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The chances are quite bad, to be honest. The problem is not a technical but rather a conceptional one. We have not yet found an easy, unobstrusive and obious way to have two documents shown at the same time. However, we are open to all ideas!
In Ulysses, what you see underneath a tab is an open document. If we showed two documents underneath the same tab, we would need to find a new way to let the user know which document is active (not so hard, switch tab titles), and which documents are open (multiple tabs, some hold one, some two documents).
That's just one of the conceptual problems.
Here's another: Documents in Ulysses also consist of more than just a text, it's also notes, excerpt, metadata, etc. The question is how much you want to see of this. Just two documents on top of each other have barely the space for the notes pane alone. If then you only show parts but in parallel, how do you make this view quickly adjustable. If you only show this stuff for one document, how do you make obvious for which one, how do you access this for the other and where do you show which documents it are.
This might be ok for the active document, at least on first thought, but it's not ok for inactive documents (small tabs).
If you have six documents open, you want to see these six documents and not just three tabs with the titles of the documents that just happened to be the last one edited the last time you activated the tab. This gets really bad when opening a project with lots of open documents.
Of course, I can think of several ways to work around these problems, but I wonder if the added benefit of having two documents open side-by-side for editing is worth the troubles (and confusion for those that don't need this feature).
@jb: As I said, it's not so much a problem with the active tab (the enlarged tab, as you say).
But just imagine having ten tabs. One is active, holds two documents -- not a problem. But what about the other nine? How would you even know how many of these tabs hold more than one document? And how should we show the state (modfied/saved) for the document that's not in focus?
Look, let's say the topmost document is active and modified. The tab shows its name and a dot. You then select the document at the bottom. This one is saved. The tab shows its name but no dot. You then switch to another tab. You edit the document there. You quit Ulysses. You come back the other day, open your project -- you'll have two tabs open, but three documents. You wouldn't know, of course, because Ulysses only shows two tabs. One tab shows "saved", but it's not true, because it holds another document which, in fact, is "modified".
This is just one of the many (many) conceptual problems. Sure, with one tab open, it's no problem at all, but some folks have twenty open tabs...
ben's idea is nice, though I don't understand why it could be called "synopsis". Care to elaborate?
jb: What you describe can all be done in Ulysses. Write your text in the main editor. Place footnotes in the accompanying notepad. Select the Greek document in the browser (just select it, single-click) and check its contents in the preview.
We also have a nica feature called preview zoom. When you want to have two docs side by side, just click that little zoom button right above the preview pane. I'll put it to a size quite big enough to get a good glimpse at the document. Plus: It's very easy to switch to a different one. Maybe even easier than any tabbed solution.