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Man, I have been trying to love Scrivener, and just have not found the trick yet. I like the idea of it, I think. I mean, an IDE for prose! Down with file management! What a great idea! But I've been using the extended NaNoWriMo trial edition, and its theoretical charms continue to outweigh its day-to-day appeal.

For one thing, it's WYSIWYG, which I've been kind of down on ever since I discovered HTML; doing formatting inline tends to bite me on the ass later. (Which is to say, I understand why people used to get all het up about WordPerfect's "reveal codes" thingummy and everyone else's lack thereof.) The export functionality is pretty impressive, but still requires a bunch of cleanup before it's ready to hit the web. Also, it seems like there're too many fidgety places to enter text? Which of these am I supposed to treat like I'll ever read them again, and which are write-only?

Well, anyway: I actually really like the texture on the corkboard. And how easy it is to split and re-arrange files. (Like Fission for prose!) And the way it'll do what can only be called a "build." And that it has some metadata about each snippet. (Not sure whether it needs THAT much, but.) Basically, I think I like the idea of editing with it, but that part isn't quite where I want it to be yet, and I can't stand composing in it.

If anyone here uses it, I'd love to hear what you dig about it.

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Date: 2009-11-25 02:31 pm (UTC)
kiplet: Me on the TV. (Default)
From: [personal profile] kiplet
Also: NEVER HAVING TO SAVE.

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Date: 2009-11-25 07:43 pm (UTC)
foxfirefey: Fox stealing an egg. (Default)
From: [personal profile] foxfirefey
I hate how difficult it is to just copy paste the text as HTML, so I could do some kind of web serial project. I think I'd use it more if it wasn't such a pain in the ass to do that.

Also, you might consider posting this to [community profile] macapps, since it's the kind of audience that might have good information for you.

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Date: 2009-11-25 07:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kiplet.livejournal.com
Would have been much harder writing no. 7 without it. —One can dummy up a file-rearrangement system to be sure with spit and baling wire, but Scrivener made it painless.

I haven't played enough with the export functions; too much of my workflow depends on formatting elsewhere. (Final text lives in, ack, three places? [Technically (counts) six, Christ.] Which makes post-export edits FUN.) Mostly it's the notecard organizing function, the ability to write notes in lots of fiddly places to remind myself what's up with this bit, the research dump, and the word-count goad. Nothing nobody else does, just all done with enough panache in one place to make it darned necessary.

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Date: 2009-11-25 10:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gyladia.livejournal.com
...So you're getting a lot of writing done, during NaNo?

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