Scrivener
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Project management and word processing tool for writers.   Shareware ($45.00)
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Scrivener is a project management and writing tool for writers of all kinds that stays with you from that first unformed idea all the way through to the first - or even final - draft. Outline and structure your ideas; take notes; storyboard your masterpiece using a powerful virtual corkboard; view research while you write; track themes using keywords; dynamically combine multiple scenes into a single text. Scrivener has already been enthusiastically adopted by best-selling novelists and novices alike. Outline... Edit... Storyboard... Write.
What's New
Version 2.5:

Refinements and Changes--
Mavericks Compatible
  • Scrivener has been updated to be fully compatible with Mavericks, including support for tags when saving and exporting.
Localisations
  • The main interface has been translated into German, French and Spanish (other languages to come). By default, the interface will use the current system language, but you can override this via the Preferences. (Please let us know if you notice any errors in or problems with the translated interfaces.)
Compile - General
  • When selecting formatting levels in the Compile "Formatting" pane, affected documents are now highlighted in the binder.
  • The 10.6+ build of Scrivener now bundles a Java runtime environment so that it can run the .doc, .docx and .odt converters without having to ask the user to install Java, and so that it can meet App Store requirements and be future-proof now that Apple is moving away from providing its own Java runtime. (The bundled Java runtime only works on 10.7.3+; earlier systems will continue to rely on Java being installed on the system.) Note that this increases Scrivener's file size.
  • Updated the version of the Aspose converter used for converting to .doc, .docx and .odt files, which fixes the bug whereby ODT files always had the footnote numbering restart with each page regardless of the Compile settings.
  • The Replacements in Compile can now replace web link targets as well as text. To replace web links, ensure that the target and replacement both contain "://" and no whitespace, and that "Whole Word" is ticked.
  • "Flatten Footnotes" in the "RTF Compatibility" pane of Compile is now available for all Office formats.
  • When printing or exporting to PDF, endnotes now use consistent line spacing.
  • The "Do not add title prefix or suffix…" control in the "Title Adjustments" pane of Compile now uses a popover instead of a menu, making it much easier to navigate the documents being compiled.
  • The <$ebook_start> and <$toc> tags are now removed when compiling to formats that don't use them.
  • Added new option, "Only use title prefixes in updated links", to the "Title Adjustments" pane of Compile.
  • Minor visual tweaks to the "Summary" view of Compile.
Compile - Ebooks
  • Changed the way UUIDs are stored in .epub files so that they now validate with EpubCheck again (recent changes to EpubCheck have affected how UUIDs get validated).
  • "Treat 'Preserve Formatting' blocks as raw HTML" can now be used for e-books, too.
  • Kindle export no longer ignores differences between justified and left text alignment. The "text-align" CSS designations are now removed for the alignment that appears most frequently throughout the text, but are left intact for other alignments. Thus, if most text is justified, then "text-align: justify" will not appear in the CSS but "text-align: left" will be used for any left-aligned text; if most text is left-aligned, then "text-align: left" will not appear in the CSS but "text-align: justify" will be used for any sections of justified text. (Amazon guidelines require that "text-align" is not used to force the alignment of body paragraphs, but only for small sections that require special formatting.)
  • Tables in HTML and e-books are now centred (although whether they appear so will depend on the program in which you open the files - Adobe Digital Editions, for instance, ignores table centring).
Scapple Import
  • Added new option to the Import preferences for Scapple documents: "Import first lines of notes as titles only".
  • Notes imported from Scapple now maintain rich text attributes (requires Scapple 1.1).
Text Editing
  • Find and Replace now works in inspector comments and footnotes.
  • You can now strike out text in PDF files.
  • Ruler units now affect project notes and inspector notes as well as main editor.
  • Images can now be dragged from Scrivener's editors into the Finder and to other locations requiring an image file path.
  • Improved selection across scrivenings.
  • Updated "Update Links to Use Target Titles" so that it doesn't affect placeholder tags such as <$p>, <$label>, etc. This makes it very easy to update linked table of contents now, by selecting all the text in the TOC document and using this feature.
  • Made improvements to URL encoding and decoding in the Add/Edit Link panel.
  • Posting to Facebook is now an option in the "Share" contextual menu in text views (10.8+ only).
Other
  • Templates chooser view rewritten from scratch with accessibility (VoiceOver) support.
  • "Lock in Place" is now available even when the header view is hidden.
  • Ctrl-clicking on a document icon in the binder, search results, collection list, corkboard or outliner now brings up only the "Change Icon" menu rather than the complete contextual menu, making it easier to change document icons.
  • Ctrl-clicking on the binder header now brings up a menu allowing you to set the "Binder Affects…" setting and to hoist or unhoist the binder when appropriate.
  • You can now drag references into collections.
  • Added "NSSupportsAutomaticGraphicsSwitching" to Scrivener's info.plist, which should prevent it switching to the discrete graphics card unnecessary on dual-GPU machines.
  • Project note titles are now affected in Project Replace if "Titles" is ticked.
  • Bundled MultiMarkdown executables back into the Mac App Store version. All MMD executables are now sandboxed and code-signed in the MAS version to meet Apple's store requirements.
  • Copy as External Link now also includes a plain text variant on the pasteboard.
  • The label of the "Scale to fit" button in the image resizing HUD is now clickable.
  • Added View > Media > Rewind on Pause menu item.
  • Made improvements to speed in scrolling through and manipulating the list of names in the name generator.
  • Added "Auto-Generate Titles" to the Documents menu.
  • Changed project keywords shortcut to Shift-Cmd-K, making them easier to access from the keyboard.
  • Fixed bug in Simplenote sync whereby sync would appear to hang when deleting notes (although the sync panel could be dismissed and Scrivener would continue to run as normal).
Bugs Fixed--
Major (Stability)
  • Fixed bug whereby certain files containing footnotes would cause a crash on import if the project was set up to use footnote markers.
  • Fixed bug whereby typing could still slow down dramatically in scaled inspector comments and footnotes. Slower.
  • Fixed bug whereby imported project notes would not retain their text unless edited.
  • Fixed bug whereby there was no keyboard focus when creating new projects from the Blank template, which could cause a crash if you tried to create a new document without clicking anyway.
  • Fixed bug that caused a crash in Project Replace on OS X 10.6 and below.
  • Fixed bug whereby, in rare circumstances (e.g. when multiple files were selected in the binder), clicking to add another snapshot would thrown an internal error.
  • Fixed bug whereby Increase/Decrease First Line Indents could throw an exception.
  • Fixed bug whereby dragging a document into another project as a Scrivener link would throw an exception.
Version 2.5:

