(I’m not sure if this is the correct forum, please tell me which forum is, if this isn’t … )
I have long been a happy user of Nisus Writer Pro. It’s really nice for my needs. But then I stumbled upon a review of Scrivener, not as a Writer’s tool, but as a information collection/organization program (compared to DevonThink and other such software), so I decided to give Scrivener a try. Nisus’ Document Manager is OK, but I felt the need for something to help me organize and compile stuff. And Scrivener fascinated me, so I went ahead and bought it.
I am still working on finding a good flow between Nisus and Scrivener, with questions like: Should I write in Nisus and then import to Scrivener and organize and edit more? Or should I just write in Scrivener and then just export to Nisus to do final touch-ups and formatting? (I’m not expecting you guys to answer this, just presenting some background for my questions — explaining what kind of stuff I’m using/considering using Scrivener for.)
To further complicate the picture, I got myself an iPad, and now I am working on finding a good way of writing stuff on the Mac, and then use the iPad when teaching class(es). So I need to export the teaching material I write to a format that is easily viewed on the iPad. If I use Nisus directly, I’ve had to create a A5 template with almost no margins and very large fonts to be able to view RTF files in a nice way on the iPad. (I’ve given up on finding a way to edit RTF files on the iPad, ref. http://www.nisus.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=3716&start=15)
I’m now playing with the idea of creating nice styles in Scrivener and do the main typing there, and then export to two different formats, one for printouts and one for showing/editing on the iPad. (I have Documents to Go, and if I export to a word file with large fonts, it should work.)
To be able to do most of my typing I need to find a quick way to change formatting presets in Scrivener without using the mouse. (I need to be able to quickly change between title, body, quotation and maybe lists.) Tried searching the manual, but didn’t figure this out. Maybe I can make macros or something?
And I guess I also need to make some templates/setting for compiling these two different versions. Anyone have similar needs and have experimented with this?
(I wish I could have even clearer questions, but I hope I managed to describe my needs.) Any hints/thoughts on this will be appreciated.