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Tue Jan 07, 2014 4:08 pm Post

Hello,

I like the user interface of ulysses 3, iA Writer, OmmWriter, Writer Pro, etc. But the only contra for Scrivener is the user interface style.

Of course, Scrivener has way better functionality, but if you write for long hours, nice looking screens can be a difference. ;)

What about an update?

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Tue Jan 07, 2014 4:26 pm Post

Personally, I think most programs like these are generally unsightly, difficult to use, often painfully slow because they override all of the optimised controls, limited in their usage and so trendy that they will require redesign every other year so as to not end up looking like brushed metal, polished oakwood or fat glowing neon triangles or whatever the current definition of "modern" is. The vast majority of Mac software looks and acts the same, meaning everyone knows what a scroll bar looks and acts like, and what a button looks like, which is all much more important than looking cool for a year. :)

Basically, Scrivener is kept up to date with Apple's primary suite of applications, which includes Mail, Pages and other standards. This is, again, how most software is designed for the Mac, and that principle has served the platform well for decades.
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Tue Jan 07, 2014 4:42 pm Post

`Solarised' Scrivener is a lovely screen/interface.

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Tue Jan 07, 2014 4:53 pm Post

That's another point, there are several trillion (give or take) controls for changing what Scrivener looks like in terms of colours and many other aspects. If you think alternating rows in the Outliner looks too old school, you can get rid of them. If you like a more modern looking corkboard rather than the analogue look, you can do that too. It is still going to be within the framework of what most normal programs look and act like though.
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Tue Jan 07, 2014 5:09 pm Post

AmberV wrote:these are generally unsightly, difficult to use, often painfully slow because they override all of the optimised controls, limited in their usage and so trendy that they will require redesign every other year so as to not end up looking like brushed metal, polished oakwood or fat glowing neon triangles


Quit beating around the bush, Ioa. Tell us what you really think.

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Tue Jan 07, 2014 5:14 pm Post

I'm working up to it.
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Tue Jan 07, 2014 5:16 pm Post

AmberV wrote:I'm working up to it.

I thought you were our leader... are we back to following vic-k?
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Tue Jan 07, 2014 5:22 pm Post

bamboo wrote:What about an update?


Sure, we can remove all the features - then we can have an interface (or lack of one) like Writer Pro and Omm Writer. ;)
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Tue Jan 07, 2014 5:25 pm Post

KB wrote:Sure, we can remove all the features - then we can have an interface (or lack of one) like Writer Pro and Omm Writer. ;)

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Wed Jan 08, 2014 7:13 pm Post

Well, it doesnt have to be like Writer Pro. But Ulysses has great features and still looks amazing! :)

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Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:01 pm Post

I wouldn’t include Ulysses in my diatribe above, I think it has a nice looking interface.

You can of course achieve a very similar look and feel with Scrivener. :)

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Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:46 pm Post

bamboo wrote:Well, it doesnt have to be like Writer Pro. But Ulysses has great features and still looks amazing! :)


I don't really know what you're expecting, or what you mean by "better". As you point out, Scrivener has more functionality than most of those other programs, so it needs more buttons and controls. But as Ioa has pointed out, you can fully customise the interface and turn a lot of it off if you want, to make it look the way you want it to.
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Thu Jan 09, 2014 1:34 am Post

Dr Dog wrote:`Solarised' Scrivener is a lovely screen/interface.


Sure agree with this, although I had some problems with the "highlight" color in the Binder... if you have a dark background in the Binder, I couldn't figure out a way to set the "selected" color to be light.

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Sat Jan 11, 2014 7:41 pm Post

I simply think that Scrivener look is amazing.
It's very powerful and in the same time everything is at its place.

Really, chapeau! :)