Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Managing projects, part of Adobe Story Workshop.
Managing projects in Adobe Story is pretty easy, because Story tends to manage everything for you. There aren't that many options. And perhaps one thing that's missing, maybe it'll come in the future, is the option to make subdirectories within a particular project, and I'll show you what I mean. Here I've not been working that long, and admittedly I'm creating multiple items to show you how this software works. But you can see I already have 10 script files. I've got a schedule, some character bios, a research document, a summary, and a synopsis.
I can also put a link in, so I might say here www.amazingMoviethatwillwinoscars.com. I wonder if anybody actually owns that? So, all of these items are associated with this project, which is called Story. And I've put that project inside a category which I've called Learning Story. Now the very top of the list of projects, you can make a new project, you can sort them alphabetically. You can create new categories into which to put those projects, and you can decide which categories you see or don't see.
So, for example here, if I choose new project, and I'll call this just Example Project so you can see what I'm doing. There it is. Now you'll notice that that hasn't appeared under the Learning Story category. It's come up here under All Projects, which is just the projects that aren't associated with a particular category. We need to make a distinction between documents and projects, though. In my eyes, and maybe it's just because I'm a simple bear, the fact that you've got this heading followed by a series of items implies to me. That they're somehow items to work with, but they're really just containers. Here I've got that, example project I've just created. And if I want to, I can click and drag this.
You see I've got a little plus symbol there. I can drag this into the Learning Story category and then I've got two items in there. If I make a new category. And let's just call this example category. And then, drag that project into it. Now, of course, you can see if I stop showing the example category, I've got a little check mark next to it here. I can take that check mark off and I'm just not going to see it. Now, there is another part to this. If I bring that category back, there you go, notice I've got a copy of the same project in both categories, here.
So I can just go in to Learning Story category. Click on this little menu that appears when you select an item on the list and choose remove from category. This is different from delete. If I remove from category it's just going to take it out of that Learning Story category. So you can have the same project in multiple categories if you want. For me, probably a bit too confusing, but you can do it if you want to. There is a little bit of duplication in the menu here. If I want to, I can click on that tiny drop down menu and choose Rename. And maybe I'll just save this. Call this, let's call it Example 2.
You see that updates both instances. It's not really two instances because this is the all projects listing. I get the same functionality under the projects menu at the top. Let's change this back to example project. So, pretty straight forward stuff I think, nothing magical and mysterious here. You notice that as well there's an option to archive projects. And there's an option at the very bottom here to show archives and there's even a deleted category. I've also got some sync issues here because I've got projects that I created on another system.
And just didn't synchronize them so they're partially on the net and partially not. So I've got red marks next to these to show that I need to get that other machine online properly so that the scripts will update. And go back then to this project and choose archive It's going to disappear, so I'm now back to my remaining projects. And if I tick the box to show archived, I'm going to get all of the projects. I've got 15 in total on my machine here. And there's my example project.
You'll notice also there's an option to Restore. So if I choose Restore it's going to take it out of the archive. If I turn off Viewing Archived Projects, the project remains. You'll also notice that next to the project name, if I, if I just select it here. You can see there's a little mini, kind of looks like a flower to me, but I suppose it's a cog. This is giving me Information about the project. This information is not particularly important as far as Adobe Story is concerned. But it's useful for you, it's useful when you're producing call sheets and schedules.
All this stuff can be populated so I can say director, Max and Jacob, that's me, versus this is the director. Let's see a brilliant assistant director Sarah Rudy, she was brilliant and so on and so on. An I could also create, a preset list of these. So, I can create some series information, let's call this The Paladin Series. I can say this is Series Number One. This is program name, introducing then you might have an internal program ID. And that season, and I can say OK.
And now you can see, I've associated this information with a particular series. Now when I create new projects, I'll just save this. Let's go back to our other project story. I can go in and I can choose that Paladin entry from the list. So now I've associated it with the same TV series. So there you are. That's a little bit about managing projects in Adobe Story.
- Key interface elements
- Story projects
- Writing with Story
- Browsing and reviewing
- Reporting and scheduling
- Reviewing scripts
- Importing and exporting documents
- Integration with Adobe Premiere Pro