Can anyone offer their opinions about this? I now use scrivener as my main writing application - along with omni outliner, which i use as a simple starting point for brainstorming/drafting outlines - then moving over into scrivener.
my usage is this - i have a website with short pieces which i update about twice a week, based on press releases and other research i do. i also write short stories, and short magazine articles; reviews, as well as longer pieces.
at present i’m trying out DEVONthink Pro, and i have a couple of questions / observations for fellow scrivener users
what does it do exactly? that probably seems like a stupid question, but i can’t seem to get my head round how it’s supposed to work. of course i understand the basic cataloguing and collecting functions, but the grouping / sorting / linking ability with devonthink is obviously very powerful, but it’s also a bit scary - is the program going to start moving stuff around so i don’t know where to find it? - yesterday, i had Devonthink catalogue my whole documents folder, which it did with ease, but it just sort of looks like i now have two document folders - one on my hard disk, the other replicated in devonthink, - do i now start generating duplicate versions of things, just because they may be semantically connected under Devonthink’s suggestion, it’s all very confusing at the moment- it doesn’t seem to make for clarity, rather just increasing complexity …
and then there are all those scary looking applescripts which come as extras …
am i supposed to ‘live in’ DEVONthink? - a kind of replacement for the finder?
i’m not an academic (well, not anymore) - so i don’t need to amass and scrupulously annotate huge amounts of reference material - i’m a freelance journalist who occasionally writes short stories. Don’t get me wrong, i can see that Devonthink is a very powerful and well-designed piece of software, but it may be overkill for my purposes
scrivener’s clipping and research facilities seem to be capable of doing everything i need.
btw - i also have voodoopad - which is beautiful, but i haven’t been able to use it other than playing around with it- it just seems too vague and diffuse for me- all those wikilinks and pages proliferating all over the place - makes my head spin (although i think it could be a fantastic vehicle for hypertext fiction work).
i’m coming to think that scrivener will do all i need, but i’d appreciate some second / third opinions