Literature & Latte

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Scrivener Tutorial Videos

Get up and running with Scrivener. The videos presented below are designed to supplement Scrivener's interactive tutorial (Help > Interactive Tutorial) by providing visual demonstrations of some of the program's features. Our videos are also available on [YouTube].

An Introduction to Scrivener

A ten-minute overview of Scrivener that covers all the main features. Recommended for those who just want to get up and running as quickly as possible.

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ScreenCastsOnline - Episode 275

We are pleased to sponsor a full ScreenCastsOnline episode, featuring Scrivener 2.0, available for everyone to view for free. In 35 minute presentation, Don McAllister goes over many of the basics, explores Scrivener’s organisational features, and finally demonstrates how to use all of these together to produce a final product from your writings. (Please note that the discount mentioned in this video was offered to ScreenCastsOnline viewers and has long since expired, sorry!)

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Learn how to take "snapshots" of different versions of your documents, review revisions using the Compare feature, and restore earlier versions when you're unhappy with your edits.

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Page View

See how Page View can present your text on a virtual page - or even two facing pages, for a book-like presentation - with the dimensions of your choice.

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Lion Full Screen

How to use Lion’s new full screen feature to maximise screen usage while still taking advantage of the standard interface.

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Composition Mode Backdrop

A demonstration of Scrivener's new composition mode features, including customised backdrops and the ability to fade to the image.

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Inspector Footnotes & Comments

Learn how inspector footnotes and comments can be used to annotate your text.

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Using MathType with Scrivener

Tutorial video covering using Scrivener with MathType to enter complex mathematical formulas into Scrivener's editor.

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Introduction to Compile

A basic introduction to the process of exporting your work into a file, ready for use in a word processor, web page, or even an e-book reader. Since Scrivener encourages you to write your work into sectional pieces in an outline or series of corkboards and index cards, compile is used to sew all of these smaller pieces together into one long document. This video will demonstrate the simple steps you can take to do so.

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Compiling Using Presets

Continuing on with the introduction to the compile feature, this video demonstrates simple mult-format exporting from the same project. In a few steps, produce an e-book, submission format manuscript, or a PDF suitable for CreateSpace.

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Compiling a Structured Outline

The compiler is also capable of producing reports and outlines. In this episode we examine one way to create a structured outline from all of the pieces in the draft (similar to the provided "Enumerated Outline" preset that ships with Scrivener).

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Creating Your Own Compile Format

While the wide array of built-in formats can save a lot of time, sometimes you need to design a look and feel for your work from the ground up. This extended tutorial on compile output design covers the steps necessary to do so.

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Name Generator

Take a quick visual tour of this vast database of international names to create character names or pseudonyms in seconds.

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QuickReference Windows

See how to open and manipulate additional material from your project in floating windows alongside your work.

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Revision Marking Mode

A short demonstration of this editing tool, useful for tasks such as marking changes for editors and collaborators.

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Custom Meta-Data

A quick guide to creating custom outliner columns and meta-data, which allow you to keep track of diverse information no matter what the demands of your particular project.

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Exporting eBooks

Learn how to use Scrivener's Compile feature to export your manuscript directly to Kindle or ePub format for reading or self-publishing.

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Document Templates & Custom Icons

Learn how to create custom document templates within your project, and how to assign custom icons to your files and folders for easy reference.

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Using Dictation Software

Featuring Dragon Dictate, this video describes how to use speech controlled and dictation software with Scrivener.

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Folder Sync

A demonstration of how to use Scrivener's external folder sync feature with Dropbox, allowing you to share project contents with mobile devices and collaborators using other software.

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Simplenote Sync

Working on the go using an iPad or iPhone? Learn how to sync text with Scrivener using Simplenote.

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Sync with Index Card for the iPad

See how to utilise the Collections feature in Scrivener to take synopses and document titles to and from Index Card on the iPad, for restructuring your project wherever you are.

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