Refinements and Changes--
Mavericks Compatible
  • Scrivener has been updated to be fully compatible with Mavericks, including support for tags when saving and exporting.
Localisations
  • The main interface has been translated into German, French and Spanish (other languages to come). By more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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Scrivener User Discussion (Write a Review)
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burkanov reviewed on 14 Apr 2014
Scrivener is very cool and mighty app. I used it for research and writing UX-related stuff (user interviews, personas, user stories, e.t.c.) It has lot of features and therefore a relativ complicated interface - but it's logical, predictable and self-explainable (unlike Devonthink). This software has a good spirit. I wish it long and successful life and all the best to dev team. The only thing I was really missing was a good clipping extension for Safari.
[Version 2.5]


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+2

Nova-Bossa reviewed on 20 Feb 2014
I just can't live without this application!
[Version 2.5]


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+7

jemib reviewed on 15 Nov 2013
I like it, the only problem I've had is importing a huge Openoffice document. Can't get that to work, but must be a problem with the huge document itself. I also like the company, they seem to be a bunch of nice people.
[Version 2.5]


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Radus reviewed on 13 Nov 2013
Version 2.5 ; Mavericks is unusable
there is a terrible slowdown in scrolling pdf's inside scrivener ("laggy") - we can not work with it ! please correct this bug, it is not on the apple side - preview under mavericks is very fast
[Version 2.5]


