I wasn’t sure where to put this. I use the Windows version but this applies to Scrivener as a whole and wasn’t sure where general (i.e. applying to both versions) Scriv’ requests should go. But as the aim is (as I understand it) for the Windows version to include all the Mac version features eventually, this seemed the logical place. Also, just to complicate it further, it refers to a piece of software by other folk, so where is it meant to go? Anyway, obviously, in the end I plumped for this forum so apologies if it isn’t the right place.
For normal day to day word processing, I use Atlantis Word Processor. I originally started using it as MS Word was getting way too slow to load and run on my aging laptop and Atlantis flies in comparison. Despite its rather old fashioned looking interface, once I started using it, I started to love many of its quirky and unique features (I even suggested a few that got implemented).
Since the Beta of Scrivener for Windows came out I have also been using it and liking it very much (it helped me breeze through my first NaNoWriMo). I don’t see the two pieces of software as competitors as they are both good for different things and I’ll certainly be continuing to use both in the future.
Anyway, Atlantis has some quirky features that I would like to see in Scrivener (the reverse is also true and I’ve made suggestions on the Atlantis forums). Some of my favourites actually help to make my writing better which must be a good addition to any word processing type software. Here they are:
I have a habit of writing long, tortuous sentences (you may have noticed) and this feature helps me see and fix them by highlighting the next sentence with a length of over ‘X’ words (25 by default but user definable).
Another bad habit of mine is using the same word or similar sounding words (homophones and inflected forms e.g. there, their they’re) too close together. This tool highlights the next pair of identical or similar sounding words making it easier for me to fix them and improve my writing.
This provides a list of how many times different words are used in my document (I’ve used ‘to’ 23 times in this doc. Actually, make that 24).
Total writing time
This keeps a running total of time spent writing each document. Note, it’s not the time the document is open it’s the actual time spent typing and editing that’s used. An addition to this feature that I’d like (that’s not in Atlantis) is to use that information to estimate how long it would take (given your current writing rate) to write ‘X’ number of words so if it’s taken an hour to write 500 words, it estimates it’ll take another hour (2Hrs in all) to write a total of 1000.
Obviously I could copy/paste the text back and forward between the apps to use most of these tools but that would be a pain and non Atlantis users of Scrivener wouldn’t benefit.
What do you think?