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- ASIN: B0079KJB54
- Date first listed on Amazon: February 15, 2012
- Average Customer Review: 580 customer reviews
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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 Scriveners corkboard rearranges their associated text in your draft.
- Outliner - View and edit the synopses and meta-data of your documents in Scriveners powerful outliner. Organise your ideas using as many or few levels as you want and drag and drop to restructure your work.
- Scrivenings - Scriveners 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 Scriveners toolbar and you can leave the rest of your desktop behind and write distraction free.
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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.
- 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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There are so many awesome features of this program. I love the fact that my research integrates seamlessly into the interface. I can write summaries, take notes, post pictures, links, or other supplemental material right on the borders and refer to it as I write. It's amazingly helpful. No more keeping a zillion tabs and programs open and trying to keep track of it all, because it's all right there. I really enjoy having everything consolidated and organized right in one spot. And if I hit a stretch where I need to focus solely on the writing without procrastinating by reading through my notes forever, I can black out the background and see nothing on the screen accept what I'm writing. I like that feature too. And sure, lots of writing programs have that, but Scrivener has a one-up on them, because while in this viewing mode you can still navigate to other sections of your project. You just hover your mouse toward the bottom of the screen, and navigate via a menu bar that appears below.
I would honestly recommend this to any writer. Whether you write fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, Scrivener can probably help you do it better.
The registration and activation is easy, but you can't just download it directly from Amazon like you would some other digital products. Others' confusion comes when they don't read the instructions and simply try to download it directly. Not surprisingly, a failure to follow instructions doesn't lead to the desired result. Solution: When you purchase the program from Amazon, after a minute or two for processing, you will see in your Amazon digital library (where all of your past digital orders are located) the Scrivener product listed there. There will be your registration number and a link right there that says "How to Redeem this Item." Click on that. A dialogue window will open up (like a new web window) with specific instructions to go to a website and enter the registration number. So, go there. Paste in the registration number. Then, you will be prompted to enter your name, address, email, etc. Then you'll get a license activation code. ... That is the code you'll enter into the program itself for your activation. How? Well, you should have already downloaded the 30-day trial version. For each startup, it prompts you to either continue your trial or register the product. Again, not a shocker, but when it asks this question and you now have the license activation code, click on register and enter your license name (the name you used when you got your activation code) and then paste in the code EXACTLY as it appears. It's easy to make a mistake here using copy/paste, so double-check to make sure it copied all of the code and didn't drop off the first letter/number. When you submit that, give it a minute and voila! Your Scrivener product is now registered. It took me less than 3 minutes to do all of this, and I'm not an IT guy. All it requires is reading the instructions. So, the people who are screaming they can't register the product are not reading the instructions and probably the same people who can't write a novel anyway. Leaving a negative review because of user ineptitude is just inconsiderate and irresponsible.
Second, there are complaints about Scrivener support from the Literature and Latte website. Folks, the people you are complaining about have left you with a very detailed tutorial. Again, it requires reading. If you can't focus enough to read the tutorial, then why are you purchasing a program to write a book? Worse, why would you publicly flag yourself as a person who can't follow the tutorial? ... Anyhow, there is a tutorial that is worth reading, following, and then reading again. In addition, there are some really great visual tutorials online (YouTube) from Literature and Latte and some other helpful souls, if you're a visual/audio learner. I have found these to be great supplements to the written tutorial. Take advantage of these, and you will not be sorry. Once more, leaving a negative review for a product because you can't figure it out is really just unjustified if you have not taken the time to really learn about the product.
Scrivener is a robust program. It contains so many features for a novelist, screenwriter, or any author of a small to large writing project. It is an organizational tool for writers. It will not write the book, screenplay, or writing project for you. You will not suddenly become a writer if you start using this program. Scrivener is for existing writers who juggle dozens of characters, locations, plots and subplots all at once and realize that Word just isn't going to cut it for them. Even several years after its initial release, the Windows version 1 program is useful and not dated at all. I am using it on Windows 10 with no issues at all. In fact, I am about ready to complete this review and get back to my morning session of writing. I was compelled, however, to write this review to reassure any writers out there that this program is definitely worth it and definitely what you are looking for in terms of keeping your projects organized so you spend more time writing and creating great work. For specific details on the features, please see the product description, or, better yet, download the trial version from Literature and Latte directly and go through the tutorial. It's worth the read and the time you put into it.