I switched from yWriter a couple of days ago. yWriter is a great program, but Scrivener is just... better in so many ways,
There are certain features from that program I miss already, though. Most are minor, but this one is, I.M.O, major:
Auto tracking of Character and Location names within the text.
The tracking in yWriter also handles multiple aliases, and counts usage in scenes/documents as a statistic.
I have seen suggestions on how to "hack" this feature using bookmarks, but unless I have misunderstood something, they won't replicate this functionality?
Why do I miss this a lot?
Simply because I have found it makes it a lot easier for me to spot misspellings of character/location names.
Yes, I have seen the argument that Scrivener's Character and Location entries are just standard documents, and that Scrivener is designed as a multipurpose application, not only for fiction writers.
But, if many (most?) of the customers do write fiction, can not new special classes be introduced for use by those who see the need?
A special Character and a special Location class that will allow auto tracking by occurrence within text (One text color for characters and another for locations).
I can imagine these classes would only need a few fields (Using Character as an example):
- Character main alias - string field
- Character alternate aliases - string field: each alias separated by ";"
I can't remember how yWriter handles multiple characters with the same alias, but I guess it doesn't matter at all in that program. A word in the text is either a character, or it isn't,
To expand on yWriter I'd suggest the addition of:
- Link to old type character document - Similar to Bookmark functionality?