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  • Corkboard - In Scrivener, every document is attached to a virtual index card onto which you can jot a synopsis; moving the cards on Scrivener’s corkboard rearranges their associated text in your draft.
  • Outliner - View and edit the synopses and meta-data of your documents in Scrivener’s powerful outliner. Organise your ideas using as many or few levels as you want and drag and drop to restructure your work.
  • Scrivenings - Scrivener’s innovative “Scrivenings” mode allows you to move smoothly between editing your document one piece at a time or together as a whole.
  • Statistics and Targets - A live word and character count of the current section is always in view at the bottom of the screen, and you can set a word or character count target for each section.
  • Full-Screen - Because sometimes you want to blank out the rest of the world while you write - or at least the rest of the screen. One click in Scrivener’s toolbar and you can leave the rest of your desktop behind and write distraction free.

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  • ASIN: B0079KJB54
  • Release Date: February 16, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (279 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft.

Writing a novel, research paper, script or any long-form text involves more than hammering away at the keys until you’re done. Collecting research, ordering fragmented ideas, shuffling index cards in search of that elusive structure—most writing software is fired up only after much of the hard work is over. Enter Scrivener: a word processor and project management tool that stays with you from that first, unformed idea all the way through to the final draft. Outline and structure your ideas, take notes, view research alongside your writing and compose the constituent pieces of your text in isolation or in context. Scrivener won't tell you how to write - it just makes all the tools you have scattered around your desk available in one application.

Scrivener puts everything you need for structuring, writing and editing long documents at your fingertips. On the left of the window, the “binder” allows you to navigate between the different parts of your manuscript, your notes, and research materials, with ease. Break your text into pieces as small or large as you want - so you can forget wrestling with one long document. Restructuring your draft is as simple as drag and drop. Select a single document to edit a section of your manuscript in isolation, or use “Scrivenings” mode to work on multiple sections as though they were one: Scrivener makes it easy to switch between focussing on the details and stepping back to get a wider view of your composition.

System Requirements
  • Scrivener requires Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8 (32 or 64 bit) with DirectX.
  • 1GB RAM - 1ghz processor - 100mb disk space - 1024 x 768 screen
  • Internet connection (required for a one-time activation process, prior to registration).

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301 of 306 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best program I've bought.....ever March 19, 2012
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Just can't say enough about Scrivener. 6 stars if it were possible.

My wife and I are both writing novels in Scrivener. The program is just fantastic. Everything you need to organize, research and write a novel is included in the functionality of the program and doing so gets all your materials, ideas, outlines, text, etc., in one place. I could spend hours describing the cool features in Scrivener which boost creativity and productivity. The program is simply amazing, and the value per dollar for this relatively inexpensive program is off the rails.

The thing to understand about Scrivener is that it's a chunk-based writing system. It's for people who write in chunks, or scenes, which is, actually, most people. Unlike a linear program such as Microsoft Word, in which you start typing and then keep going until you get to the end of the work, in Scrivener, you can work on little (or big) chunks of stuff, separately. There are several key advantages of this approach. You can work on stuff in any order - if you have a cool idea for a chapter that isn't coming up for 300 more pages, you can just go work on it while the idea's fresh, and then it'll just sit in its spot, wherever you have it placed in your outline. It also allows you to move stuff around easily. For instance, if you've written 20 scenes, and decide that scene 12 should really be the first scene, you can just drag it to the beginning. You can combine multiple scenes into one, or split a scene up into multiple scenes and then move them around. So, it's kind of a modular approach to writing a long document. Scrivener has an absolutely amazing "corkboard" mode, where each scene gets pinned to a virtual index card, which can then be labeled (with a scene description, a title, etc.).
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117 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best program I bought in a decade March 14, 2012
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I struggled with writing a book in MS Word for a decade, then discovered Scrivener for Windows on its release a few months back. It has transformed the writing experience for me. I wake up every day looking forward to writing with it. No more struggling with formatting. I output my draft to my Kindle, giving me a real sense of progress.
Great support community via the Scrivener forum. Try the program for free, but do go through the tutorial, then you will never look back. It is such good value. The only downside is that my housekeeping has gone to Hell, I am spending so much time writing!.
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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful
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Scrivener is the writer's friend. Maybe the writer's best friend. If you write, hope to write, or write to survive, and have yet to discover Scrivener, download it immediately and give it a try. I've used it for six months. Used it daily. Never a crash. Never a glitch. Scrivener's just there, always ready to help.

