Nathan Parker Posted October 24, 2022 Share Posted October 24, 2022 I’m getting closer to the stage where I’ll be assembling my PhD dissertation. Here’s how the workflow has been so far: 1. I’ve typed my rough drafts of each chapter in Scrivener (in a separate project file). Scrivener has allowed me to freely move stuff around and work with the text until I’ve been happy with it. 2. I’ve then exported the text out of Scrivener and imported it into Nota Bene, with each chapter being an NB file, formatted to Turabian. This is where the double-spacing, Turabian footnotes, etc., have been applied. I probably could have used Mellel and BookEnds at this stage (any may in a future project), but since I’m already trained on NB/Ibidem, I used it for formatting this dissertation. 3. I then exported the files out of NB into Word, where I’ve done post-formatting polishing on the chapters so I could send each chapter over to my supervisor for review. There’s a few minor cleanup areas I’ve had to do once getting it into Word format so it’ll look good on his PC. 4. I’m going to need to assemble all of my dissertation Word docs into a single dissertation document and export to PDF, all my current chapters, plus the title page, bibliography, front/end matter, etc. During this stage, I don’t know if I want to rely on Word for Mac to handle this. I’ve been burned way too much with Word in the past (on Windows and Mac) to try throwing a couple hundred pages of content at it. I’m wondering if I should instead assemble the dissertation in Mellel, and if so, are there any pointers I should follow. I know Mellel would have rock-solid performance and stability, plus the “page style breaks” might give me more flexibility in getting the final formatting and polish more to my supervisor’s liking. I likely won’t use NB’s manuscript assembly feature this time around since I’d probably have to do some post-processing if I did. It might be useful for a manuscript I’d send to a book publisher, but I don’t see myself using it for this project. Thanks! 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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