"The Scrivener Difference!" - BOOK

Have you thought about writing a book for your application? :smiley: :smiley: :smiley: :smiley:

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They have!
The manual…

Now I certainly feel silly–I just took the survey and one of my suggestions was the very link posted. Oops.


Where they failed miserably. I’d rather read Finnegans Wake backwards.

There are already several books about Scrivener.

That’s really constructive, thanks.

“A tour de force!”
“In this, the installment in the ‘Scrivener Manual’ (Mac edition) saga, the author has captured the vast breadth and breath-taking depth of Scrivener…”

What on earth are you expecting from a computer program manual? :unamused:

The manual may be somewhat awe-inspiring, but it’s a truly monumental piece of work, and a great help if used as it should be used (which especially means: if you’re ready to invest some time in it).

And there is a growing number of other books on Scrivener, yes, but it looks like they’re all beginners’ guides. I would be interested in a book for the experienced user: for instance, a book that teaches how to get the best out of compiling.

I use Scrivener’s manual rather often to look up stuff. I find it to be really damn good.
Other apps that have similarly good manuals include DEVONthink, BBEdit, Bookends, and Pandoc. I am always impressed with how much one can learn from reading manuals, especially for Mac apps (the counter-example being Tinderbox as it has very little documentation).

As a Joyce scholar who has read Finnegans Wake backwards I can say with good confidence that your preferences are skewed bababadalgharaghtakamminarronnkonnbronntonnerronntuonnthunntrovarrhounawnskawn-toohoohoordenenthurnuk

Actually, there is an intermediate level book: “How to Format Your Novel for Kindle, Nook, the iBookstore, Smashwords, & CreateSpace… in One Afternoon” by Ed Ditto. It assumes you have a completed novel draft in Scrivener 2, and shows you how to use the compiler to compile for several different markets.

It was this book that led to me really getting that I could dump the WYSIWYG concept, and also gave me enough understanding of the compiler to be getting on with for my humble fictional purposes. Three years after the release of Scrivener 3, though, it doesn’t look like Mr Ditto is going to be updating it—and it needs updating badly. All the self-publishing services have moved on, one has died, others have risen, and Scrivener itself, particularly compile, is vastly different.

I’ve been tempted to jump into the gap… but then I’d be writing non-fiction… :smiley:

Ooh! Sarcasm! Quite out of character.

Don’t get me wrong, I consider Scrivener the best application (for any purpose) that I’ve ever had the pleasure to use, and I consider your execution of it worthy of knighthood for you

The manual? Not so much.

The post was meant to be constructive. Maybe to float the concept of a page-one rewrite.

Failed, though. Ironically.