Writing App Scrivener Now Available for Windows

One of the most useful applications I use every day on the Mac has now arrived for Windows. That’s right Windows-using writers Scrivener is now available to you.

No matter if you’re writing the next great American novel (something for National Novel Writing Month perhaps?), research paper, script or any long-form text document that involves more than hammering away at the keys until you’re done, Scrivener, made by the fine folks at Literature & Latte, can help you get your work done. The multi-featured program excels at helping you collect research, bring order to fragmented ideas and avoid shuffling index cards in search of that elusive structure.

Scrivener can help you from the moment an idea comes into your imagination until the final finished pages are output. In short, it pretty much does everything for you except the actual writing.

Unfortunately, that will still be up to you. The rest you can leave to Scrivener.

As someone who uses this app daily (the Mac version) I can safely say it really helps me get my work done. Without it, I would be back to posting index cards to cork boards and trying to make things work that way. I like the 21st Century’s technological advancements and I like Scrivener.

Scrivener requires Windows XP, Vista, or 7 (32 or 64 bit). 1GB RAM; 1ghz Processor; 100mb disk space; 1064 x 786 screen.

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  • David Raeker-Jordan
    November 7, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Any idea whether I will be able to work on the same document across both platforms? Can I start the document in Mac and then work on it later in Windows?

    • Chris Ullrich
      November 7, 2011 at 4:32 pm

      According to the developer you can. The only catch is that the Windows version isn’t as feature-rich as the Mac so advanced features you use on a Mac doc may not be there in Windows version.

      Otherwise, it should work well. Gonna be testing it out over the next week so we’ll see.

      • Ioa Petra'ka
        November 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm

        That’s correct, there are a few things that don’t carry over. Comments and footnotes in the sidebar are the main thing. They will not be visible on Windows (though they won’t be delete either; just ignored)—so for multi-platform use, stick to using inline annotations and footnotes. Compile settings and project UI settings (such as which split is open to what and whether index cards have pins visible or not) are also specific to the platform for now. Fonts are another thing; but that is more just down to how different Windows and Macs are when it comes to fonts. Even if you have the same font on both computers it most often won’t show up on the other because of differences in how they are addressed.

  • [A]
    November 7, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Interesting! Too bad is not free..

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