a left-to-right, vertically descending grid by default.

  1. Press Opt/Alt + Cmd/Ctrl + O

OR

  1. Select the view drop-down above the page
  2. Select Cards

OR

  1. Select Tools > Outliner > Cards


Group By Act

If your script has Act lines, you can organize and view your cards based on their act

  1. Open the Group by Act drop-down
  2. Select Act


Collapse/Expand Acts

  1. While in Group By Act, select the arrow next to the Act name to collapse/expand


Add a New Act

  1. While in Group By Act, scroll to below the last card
  2. Select New Act
  3. Name the act 
  4. Press Enter/Return


Rename an Act

  1. While in Group By Act, double-click the act you would like to rename
  2. Enter the new name
  3. Press Enter/Return


Change Card View Organization

Only visible with Group by Act enabled. 

  1. Select Group by Act
  2. Select desired view
    1. Wrap
    2. Columns
    3. Rows


Reorder Acts

Only possible when cards are grouped by Act.

  1. Click and hold the Act title
  2. Drag and drop the Act to the desired location
    1. All cards will remain in their order within the Act
    2. This change will be visible in the Page view, as well.


Change Card Size

  1. Open the Defaults drop-down from above the cards
  2. Drag the Card height to the desired size
    1. This will affect the expanded view of the card only
  3. Drag the Card width to the desired size
    1. This will affect the collapsed and expanded view of the card