Keith, you have given me hope. to quote you from the about page:
I developed Scrivener because I felt I needed a tool to help me really get a grip on my writing, notes and research, to organise it and start putting it all together like a jigsaw.
While I doubt that we are entirely alike I find that scriv enables me to be creative without the cumbersome requirement of changing the way I think or organize my thoughts once recorded. Which means that there is more than one person who uses similar methods as I do to create... Well, i don't know what you have created other than scriv. Looks like I need to look through the archives and see what I can find.
While I have no hopes or aspirations to be a great writer at any caliber, I do like to pretend that there is more to my life than the bits and bytes that pass through the CPUs and subsystems of emotionless masses of silicon on their way to some remote network where they will be used for God knows what. Even if no one other than the wife or precious ones will ever know of their existence, I am looking forward to the day when I can retrieve my ramblings from a local press and store them next to the many other vanity publications that seem to collect like dust bunnies in the corners of every room in my house. To know that she approves and wants to see me succeed...
Or maybe this is just her way of shutting me up, pacifying me with a new tool and encouraging me to chase a harmless dream down a well used deer trail until I come back exhausted just to curl up at her feet for an afternoon nap. Knowing that this time the exhaustion would be from the chase and not from struggling against a tool, a process, that just doesn't seem to fit right.
Either way I now know three very important things.
1) She doesn't mind the rambling, not one little bit.
2) Someone else seems to process information and ideas like I do (enough to make scriv).
3) There sure seem to be alot of folks out there that think like Keith and I do.
So I am not alone.
BTW you need to charge more. I know the exact opposite of what I am supposed to say, but here is why (this is the irrational justification that I mentioned earlier). The "normal" tools cost a small fortune. Last tally to accomplish a simple book used 5 separate pieces of software, required multiple copies of each resource (approximate 3x the required disk space), and ran about $US1000 in software. If I take out the one thing that you acknowledge that scriv is simply not supposed to do (final layout) I am down to about $US600. Now in my line of work spending multiple millions of dollars because "it is the industry standard" is the norm. So when I start taking a look at software that runs about 6.6667% of the expected cost I start second guessing the software. It doesn't matter that I was able to get more accomplished during the trial period then the previous 3 months combined. Once I looked at my time log I started to think that something was WAY wrong. I had spent less than 10 hours using scrivener and produced more than the previous 120 hours. This was a NEW project. How in the world could someone charge so little for a tool that provides this level of productivity?
Good thing my wife thinks like a sane person.
To sum it all up.. Thank you for a great tool. I have some work to do so you may not hear much from me for a while.