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Posted by Derek Cornish
Dec 11, 2010 at 03:28 PM


I’m very much with you re Zoot and plain text. I’d have been quite content if the Admiral had simply produced a new plain-text version with the constraints removed on item length, numbers of items and folders. I also liked the old, less obtrusive icons in version 5 (version 4’s were even better). However, software developers have to make money to live on and the plethora of new information sources, communication devices and so on made change and increasing complexity inevitable. The disappointment over the so-called outlining feature also reduced my interest, but I am beginning to warm up to v6 now, although I still haven’t moved my work to it.

As for Scrivener for Windows, it looks really interesting and my only reservation - shared in relation to ConnectedText, ndxCards, IdeaMason, and so on - is that the overlap between Zoot’s and Scrivener’s project and research management features will make choosing what to use for what part of the research/writing process as difficult and frustrating as it always seems to be.



Posted by Daly de Gagne
Dec 11, 2010 at 08:42 PM


Thanks for your review Steve. Made me decide to open up the Windows beta I had downloaded some time ago.

Was advised to download new beta version because version I had would expire on Dec 12.

So I donwloaded the latest beta, opened it up, and still got same message it would expire tomorrow.

Is this a common problem?



Posted by Mitchell Kastner
Dec 12, 2010 at 03:21 AM



I don’t know how you can do academic writing in the Windows beta; there is no tool for inserting citation references. Can’t editing html web page. Barely can cut and paste. Outlining very clumsy. Cannot insert child or sibling levels. Keyword UHD does not work. Cool feature about creating parent, child, and sibling key words but when I dropped group into keyword pane either nothing showed or only one showed and not group as advertised. Yes I know it is a beta and I know that I have scratched only surface, but you would figure that at a minimum a word processor that advertises itself as being useable for academic writing does not make citations easy although I think in the Mac version there is a bibliographic utility.


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Dec 12, 2010 at 04:17 AM


It’s my understanding that the windows version of Scrivener will generally have the feature set of version 1.5 for the Mac, at least at first. It may never be the application that the Mac version is. We’ll just have to wait and see.



Posted by Derek Cornish
Dec 12, 2010 at 08:09 PM



In case you haven’t seen it, here is the URL for the earlier review of Scrivener v1.5 that Steve mentioned in his review of v2.0.




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