Keith Blount has introduced a new version of Scrivener. The posting about Scrivener — A perfect program for dissertation writing is still my most read posting here, so I thought it might be worth a posting.
I have just downloaded it and from the first impression of it … it’s awesome. I was a little concerned that a ton of new features and formatting options might skew the idea of Scrivener (to concentrate on the words), but this does not appear to be the case. For example, the full screen writing mode still lets you focus only on the text.
As far as I can see, the features make the program more … powerful (aha! ;-)). Seriously. Scrivener started as a nice, small, lightweight but extremely powerful application that lets writers focus on the words. Now it has tons of features and feels like a … battle cruiser. It’s powerful but it doesn’t get in the way of getting the job done. Some of these features improve the look and feel but might steal time (e.g., icons for documents), others are just great time savers (e.g., templates, including article writing in APA format! :-)).
So, yeah, I’m going to update my Scrivener software and pay €25 for it. It’s worth it.
(On the other hand, I still keep a backup of my Scrivener 1.x program somewhere safe until I used it long term. And I will use it long term :-)).