Arc Studio treats notes and comments differently than most writing software. Here’s why: at any given moment – we either don’t care that much about comments (e.g. when add new sections to our script, or want to edit freely), or we mostly care about comments, and we’re only interested in the script itself as far as it gives us context to understand the notes we’re addressing.
With that in mind, we designed the new comment mode:
- By default notes appear as small and subtle comment bubbles to the side of the script.
- But when we open the comment sidebar, we enter comment mode:
- The documents shifts to make room for the comments (potentially shrinking to accommodate them properly).
- The comment bubbles turn into colored avatars, giving us context of who left them, tags become visible, and we display a short preview.
- All text that has notes associated with it is underlined yellow.
Now the sidebar functions as our comment inbox, which can be used to navigate the notes in the script. Here, all information is visible at a glance. If we want to fully view a comment, we can select it in the sidebar to expand it in the script.
We also have handy navigation arrows, where you can move through comments one-by-one to address them in order.
We also offer filtering by author or tag, as well as showing resolved comments in the sidebar settings.
Comments give you the option to resolve them, react with emojis, tag them (to categorize), and edit/delete them.