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by howarth
Thu May 17, 2007 3:57 pm
Forum: Using Scrivener
Topic: Export & Print a Long File
Replies: 4
Views: 1456

Export & Print a Long File

I just had the mixed experience of getting a project ready to see the world, that is, creating hard copy for agent and friends to read. Export from Scrivener to Word went fine. In Word, I had to clean up some margins, tabs, and indents, and add double-spacing. When all was perfect, I e-mailed the .d...
by howarth
Mon May 14, 2007 4:29 pm
Forum: Wish List
Topic: Tracking daily wordcount statistics
Replies: 5
Views: 997

Re: Tracking daily wordcount statistics

It's interesting to read about these habits. In my running days, I had friends who kept strict charts for their time and distance. Me, I just ran 10k in whatever time it took. Same for writing, now: somedays are long, some short, some in between or not at all. So, we all have different habits. I don...
by howarth
Sun May 13, 2007 3:20 am
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Moving files between projects in Scrivener
Replies: 8
Views: 1562

Molly, I can't quite tell from your description, but I think that what you call "projects" are only sub-folders and items you created within the tutorial file. It's better to create a new Scrivener file for each project. Let's say you are working on a novel, a collection of stories, and yo...
by howarth
Thu May 10, 2007 5:05 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Tense--past and present headaches
Replies: 51
Views: 10021

imperfect: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperfect_tense
I was eating, I used to eat

pluperfect: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pluperfect_tense
I had eaten
by howarth
Wed May 09, 2007 4:13 pm
Forum: Wish List
Topic: Readability statistics
Replies: 16
Views: 4154

Folks, just so we don't get into snits about each others' writing needs and styles, I think it would be a good idea to: 1. Describe a need, but NOT ask for it to be a new feature in Scriv. 2. Instead ask, "Does any software already do this?" 3. And then in will come helpful suggestions, in...
by howarth
Tue May 08, 2007 8:02 pm
Forum: Using Scrivener
Topic: Historians and note cards?? Does Scrivener work well?
Replies: 19
Views: 7239

I've experimented with many forms of writing software, but since finding Scrivener last year, I use nothing else. I do keep all research notes in either DevonThink Pro or DevonNote, depending on the project size. The DT apps store all forms of data, from files or Web, they search and load pages quic...
by howarth
Tue May 08, 2007 3:16 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Tense--past and present headaches
Replies: 51
Views: 10021

Both present and past tense are effective ways to narrate, for each implies movement in time and consequence to actions. Past: Humpty recalled the day he fell off his wall. (he survived) Present: Humpty tips and falls, his mind a shattered yolk. (maybe not) Progressive: Humpty is tipping and falling...
by howarth
Sun May 06, 2007 2:21 pm
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Developping an outline using keyboard shortcuts
Replies: 7
Views: 888

Along the same lines, yesterday I was working in Layout: Split Vertically, with Binder, File, Corkboard, and Inspector in left-to-right display. I was reviewing files and updating their synopses. At first, I could double-click the cards in Corkboard and edit them. When I placed a new File in the lef...
by howarth
Sat May 05, 2007 6:59 pm
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: scratch pad issues
Replies: 12
Views: 1584

Someone here mentioned earlier a nice little app called xPad. It's a great way to jot down notes or rough drafts on all sorts of topics, categorize them with color labels, and then export as either text or rich text. It behaves like a regular app, so you may minimize it to the Dock. And best of all,...
by howarth
Thu May 03, 2007 8:54 pm
Forum: Using Scrivener
Topic: Scrivener Collaborative Writing and Version Control
Replies: 44
Views: 13585

My writing partner and I have been doing a simple form of collaboration: I save my daily work on a Scrivener file in a backup ZIP, post it to her via e-mail, she opens and makes her revisions and returns it to me. We are able to avoid overlapping revision by working in different time zones, and time...
by howarth
Thu May 03, 2007 2:54 am
Forum: Writer's Block
Topic: Screenplay sites
Replies: 3
Views: 1921

Re: screenplay formatting

That said, there is this advice, which was part of the Montage package and which I'm going to risk giving you here, free. It's good formatting advice from a produced screenwriter. With this, and Scrivener, you should be able to pull together a decent looking script. Fingers, I hate to sound like th...
by howarth
Wed May 02, 2007 2:32 pm
Forum: Using Scrivener
Topic: What kind of Scrivener user are you?
Replies: 28
Views: 8177

I still haven't found the poll to vote, but mine would be in a missing 5th category, "All of These" and that's probably why Scrivener has become the application of choice with me. I've also made several new converts!
by howarth
Mon Apr 30, 2007 2:44 am
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Does ANYONE understand how to commandeer Mac OSX Styles?
Replies: 22
Views: 4625

The questions were about the TextEdit style system that Scrivener uses. Oh. Doh. Beg pardon. Most of the users here agree that formatting shouldn't occur in Scrivener; it's a drafting tool. You're right; at this stage, keep that MS in Word. If its Styles need repairing, then my advice could be help...
by howarth
Mon Apr 30, 2007 1:32 am
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Does ANYONE understand how to commandeer Mac OSX Styles?
Replies: 22
Views: 4625

Re: Does ANYONE understand how to commandeer Mac OSX Styles?

(1) How do you edit a style? Or do you have to do the simpleton thing and recreate what you want, and save that? (2) How do you delete a style from that horrid little panel. Or do you just live with a useless pile-up of defunct styles that you have to scroll through? [Why doesn't Apple really user-...
by howarth
Sun Apr 29, 2007 4:48 pm
Forum: Feedback (Mac)
Topic: FEEDBACK REQUIRED: Footnotes
Replies: 89
Views: 23341

Yep. It works fine. Might almost make footnoting fun. Keith should get a ha'penny royalty on every footnote that reaches print via this means.