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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-21-11 01:23 PM
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SCRIVENER for windows
Yes, it is coming. It is one of my all times fav Apple writing apps. And it is coming to windows... right now it is in the open beta.

http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivenerforwindows /

Yes I have loaded it on my Nettie... it runs well... no, it is not as polished as it's mac counterpart... but hey, it is a good tool.

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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-11 06:33 PM
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1. What is it?
I'll check it out on google later.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-24-11 07:08 PM
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2. How to describe it?
An outlining tool, a writing tool, a research tool... it works as all of them.
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 08:17 PM
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4. It's only available in beta form?
I wouldn't mind paying $40.00 for a full operating program.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-07-11 10:31 PM
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5. Yes, for the moment
and when they finally iron it, first quarter of this year, I hope... that is about the price point. I got it running the full version... on my Mac... I paid for the upgrade from 1.7 to 2.0 recently.
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Kablooie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 05:50 AM
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3. I use it too.
I throw down brainstormed, unorganized idea notes and then reorganize them into a coherent (well, hopefully coherent) document.
Then I go back and write out each thought in more detail.
It's the best writing tool I've found.
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hunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-12-11 01:03 PM
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6. Cool. I'll play with it, but I've become a total minimalist.
I use linux, I write in plain text using markdown, and I output my text to any format using pandoc.

http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown

http://johnmacfarlane.net/pandoc

I can create clean very well formatted documents using any computer's text editor and I never have to figure out the local word processing software.

Lately Open Office or Microsoft Word make me feel like :wtf: every time I have to use them. They are optimized for producing fancy 8 1/2" by 11" paper printouts, not the reflowable text of web browsers, ebooks, and iphones. The html code they produce is hideous and confuses simple electronic readers.

Markdown looks like this:

% Title
% Author
% date

#Heading

This is how you make *italics* and **bold** and ***bold italics*** and `code`...

Paragraphs are simple, hit enter twice.

##Sub-heading

And so on... There are codes for lists, inclusion of images, links, tables,
and all sorts of stuff common to html, rtf, and other document formats.


It's all easy. There's nothing to interrupt your stream of thought as you are writing.

(Note: The % notation is not native to the original markdown code, but pandoc uses it to make epub compatible code and such, just in case you run my sample through Daring fireball's markdown dingus.)

I don't usually hang out in the Writing Group so I don't know if you guys have already talked about this.


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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-12-11 04:18 PM
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7. S criv can and does output in MM
When you compile it.

I have to figure out how to import MM into it.
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hunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-12-11 05:48 PM
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8. That sounds useful.
Saving something in a simple markup language (like markdown) and then reloading it is a great way to filter out all the cruft some word processors leave, while leaving important stuff like headings and italics unchanged.

Some sites (like smashwords Nuclear Method...) suggest you save as text, reload, and then save again in their preferred document format. This destroys everything. Dammit, I like my italics and I don't want to dig through all my text to resurrect them, even if they really should be dead.

I found this on using MM with Scrivner:

http://fletcherpenney.net/multimarkdown/using_multimark...



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