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Aargl reviewed on 02 May 2013
Scrivener is also very useful as an organization tool, classifying documents in folders or using the documents as you can use styles in Word to classify bits of information. It's not its primary use, but it's doing great at that too.
The only reproach I can make is the dev's promise to make localizations, years ago! It has become a kind of Loch Ness Monster... (except that someone pretend they have seen Nessie ;-)
[Version 2.4.1]

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Pacmanen replied on 31 Oct 2013
there is localizations now just not sure if they are what you missed :-)
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Aargl replied on 31 Oct 2013
Great news! Thanks for pointing that! :-)
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+3

+141
Gazman commented on 09 Mar 2013
Just wondering why MacUpdate doesn't list Scrivener as one of the highlighted (red) applications? Every single writer I know uses it.
[Version 2.4.1]

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Nontroppo replied on 06 Apr 2013
Indeed, I've also wondered that. Also Scrivener is the single application that has converted more people I know to switch to Mac than any other.
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+43
Psychiatry replied on 26 Oct 2013
Probably because the developer doesn't pay a fee for this privilege.
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+3

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Exegete77 reviewed on 08 Mar 2013
Scrivener has become my default writing program. I edit a magazine, and have one project for that. Another project handles all my blog posts (4 blogs). Another one handles all my seminary curriculum. And a 4th project handles all staff meetings. The export capabilities have vastly improved. Now my word processors are only used for small project, those with Hebrew, or finalizing the Scrivener export.

I have been using for 3 years but extensively in the past five months. Nothing compares for my needs.
[Version 2.4.1]


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+138
Star-Affinity commented on 01 Mar 2013
Wow, that's a long list of changes/fixes. I'm not usong this software, but I've been following it since it's early days and it seems to be really well made suff.
[Version 2.4]


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+107
Vitu commented on 01 Mar 2013
What an impressive (and useful) update! No wonder it's moved from the Great Software category to the Legendary one.
[Version 2.4]


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+42
Macbookpro commented on 01 Mar 2013
2.4 is out...
But, look out for potential error after you update.
This is how to fix the e-Sellerate problem if it happens to you when updating.
https://scrivener.tenderapp.com/help/kb/mac-os-x-troubleshooting/esellerate-error-2003
[Version 2.3.1]

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Oldmiller replied on 01 Mar 2013
When updating Scrivener from within Scrivener the installer guides the user through the necessary steps, if the error is happening. Very nice and easy.
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+24
Phaleron had trouble on 24 Jul 2012
Version 2.3.1 will not fire up in Leopard.
[Version 2.3.1]



+2

alvindarkness rated on 27 Nov 2013

[Version 2.5]



Jacklarm rated on 07 Oct 2013

[Version 2.4.1]



EIIR rated on 13 May 2013

[Version 2.4.1]



Mik207 rated on 21 Apr 2013

[Version 2.4.1]



Glassmac rated on 20 Mar 2013

[Version 2.4.1]



JamesBond9408 rated on 13 Mar 2013

[Version 2.4.1]



+96

Hmurchison rated on 30 Dec 2012

[Version 2.3.1]



+42

Runty rated on 02 Nov 2012

[Version 2.3.1]



halbertz rated on 06 Oct 2012

[Version 2.3.1]



+5

Drking rated on 25 Aug 2012

[Version 2.3.1]


Downloads:74,278
Version Downloads:4,241
Type:Business : Word Processing
License:Shareware
Date:23 Oct 2013
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $45.00
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Scrivener is a project management and writing tool for writers of all kinds that stays with you from that first unformed idea all the way through to the first - or even final - draft. Outline and structure your ideas; take notes; storyboard your masterpiece using a powerful virtual corkboard; view research while you write; track themes using keywords; dynamically combine multiple scenes into a single text. Scrivener has already been enthusiastically adopted by best-selling novelists and novices alike. Outline... Edit... Storyboard... Write.


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