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Scrivener


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Scrivener helps writer start, build, and complete their writings from idea boards and text editors to manuscript formatting.


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One of the best writing software out there

Dec 22, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: -Easy to use: Scrivener is easy to use (If you ignore all the extra features you probably won't need), even better when you load/start it for the first time, it opens a tutorial of sorts that explains different parts of the software and how it's used. Scrivener is really popular so there are lots of tutorials online on how to use it.

-Auto Save: Unlike Work with can autosave every minute (If you go to options>save>) Scrivener autosaves every few seconds so you'll rarely ever lose your work. I'm a bit paranoid and since I have Dropbox on my comp, I save my work to a folder on Dropbox so I always have a backup of sorts.

-Easy to Outline/Plan your novel: One of the reasons I use Scrivener to write is because it allows me to outline my book and arrange it in handly folders. So I have a folder for characters, settings, research, outline, rough draft, final draft etc. Like Evernote, I can save a link for research for offline use. depending on the content of the link, it can be exported into a text which I can read instead of going online.

-Word Count: I use Scrivener for Nanowrimo I set a goal of 50k words in 30 days and with Scrivener I can count the number of words per chapter/per day/ and how close I am to achieving my goal of 50k words.

Technically I can use Scrivener to convert my manuscript into an ebook, but I don't use this feature.

Cons: - Exporting your manuscript into an ebook is complicated as hell. I watched three tutorials on YouTube and it still wasn't easy.

-No Android App: I have Scrivener on my personal comp and work computer, and I have Dropbox on both computers so it's easy to write from home or work, but I'd also like to have a mobile app so I can write on the go. There's an IOS app but no Android app, I hope they work on that.

Overall: Overall my experience with Scrivener has been good, I try to stick to only the features I need and ignore the rest which is probably why I've yet to encounter any major issue.

Awesome for Organizing Big Creative Projects

Jan 15, 2019
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Pros: I started using Scrivener two years ago, when I was working on a novel that had major issues with structure. Scrivener made it very easy to see the big picture and move scenes around to achieve a better arc and pace. I really like the ability to zoom out and view the "cork board" which mimics index cards on a wall, one for each scene or chapter. This let me look at the big picture and shift things around without getting bogged down in the pages. That kind of focus was essential to fixes the issues in my draft and getting it in decent shape! I also like the ability to split a screen, so I can view the scene I'm working on and another page, like an outline, on simultaneously.

Cons: There is a little bit of a learning curve and it took me about 5 or 6 hours to go through the tutorial and really get a hang of the software. Looking back, this was a very small investment of time considering how much time Scrivener has saved me over the years. In the moment, however, it felt like a bit of a drag and a time I could have spent actually writing. My advice: power through it!

Overall: I was trying to write a novel and needed a way to see the "big picture" of the plot without getting bogged down by sentences. Scrivener's features made it easy to focus on structure, which was a huge help!

Great writer's tool

Nov 10, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: I love that it allows me to not only section out chapters, but also scenes within the chapter. It also gives me the option to keep characters, locations, and all sorts of notes in one document.

Cons: Compiling correctly can be a giant pain. It took a lot of time to get the basics down. I have yet to master all the options that the software offers because of the complexity. It also offers various formatting options, but again, learning all of these options takes a lot of time and effort.

Overall: While there is a huge learning curve with this software, I love that it keeps everything I need in one document for my novels. Gone are the days of multiple documents and worrying about keeping things organized. This software keeps everything in one document which is amazing. Once I have more time to actually sit down and watch the various tutorials, I hope to be able to utilize even more of the software's features. I think if there were better tutorials to help people get started, it would help a lot. I originally used the tutorial and almost gave up on the software until I found some better tutorials online and through Youtube.

A Program With A Place To Put Every Writing Idea

Dec 28, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Pros: After using Word to write my books and longer articles I became frustrated with the lack of flexibility for moving text around easily. Scrivener has been a game changer for me.

The ability to move between layouts, to tag my work for easy referral, to seamlessly drop and drag chapters into a new order, and to have a binder to store rough chapters, research, character notes has made writing fun again.

I especially love the synopsis view which can be used like a corkboard. I also like being able to create sections for writing which I haven't found a place for yet within my manuscript, and for saving edited-out pieces that I may come back to later.

Cons: It took a while to get used to thinking differently, and to familiarising myself with the functions but there are handy videos and tutorials to helpo with that.

