Scrivener USB Pill now available

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Mon Jun 01, 2009 4:04 pm Post

We now have Scrivener available as a physical product!

Rather than providing Scrivener on a CD (we may do that as well in the future :) ) we opted for creating something marginally different: http://www.literatureandlatte.com/index.html. The black and white USB pill will ship adhered to a printed Scrivener card and will contain the latest version Scrivener.dmg, brief installation guide, and 203 page Reference Guide. I hope that this additional option when purchasing Scrivener is well received.

All the best,
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Mon Jun 01, 2009 7:10 pm Post

Cool! But what if... um... I already have a license and I just want to carry around a really cool looking Scrivener USB drive? You know...

"Oh you poor, poor dear... You only have Gucci... I have Scrivener..."

Have you thought about selling just the USB? (I don't drink coffee so the Scrivener mug on cafe express doesn't float my boat.)

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Mon Jun 01, 2009 7:31 pm Post

Will education discounts apply (student)? Where will the USB Pill ship from? Ready to purchase, but I like the cool USB Pill. A conversation starter - "What's that?" "Oh, just a cool tool I use to write my dissertation, articles, and books. I call it my 'Writing Vitamin' ".

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Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:12 pm Post

Great! Next up: The USB Suppository. :D

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Mon Jun 01, 2009 10:03 pm Post

Hello all,

We have no plans at the moment to sell the Scrivener USB Pill separately, but we will naturally bow to consensus demand! We will monitor this, then maybe look at methods of providing the pill without Scrivener loaded.

Unfortunately, the education discount route for the USB pill is not viable at the moment. The additional costs associated with producing and packaging made this difficult to offer. If we can improve our economies of scale, then we will naturally introduce this discounted purchase method.

The product will ship from sunny Truro in the UK. I will gently package and prepare each parcel as if it were my own. We have chosen trackable shipment methods for all countries.

I did mention to Keith that we should call it the Scrivener USB Suppository, but he wouldn't go for it! :)

All the best,
David

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Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:17 pm Post

The shadowy DMJ pontificated
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Hello all,

We have no plans at the moment to sell the Scrivener USB Pill separately, but we will naturally bow to consensus demand! We will monitor this, then maybe look at methods of providing the pill without Scrivener loaded.



I did mention to Keith that we should call it the Scrivener USB Suppository, but he wouldn't go for it! :)

All the best,
David
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I know I am just talking to myself when I post to DMJ…

I think there was quite a bit of demand for a generic USB when the idea was first floated. I would look to a couple of 1+GB to supplement my rapidly depleting stock.

The suppository tag line would be (if vic-k were here to type it)
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Providing assistance for the regular movement of writing.

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Tue Jun 02, 2009 2:35 pm Post

Hello Jaysen,

The current Scrivener USB Pill only has a 30MB capacity - enough to hold the application and sundries - but I will look at sourcing larger suppositories for those of you that require the extra "girth". :shock: We purposely chose a small capacity drive because we prefer users to work locally. I will contact our suppliers and see how much or little we could get some 1GB capacity drives manufactured for. I will then look into a cost-effective route of supplying just the Scrivener emblazoned USB drive.

Cheers,
David

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Tue Jun 02, 2009 4:18 pm Post

Suggested solution:

1. let users buy their own large, cheap flash drives.
2. send them a Scrivener sticker to apply to same.
3. if you detect a long-time grizzled patron who scoffs at trendiness
4. you're right

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Tue Jun 02, 2009 4:40 pm Post

Druid, while being surly and crotchety, is actually making an excellent point. Offer some silly branded sticker in the cafépress site and tell us all to buzz off. Now we can scrivenerize anything. Maybe even druid.

BTW how many "Intimates" have matt and vic-k bought? Actually, on second thought, I don't want to know.

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Tue Jun 02, 2009 5:08 pm Post

[quote="druid"]a long-time grizzled patron who scoffs at trendiness[/quote]

Make that two LTGPs.

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Tue Jun 02, 2009 5:53 pm Post

Well, we're pretty happy with the USB drives, "trendy" or not - we put a lot of time and effort into creating something we thought was vaguely "cool" seeing as a full CD-packaging option wasn't really viable and we get frequent requests for a physical shipment. So, whilst those who are grizzled may not appreciate it, hopefully some will. :)

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Tue Jun 02, 2009 10:34 pm Post

My immediate reaction when Keith first raised the notion of the Scrivener pill was, "Yes, I'd love a cool USB drive like that", but now on maturer thought — I am only partially grizzled ... at 64 my beard is white, but the white is only just beginning to spread up above the temples ... and I'm very definitely not even really a part-time grumpy, a casual grumpy perhaps — I'm not sure about wanting one for the sake of flashing it around ... I'm more a hiding-in-the-woodwork type, when people let me. But when 2 comes out, I'll definitely think about ordering my upgrade on one. Are they permanently locked as read-only so as to minimise the risk of erasure?

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[quote="xiamenese"]My immediate reaction when Keith first raised the notion of the Scrivener pill was, "Yes, I'd love a cool USB drive like that", but now on maturer thought — I am only partially grizzled ... at 64 my beard is white, but the white is only just beginning to spread up above the temples ... and I'm very definitely not even really a part-time grumpy, a casual grumpy perhaps — I'm not sure about wanting one for the sake of flashing it around ... I'm more a hiding-in-the-woodwork type, when people let me. But when 2 comes out, I'll definitely think about ordering my upgrade on one. Are they permanently locked as read-only so as to minimise the risk of erasure?

Mark[/quote]

That's an interesting question. Locking the USB device would be great so you never have to worry about losing your investment. However, if you did somehow erase it, remember that you could d/l the original install file from the web site.

Locking it up leaves the problem of not being able to actually store anything on the USB device, so using one that is just large enough to hold the necessary files makes sense. If it's doing double-duty, then a larger, unlocked USB device is ideal-use at your own risk...

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Wed Jun 03, 2009 7:07 am Post

Had a nutty idea just now. Why not, in honor of past scriveners, have a 'USB Quill'? Maybe a giant Ostrich feather or something? It could double as an old-fashioned writing instrument by removing the USB part and replacing it with a stylus...just a thought...

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Wed Jun 03, 2009 6:29 pm Post

I'm going to take a wild guess and say that there are no bulk USB branding companies jamming flash circuits onto feathers. You truly never do know, though!
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