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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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.

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Personally, I enjoy being able to split my chapters into distinct sections, I like the new pages and seeing where everything is laid out. one of the great benefits of Scrivener is that you can see the different sections of your novel, sort them, and even put what stage they are on, such as to do, first draft, edits, ext. scrivener allows you to do multiple rounds of edits in a very clear and concise way, as well as helps to organize thoughts, chapters, scenes, and other entries.

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Windows users are third class citizens and never get updates within two years of Mac users. Any criticism of this policy on their forums results in locked threads, never admitting any wrong or responsibility to their customers. It's some of the most anti-consumer practices I've seen, especially for such a dedicated, niche customer base.

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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.

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