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I just downloaded your writing application about 8 hours ago. I have used MacJournal for many years and wanted to do write longer works so I figure I might want “the complete application” to work in one spot. So I did 4 short things, and hit “save” and it looked like it was saving each time. Closed the app and opened it again, NO WHERE TO BE FOUND. :-/

Secondly, I cannot get INTUITIVELY any of the folders, function, etc., which I saw on the screen shots for the application.

It LOOKED really good from the reviews, lots of published authors have endorsed it. I was thinking to myself that it would be hard to imagine that this app was designed by a Mac person specifically for a Mac after trying to use it for a day.

I will go to YouTube to see whether I can find some videos on this this week. I do not like reading manuals, especially long ones. I would prefer to open the app and by trial and error figure out how to use it. Most Mac apps that works swell.

I do not enjoy this app as much as Mac Journal ALTHOUGH I can see the potential from the software designer’s site. I’ll give it some time, but not too much time.

Also, I did NOT see anywhere where we can get a full working trial version for 10 or 30 days. Most digital manipulation software like Topaz or whatever gives us the opportunity to TRY the software before buying. :frowning: Please correct me if I am wrong.


Scrivener is very powerful and flexible and can be very complex, but you can also use it on a very simple level, once you’ve understood a few basic concepts. The basics aren’t at all difficult to grasp though, once you’ve been pointed in the right direction.

The best thing to do is to try the Interactive Tutorial which is specifically designed to help new users. It will only take about an hour to go through, and you should find it will give you more than enough information to set you off on the right path.

Open Scrivener, go to the Help Menu and choose Interactive Tutorial. It will prompt you to save it to a location of your choice. A new Scrivener project will then open. Read the START HERE document which should be displayed automatically – it begins


If you don’t see this, click on the START HERE document in the list on the left hand side of the screen.

Then work you way your through the rest of the tutorial and you’ll be shown all the things you need to know.

This will give you absolutely the best way of finding out why so many successful writers (and the rest of us…) are so positive in their reviews.

As for the Trial version – Apple does not allow trial versions on the App Store. There is a trial version available from the Literature and Latte website, which gives you 30 days free use (which means 30 days of actually using it Scrivener, not 30 days from when you download it).

I have split this into a new topic - please start a new topic if you have a question rather than replying to a topic about something else entirely, thanks.

For a start, I recommend going through the interactive tutorial, available from the Help menu, which is the best way to learn Scrivener. Or at least look at the ten minute introductory video:


Well, it was. As you note, plenty of users like it, but everyone is different, and if it doesn’t suit the way you work, that is fine. But as I say, I would give the tutorials a shot - not everything that is worth doing can be picked up instantly. Nobody would try learning to drive a car by trial and error, after all, and that is tremendously useful. :slight_smile:

I’m not really sure how you missed this, seeing as there is a big button in the top-right of our website that says “Free Trial”:


The free trial is for 30 days of use, too, rather than consecutive days - the trial days only get counted down on the days you use it.

Of course, if you purchased via the Mac App Store without visiting our product page (which is linked on the App Store), you may have missed this, as Apple made us remove mention of the free trial from our App Store page.