***This review is based on my own experiences and not paid to do a review for the app. These are my honest opinions of the app***
As writers, I am sure some of you have heard of the Scrivener app. And if you don’t have it, you should definitely try it. Below I am going to review the app; what I liked, what I didn’t like — you know, all of the things that go into a review.
30 Day Trial:
No one would ever say this, in the history of trying free trials, but this was the best one I’ve tried. Why? Because it only counted the 30 days once you opened the app. Most trials would start once you have opened the app or program — which would be a huge bummer if you hadn’t been using it everyday. Seriously, all trials should be like this. I don’t even think there were limits with what I could do with my documents.
And in those 30 days, I fell in love with how powerful and simple this app can be. Then I bought it. The best $45 ever!
Keeping it together:
Organization: Writing with this app has been so much easier than writing in Word. I had to have so many papers around me that it was overwhelming, or have many Word documents up that it sucked my battery.
In the app, the user has the ability to customize how they want to it — it can be a powerful tool for efficiency. Users have the option of choosing from different templates, such as ‘Novel’ or ‘Novel with Parts’
View options: I get the best outlook in having three options to view my projects: document, subdocuments and outliner. Plus the draft view which encompasses all documents of one folder under a long view that’s good for a continuous read.
With the document view, of course the user can view the work that is selected. The subdocuments view gives a traditional flashcard look. The outliner view though it has the same flashcard content, gives the writer the option of labeling each document under a folder.
Scrivener also has a split view option, which comes in handy when trying to recall something in a previous scene of chapter.
Icons: This is a bit self explanatory, but the icons make it easier to identify and keep track of what’s being written in one Scrivener document.
Lean, mean writing machine:
Composition Mode: This is as distraction free as a user can get with this app — it works better when the internet is off! But the user can either choose the tradition black background or a desired photo. In this mode users can change the transparency of the paper background, choose where to put it (left, center or right) and how much zoom is need to view the text.
It also gives the option of switching between documents and using a tool called “Inspector” as well as give basic information of word count and characters in the document.
Research folder: This is one of the best tools. I’m using this tool the most for Torque at the moment and it has come in handy as I write a few scenes out of order. Writers are constantly using searching for things to be accurate or close to it , so all a writer has to do is drag and drop information they’ve downloaded to their computer into the research folder to easy access to information.
Inspector tool: I would call this the hidden gem of the app. Why? Well, say the user is in composition mode and wrote something in document or project notes area (among other things), it super convenient that the writer can do it without exiting composition mode. When the writer not in comp mode, then the inspector allows the user to look over the synopsis or image and switch between project and document notes also without leavinf what’s being worked on. It also has slightly different features in normal view.
In composition mode, the writer can choose what extra information they need to review without leaving the distraction-free mode
Split screen option for easy reference.
Sample Shot of Scrivener in action. The writer can decided what status and how to label the current document they are in.
When Scrivener updates, all files do not automatically update. They update once the file is opened again.
After choose the writing goal, at the bottom of the app, a goal tracker appears. As the writer gets closer to the goal, the bar will eventually turn dark green,
Writers can choose between a word or character goal for the project they are working on.
Right click menu options
Once the writers goal is met, this window will appear
If the writer decides to cut a few things after the met goal, this window appears.
At least not yet:
As awesome as this tool is, I have not had a chance to use the other features like keyword or quick reference. I’m sure there are other tools that I have not mentioned because I’ve been enamored with the others. If you have Scrivener, and you see a tool that could be useful for other writers, leave a comment below.
What could make the app better:
Every app is not without its issue though. One thing that annoyed me was when I decided to work in my customized comp mode. In my experience if a photo is left up for too long in, it will cause delay between what I type and when it appears on the document. If this could be fixed or even have some kind of warning, it would be great.
When the app updates, it doesn’t update all previous versions of your documents. It does update once you open them and it only take a few minutes.
You can find out more about the app and tutorial videos at its home site Literature and Latte.
I plan for Ghost Kings to officially launch sometime in February, with postings at least once or twice a month. Thanks for reading and see you in a couple of weeks.