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 email@example.com, via our support forum at http://www.literatureandlatte.com/forum or on Twitter @scrivenerapp.
What's New in Version 2.5
• Mavericks-ready: many minor changes and updates for 10.9 compatibility, with full support for saving and exporting tags.
• Scrivener's enhanced .doc, .docx and .odt exporters no longer require an external Java installation - everything needed is now built into Scrivener and sandboxed (10.7.3+).
• A sandboxed version of MultiMarkdown is now built into Scrivener.
• Find and Replace now works in inspector comments and footnotes.
• Project note titles are now affected in Project Replace if "Titles" is ticked.
• The Replacements in Compile can now replace web link targets as well as text.
• When selecting formatting levels in Compile, affected documents are now highlighted in the binder.
• "Treat 'Preserve Formatting' blocks as raw HTML" can now be used for e-books.
• Kindle export no longer ignores differences between justified and left text alignment.
• Changed the way UUIDs are stored in .epub files to meet latest requirements of EpubCheck.
• You can now use strikethrough in PDF files.
• "Lock in Place" is now available even when the header view is hidden.
• Posting to Facebook is now an option in the "Share" contextual menu in text views (10.8+ only).
• Scrivener should no longer switch to the discrete graphics card unnecessarily on dual-GPU machines (10.7+).
• The main interface is now translated into German, French and Spanish (other languages to come). You can override the language used for the UI via the Preferences. (Please email us if you find any problems with the translations.)
• Templates chooser view rewritten from scratch with accessibility (VoiceOver) support.
• Many other refinements and bug-fixes - for the full list, please see http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivChangeList.php.
works great. love it
This app helps me with writing long philosophy essays for college. I wish I had been using it since the start - I would probably have better grades. It keeps your paper and ideas better organized. I don’t even use many of the features. There are quite a few you will learn about during the tutorial. However, the interface isn’t overly cluttered and fits great into the OSX style.
Here is what I like about the program:
Aesthetically looks great on retina.
It’s like a word processor for lengthy documents.
I like giving a whole page to each paragraph as I desire.
Making a synopsis for each paragraph so I can remember its purpose and not become sidetracked.
If I do get sidetracked or have other ideas I can jot them down in a special “notes” subsection for that paragraph.
I can make a layout for my paper in advance, adjust it to my ideas as they develop, and skip ahead or go back to work on another part. All without getting lost and frustrated.
Of course you could do most of this stuff with Apple’s Pages by making your own system. I believe this program would be much more efficient than any method you could devise in a standard word processor.
The Bell Curve - Scrivener is ng
There are lots of positive reviews of Scrivener here, but each reviewer is using the program to do their project and naturally no two of their projects will be the same. So when they write that it is a good program, they are really saying that it work fine in - their - circumstances. That doesn’t at all mean that overall, the Scrivener software is reliable in - all - uses and circumstances.
I have many of the best apps (after hundreds of hours of testing) there are from the Apps Store, on my 6 month old, $2600 MacBook Pro. I wanted Scrivener to work and be useful and relaible. It is not … Why? It crashes after awhile. Not, sometimes … it crashes often.
When does it crash …
= After I had multiple PDF documents in the Binder section of Scrivener and went to add other PDF’s.
= When I went to use its Import feature to add a Web link.
= When I went to read some PDF pages.
= When I went to read some Web pages it managed to Import.
I sent Scrivener tech support a 24 page crash dump file and they said they were aware that Scrivener did have some problems occassionally with PDF files. They also said it may be a problem with the font caches on my MacBook (although - no other of the other major apps on the MacBook crash at all). I cleared the font caches. Scrivener seemed to work for awhile. Then it crashed again, and again.
What’s the point of this review? Scrivener may work for you. Or it may crash.
It is about time we have a third party app that does its task better than anything available for any platform anywhere. This app is pretty close to perfection for writing. The outliner mode keeps everything in order and easily searchable. I can instantly visit any part of my work with a simple click. Additionally, the keyword search option, in conjunction with “collections”, allows me to view every scene with a given character to maintain continuity of story, character attributes and subplots.
The built-in tutorial is very helpful for learning the basics. I also like that it came with a built-in user guide, so many apps do not.
I am also very impressed with the app’s file save/backup capabilities. I save to one file, back up to another and sync to DropBox. Thus, my work is saved three different places greatly reducing the chance of it being lost forever. The DropBox sync happens automatically each time I close the app. Very handy.
I should have used this app from the start. But, I’ll take better late than never.