Scrivener Reviews

Great on Mac OS X, Good on Windows

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Scrivener is a specialized word processing and file management system for writers. It allows you to develop a new work, or import an existing work, and break it up into manageable parts. While designed primarily for fiction writing, I have also used it on a manual that required little advanced formatting.

I could not find a comparable product on Windows, however it should be said that the Mac OS X version is far more advanced than the Windows version - with features unimplemented on Windows. The Windows version is being actively developed but L&L hasn't really made much of an attempt to 'catch up' the Windows version. Despite this negative, I haven't found a better platform for writing fiction on Windows.

Scrivener does not have sophisticated formatting tools - but it does have some. It has everything you'd expect from a word processor, plus a whole lot more. However a major omission is two column formatting, which is necessary for a lot of publishing.

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Hands down one of the best writing software out there! Great if you need to structure/write novels, plays, scripts, essays, you name it.


Scrivener won't save or backup...

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...and no one on the Literature and Latte technical forum has any answers. A myriad of other unanswered pleas for help there too.

Scrivener has gotten worse lately. Janky software.