Overall: Scrivener has increased my writing productivity, and the speed with which I am able to edit and integrate materials.

I've also been using it for designing non-fictions books and online learning materials.

I recommend it to my coaching students for developing their own manuscripts because it makes their writing journey so much easier, especially if they are visual learners and communicators.

The ultimate writing software for authors, publishers and creative writers

Feb 09, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Scrivener is one of the few word processors that is designed with authors in mind. Everything is focused around making the creative writing process easier and getting your document into publishing-ready format simple instead of complicated. Instead of writing continuously in a never-ending document that has to be loaded every time you open it up, Scrivener allows you to break out your work into separate groups and individual components (think chapters and scenes). This means you only need to load exactly what you're working on at the moment. All of these components can be dragged and dropped and re-arranged however you like at any time, which makes changing the organization of your work a snap. Scrivener contains many useful tools like a sticky word and character counter, the ability to switch the view on your project between a document, corkboard, or outline format no matter which way you actually wrote it, and goal setting, tracking and analytic tools to keep you on target.

Cons: The only thing I wish they had was a cloud version that could be accessed on other PCs or my phone, for when I have "lightning strike" and I want to work on my project but I'm not at my home computer.

Overall: Scrivener has made it really easy to work on novels, though it can be used for any kind of writing.

Used it for years and still love it

Dec 11, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: This is one of those tools that I will gladly recommend to anyone who is in need of a writing tool. This isn't just another wordprocessor, it is in a whole different league. I've been using it for over 10 years and can't imagine tackling any major writing project without it.

I love it that much I bought a copy for both my sons; one who is about to write his university thesis and the other because he is in business and needs to do a lot of writing. I know that down the line they will thank me as there is simply nothing else like Scrivener.

Cons: There is nothing that springs immediately to mind as it is clear that this tool has been created by people who write for other people who write.

Overall: Superb. This is a productivity tool that takes any kind of writing to a whole new level. It does have a pretty steep learning curve, but this is only because it is so feature-packed, and trust me, the learning curve is well worth it.

Writer's friend

Feb 03, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: This is a great app for anyone writing and editing. Love the ability to gather notes, write content, review, revise and track versions all in the one place. This software has been designed by writers for writers.

Cons: So many features that it is hard to remember them all. I've taken a course on Scrivener that seemed to be necessary.

Overall: Scrivener has been outstanding for my writing and has helped to get me writing consistently. I'm not usually one for monitoring gimmicks, but being able to use word targets and being able to review project statistics has proved to be great motivation for me.

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For serious writers, the *only* tool they need.

Dec 09, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Scrivener's comprehensive palette of tools makes researching, drafting, and editing complex manuscripts and novels simple... Once to learn its idiosyncrasies and structure. The cork board metaphor is a fantastic way to track research and character development. It is easy to split and rearrange chapters and take snapshots before complex mass edits.

Cons: It is a particularly complex product that requires you to embrace its user interface to gain maximum value. But once you do that, you are able to fly as your inspiration leads.

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Good for Writers

Nov 20, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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Pros: I like how you can easily break up and organize the parts of your novel into chapters and scenes. This allows me to focus on one scene at a time. If I need to, I can reorganize the scenes for better flow. It has really helped improve my writing and editing.

Cons: There is no easy way to note what characters are in each scene. It would also be helpful to track locations by scene. This would help during the editing process.

Overall: Scrivener has helped me get organized with my writing. I can create folders within folders and text files within text files. This lets me organize down to whatever level that I want. While I am still working on my novel, I feel more comfortable about writing because I have this tool, and I feel more confident about completing it.

A program used by professional writers

Feb 04, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Scrivener is the master when it comes to self-publishing. If you write a novel or non-fiction book this program works for you.

Cons: Scrivener has many setups that could be streamlined. There also need to be way more tutorial videos. The spell and grammar check also need improvement.

Overall: I have written my entrie novel on this program.

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Very capable, good organization

Feb 13, 2019
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: I love having all parts of a large work accessible in one place, having research instantly available, and find it helpful for different kinds of writing. For a novel it really helps keep things organized, easy to review, and it backs up files, returning you to where you were when you last left.

Cons: It is very capable and flexible, which means it takes a while to really learn how to make the most of it and remember all of that. There are so many options and little icons that it can be hard to do some basic things if you don't do them regularly. But its pros far outweigh its cons.

