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Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Dec 10, 2010 at 02:27 PM

 

For those who may be interested, mac.appstorm has posted my overview of the new features in Scrivener 2.0. You can find it here:

http://mac.appstorm.net/reviews/office-review/take-control-of-your-writing-with-scrivener-2-0/

Steve

 


Posted by Hugh
Dec 10, 2010 at 07:08 PM

 

Thanks Steve.

I found the review informative and useful even though I use Scrivener for hours every day. And in my view the application fully deserves the rating you give it.

H

 


Posted by Franz Grieser
Dec 10, 2010 at 10:29 PM

 

Great review. And I agree with you and Hugh: 10 points out of 10 is fully justified.

Thanks, Franz

 


Posted by Derek Cornish
Dec 10, 2010 at 11:29 PM

 

Steve,
Thanks as ever for an excellent review. I am looking forward to giving the Windows beta a whirl as soon as I have some time. I’m surprised that it hasn’t received much attention in the forum yet. Early days, I guess…

Have you found that Scrivener and Zoot make a sensible workflow duo? I haven’t really come to grips with Zoot v.6 yet, since it does not add much to my way of working, which is mainly with plain text. But for books and articles Zoot v5 has been excellent for everything connected with information collection and management. It also provides a surprising amount of support for planning and organizing writing projects. I’ve been using its folder tree for years as a way of gradually sorting information and developing detailed outlines, and sequencing arguments and supporting materials; and its floating editor panes are also useful for bringing up reference material when I am drafting. As I tend to use other programs (e.g. Word or Notetab) for drafting, however, Scrivener looks to be a very appealing alternative.

 


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Dec 11, 2010 at 12:07 PM

 

Thanks for the nice comments, Hugh, Franz and Derek. Also, thanks for confirming my 10 out of 10 rating… I was worried I might just come across as a fan boy.

Derek Cornish wrote:
>Have you found that
>Scrivener and Zoot make a sensible workflow duo? I haven’t really come to grips with
>Zoot v.6 yet, since it does not add much to my way of working, which is mainly with plain
>text. But for books and articles Zoot v5 has been excellent for everything connected
>with information collection and management. It also provides a surprising amount of
>support for planning and organizing writing projects. I’ve been using its folder
>tree for years as a way of gradually sorting information and developing detailed
>outlines, and sequencing arguments and supporting materials; and its floating
>editor panes are also useful for bringing up reference material when I am drafting. As
>I tend to use other programs (e.g. Word or Notetab) for drafting, however, Scrivener
>looks to be a very appealing alternative.

Derek, I’ve only just started using Zoot 6.0. I live in a bi-operating world, with a Windows PC at work and a MacBook for personal use. Most of my writing is on the MacBook, so I haven’t incorporated it into a writing work flow. At the office I mostly use Zoot for information management—tracking invoices and such. I’m only just warming up to version 6, and miss the relative simplicity of plain text. I don’t think I’ll truly like version 6 until there is enough help material to actually learn to use its many features properly.

Nevertheless, I think it could easily be an exceptional asset for writing and researching for the reasons you state. And I’ve always been a fan of the way you can set up folders with rules and actions. I still haven’t found anything on the Mac that matches it—even Tinderbox, though Tinderbox does a lot of other things.

Finally, I downloaded the beta version of Scrivener for Windows, but it seemed too unfinished yet to really use for my work-related writing. I’m eager to give the real thing a go when it is ready.

Steve

 


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