I’ve never owned a mac, though I very, very much would like one day to get one. For now, I’m stuck on a vista, and always found myself dreamily staring at programs like Oomwriter and scrivener, wondering when those beautiful programs would ever reach my grasp. So I’m obviously very excited to be trying out Scrivener beta now!
First impressions have been great! With the help of the starting video I’ve gotten the hang of the basics, and so far, have yet to encounter any serious bugs. I’m really looking foreward to writing this year’s NaNo with Scrivener!
However, I do have a couple of suggestions. I don’t know how doable these are, and some of these problems might be minor bugs (I’m not sure). All in all, the program seems great, but there are a couple of things that are just annoying - little busywork I don’t want to bother with during a hectic November.
I don’t know if I don’t know how to use this, or if it just sucks. This is what I’ve been struggling with: I just want each new paragraph to space (right word to use? Not a native english-speaker here) a little in automatically. Simple enough, I thought. However, the ruler has a nasty habit of resetting itself every time my attention strays - it resets (both arrows to 0) when I reopen my project, or sometimes (but not always) when I switch scenes. Also, having the ruler unique for each scene gives me a hard time, since if it happens to reset, I have to adjust it for every scene in my book that I want to write! Without the spacing the text is harder to read and looks much too cluttered - what I’d love to see is a truly automatic space whenever a new paragraph is started, similar to how yWriter does it.
I’m a very visual person (why I ended up downloading Scrivener in the first place), especially while navigating or planning. I’d really like it if there’d be an option to change the colours of the little folder icons in the binder - it would allow me to easily see what to click without reading the folder names. This is a really minor thing, but in the long run it would make working faster and smoother.
Anyway, thank you guys so much for giving us Windows -people the chance to use Scrivener! (: It’s looking awesome so far.