I’ve been trying out Scrivener 3 for windows, and there is a lot that I love–but a few key things that are keeping me from being able to buy and use it right now. Rather than just sit on them I thought I might share in case the feedback is helpful, and because I’m guessing others might have similar issues.
For context, I’m a social scientist currently working on a book length project–which is why I’m drawn to so many of Scrivener’s features.
First, I notice right away that there is a tiny delay between keystrokes and text appearing in the document in Scrivener. This only happens in Scrivener, not in any other program that I use (Windows 10 on a Microsoft Surface Book, with Scrivener 3.1.1). I’m a fast typer (and think at the pace that I type) so the delay can add up a bit and I end up tripping over myself waiting for characters to appear on screen. For reference this happens even in brand new blank Scrivener projects.
Second, I know not everyone likes to work this way, but I am an extremely visual person and it’s much easier for me to work on a project in page view–and right now the lack of multiple pages side-by-side in the Windows version is actually a huge stumbling block for me. I think this is because the kind of writing I do is really self-referential and sequential, building on itself argumentatively, and not being able to see what’s on adjacent pages can make it a challenge–always having to scroll back and forth really interrupts the flow. (I know about the split screen mode but it’s just not quite the same).
My favorite feature of MS Word is being able to see and scroll through 2 or even 3 pages of my text simultaneously; on a big screen I can see a whole sub-section, 5 or 6 pages all at once, which makes my work a lot easier. I wonder if other non-fiction / academic writers feel the same way.
I’ve read on these forums that it’s difficult to develop this feature, which I understand. But just wanted to share that this is something that would actually make me able to purchase and use Scrivener–and I’m guessing others might feel the same way. Hell I would probably pay a lot more than the current asking price for Scrivener if it had this kind of feature.