By Literature & Latte
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"The biggest software advance for writers since the word processor."
- Best-selling novelist Michael Marshall Smith
Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers designed for composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on getting you to the end of that awkward first draft.
Compose your text in any order and in pieces as large or small as you like. View the components of your draft individually or as a whole. Import and refer to research files such as images and PDFs alongside your writing.
Whether you prefer to outline first, hammer out your first draft and restructure later, or do a bit of both, Scrivener's corkboard and outliner tools are completely integrated with the text, so working with an overview of your draft is just a click away.
Scrivener's users include best-selling novelists, screenwriters, students, academics, lawyers, journalists and translators. It won't presume to tell you how to write - it just provides an array of flexible tools that allow you to do things your way, no matter what kind of writing you do.
- Project templates for novels, scripts, APA and MLA essays and more (or create your own)
- Interactive tutorial project
- Import common text files such as .rtf, .doc, .docx, .fdx, .txt, .opml and .odt
- Break up imported texts using the "Split at Selection" or "Import and Split" features
- Create and access your work in any order using the "binder" source list
- "Scrivenings" mode temporarily combines disparate documents into a single text for viewing and editing
- Full-screen mode
- Scriptwriting mode for screenplays, stage plays, comic scripts and more
- Familiar text formatting tools
- Live word and character counts
- Mark up your text with comments
- Make notes in the sidebar which become footnotes or endnotes upon print or export
- "Snapshots" allow you to store earlier versions of texts and revert to them at any time
- Name generator
- MathType support
- Set goals using project and document targets
- Automatic backups
- Associate a synopsis with any document in your project
- A virtual corkboard lets you rearrange documents using their associated synopses
- A fully-featured outliner provides complete control over a project's structure
- Project-wide search
- Track ideas using labels and keywords
- Import research such as image, .pdf and media files
- Import web pages
- View research files (or other text documents) alongside your writing
- Transcribe audio files
Getting It Out There
- Compile your manuscript for submission or self-publishing
- Export to popular formats such as .doc, .rtf and plain text
- Print or generate PDF files
- Export .epub or Kindle files
- Export to Final Draft .fdx format
- Supports MultiMarkdown for LaTeX export
- Sync text files with popular iPhone and iPad apps via Dropbox or Simplenote
For more information, please watch the videos on our website.
TESTIMONIALS AND AWARDS
We have a whole heap of testimonials from published authors - see our testimonials page at http://www.literatureandlatte.com/testimonials.php to read what they have to say about Scrivener.
Scrivener 2.0 was awarded a Macworld 2010 Eddy (as was Scrivener 1.0 in 2007) and has received five-star reviews from MacUser and MacFormat.
If you have any questions or feedback, you can contact us by email on firstname.lastname@example.org, via our support forum at http://www.literatureandlatte.com/forum or on Twitter @scrivenerapp.
What's New in Version 2.6
• Yosemite-ready: many minor updates and fixes for 10.10 compatibility.
• URLs dragged and dropped into the binder now use the file name for the linked text rather than the file URL.
• Clicking the green traffic light full-screen button on Yosemite enters full screen mode; Opt-clicking it uses the pre-10.10 behaviour of fitting the window to its content.
• Root folders (Draft, Research and Trash) are no longer returned in search results.
• Fixed bug whereby spell-checking would not work if the editor was loaded in page view mode when the project was opened.
• When exporting to .epub format, if the option to include an Adobe Digital Editions page template is ticked, all span elements containing tab characters are now removed from the HTML because such elements cause rendering issues in ADE-based e-readers.
• Many other bug fixes - for the full list, please see http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivChangeList.php.
No matter what form of creative writing your into; scripts and screenplays, comics, short storys, paper-back novels, poetry, music lyrics, scrivener has it! With increadibly detailed yet easy to use interface, Scrivener gives you all the tools you could possibly ever need, but sets them out in such a way so that you can choose to use them or choose to use a basic interface simillar to Microsoft Word. I love how it allows me to add fifty chapters to my novel, each with seperate scenes, a lengthy prologue and document after document of reasearch and planning all into one project, all without losing where I am, cluttering my workspace or getting in the way of me finding a specific part.
Absolutely fantastic. I would advise anyone who is interested in this to go to their website, download the free demo and use the 30 days to complete the interactive tutorial.
(And no, I was not paid to write this review!)
My First Book is Published
Yes, Scrivener is great. if you want to write, scrivener will probably be the only application you will need.
I managed ervything for my book inside scrivener, all my planning, my early drafts and the file that I submitted for publishing came out of the Scrivener compile engine. Everything within a single package.
I have tried several other applications, some with ports available on the iOS devices and they all leave you wanting more. Scrivener has it all.
Scrivener does however have two major shortcomings.
1. Scrivener does not have a port that works on iOS devices, so I am unable to work on my novel in Scrivener when away from my Macbook.
2. Becasue it is so comprehensive, I find my frustration levels are particularly high when I want to use a feature but can’t becasue the software on my iPad is not Scrivener and does not have the Scrivener-esque ability.
Scrivener, you have ruined me for life.