Jason — When I have a User Tool open and am in the process of modifying it (adding to or editing), I always keep the edit window open. On a Mac, it's so easy to switch between windows in a single application, or between applications, for that matter. Colors, fonts, etc., are readily available in the edit window. You can quickly save as you go with the keyboard shortcut, ⌘S.
You can open your text and your notes/translation in two zones in a single Workspace, save it under a descriptive name, and then add the new Workspace to your Favorites (Menu Bar > Window > Add To Favorites). That way getting up and running during your study time is stream-lined.
If you're working on a laptop, the three finger swipes for App Expose and Mission Control are great time savers. I became so addicted to those awhile back that I bought a Magic Trackpad to use when my Air is connected to an external monitor. I find it much easier on my hands as well.
Tying the two just isn't possible at this point and I have no idea how much demand there is for such a function. I suspect that the folks at Accordance are swamped right now as they prepare to roll out Accordance-PC while also working on a bunch of new resources for us. There just may not be the man-hours available for more right now.
I think what is high priority for many users is the ability to add User Notes files to Tools and have them tied to the Tool. How many of us have learned to love that feature in Kindle books? Back when we had nothing but hard copies, most of us were making notes in margins when we read. We want the equivalent functionality with e-texts. I think that one may be coming fairly soon.
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