By Literature & Latte
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“The biggest software advance for writers since the word processor.”
- Best-selling novelist Michael Marshall Smith
Typewriter. Ring-binder. Scrapbook. Scrivener combines all the writing tools you need to craft your first draft, from nascent notion to final full stop.
Tailor-made for creating long manuscripts, Scrivener banishes page fright by allowing you to compose your text in any order, in sections as large or small as you like. Got a great idea but don’t know where it fits? Write when inspiration strikes and find its place later. Grow your manuscript organically, idea by idea.
Whether you plan or plunge, Scrivener works your way: meticulously outline every last detail first, or hammer out a complete draft and restructure later. Or do a bit of both. All text sections in Scrivener are fully integrated with its outlining tools, so working with an overview of your manuscript is only ever a click away, and turning Chapter Four into Chapter One is as simple as drag and drop.
Need to refer to research? In Scrivener, your background material is always at hand, and you can open it right alongside what you’re working on. Write a description based on a photograph. Transcribe an interview. Check for consistency with an earlier chapter.
Once you’re ready to share your work with the world, compile everything into a single document for printing, create an e-book, or export to popular formats such as Word, PDF, Final Draft or plain text. You can even share using different formatting, so that you can write in your favorite font and still keep your editor happy.
Scrivener’s users include best-selling novelists, screenwriters, students, academics, lawyers, journalists and translators. It won’t tell you how to write - it just provides everything you need to start writing and keep writing.
• Interactive tutorial project
• Project templates for novels, scripts, essays and more
• Import common text files such as RTF, DOCX, FDX, ODT and TXT
• Easily split imported text into separate sections
• Write your manuscript in sections of any size
• View sections individually or combined
• Distraction-free 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
• Keep snapshots of earlier text versions and revert to them at any time
• Name generator
• MathType support
• Set goals using project and document targets
• Automatic backups
Find Your Structure
• Write in any order and reorganize later
• Write a synopsis for any text section and see it in the fully-featured outliner
• Rearrange sections as index cards on the corkboard
• Project-wide search
• Track ideas using labels and keywords
• Apply custom icons to your sections
Refer to Research
• Import research such as image, PDF and media files
• Import web pages
• View research files or other sections right alongside your writing
• Transcribe audio files
Get It Out There
• Compile to a single document for sharing or printing
• 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
• Supports MultiMarkdown for LaTeX export
• Sync with our iOS version (available separately)
Demonstration videos are available on our website.
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.
If you have questions, feedback or need help, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit our support forums at http://www.literatureandlatte.com/forum, or find us @scrivenerapp on Twitter.
What's New in Version 2.8.1
• Miscellaneous bug-fixes.
• Improved macOS Sierra support.
I really appreciate so many features of this, particularly that I can separate out chapters and have a better outline and character guides without constantly having to go to the beginning or ending of my document where I have notes because I can’t remember a detail and then I lose my place where I was writing. I feel like this program is all about convenience and I have been amazed at how many features I didn’t realize I wanted while working on my novels! It’s also great that you can format for manuscript, ebook, or paperback.
A couple things I would like to see in future updates: The ability to add lots of photos of my characters. Maybe this feature exists but I’ve tried doing it many times and haven’t been successful. I have characters where one picture has the body type and hair, but another photo has the face and clothes that are most like my character. It’s hard when your character is an amalgamation of images.
The other thing I’d love to see is really silly, but the ability to add a playlist. Music helps me extensively in setting the scene and I would love to be able to have a playlist for each novel already built into the program. I know, it’s a writing app, not a music one, but it would be rather convenient. Of the two novels I’m working on right now, one main character listens to The Ramones and the other listens to traditional Ethiopian tribal music. It would be handy to keep these separate in their individual files.
Image features are very lackluster
I’m very thankful for Scrivener 75% of the time. But my workflow when outlining a project is often dependent on references to images (for research, inspiration as well as for copying photos of my physical notes journal that I take on my phone and sync to Scrivener via dropbox). But there seem to be major memory/resource management issues with Scrivener when it comes to handling images.
When you attempt to view a folder containing images in corkboard mode, the whole app hangs up with a beach ball cursor. When you open a large image, it opens at 100% by default, with a hi-res image, this is useless. I’m zoomed all the way in. And moreover, the view menu doesn’t let me specify Fit To Window or 100% or 50% or 200%, there’s only Zoom In or Zoom Out and both are so laggy due to Scrivener’s slow handling of images.
Until image handling is improved, Scrivener is a frustrating part of my current process. Using a Pages document with copious inline documents is a far more pleasant experience despite the fact that it’s theoretically far less useful and adaptable for multiple workflows.
I don’t know what’s going on under the hood but it seems something needs to be addressed. That said, I love the idea behind this app.
A Writer’s Tool...
When I retired from the IT field and entered my next chapter of life as a writer, I searched for an application that allowed me to logically seperate chapters, organize thoughts, build characters, and compile into multiple formats. Scrivener does all that and more. It took some getting used to (I’ve still not explored every feature it offers); but once I got going, it has been smooth sailing. I don’t think it's perfect, but I’ve found nothing else out there that comes close to its usefulness. I would like to see a more user-friendly approach to various compiling options, but that’s just being picky I suppose. I use it on both my iMac and MacBook. Overall, it’s a fine writing app.