Recently, I’ve been using Ginko App (gingkoapp.com) a lot, because as much as I love Scrivener and use it for all my writing, it isn’t as nimble, intuitive, or flexible as I need it to be for certain things.
I’ve discovered that when I’m exploring various ideas that start at the root level and then splinter off into sub-ideas, Ginko App is far better at it. This includes outlining multiple storylines within one story.
It’s a very basic outlining app though, so it won’t do things you can do with a mind-mapper or something like Aeon Timeline. But what it does, it does very well, and it’s the fast/simple hierarchy-based columns that makes it easy and intuitive to use.
I actually struggled for a while to accept Ginko Apps. I used to feel like I must be able to do everything I need inside of Scrivener, but I’ve finally given up on that idea, because obviously it cannot be everything I want and my past attempts to ask for features I want have not been compatible with the developer’s vision. Maybe there will never be a day where one single software does everything I want, and this has been true for pretty much all other creative endeavors (photography, CG, music production, video production, etc.), so there’s no reason to expect Scrivener to do everything.
I do want to keep things from becoming overwhelming though. Between Scrivener, Scapple, Aeon Timeline, Writer’s Cafe, Ginko App, and GNotes, I’m already feeling like I need to consolidate more. I guess it’s only natural I wish for one software that integrates all of them, but these apps have fundamental differences, so it’s up to me to figure out how to use fewer of them and still get everything done the way I want.