Hello, Scrivener users,
I’ve always heard great things about Scrivener and used to feel frustrated that it only came in a Mac version. So I was very pleased to hear last week that Scrivener now comes in a Windows flavor as well.
Having downloaded and installed and taken several peeks at it, however, so far I’m feeling nothing but unhappy. I’m a fairly experienced software user so I’m puzzled as to what to do to get comfortable with this software.
Ordinarily I can just start using new software and stumble my way into some degree of utility. That is just not proving to be the case at all here. I can’t even make out what anything is – file, document, folder, collection, project - what are these? what is the difference between a document and a file? between a file and a folder?
Yes, I’ve looked at the Interactive Tutorial. It isn’t really interactive, is it? I’ve looked through it and it just seems so much longer than anything I need right now. But it doesn’t indicate what I need and what I don’t. When, at the very end, I read that the “beginner’s manual” has just told me way more than I’m ever likely to need, I know that I’m in bad pedagogical hands.
If anyone here has had a similarly unhappy beginning, can you please advise me? what is the best way out of the newbie hole? So far I’m really hating Scrivener and I’m sure it doesn’t have to be that way.