And to anyone reading this, please note that my response to this thread is not an invitation to debate. I have my reasons for doing and not doing whatever I please, just as any of you. So if anyone has an issue with my opinions/reasonings and attempts to draw me into a defense, just know that I'll ignore you.
Preliminarily, I would say that in order to determine whether or not Scrivener is right for you will depend on your personal familiarity and comfortability with the general conventions surrounding both software (applications that are installed and run on your local computer) and webware (applications that are accessed through websites on any given web browser). If you are most familiar and comfortable with working within the confines of your own computer, then of course Scrivener is a great product. However, if you are someone who values being able to access your creative material from any particular location, regardless of the device, then no, Scrivener is not a great product. That being said, all consumers should be aware of the reality that webware is only ever going to increase in quality and ubiqtuity, Why do I bring this up? Because quality webware is unbelievably convenient. So, if you're curious to know whether or not I use Scrivener, the answer is no, not anymore. As of last year, I have completely stopped using Scrivener altogether and have begun using World Anvil instead.
So, let me list my personal pros and cons of Scrivener and World Anvil:
Scrivener PC Pros:
- Near limitless levels of organizing and structural nesting. Basically OneNote on steroids. Very useful for the hyper neat-freak.
- Custom icons for folders that allow users to establish highly organized project layouts and which also allows users to develop their own document/folder status system, e.g. a page icon with a star could be used to symbolize a document that is in a final draft stage, while a page icon with a pencil could be used to symbolize a document that is in development, etc. You get the idea.
- A very useful name generator.
- Great application for people who are not comfortable or familiar with webware or who simply prefer software applications (I don't fall into this category, but by my own observations of the community over several years, I would say that many of Scrivener's users do)
- One-time purchase. No subscription model.
Scrivener PC Cons:
- The only file-sharing service that it plays nicely with it is Dropbox.
- The text editor environment is extremely primitive and its rich-text tools are severely un-ergonomic, particularly tables and lists. So, if you are expecting the text editor to provide you with tables that can be used and controlled as easily in Microsoft Word or OneNote, you will be sorely disappointed.
- Because Scrivener files are saved in their own proprietary format, you cannot access and edit your projects on your phone or tablet, even if they are stored on Dropbox. Scrivener files can only be opened by running Scrivener on Windows-based operating systems, such as Windows desktop PCs or a Microsoft Surface products, such as a Surface Book.
- Lastly, and the most controversial con of all, Scrivener for Windows has been plagued with massive development delays for years, and it has lead to a severe degree of hostility and toxicity between its users and developers throughout this forum. At this point, it is an objective fact that anyone who uses Scrivener for PC should not expect to receive updates and improvements on the same cadence as Mac/iOS users. And this reality has more or less resulted in the formation of to two groups within the Scrivener PC community. In the red corner, you have users who don't care about the lack of parity between Mac and Windows because they're simply happy with what they have. Meanwhile, in the blue corner, you have users who are very upset at the constantly moving development goalposts. And so, for the past two years, the two factions have battled it out throughout this forum, usually with the Reds painting the Blues as trolls and/or ungrateful users, while the Blues paint the Reds as apologists and the developers as incompetent. TLDR: here be drama dragons
World Anvil Pros:
- Webware that can be accessed anywhere as long as you have internet access. Phone, tablet, PC, Mac. Doesn't matter.
- Collaboration. The separate subscription models allow groups of people to collectively work on a project.
- Unlimited articles/pages for projects that are owned by a paid subscriber.
- Tons of article templates that are equipped with prompts and sections for organizing content. Think Wikipedia pages.
- Complete customization of the look and feel of your projects and articles through the use of CSS, whether they come from the community or made yourself (if you're technically savvy enough)
- Unlimited projects for the grandmaster subscription level (the most expensive subscription model - $105 per year)
- Updated every month with new features and quality of life improvements.
- I'm gonna stop listing stuff because I don't want this to seem like I'm trying to advertise it. But if any of this stuff interests you, you should look into it because there is a lot more.
World Anvil Cons:
- It's a subscription-based application. There are four levels in total, the first is a free version that has heavily reduced features, and then three subsequent subscription levels at progressively increasing payment costs that offer more features. And, as I mentioned previously, the highest subscription model is $105 per year, a price that many people will find to be too much to swallow.
- Unfriendly to users who are not comfortable or familiar with slightly technical user interfaces. However, it has a very massive community of users and plenty of documentation to offset most, if not all, issues.
- Text formating in articles is done through bbcode tags. (I personally hate bbcode but, at the end of the day, I can get more reliable and controllable customization out of my documents/articles in World Anvil than I can through Scrivener, so I put up with it)
So with all that said, I hope I have helped you consider what sort of tool will be best for you. And, again, these are my opinions, I'm not here to debate and I will not be responding to you if you try.