Literature & Latte

Your Infinite Desk. The main interface features everything you need to organise, write, edit and locate the different parts of your text. On the left, the “binder” provides the main navigation tool, displaying everything in the project in an easy-to-organise hierarchy. You can now also maintain and view separate lists of documents here by creating Collections, which appear as tabs at the top of the binder. Search results can be saved as Collections, too, giving you quick access to your most frequent searches. To the right of the binder, the outliner presents selected portions of your structure in more detail, showing a synopsis of each document. The rows can be assigned label colours, helping you see related documents at a glance. The standard editor interface occupies the right side of the split. This rich text editor features many tools for writing, formatting, and annotating your work. The inspector on the right shows the selected document’s notes, along with its meta-data and synopsis index card. The inspector also houses a document’s keywords, reference links, snapshots and comments and footnotes. Finally, a PDF has been opened in the foreground using Scrivener 2.0’s QuickReference feature.

Find Your Zen—Without Compromise. Like many modern writing programs, you can block out the rest of your screen and edit your text against a black background in full-screen mode. Scrivener wasn’t the first to provide full-screen writing, but it did pioneer a distraction-free environment that doesn’t sacrifice accessibility—and version 2.0 takes it to the next level. In the screenshot above, a photograph is being used as the full-screen backdrop. The paper has been set into the right position, making space on the left for viewing an image the writer wants to refer to in a QuickReference panel. Text comments and footnotes are displayed in the newly-enhanced full-screen inspector HUD, and the project keywords HUD is open at the top. Also demonstrated is the updated Scrivenings mode, which dynamically combines individual documents into a single text divided by a horizontal line, and can optionally show editable document titles inline. Using Scrivener‘s Go To and QuickReference menu items, you can navigate between documents and call up your resources, all without leaving full-screen.

Make a Mess Who said writing is always about order? Corkboards in Scrivener can finally mirror the chaos in your mind before helping you wrestle it into order. This screenshot also demonstrates the flexibility of Scrivener’s interface in that nearly all aspects of it can be tucked away when not required. Devote your entire screen to plotting and then snap back to a more standard view with a single command.