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by brett
Tue Oct 24, 2006 8:17 am
Forum: Beta Testing (Mac)
Topic: Scrivener Beta 3 now public
Replies: 60
Views: 67942

To get rid of extraneous line breaks, spaces and other text annoyances, go to http://www.devon-technologies.com/download/index.html and click on the free "WordService," which will place a command called Format in your Services menu. Select the text you want to clean up, click on Format in ...
by brett
Tue Oct 10, 2006 7:35 pm
Forum: Wish List
Topic: Screenwriting
Replies: 16
Views: 6392

Agreed -- beta 3 is more than I expected, and just right for Scrivener, which, as you note, has been intended from the outset as an app to facilitate actual research and writing, leaving final formatting for Word, FD, Pages or whatever. Formatting needs will differ considerably for most writers and ...
by brett
Tue Oct 10, 2006 6:12 pm
Forum: Wish List
Topic: Screenwriting
Replies: 16
Views: 6392

I'm another playwright who heartily endorses Keith's adoption of scriptwriting format. I've heard that Pages has a screen or scriptwriting format that maybe Keith could use. There's also Celtx and, as noted above, Final Draft. Here's an example of script style on the web. http://www.pubinfo.vcu.edu/...
by brett
Tue Oct 10, 2006 5:43 pm
Forum: Wish List
Topic: Ack! Scrivener lost all my work!
Replies: 38
Views: 12254

I've also set my default document background to be slightly colored (very light green), which distinguishes outline view from regular, so that's a good workaround for me. But if that's not enough for everyone else, maybe toss in a preference that allows a default background color whenever the outlin...
by brett
Wed Sep 20, 2006 1:31 am
Forum: Wish List
Topic: Smart clippings
Replies: 3
Views: 1608

Ah, I see. I knew there had to be a well thought out reason. Your philosophy probably makes sense for most writers, who generally work on one project at a time, so the current method should certainly remain the default. But if you can find time somewhere down the line to make a pop-up clipping box a...
by brett
Tue Sep 19, 2006 8:09 am
Forum: Wish List
Topic: Smart clippings
Replies: 3
Views: 1608

Smart clippings

I'm so happy that you made a Service for clipping text from web pages and emails and other docs to Scrivener. I use the Services menu often. However, I wish we could have the option (toggled in Preferences?) to determine the name and destination of the clipping when it's first clipped. So you'd sele...
by brett
Tue Sep 19, 2006 7:58 am
Forum: Beta Testing (Mac)
Topic: Scrivener beta 2 now public
Replies: 29
Views: 22990

Keith: I've had five magazine and newspaper deadlines, plus a quick trip to LA for a story, plus an amazing arts festival here in Portland, all converging on me in the past 2 weeks, so forgive me for not posting earlier, as I've been really under the gun. I've used Scrivener beta 1 for all of these ...
by brett
Fri Aug 25, 2006 3:47 am
Forum: Beta Testing (Mac)
Topic: Scrivener 1.0 RC b1 here at last...
Replies: 74
Views: 55462

But damn good beers compared to the domestic yellow water we get served, here. :) You live here in Beervana and you're complaining?! Try the new Bridgeport Surpris, or Mirror Pond, or Widmer or -- oh, wait, this is for discussing the new Scrivener. I'll download the beta ... as soon as I drain this...
by brett
Mon Jul 24, 2006 9:13 am
Forum: Wish List
Topic: Feature request lists
Replies: 23
Views: 11111

Thanks, Keith, for clarifying your vision of Scrivener 1. I think you're right to focus on getting it out the door with the currently planned feature set, and then add features as feasible and requested by users. Even Scrivener Gold is already a pretty good app, and obviously designed by someone who...
by brett
Sat Jul 22, 2006 10:00 pm
Forum: Wish List
Topic: Feature request lists
Replies: 23
Views: 11111

Thanks, Amber and Alexandria, for confirming something that I've been suspecting for awhile now: writing app monogamy probably isn't realistic. (Maybe that was one of Word's conceptual fallacies; in trying to do everything, it does nothing well and makes everything harder than it should be.) Not onl...
by brett
Sat Jul 22, 2006 5:15 am
Forum: Wish List
Topic: Feature request lists
Replies: 23
Views: 11111

I'd love to agree with my fellow Portlander and Devon=tee, Alexandria. Scrivener is the closest to The One I've found (and I've tried Mellel and Jer's NovelWriter), but it's missing one key feature for me: outlining. I thought I'd read somewhere that outlining would be included in the final version,...
by brett
Tue Jul 11, 2006 9:10 pm
Forum: Feedback (Mac)
Topic: comparison to other word processors and writing tools
Replies: 6
Views: 4059

Thanks for the tip on Journler; will check it out, although I'm satisfied with DevonNote for storing and organizing web clips, pdfs, text, etc.

What would the developer need to add to Scrivener so that it could also replace Journler or Devon as well as serving as a writing tool?
by brett
Tue Jul 11, 2006 3:38 am
Forum: Feedback (Mac)
Topic: comparison to other word processors and writing tools
Replies: 6
Views: 4059

comparison to other word processors and writing tools

Just want to say that I've been trying out Scrivener Gold for a couple days and so far, it looks like it has just about everything I've always wanted in a writing application -- and, just as important, nothing I *don't* want. I used MS Word for years, looked briefly at CopyWrite (too limiting) and J...