Anyone else used it? How did it work for you?
So if you save some - let's say 3 - minutes each writing session, I would end up saving 8+ hours a year. I often compare such time with my wage and so for me it was an easy call to buy it after some testing. And especially the autosave and roll back functions saved me multiple times already. So even with just using a part of it, I would still recommend it to anyone who has the money and is looking for an easy allround-solution. It's luxury, but it can make life quite a bit easier. And for me that alone is worth the price...
My project, Of Astral and Umbral, is huge. I have dozens of files dedicated to world building. Cultures, races, character profiles, magic systems; the works.
Scrivener lets me have all of these files in one project and I get to organize them into the file structure I prefer.
Not only do I get to organize everything in an easy-to-find way, but there's also a built-in option for split screen view--which makes cross-referencing and searching while I work easy. And I can make it even easier by using notecard view when I search; because regardless of file type, everything in my project has its own notecard that I can scribble brief summaries or information on. Like this.
This is a good example of what my Scrivener project looked like when I first started importing files.
The only thing I use MS Word or Google Docs for at the moment is extra editing and sending out copies of chapters to beta readers/editors. Most editors will require I send them a .doc or .docx file, but that isn't a problem since Scrivener has export features.
I've also used Scrivener for formatting a print edition book. In the next few months I will be formatting my own book for both print and e-book editions.
The whole of my team have access to the one file and if they need to update anything they email me to let me know.
Also Aeon timeline with Scrivener is awesome. We've the timeline matched and synchronised so nothing is missed. When I was contemplating on some of the spin-off stories this was a great feature, because I could just input key events in characters lives, and Scrivener and Aeon syncd so that I had files to write in!
Highly recommended, and if anyone needs a code, please do mail me to pass it on, I have no need for it this year. :)
Be aware that it is designed for Mac. If you're a PC user (like me), you'll have to deal with the fact that they're not too terribly interested in making the PC version as perfectly spiffy as the Mac version is. It works fine, but it's simply not as polished.
With that said, I have no reservations recommending it. At all.
I'm going to suck it up and pay the bloody $20 for the iOS version so I can have a low-imprint writing machine while on a cruise. I'll pair my iPhone 7 with a Logitech K480 keyboard and swan about with them in my jaunty man-purse, gadding about the decks and... whatever other things a ship has.
I haven't taken too much advantage of keeping notes in Scrivener. For me, what matters the most is in organizing chapters and scenes. I can see at a glance what all my scenes are, and can jump right to the one I'm looking for (for my scene labels, I use "POV Character: Brief Description", to make it easier to find what I want). Or I can write a whole batch of scenes, then shuffle them around as I decide how to assign them to chapters. I can view one scene at a time, or view the entire chapter if I want to see how it flows together. I can drag three chapters into my "Current Release" folder and compile them to a PDF to release on my Patreon account, then drag them into the "Book 1" folder to see how the ebook is coming along.
I like being able to split out chapters into scenes, and have individual synopsis tied to each one. That and being able to store all the location, character, and misc information in one project file is so much more convenient than a bunch of separate Google Docs or Word files. There's a similar free program called Bibisco that has many of the same features and works on Mac/Win/Linux. It's not as polished, but if Scrivener was too expensive for someone, it could be a good fit.
Anyway, just wading in here with a first post. Hello everybody!
Just wanted to mention that as an alternative.