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by Hugh
Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: Keith, is there something you want to tell us?
Replies: 7
Views: 3094

Re: Keith, is there something you want to tell us?

Yes, I've known of fellow Brits called Scrivener (or Scriven, which is presumably a derivative). I even knew of a journalist called Peter Scrivener, and if that's not an example of nominative determinism, I don't know what is!
by Hugh
Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Using Scrivener
Topic: Scrivener expert in the Oxford area
Replies: 1
Views: 1261

Re: Scrivener expert in the Oxford area

Welcome to Scrivener and its forums, Andreas.

Presumably, you or your friend have checked out the various introductory books about Scrivener on Amazon, and the various courses to be found via Google, and found them not adequate?
by Hugh
Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Scrivener Froze, I closed it. Appears to have lost a bunch of files.
Replies: 2
Views: 705

Re: Scrivener Froze, I closed it. Appears to have lost a bunch of files.

Just to add a postscript to lunk's reply: Scrivener is very much designed to handle a lot of files. Some users have reported in this forum that the application successfully handles projects of 1Gb or more. But there's at least one thing to note about large projects with a lot of research files: they...
by Hugh
Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Using Scrivener
Topic: Handwriting Recognition Inside Scrivener iOS
Replies: 7
Views: 2238

Re: Handwriting Recognition Inside Scrivener iOS

Ha! The link is on the Phatware landing page, but the connections to the UK App Store and then onwards to the US App Store are broken/non-operative as you say. That'll teach me not to believe everything I read on a developer's website that is unfamiliar to me... :roll:
by Hugh
Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Using Scrivener
Topic: Handwriting Recognition Inside Scrivener iOS
Replies: 7
Views: 2238

Re: Handwriting Recognition Inside Scrivener iOS

PhatWare (who produced two third-party keyboards and innumerable note-taking apps) did not use MyScript engines. I could tell because the approach to recognition was so different—PhatWare was definitely taking strokes into account, whereas MyScript appears to look at final form only. (PhatWare's re...
by Hugh
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Using Scrivener
Topic: Handwriting Recognition Inside Scrivener iOS
Replies: 7
Views: 2238

Re: Handwriting Recognition Inside Scrivener iOS

I just looked this up, and yes, Mazec uses a MyScript engine, according to Business Week. That doesn't surprise me, as MyScript seem much more interested in licencing their engines than in selling apps. I've noticed for a while now that the purpose of MyScript apps is really to showcase their techn...
by Hugh
Sun Oct 28, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Using Scrivener
Topic: Handwriting Recognition Inside Scrivener iOS
Replies: 7
Views: 2238

Re: Handwriting Recognition Inside Scrivener iOS

I think you're correct, Silverdragon - Mazec is the last such app standing (although I believe that I've read somewhere that the withdrawal of Stylus by MyScript is in preparation for a replacement app - and certainly I've seen MyScript do that kind of thing before). It's a shame about Stylus, but I...
by Hugh
Fri Oct 26, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Scrivener 3: Lock the Binder?
Replies: 11
Views: 2068

Re: Scrivener 3: Lock the Binder?

From a dev standpoint, it's a no-brainer. I'm a fan of this idea, so don't get me wrong, but people have been asking for this feature nearly as long as the software's been in existence--yet it hasn't been implemented, which leads me to suspect it's really not a no-brainer. Just guessing - but to ju...
by Hugh
Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Using Scrivener
Topic: Remember to Empty the Trash!
Replies: 13
Views: 1944

Re: Remember to Empty the Trash!

Unless you're planning to be correct all the time, maybe drop the snark? (And even then it's probably a good idea!) Katherine is one of the most helpful and least snarky people around here, so is it possible you read a little extra into the response that she hadn't put there? (She IS correct all th...
by Hugh
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: How to come up names to your characters?
Replies: 11
Views: 2629

Re: How to come up names to your characters?

I have a theory that certain rhythms and syllable combinations work better for different character types in a novel. This theory is not based on any in depth psychological studies, nor is it drawn from an understanding of cognitive behaviour. It’s just a hunch (albeit a hunch that I follow for all ...
by Hugh
Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: How to come up names to your characters?
Replies: 11
Views: 2629

Re: How to come up names to your characters?

Authors do this in all sorts of ways - apart, of course, from using the Scrivener name generator. Famously, Ian Fleming took the name of James Bond from the author of a book about birds (probably on a shelf in the house in Jamaica, Goldeneye, where he wrote his novels). He wanted a blunt, plain name...
by Hugh
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Scrivener Owners Manual for Mac Help Please
Replies: 4
Views: 788

Re: Scrivener Owners Manual for Mac Help Please

Hi Lyd, Welcome to Scrivener, Just to say that the Manual is more in the nature of a reference book, rather than a guide to be read from start to finish. Personally, I think that it's an amazing piece of work, but it is long and detailed. I agree with Ray above that an as-good or better introduction...
by Hugh
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Restoring from dropbox versions?
Replies: 7
Views: 2106

Re: Restoring from dropbox versions?

Welcome to Scrivener and its forums, Perwiz. Sorry to hear about your problems. It's not a good idea, except in extreme circumstances, to go searching within your project folder for the text that you've lost. That could make it difficult for you to launch your project subsequently. Are you sure that...
by Hugh
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Music for writing
Replies: 54
Views: 19308

Re: Music for writing

devinganger wrote:
The soundtrack to Altamira (a wonderful movie BTW) -- great instrumental from Mark Knopfler


Many thanks for this suggestion, Devin - very conducive of an almost-dream state. Now I must get the movie!
by Hugh
Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: New book technology
Replies: 42
Views: 4068

Re: New book technology

I found a source for vetting news outlets https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/ Now if we could be certain they had no bias. 8) Show me a news outlet that claims to have no bias and I will show you a liar. There's no such thing. Even if you were to depend for your news on your trusted nextdoor neighbour ...