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Ravenwolf commented on 03 Jan 2011
I downloaded the demo and installed it. The first time I opened it, my Mac errored and did not open it (newer imac with 10.6.5). So I opened it again and the program's screen lost all of the information (not my mac screen, just the program's screen), so I started it yet again. On the third attempt I typed in testing and then beautiful, and I started to really look through the words it was offering, anal was offered as a song rhyme for beautiful! And the other rhymes were not inspiring at all (even though I guess "technically" correct). I went to shut down the program and it locked up, I had to open Activity monitor and force quit. Needless to say I uninstalled this and won't look back. Bummer, looked promising, but at least I won't have to go through that annoying activation process everyone is referring to! Bonus! :P. I'm new to macupdate, and have received some cool software from this service, but I am learning you need to read the reviews and pick and choose carefully, because there are some lemons amongst the fruits to choose from.
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Ravenwolf reviewed on 18 Nov 2010
I had just purchased a competitor for $59.99 and I wish I hadn't. I picked up Scrivener 2.0 at a 20% discount for like $36 and change, and what a bargain!

In the past two years I had written a 240 page self-help "novel". I did it in openoffice and word (openoffice on my netbook and word on my old pc). Formatting and keeping track of layouts and such in very large word document was a bear to say the least. I wish I would have known about Scrivener 2.0 (and Macs for that matter) back when I wrote it.

The other software I recently bought wasn't pretty and intuitive like Scrivener 2.0. Scrivener 2.0 just made sense to me from the moment I opened it (granted I did watch the 10 minute video on their website first which probably helped a ton, but still, it just made sense to me). It made me realize that you don't have to use ALL of the writing options within the program, but rather just what makes sense to you personally. I like outlines and not notecards, so I use the outline feature and ignore the notecards options, etc...

I gave it a 4 out of 5 on the Ease of Use because while the program itself is cake to write in, the importing and exporting options can get confusing. For example I tried to import my old book into the program and it did not turn out perfectly. But it really wasn't that big of a deal. I just went into my openoffice document and copied Chapter 1 to Chapter 1 in Scrivener 2.0, and then chapter 2, etc... It took me about 10 minutes to copy and paste each section into the program. Now I can edit the old book and make updates I've been wanting to make to then release it as an epub for kindle and such.

Overall, I'm VERY happy with the price and features of this program. Even at $45 it would be a steal in my mind. But getting it at $36 really made me happy. The $59.99 program I bought before, it's icon is now removed from my dock and I'm just going to pretend that never happened at this point LOL.

If you are a writer, you want this program! Spend 20 minutes or so browsing through the videos on their site to familiarize yourself with the program before opening it and trying it. A picture is worth a thousand words, so how many words is a good tutorial video worth?? ;)
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