First of all, Thank you for creating such great software. I have been a Windows user for around 25+ years now (all the way back to DOS) and have recently starting trying out the mac. It was actually this software that got me to dare to try to switch.
I know windows inside out and backwards. I used to write software for Windows, but over the years I started gearing myself to be the user rather than a developer. So, I started writing. No I am not even close to being published yet.
I tried just about every piece of Windows software out their. If you can name it, I probably have at least tried a trial version. The closest I came in my search was a program called Liquid Story Binder. What a piece of junk. You can’t even drag and drop between windows and forget about importing. Then someone suggested Scrivener. Not knowing anything about it I started searching the net. I must have spent nearly two months looking for a Windows version. The videos on the website looked very much like what I was looking for. I even started writing my own “copy” of scrivener based on the videos (just as intellectual exercise). Finally I broke down and got a mac, just because I wanted to try this software that badly.
Sure I could have stepped into the mac store and tried it out that way. But I need time to evaluate software, usually about a week or so to really get a feel for the way it works, flows, and to learn yet a new way of putting stuff together to create something else. Its kinda of like writing software in a various languages. You need to learn a whole new way of doing things just to get the same job done.
Not true with Scrivener. Everything just kinda flowed together. I did watch the videos and loaded the example when I first ran the program. But really it has been very painless. So much so that I now use my mac for just about everything. (I do have some software that I have to run on windows for my job)
Am I a writer? No. Am I Mac? I don’t think so, time will tell. What I am is very happy that I have decided to give this new endeavor a shot (much to the chagrin of may of my Windows colleagues).
So, once again, Thank you for creating such a great piece of software.