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Scrivener Windows Beta - makes we want alternatives

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Posted by Paulo Brabo
Mar 12, 2011 at 07:59 PM


Hi, I’m Paulo, Brazilian writer and illustrator, long time lurker. I just had to leave my two cents:

> Scriveners is almost perfect in that regard, except I wish they would
>lose the scroll-bar, which kind of ruins the illusion that it’s like typing on paper. 

In the latest beta (020) of Scrivener the full screen scroll bar fades away after a couple of seconds.

I’m in no way associated with the product, so let me say I don’t think there’s a real alternative to Scrivener. Scrivener is openly a writing tool, not a formatting one. Writemonkey (another excellent tool) doesn’t offer any formatting either, and this is advertised (and should be understood) as a feature, not a bug. The whole concept is using Scrivener to write the bulk of the manuscript and do the formatting elsewhere, when it’s finished. This may not be ideal solution to those who are used to “build” their text around the formatting styles with which the final text will be presented—but to some of us the “just write in chunks, do the formatting when it’s finished” thing is definitely appealing.

That said, each new beta of Scrivener comes more polished. IMO anyone interested in writing should give it a try.

Also here: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/03/removing-the-stigma-from-writing-software/72323/


Paulo Brabo
http://www.e- brabo.com