Terrific Software for Long Manuscripts and Dedicated Writers

Feb 08, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Just about everything. I had no idea what I was missing using Microsoft Word and similar inadequate software for longer documents. Scrivener is great, and they're constantly improving it. I especially value the ability to write asynchronously, because my ideas don't always arrive in perfect order. Couldn't recommend it more highly.

Cons: The only gripe I can come up with is that you must buy separate licenses if you want it on, for example, Mac OSX, iOS, and Windows, all paid at full price. Perhaps they could offer a way to purchase it across all platforms for a discount.

FANTASTIC for fiction writing!

Jan 07, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: This is one of my favorite software programs ever. I love how many features there are and how customizable everything is. I honestly cannot imagine going back to MS Word to write fiction--any project with more than one scene is easier to craft in Scrivener.

Cons: The getting-started tutorial took about six hours to get through, and it really is vital for new users. There are just so many features that are unique to Scrivener, which means new users are all starting from zero.

I also have had some trouble converting final nonfiction projects to MLA format.

The Scrivener Way

Dec 18, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: Scrivener is more than just writing software; it's really writing management software, with the capacity to outline, organize and stuff its free form-ish database with all kinds of potentially pertinent factoids you may need as you set to write your next great book, article or blog.

Cons: For me, Scrivener is a little too much. It's that software I'd love to love, with capacities that spark my imagination but wind up costing me much too much time playing with the parts when I need to just flat out write.

Overall: Scrivener offers a bulletin board, a filing cabinet, a whiteboard and every other metaphor you might think of that has to do with the business of writing. It excels in output to a wide variety of formats, and if you can imagine a use case, it will help you get it done. But if all you want to do is write-to get words down on "paper"-it might be too much for you, tempting you to toy with the settings and watch how to videos all day.

A Writing Juggernaut

Jan 19, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: I love its organizational capabilities. Jumping easily from document to document across a large project is so helpful when putting together something complicated.

Cons: I wish that its layout would be more similar to Microsoft Word so that when you export documents, there would be fewer layout issues with graphics and indents and such. Even so, it's totally worth it.

Overall: The primary benefits Scrivener offers is being able to see how parts fit together into a larger whole, being able to reorder/rearrange things, and easy navigation. I also like the elegance of its interface.

Use Scrivener to Plot a Novel

Feb 01, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Pros: Prior to Scrivener, I used physical post-it notes to plot out my stories, which didn't really lend itself to the rest of the process of turning plot points into short stories or novels. Scrivener is nice because everything is in one place, including plot points, character notes, world notes, and the actual text. I can also move around in the text from chapter to chapter better than I could in a simple word-processing document.

Cons: It takes some time to learn, which can be tough if you want to sit down and get writing. I'm not really sure I understand the "Scrapple" part of the software.

Overall: I write short fiction, essays, and novels.

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Best writing software I've tried!

Jan 30, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Notecard feature is brilliant for writers, and the whole UI makes it easy to track ideas, keep track of your writing, while organizing thoughts in a systematic way. Then, when it's time to write, it's a breeze to block out all of the clutter of notes and just focus on writing. What separates this from other pieces of writing software is that outlining and note taking are integrated into the framework, and accessing them while writing is intuitive. I've written three books while using this software and am looking forward to writing several more.

Cons: Overall, there isn't much to not like about Scrivener. Admittedly, there is a little learning curve at the outset, but it's not huge.

Overall: Scrivener makes it easy to organize your thoughts, outline your ideas, and write your book, paper, or manuscript. I love this software.

Creativity Powerhouse

Dec 20, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: Intuitive layout. Great templates. The software makes it very easy to get your thoughts on "paper" and in a very organized fashion. I used o have multiple word docs but this is amazing.!

Cons: There is a bit of a learning curve with regards to some of the more advanced non-core-writing features. They aren't necessary to understanding or using the software but once learned they will make your life easier.

Great for Storyboarding Anything!

Nov 02, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Pros: I love the cork board feature where to help maintain a nice organized thought process during the planning stage.

Cons: There was a bit of a learning curve - I'd recommend experimenting a bit with unimportant test info before relying on it - be sure your know what each area is for and how the connect so that when you are ready to use it for a real project you don't kick yourself our of your groove by trying to figure something out.

Overall: Interestingly - though designed for writers, this worked really well as a way to storeyboard courses for adult learners prior to putting together the courses in a course authoring tool

Great writing software

Nov 13, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: I like the ability to organize long writing projects in flexible ways.

Cons: The amount of options makes for a bit of a learning curve, but it is worth it once you learn how to make it work for you!

