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Fri Nov 13, 2009 4:52 pm Post

I guess we are all doomed. I threw caution to the wind earlier today.

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Fri Nov 13, 2009 6:16 pm Post

To he solar winds good Knight! My trusty steed these many aeons past!! A sound move good Knight! A sound move Sir!
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Wed Nov 18, 2009 1:39 am Post

Hi


thanks so much for posting the tips here on this site. Yes!!!

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Fri Nov 20, 2009 4:46 pm Post

Tip of the Day: File > Backup Project To... allows you to create zipped-up backups of your project. Recommended!

Tip of the Day: Dropbox (www.getdropbox.com) with Scriv’s File > Backup Project To (as zip) is a great way to back up and share Scriv files.

Tip of the Day: To switch between project and document notes, click Document Notes in the Inspector. Project notes can be viewed by any doc.

Tip of the Day: To copy whole documents, use Documents > Duplicate (cmd-D). Or use Simple Duplicate, which won't copy subdocuments.

Tip of the Day: Preferences only affect text formatting for new documents. For existing docs, use Documents > Convert > to Default Text Style.

Tip of the Day: Text > Ghost Notes Mode fades out unselected annotations and footnotes. Great for making them less obtrusive.

Tip of the Day: Scrivener Links (Text > Scrivener Link, or drag docs into text) allow you to make links between documents in a project. 

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Thu Nov 26, 2009 1:31 pm Post

Tip of the Day: Use the References pane in the Inspector to create links to external files that you don't want to import into the project.

Tip of the Day: Make sure files have extensions before importing them into Scrivener. Scrivener uses the extension to determine file type.

Tip of the Day: By default Compile Draft uses novel format. Turn off 'Override…' in the Formatting tab to export without changing format.

Tip of the Day: To get chapter numbers when you Compile Draft, just enter the <$n> tag into your chapter titles. 2.0 will make this easier!

Tip of the Day: RTF is by far the best export format. To export with footnotes, images, headers and comments intact, choose RTF.

Tip of the Day: To print your entire draft, go to File > Compile Draft and click on the "Print“ button instead of "Export“.

Tip of the Day: To export an entire project with the directory structure intact, select all in the binder and go to File > Export > Files…

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Sun Dec 06, 2009 10:14 am Post

Tip of the Day: When exporting to Final Draft 7 FCF, be sure to check the options to adjust quotes/ellipses/dashes etc in Compile Draft.

Tip of the Day: When the editor is split, the pane that is active displays an underline in the document title in its header bar.

Tip of the Day: If you accidentally hit delete on a file, the file is not permanently deleted, just moved to Scrivener’s Trash folder.

Tip of the Day: The Keywords HUD (heads-up display) allows you to organise keywords and drag them onto documents to assign them.

Tip of the Day: The little arrow next to the magnifying glass in the toolbar search field allows you to change the search parameters.

Tip of the Day: Project Settings allows you to set up your own list of labels and status descriptions, & you can rename 'Label' & 'Status'.

Tip of the Day: Holding the Option key down while clicking on a triangle in the binder/outliner will expand everything inside the folder.

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Mon Dec 14, 2009 11:40 am Post

Tip of the Day: Holding the Option key down while dragging in the binder/outliner will disallow drop-ons, making dropping between easier.

Tip of the Day: Project Targets allow you to set a word/character count target for the entire draft, and for each writing session.

Tip of the Day: To exit a search, either click on the X in the search field or in the footer bar beneath the binder.

Tip of the Day: View > Reveal in Binder (opt-cmd-R) will show where the current editor document is in the binder.

Tip of the Day: You can set up full screen mode to look like an old-fashioned computer by playing with the Full Screen Preferences.

Tip of the Day: To enter line breaks into synopses when editing in the corkboard or outliner, use Opt-return instead of just return.

Tip of the Day: Create custom project templates by setting up a bare bones project with settings you want and using File > Save As Template.

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Mon Dec 21, 2009 8:25 am Post

Tip of the Day: You can customise all keyboard shortcuts in Scrivener and other Cocoa programs via System Preferences > Keyboard & Mouse.

Tip of the Day: Coloured text will be exported as revised text when exporting to Final Draft 8 FDX format.

Tip of the Day: To see where a project is saved, ctrl-click on the .scriv icon next to the project name at the very top of the window.

Tip of the Day: Scrivener supports MultiMarkdown (MMD). MMD is a simple mark-up syntax that can be converted into LaTeX and XHTML.

Tip of the Day: New docs use the current mode. If in script mode, new docs will use script mode. Cmd-3 switches between script and prose.

Tip of the Day: Folders and text files are much the same. To see the text of a folder, click on the corkboard icon.

Tip of the Day: You can convert a text file into a folder and vice versa via Documents > Convert > to File / to Folder.

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Wed Dec 30, 2009 6:22 pm Post

Tip of the Day: Edit Scrivenings allows you to work on multiple text documents as though they were one, even inside the Research folder.

Tip of the Day: To create your own scriptwriting formats, use Text > Scriptwriting > Script Settings (useful for custom formatting too).

Tip of the Day: Edit > Find > Find Annotation allows you to cycle through all annotations in a project.

Tip of the Day: To make individual documents retain format in Compile Draft (e.g. title pages), check Preserve Formatting in the Inspector.

