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Best Writing App for Writers, Students or Just Anyone Who Writes on Mac – Scrivener 2.0 with Coupon


For those who write quite often, no matter whether you’re a student, housewife, screenwriter, poet or author, a good writing tool is definitely something that you should not overlook.

Be it a school essay, a thesis paper, a poem, a report, a script, a book or as minute as a household recipe, this application Scrivener just might be the perfect tool.

According to Scrivener, “Scrivener puts everything you need for structuring, writing and editing long documents at your fingertips. On the left of the window, the “binder” allows you to navigate between the different parts of your manuscript, your notes, and research materials, with ease. Break your text into pieces as small or large as you want – so you can forget wrestling with one long document. Restructuring your draft is as simple as drag and drop. Select a single document to edit a section of your manuscript in isolation, or use “Scrivenings” mode to work on multiple sections as though they were one: Scrivener makes it easy to switch between focussing on the details and stepping back to get a wider view of your composition.

With access to the full power of the OS X text system, you can add tables, bullet points, images and mark up your text with comments and footnotes. Format as you go using the format bar at the top of the page, or use any font you want for the writing and let Scrivener reformat your manuscript after you’re done – allowing you to concentrate on the words rather than their presentation.

Most word processors approach composing a long-form text the same as typing a letter or flyer – they expect you to start on page one and keep typing until you reach the end. Scrivener lets you work in any order you want and gives you tools for planning and restructuring your writing. In Scrivener, you can enter a synopsis for each document on a virtual index card and then stack and shuffle the cards in the corkboard until you find the most effective sequence. Plan out your work in Scrivener’s outliner and use the synopses you create as prompts while you write. Or just get everything down into a first draft and break it apart later for rearrangement on the outliner or corkboard. Create collections of documents to read and edit related text without affecting its place in the overall draft; label and track connected documents or mark what still needs to be done. Whether you like to plan everything in advance, write first and structure later—or do a bit of both—Scrivener supports the way you work.”

I downloaded the application and gave it a try.  It sure looks like a beast on the outset as you can do so much with it and there’s actually so many ways to go about embarking your first written project.  Upon test-driving the application, I decided to purchase one not only for myself but for the whole family ( the licence agreement enables you and your family members to use the Software on your own respective computers within your household, now this is cool).

Scrivener has tons loads of features listed on their website and video tutorials as well.  My suggestion is take the trial download for a spin, go through the video tutorials and see if it works for you.

Scrivener is listed on the Apple App Store for US$44.99 and US$45 on their website.  Just googled on the net and found a 20% coupon code for it and it is “SCRIPTFRENZY”, but mind you, you can only use the coupon when you purchase from their website and not on Apple App Store (not sure when the coupon expires).

Have fun writing.

Source – Scrivener

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April 26, 2011 - Posted by | Apple, Applications, Blogroll, Mac, OS X, Review | , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Thanks for the coupon code. I’d downloaded a trial version of this and was going to “get around to” registering it. The coupon code got me moving. HK$296.50 for a program that’s easily worth more.

    Comment by Spike | April 26, 2011 | Reply


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