Overall: I use Scrivener for all of my long form writing. It is very flexible for how it can be used. I have recommended it to lots of people already.

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The absolute BEST software for writing novels

Jan 24, 2019
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: I love being able to break up my story into scenes and have each one as it's own separate piece. It makes rearranging them so much easier!

Cons: My only complaint is that I need a separate license for Windows, Mac, and iOS. Not a deal breaker, but a little bit of a bummer.

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Best software for planning, writing, formatting your book bar none

Nov 11, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: This software does it all. Truly is the best program to plan, write, and format your book.

Cons: My only issue with Scrivener is that their support for the Windows version is extremely subpar. They still haven't updated the Windows version to match the Mac's even though Mac's has been out for over a year.

Great for Writers on the Go

Jan 31, 2019
3/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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Pros: Scrivener is great for writers who often find themselves without pen and paper. It allows you to write down ideas, organize your thoughts and visualize your entire story with index cards that can be quickly and easily reorganized. You can also organize your characters, plots, etc. with colour coding which is great. If you are goal oriented, you can also create goals and track you progress - this is a feature I haven't used. Once you're finished you writing, you can use the compile function to export your work into a number of formats.

Cons: Scrivener has tons of functionality but it takes time to learn it and as far as I know there is no way to collaborate or automatically back up your work online so you will have to use a different app for those functions.

Overall: Scrivener is a great tool with a number of features for writers who have not yet developed their own process - it will help keep your thoughts and writing organized.

A Convert from MS Word

Feb 01, 2019
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: I like the ability to have everything at my fingertips. I can open a window where I type text and I can have another window open with my research notes. I wrote one book using MS Word and now that I've discovered Scrivener, I'm not looking back.

Cons: It does have a fairly steep learning curve but the tutorial videos were very helpful.

Overall: A great program for writers who don't use all the bells and whistles of MS Word.

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Scrivener, a love/hate relationship

Dec 19, 2018
3/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
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Pros: Scrivener has some wonderful functions. You can write a scene multiple times and flip through them easily. You can create plot cards and move around the cards as if they are on the table in front of you, only the wind will never blow them away.

Cons: I lost an entire novel once. The whole thing. If you are an author you know that any software that fails on this level is in line for your next bonfire. I can't ever trust it again. I do own it and use the card feature, but I keep the novels elsewhere. I find the formatting of novels to be complicated and not intuitive.

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Scrivener

Nov 02, 2018
3/5
Overall

2 / 5
Ease of Use

2 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
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3 / 5
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Pros: I like the ability to outline my book. Scrivener provides character outline as well as book/novel outline. This is helpful, particularly for someone like me who does not typically do an outline. This helps create and guides you.

Cons: It was not the most user friendly product when creating an Ebook in my opinion. It has been easier to just use word and convert from there. The conversion process was confusing and I opted not to use Scrivener for anything other than writing and having a place to store my stories.

Can't believe I went so long without this software

Dec 13, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: I love the features of the software. It seems like anything that makes it easier to write was included. Chapter breakups, outlines, research notes, window rearrangements, and storyboarding are just a few of the features I love.

Cons: There is a slight learning curve to the software when first learning.

Overall: I used Scrivener for my last work, and now I use it for everything that needs an outline. It is incredible.

I love Scrivener

Nov 02, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: I've used this for years. I love it because I can keep my novel writing very organized and I can review where I am quickly, build timelines, etc.

Cons: Nothing! I love using scrivener. It's also got just an amazing value

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Does not work with Dragon voice recognition

Dec 06, 2018
3/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
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Pros: I know a lot of writers love Scrivener, while others find it very difficult to learn to use. From what I hear, it has a lot of special features that work well for people trying to write novels, especially if they are not linear writers.

Cons: I got stuck right at the beginning. I use Dragon NaturallySpeaking voice recognition software, and it does not play well with Scrivener. For example, it added extra spaces around punctuation. This may be the fault of Dragon rather than Scrivener, but it's important to know if you are a Dragon user. It's hard for me to judge Scrivener based on anything else, since I couldn't use it.

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Scrivener should be Famous!

Jan 25, 2019
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: I was really skeptical when another author told me I needed to switch from Word to Scrivener. But I did, and I was stunned at the features and functionality of this amazing software. It is a MUST for authors, and I can't imagine writing another book in a regular word processor.

Cons: I was nervous when I saw the interface, but once I went through the tutorial, I was fine.