I recognise that this not a forum for extolling the virtues of other apps - other than those we can learn from to use in helping KB to develop Scrivener. However, I guess if they need explaining to use them then that deserves a response. Writer’s cafe is TWO applications in one. The chunking application is Writers Cafe, and you can write in it in Scraps, Journal and Notebook. When you click on StoryLines it actually opens another application, called ‘Storylines’. That has a story structuring system and all you do is enter a template name or rename an existing one. For example, I use a whole bunch of chapter outlines to keep me on track (I always use a single file for each chapter) I call it the ‘Chapter Template’. In that template I have 20 individual chapter outlines that drop down from the drop down menu under Card.
That has buttons for Description, Content, Setting, Annotation, Image, Players. Content is a word processor.
It is actually easy to learn if you click on the ‘Show Storylines Manual’ link.
If this is too difficult try looking at the Writers Cafe Tour at:
Sorry, but all these applications need a small investment in time and effort to learn them enough to get the best out of them. It takes about an hour. The effort with Writer’s Cafe, especially Storylines, is well rewarded.
As for the ‘ported from Windows interface’, are you sure you are not referring to WriteItNow? Yes, there is a Windows version, but Writer’s Cafe is pure OSX. I believe it evolved from an earlier OS9 application. That may account for the ‘look’ on some pages, such as the ‘HELP’ page that pops up when you press the little question mark in the chrome bubble at the bottom left of most windows. The help function for each window is succinct and specific for that function. It is not big on Chrome with lots of plastic, but then I thought the developer’s philosophy of a real working writer’s application was very worthy and the functions most writers need are all there in a single package.
Hope this helps a bit. Please understand I am NOT promoting these other applications. I am just trying to present them as having functions that seem to work really well IN RELATION to their potential for adapting to SCRIVENER. For example, I can give every scene a card and then by magic that card appears on a story structure immediately below where I am entering my text. As yet these functions are not available in Scrivener, but would be extremely useful.
The Writing Show link is really worth bookmarking.
Harriet Smart was interviewed for The Writing Show, March 10th, 2006
Visit thewritingshow.com to hear Harriet Smart (co-designer of Writer’s CafÃ©) in conversation with Paula Berinstein.