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« on: November 29, 2010, 01:42:56 AM »

At the Midwest FurFest, someone introduced me to Scrivener. I wish I could recall his name and I feel ashamed for forgetting.

Anyway, it's a writing tool originally developed for Mac but as of this month, a new edition is available and it's Windows compatable too. Here is a video about it and at the end of the vid is a coupon code for a 20% discount. (The video is sometimes Mac specific) I just started using it and absolutely love it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DthBJhBrYs

Is anyone else using it?
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« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2010, 02:21:51 AM »

I've never seen it, probably because I avoid Macs like I would avoid poisonous snakes. But I've heard it compared to Q10 and PyRoom, both of which I have here but don't use.
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« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2010, 04:25:15 AM »

*bookmarks page* This is relevant to my interests.
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« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2010, 09:10:20 AM »

As a warning brought to you by the Swedish NaNo subforum, I'll note that if you use Scrivener for Windows, you should make sure you back up often. Apparently it ate a good chunk of someone's novel.
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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2010, 01:54:09 PM »

I would hope that loosing chuncks of text was either operator error or was a bug that was fixed in the new version. It can be set to automatically back up at certain intervals and you can take "Snapshots" of documents and blocks of text. After doing edits, you can compare the documents side by side and see the changes automatically highlighted. The new build just came out this month.
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« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2011, 04:56:22 PM »

I've tried a few of these, most recently yWriter, and they confused me too much. They have so many features (character bios, motivations, chapter mood, chapter flow, etc, etc...), that I just get lost and go back to good ol' OpenOffice.  Scrivener seems simple enough, but the whole 'crashing' bit is slightly disconcerting.
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« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2011, 07:58:12 PM »

As far as writing programs go, I pretty much stick to WriteMonkey and yWriter5 lately. The former for the actual writing, the latter for organisation afterwards. I also tried Liquid Story Binder (like yWriter, just more confusing), Q10 and Roughdraft before.
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« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2011, 04:23:25 PM »

Seems quite useful. I don't think it would be the best thing in the world for a short story writer. If you were writing something much longer, it seems like it would make life much easier. I'd definitely want it if I ever tried my hand at a novel!
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