This seems like a lot of work. Nevertheless:
You say that Scrivener is explicitly not a formatting program. Thus the lack of margin notes, etc. I agree, wholeheartedly: this wave of writer’s tools for OS X over the past couple years has all been, quite welcomely, about replacing the feature set of a word processor with features more conducive to actually WRITING, esp. in the long term. That is precisely what I want; one of the things that made Copywrite such a pleasure to use (I suppose it was my first of the breed, before Jer’s Novel Writer, Ulysses, and nowâ€¦ You.) was that it absolutely kept formatting OUT of the picture. You told it what the default face was, and it made it so. You could underline and bold, of course, and those elements remained on exportâ€”but things like rtf styles, rulers, single-line breaks were all simply not an option. You hit return and it created a new paragraph, because that is how one writes. It might not be how one publishes, but there’s no need to fiddle with indentation when you’re still chopping the text out of a single piece of wood. So to speak.
Thus, writing was about WRITING. Copywrite is kind of light on actual featuresâ€”Scrivener’s outline mode alone rockets it several grades aheadâ€”but its extremely simple set of font options is incredibly welcome.
That’s why it’s so vexing that so much of my time is spent twiddling with fonts in Scrivener. Not even in a tweaking, just-right kind of wayâ€”but just so things all look the same. The ‘convert to default style’ button is a godsend, don’t get me wrong. But honestly, do we even need styles at all? Wanting to export perfectly to Word is admirable. But having all of these RTF artifactsâ€”rulers, tabs, margins (again, if only the margin settings in the preferences were all there was to it), variable font settingsâ€”it really, really gets in the way. Not only does it continuously impede on the writing, but it also makes your menus HUGE! There’s all those cool functions; I don’t want to have to wade through variable text alignment settings to get to them. Again, with the Spacing… option: it’s lovely to have, but I wonder who benefits from being able to change 6 (!) different decimals about any arbitrary piece of text in their binder. I say: take as much as you can stomach out. If you love the spacing (and the alignment, etc) I beg you: quarantine them off in their own little ‘Document Settings’ dialog.
Thoughts? I don’t want to sound too strident. To be honest, every time I use your application I get really, really excited. It’s great. I could go on about all the things I think are really GOOD, but that’ll be another post.