Premise: I don’t know if this is a correct post. I hope so. Let’s say that for each suggestion there’s a hidden question: is already there the possibility to work-around this “absence”?
I’ve downloaded the new version of Scrivener. I found it improved since last April (my first message here). More and more it seems a good solution to me (especially after my last novel: it’d been really difficult to put everything together: all the researches, the pictures, the ideas, the notes… for a 700 pages text. All the time Scrivener was eyeing at me, with a mischievous expression on its Yin-Yang face… “I told you”, whisper a voice in my head.
On the other hand, it isn’t enough yet.
Built-in shortcuts customization and the possibility to link new shortcuts to special character insertion would be an important thing to built in Scrivener: more powerful than “OS X” System Preferences, more handy.
Why customization, apart from “special characters”? Well, simply because things as “presets” must have a shortcut to work in a fluid way during composition. “Point and click” is a slow way to work. Apple shortcut built-in OS X customization often doesn’t work (giving a shortcut to “Apply Presets”, for example, it doesn’t work to me - neither to “Apply Presets”, nor to a single preset. Uh?!).
Second, what gives Scrivener less possibilities to spread out in the world is its only English support tools for writing. Grammar isn’t a real problem: which writer needs that a program corrects his language? Who’s using grammar check? So, let’s not consider “dictionary”. But thesaurus is really, really, really important: no, not English thesaurus; I’m talking about other languages (to me matters Italian). And an important detail: should be “in-line”, for faster revision (hoping for a shortcut to open it).
Of course, not a poor thesaurus: if it has to be poor, better nothing.
Third, and this is not important. It would be good to have a “free zoom” (not fixed values).
Do you have some news/suggestions for me, about something of the above mentioned?
In any case, the program is very well done and I’m watching the videos, just to understand the philosophy behind all these little things and colors and options! And, well, what I can say to everyone deciding if buying or not Scrivener is to watch them: revelatory!
I need only these few things more (well, I’m on my way to solve the first one by myself) and I’m ready to switch from Word after 20 years worth using Microsoft’s word processor. Scrivener has a lot of good ideas and helps a serious writer in many ways.
So, I’m not criticizing: just pushing it a little bit farther…
Thank you very much in advance for your time and attention.