Scrivener 3 is a major update to Scrivener that not only brings some very cool new features but also improves and simplifies what was already there
I've been using Scrivener for two projects: a novel, and a photo book. It is helping me with these projects very well. Unlike Word, I can create a section where I can put research notes. Who knows? Maybe Word does have this function but it is a pain to use Word, and you have to pay the Microsoft tax. One thing I really like is being able to synch across multiple devices. I can edit on my desktop, laptop, and mobile phone. If you're working on a novel or a photo book, this is for you.Pros:
Great templates, places for research notes, footnotesCons:
The only other alternative is MS Word which sucks
I completed a PhD using older versions of Scrivener, using it every day for 5 years. It is an incredible tool for writing, especially for longer pieces where structure is difficult and important.
Being able to see the overall flow of a piece both in the 'binder' list and in cork board/card format was invaluable. Scrivener's thoughtful and sophisticated UI freed me to write more fluently as and when ideas came, without being distracted by second order thoughts about how to piece the ideas together. I knew I would be able to move what I had written around within the structure of a larger piece very easily and effectively later on.
I rewrote and restructured a number of chapters, and indeed the whole structure of the thesis, many times. Again the cork board, binder and 'snapshot' tools made the work of keeping track of changes and movements an absolute pleasure.
The screen set up with binder on the left, the actual text you're working on in the middle, and the 'inspector' with comments, footnotes and snapshots on the right hand side of the screen is FAR superior to what you get with more basic word processing tools, because it allows you to see and edit footnotes, comments, and the entire structure of your piece while you are working. No more annoying scrolling and hovering with the mouse.
The newest version seems to have a few nice little improvements, the most notable of which appears to be the improvement in interoperability of 'styles' with other word processors.
I can't recommend Scrivener highly enough for anyone who is serious about writing.Pros:
Customisable UI and use of screen space, interoperability with citation tools, amazing version control, easy to compile to wordCons:
Selecting a block of text and then creating a comment overrides existing footnotes to the text: not optimal for academic writing.
I live and die by Scrivener since I first started using it years ago. It doesn't lag, doesn't bug, and does exactly what you need it for: provide a space where everything is taken care of and you can just write.
I use it for everything, from corporate communication to personal projects. It's probably one of my top 10 tools that I've ever used.Pros:
Easy to use, great to organise writing, focuses on the experienceCons:
I wrote my thesis in Scrivener 2 and have written some other documents in Scrivener 3...great improvements! I am spending hours right now setting up my workflow from Scrivener -> Pandoc MMD -> LaTeX so that I don't have to think about it in my future writing projects. It is still a lengthy process to export my technical writing papers (equations, figures, tables, etc) to Pandoc MMD and on to LaTex. It's gotten easier, but I wish it felt like a first class citizen.Pros:
I love it for helping me structure my writingCons:
I still hate that it is still so difficult to convert Scrivener to LaTeX/PDF