I’m still deciding if I should purchase this product or not. I’ve messed around with the demo, and found that it’s a nice little program, but there are some things that more experienced users might have information on.
I’ve been using Liquid Story Binder for several years and while it’s a bit clunky in the UI department, it’s unbelievably configurable and does everything I want. What it will probably NEVER do (and the main reason why I’m looking at Scrivener) is have an iPad version. So, onto a couple of questions:
Synching between computers.
I do not use dropbox or any of the cloud services, but I write on several different computers. I use SyncToy to make sure that my writing projects are always in sync, but I read in another thread that that kind of thing might cause problems with Scrivener. As in, it might not pick up new files and such. I find that odd, since when synching, the project data would be copied over as well.
Plain text file names.
One of the nice things about LSB is that it stores all my chapters (at least), using plain text file names (like Myreallycoolchapter.rtf). I note that Scivener also stores chapters in rtf, but insists on calling them something like 123.rtf. Is there a way to change this?
Is there a way to do a visual timeline with Scrivener? Something with multiple lines in it so that you can visually see when something is happening. I find that extremely useful.
Multiple books in one binder
I have some projects that consist of more than one book. However, since those books contain some of the same characters, I have base information that both projects should be able to access. This is easy to set up in my current program, but I don’t see a way to do it in Scrivener.
Again, one of the powerful things about LSB is that I can create templates for types of things. Aliens, places, objects, main characters, secondary characters. Once I’ve created these templates, they are always available when I want to create, for instance, a new Main Character. Then I just use that template and all the information types that I want to put into that character’s bio sheet are right there. I know I can import templates from an RTF INTO scrivener, but what I don’t know is if there’s a way to create a brand new project with those types of templates already listed.
I guess that’s enough for now. Of course, I understand that those were a lot of questions,and I completely understand that people probably have better things to do than answer a laundry list. But I would appreciate any comments or thoughts.