It's useful for both long and short material. 150,000-word novel drafts; 750-word OpEd pieces; 3,000-word journal articles; and anything in between.

Feature-rich, as they say. But designed for ease of use right from the git-go. Learn painlessly as you go along. Use only those features that help you put down one blessed word after another.

Also an excellent rewrite tool. Great for reworking long drafts that require major surgery.

So, Scrivener? 5 well-earned stars.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
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I was wary of parting with a meager $40 when other software for writing costs a lot more. I was scared I would be sadly disappointed. I'm not.

Aside from a minor hiccup trying to get the product license key (the company were doing some updates on their site at the time and were apologetic and helpful), which appears to impact the import function in the trial version, the software install was fairly quick.

An update was performed right after install and I thought the update was a bit slow, but that might be because the company are currently doing updates, so I'll give them the benefit of the doubt.

Scrivener is pretty user-friendly, or so I have found. I did watch the 10 minute tutorial on their site to get myself up-to-speed quickly, but there doesn't seem to be a huge learning curve.

It could be that I didn't check out all the instructions, but I was unable to open an .odt (open office document) into Scrivener and instead copied and pasted it over. That wasn't a bit deal. I did see somewhere that .odt is supported, but cannot yet verify how. I've only had it one day and don't need to concern myself with that just yet.

To understand where I'm at, I've recently resurrected something I started working on 10 years ago and I need to re-read, re-write, add-in and so forth. I've never used cork-boards and am lousy at taking notes, but the corkboard feature, the ability to have 'research material and folders (including images, pdfs, web pages etc) is very useful to me. It means I can do my research and then keep the research with my writing for future reference.
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70 of 76 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars it's okay. May 26, 2013
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I have to admit that it's better than most writing software for windows, but still needs a lot of work.

The Windows version pales in comparison to the Mac version; even the UI is better. Don't expect the Windows version to catch up anytime soon, though, because stated on their website is this:
"Made for the Mac
Scrivener's first home was and always will be the Mac platform. Scrivener is a native, Universal Mac application designed by Mac-lovers and built entirely using Apple's Cocoa frameworks."

So you're paying $5 less for a significantly less featured piece of software.

Also, any books and tutorials you find online will be for the Mac version 99.9% of the time.

But as I stated earlier, Scrivener for Windows does have its uses and has features that other Windows writing software lacks.

Download the free trial and give it a go; it may be what you're looking for. Also, download yWriter by Spacejock Software which has some of the same features and is free.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Scrivener for writers
Scrivener is an excellent software for writers. My only regret is that I did not
purchase the "upgraded" version for Windows.
Published 4 days ago by Sandra H. Kale
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a bunch of hype
I thought there was just a bunch of hype about Scrivener - I mean, how could a software program make writing easier? Read more
Published 6 days ago by R. Leonia
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this program for your Kindle!
Scrivener REALLY needs a Kindle version. Last year I read a rumor that they're having trouble "keeping up" with iOS, and even their Windows versions were secondary to... Read more
Published 6 days ago by SamMadHands
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and full of features!
Excellent writing software, packed with features, with an extensive tutorial. I am very impressed with Scrivener. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The last writing tool you'll ever need!
Great product! It was everything I expected and more! Thanks!
Published 7 days ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars A Writer's Dream at a Low Cost!!
I got this to start writing a book and love it. I recommend going to Youtube for the many how to videos that will make the learning curve very easy. Read more
Published 9 days ago by The CROW
4.0 out of 5 stars Windows Version is a stepchild, an afterthought, a watered-down...
I bought Scrivener for Windows after watching their online videos.
I am both happy and also quite disappointed.
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Published 10 days ago by Charles Bush
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Couldn't get it to download. Where can I return it? Folks at Scrivener were almost rude!
Published 12 days ago by J.A.M.
4.0 out of 5 stars complicated but good
It is not intuitive, but it does have some nice features that most word processors don't have. I kind of wish I had had it when I was doing my thesis as it would have made the... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Kurt B. Benson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I can't activate the dam thing because I don't have a Serial number
Published 18 days ago by Kermit Dupre
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