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WhizFolders vs Scrivener for Windows

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Posted by Jon Polish
Dec 7, 2011 at 03:02 PM


Thank you all for your opinions.

I have looked extensively at both programs and have been surprised at how similar they are. Almost every feature in one exists in the other. Even the vaunted Scriven (combined documents) exists in WhizFolders. I am very surprised.

Now the interfaces are a different matter. Scrivener is far more pleasing and WF too cluttered. But that can be changed as well. The kicker is that on my system, WF program files consume about 19.6 MB. Scrivener takes up 184 MB. Not that it matters any more, but it is interesting.

WF can be run as a portable application. Scrivener can too, but the company seems to discourage it.

WF lacks Scrivener’s cork board, but topics can be moved around easily enough.

Import/Export are comparable with WF having the edge.

The ability to edit multiple topics in separate windows is a big plus in WF’s favor.

Scivener is visually much nicer.

Both don’t handle citations as well as they should.

Both have auditing features (Snapshot in Scivener; Changed Note Archive in WF). Scrivener’s is manual and WF is automatic. However, WF’s archive gets purged at undefined intervals. Apparently these settings are not user adjustable, so I can’t rely on this feature in WF.

Aaaaarrrrrgggghhhhh. Both have their appeal. Still undecided.