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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 for Mac requires OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or above. Scrivener 2 is fully compatible with OS X 10.9 (Mavericks).
- Intel Only: An Intel-based Mac is required to run Scrivener.
- Scrivener for Mac App Store requires OS X 10.6.7 or above, owing to the fact that the Mac App Store itself cannot be installed on an older version of 10.6.
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Top Customer Reviews
Before 2007, my work was spread about on the internal hard disk, online storage and external hard disks in different file formats, in different folders. Chaos, unnecessary duplication, unfathomable history of versions ... And then, of course, my source texts and translations were in different windows, so I had to keep switching backwards and forwards, a real pain!
Then I found Scrivener ... translation heaven! Actually, my use of Scrivener is very basic: no use of the corkboard; no use of the outliner; no clever use of Compile to output different versions, or not yet ...
So why do I love it and live my life in Scrivener? Split screen and snapshots mostly. A project for each work-type/client or purpose; a folder for each individual translation project into which I import the source text and the translation I am to edit if there is one, or a new document for the translation I'm going to produce; split the screen vertically ... translation in the left split, source text in the right. Immediately take a snapshot of the original translation if there is one, labelling it "original"; edit the translation or do the translation, then new snapshot, "revision 1"; edit again adding foot/end-notes or comments, and "revision 2" snapshot; revision 3 and snapshot ... When I'm happy, compile to very standard output in RTF and Times New Roman; check the result quickly in Nisus and prettify it if necessary and send to whoever commissioned it or print; or print and make the recording. Final version re-imported into the folder for that work, so the whole history is there.
Scrivener saves automatically every time I pause a few seconds, so I'm not afraid of losing work. Any background information I need can be pulled into the research area; historical work goes into a suitable folder in the research area where I can find it easily if I need to. Any document other than the translation I'm working on gets opened in the right split; any word in either split can be immediately called up in the system dictionary or thesaurus for checking, including C-E translating dictionaries.
My teaching materials? Most of those were originally produced in the era B.S. (Before Scrivener) and time being limited, when they need revising, I just do it directly in Keynote or Nisus Writer Pro. But I plan to move it all into Scrivener projects when I have time, so that I can put them together in course-book form.
Very basic use, I know, but as far as I'm concerned, if you're involved in translation and interlingual work, Scrivener is a no-brainer. Translation heaven ...
One note: Scrivener is NOT a standard word processor. By this, I mean it's not a what-you-see-is-what-you-get editor. There are not "styles" in the sense that you may be used to in Word, you can't flow your text around pictures, and your editor window doesn't have margins or even individual pages. When you're ready to output to Word for a bit of spit-and-polish, or directly e-book format, the "Compile" feature allows you to transform your text into automatically numbered chapters in whatever font and paragraph settings that you need at the time. That's one of it's biggest features: A couple of clicks can make the difference between a standard submission manuscript (double-spaced, 12-point font), and a ready-to-publish Kindle e-book. This leaves all the fiddly bits to the very end, after you've actually finished your STORY.
If you've struggled to get a handle on a large project, or are serious about writing the Great American Novel, do yourself a favor and try this amazing piece of software out. Making a small effort up front to learn a new (better!) way to create & manage your manuscripts will pay off many times over in the months and years of writing to come.
I was a little frustrated at first, but after a u tube tutorial I was able to dive in- very intuitive as it meets your projects needs. Helps with your productivity and keeps you writing! Fantastic.