i admitted i am convinced by several sources that scrivener is cookie cutter for writing. it is undeniable that it is very good for novel writer. For me, writing thesis or academic articles with scrivener is by far inferior to microsoft word 2013 in several dimensions.
First, i mainly use Thai language together with Eng language in parenthesis. the major problem is that i must alter font and size manually everytime when i switch language. isn’t it tedious?
Second, it can’t be divided in 2 or 3 column writing. this can be accomplished by adding invisible table, but it is quit clumsy. the most important thing is that i can’t make the distance between 2 columns accurate enough compared to other application like MS word or pages
Third, when dealing with typing math, it is easy to integrated mathtype in scrivener; However, it is horrible when compiling to other formats. i once compiled to docx and surprised that the boxes are replaced with my equation, thus i have to retype all equation again.
the next is the frustration when using endnote. it can’t automatically generate bibliography just like MS word that contain one click feature to generate bibliography. in scrivener, i have to convert to words before using the bibliography function. it is tedious.
Nevertheless, the best thing that scriverner can offer the writer is the concept of flexibility to manage the sequences by using binder. This is the marvellous feature! However, compared to cost of wasting time to manually change fonts and sizes everytime to switch language, to manage the format because of no native 2 column style, to retype all equation in word, and cant to finally use bibliography in word because of no biblography generating feature, i think it is not worth using scriver for writing thesis or academic articles.
Hope the feedback will help improve features and sorry for my English.