As most of what I use Scrivener for is working on translations between Chinese and English, sharing the projects with my collaborator in China, those two features are absolutely essential. I always feel for Windows users, as the devs still are looking for a way to get Scrivenings working the way it does on the Mac.
Other features, like targets and wordcounts which Srebrenath finds most useful, don’t figure for me or my collaborator.
I often think I probably use fewer of Scrivener’s features than anyone else on the forum, even though Scrivener has been my main tool since January 2007!
I really enjoy having all my research in it’s varied form in the binder - websites, pics, video and the like.
I also have multiple large monitors and really like using the ‘Quick Reference’ and the split windows capability with windows open all over the place yet my manuscript is still right in front of me waiting whilst I procrastinate some more
Should add that all the windows are nice and neatly laid out - have to have some sense of orderliness
Funny For me, Scrivenings are next to useless, since keyboard navigation in multi-document mode is painful, and there is no added value coming from it as it is.
The target and wordcounts however help me a lot when reviewing what parts of text need to be developed - it’s easy to spot documents that have only notes/oneliners and require expanding. And they also help me see if the acts of the story are balanced, since I split the narrative at the main crisis/milestone points.
But, to each their own I don’t use multitude of features either - mostly the ones that help my OCD soul to feel in control of the chaos of creation.
I realise that because I’ve read the other thread. Scrivenings acts like a single document for most purposes, so, for instance, you can keyboard navigate and even select across binder document boundaries, something that you can’t do on the Windows version.
I do hope the devs find a way to implement Scrivenings fully in Windows.
For me it depends on the project I’m working on. For one project: - corkboard, bookmarks for project; customizable metadata; revision mode and Quick reference. For this project I need to combine 1 to 10 documents parts into a pdf file email attachment. I can put the parts together in quick reference the compile to pdf.
For the other main project : Corkboard; metadata; project notes; then export as text.
For everything the binder / outline / sub-item/ folders etc. format to manage all the stuff that comes in.
Biggest problem, is lack of any reasonable Android tool that works with Scrivener does not exist, so I’m being forced to move a lot of stuff I’d rather do with Scrivener to a tool that supports both Android and Windows.
Compared to Mac, apparently a bunch. As discussed above, Scrivenings have a lousy keyboard navigation (pg up/dn works like ctrl+home/end), you can’t select text across document boundaries… Which, from what I hear, works on Mac, due to a different underlying framework used to build the application.
As I understand it, on MacOs Scrivenings mode is “open a single editor control and dynamically link in all the Scrivenings that should be displayed.” As a result, it feels like you’re editing a single document – you can select past a document boundary, navigate through the entire Scrivening view easily, etc.
On Windows, which uses Qt (and Qt doesn’t have the same thing), what we get is a stack of editor controls, one per document in the Scrivening view. This explains some of the funkiness – you can’t select across the document boundary because you’d actually be selecting across editor control instances, etc.