Tip of the Day: Before making major changes to a text doc, hit cmd-5 (Take Snapshot), so that you can always return to the earlier version.

Tip of the Day: Documents > Convert allows you to convert PDF or web files into text files for editing (some formatting may be lost).

Tip of the Day: Documents > Merge merges selected documents, although Edit Scrivenings is usually better for editing different docs as one.

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Tue Jan 05, 2010 7:38 am Post

Tip of the Day: Entering <$p> in the header/footer field in Compile Draft / Text Options will insert the page number in the compiled file.

Tip of the Day: Prefer the Outliner to the Corkboard? Preference > Navigation tab allows you to choose which one gets shown by default.

Tip of the Day: For writing in languages that use accents, turning off typographer's quotes is recommended.

Tip of the Day: Opt-cmd-up/down arrow zooms in/out on text, PDF and web files.

Tip of the Day: To change the font in multiple documents, set it in Text Editing Preferences and use Documents > Convert > Default Style.

Tip of the Day: Hit cmd-. or opt-Esc while typing to bring up the auto-complete list. Add project auto-complete words via the Edit menu.

Tip of the Day: The two arrows in the footer bar beneath the outliner and corkboard make the other editor show the selected docs.

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Tue Jan 12, 2010 8:59 am Post

Tip of the Day: If you would like to change the organisation of your toolbar, go to View > Customize Toolbar... 

Tip of the Day: Command-r (cmd-r) will quickly show or hide the ruler.

Tip of the Day: You can get rid of the lines from index cards using the Fonts & Colors Preferences.

Tip of the Day: The lock button at the bottom of the Inspector locks the Inspector to one editor, regardless of which has the focus.

Tip of the Day: If you don’t like the start panel, prevent it from appearing by unchecking “Show start panel…” in Preferences > General.

Tip of the Day: To make the window fit the whole screen, use Window > Zoom to Fit Screen.

Tip of the Day: The scriptwriting features can be bent to set up formatting styles, so can be useful to non-scriptwriters too.

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Tue Jan 19, 2010 7:34 am Post

Tip of the Day: If writing in a language in which “i” is not always capitalised, turn this behaviour off via Preferences > Text Editing.

Tip of the Day: Services allow you to get text into Scrivener while working in another application (10.6 users will need to turn them on).

Tip of the Day: You can give the corkboard a different background image or a plain colour background via the Fonts & Colors Preferences.

Tip of the Day: To bring in outlines from OmniOutliner, export from OO as OPML and import the .opml file into Scrivener.

Tip of the Day: The triangle next to the magnifying glass in the toolbar search field provides a menu that allows you to refine your search.

Tip of the Day: To use auto-complete, hit opt-Escape or cmd-period after typing the beginning of a word.

Tip of the Day: To insert symbols or uncommon characters, use the special characters panel by going to Edit > Special Characters…

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Mon Jan 25, 2010 3:51 pm Post

Tip of the Day: You can customise the margins around the text area via Preferences > Text Editing.

Tip of the Day: To hear your text spoken aloud, Edit > Speech > Start Speaking (Scrivener 2.0 will allow selections to be read out too).

Tip of the Day: To paste text into Scrivener using the default format rather than the original format, use Edit > Paste and Match Style.

Tip of the Day: You can switch the keyboard shortcuts for Paste and Paste and Match Style using the Keyboard System Preferences.

Tip of the Day: You can get rid of shadows from the corkboard by adjusting the slider in the Fonts & Colors Preferences.

Tip of the Day: You can make Scrivener’s interface sparse by changing background colours to white, hiding the toolbar and header bars etc.

Tip of the Day: Clicking on the icon next to the document title in the editor header bar brings up a useful menu.

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Tue Feb 02, 2010 10:06 am Post

Tip of the Day: Control-clicking on the icon next to the file name in the header bar brings up the file path.

Tip of the Day: To prevent the binder changing documents in a particular editor, use Lock in Place (opt-cmd-L); the header bar turns pink.

Tip of the Day: To strike through text, select it and hit shift-cmd-hyphen.

Tip of the Day: You can move corkboard pins to the top-right corner so as not to obscure the title via the Fonts & Colors Preferences.

Tip of the Day: Typewriter scrolling keeps typing in the centre of the editor. Turn it on or off in any mode using the Text menu.

Tip of the Day: You can customise the separators that appear between texts in Edit Scrivenings via Preferences > General.

Tip of the Day: Shift-cmd-H highlights text using the last selected highlight colour.

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Tue Feb 09, 2010 8:28 am Post

Tip of the Day: Remember that the text around footnotes should appear as you would want it once the footnote is removed (spaces etc).

Tip of the Day: Text > Show Invisibles shows hidden characters such as spaces and line breaks.

Easter Egg of the Day: Hold down the command key while clicking on “About Scrivener” to read some of our favourite quotes…

Tip of the Day: If italics turn into underlines when compiling, turn off “Convert italics to underlines” in Compile Draft > Text Options.

Tip of the Day: You can turn off cursor blinking and even have a retro block cursor - see Preferences > Text Editing.

Tip of the Day: When exporting to plain text, get rid of curly quotes and smart hyphens etc using the Text Options pane of Compile Draft.

Tip of the Day: You can save your Compile Draft settings for use with other projects using the “Save” and “Load” buttons in Compile Draft.