Good morning everyone,
Less than 24 hours ago I finally looked up this "Scrivener" software and I have to say man does it look great.
Does anyone have this program? And is it worth $45?
My writer buddy Gordon Highland raves about it.
I think it lets you give it a trial run if I'm not mistaken, yes?
-_- Just noticed it. I'm in the campus library at the moment. Will give it a go on my laptop later today.
I have the software. It's the only software I've paid for in about five years. Every dollar is worth it. In fact, they could charge double that amount and I'd probably buy the program.
There are a lot of reasons to try Scrivener out. And you CAN try it for 30 days before forking over the dough to own a license, I should say. But these are the reasons I use it:
As with any program, there are some hiccups. You don't have a shortcut to your thesaurus (at least, in the Mac version. I haven't tried it on the PC) and you need to figure out how to create this shortcut on your own.
Sometimes your preferences for one document will not translate to a newly created document. I've been having trouble with my dashes and my quotation marks staying consistent.
The PC version needs some work, but I haven't tried the updated program (it updated today) so I'm not sure if the issues were addressed. I can't figure out how to see page views with the PC version, either. And It won't remember spelling errors you choose to ignore.
Both versions have a crappy autocorrect feature. It chooses the most obscure words when you have a typo. For example, if I mispell occur as ocurr, it autocorrects to OCR. What? And common terms, such as USB, aren't part of the dictionary and will also autocorrect. But from what I understand you can turn this feature off and deal with the squiggly lines instead.
As with any program, it is best to try the trial version before making your decision. But I like Scrivener and find it really helps me focus on my project. I own it for the Mac and will purchase it for the PC at the end of the month.
Scrivener's great--misskokamon covered the Pros better than I could--and totally worth the money if you're working on something big and complicated. If you're more of a short story writer, though, I think Scrivener is a bit overkill. I'm a big fan of iA Writer for that sort of thing.
iA Writer is dead simple. It's a plain text editor that syncs with Dropbox, and it has the best thing ever for someone that hates plain white pages--Focus Mode. Focus Mode blurs all but the current sentance, and moves the cursor on a blank document down to the middle of the view. It's such a simple thing, but it makes a huge difference in overcoming the inertia of starting a new project. It gets you started, then gets out of your way. I think the working name was Shitty First Draft.
It's my first time participating in NaNo, I'm about 10,000 words in and this is starting to sound like a good switch...
iA Writer sounds interesting! I have Scrivener on all my writing machines (or machines where I may write, anyway) and I have my projects stored on Dropbox. I have to say that regardless of what program we write with, Dropbox is the best thing anyone could have. If something happens to our machine, our work is safe on the site. if we switch to a new machine (say from the desktop to a laptop in bed,) you can be sure your work is updated and waiting for you. Ah, Dropbox. It just works. <3
I will say I'm a crazy Scrivenerd. I pitch it to everyone. I rant and rave about how great it is. That and Dropbox have made my life so easy. Really, they're a writer's best friend.
I should add that another perk to Scrivener is the program compiles your manuscript in a proper format for submitting, if you feel compelled to do so. Your notes will not be included so long as your binder is properly organized.
You can also compile it for eBook readers. I haven't tried it with Scrivener yet but I do like to put my work on the Kindle to review when I'm done with it, so that was a real plus.
I forgot the best part of Scrivener! Corkboard mode. We've all tried writing plot points on note cards--this one does it digitally. It's a great way to view your story flow.
Yes... I am a Scrivenerd, indeed.