I recently purchased a MacBook Pro. I was eagerly expecting a seamless setup experience.
The experience was not seamless. The good news is I have a working system. The bad news is it took a while to get here. I’m writing my experience to help others who may also be setting up a new Mac and trying to get things to work.
I stumbled across Scrivener yesterday from a blog post I can no longer remember. I downloaded it today and I found the interface so initiative I’m already using it to write my college essays.
This Mac OS X app is great for efficiently writing. I am able to separate my writing into sections which have their own meta-data, such as notes and tags. I can also annotate and highlight my work. In addition, a live word count is always visible which is a big deal for writing papers which have a word limit or minimum. Plus, it has a full screen mode (similar to WriteRoom) that allows me to focus on writing by eliminating everything else on the screen. There are just too many good features to list here.
I’m not even a professional writer and I am loving this program for writing my small projects. I’d recommend checking out Scrivener, a product of a one-man operation, by download the free Beta 3 or the freeware Scrivener Gold (a very early beta of Scrivener).
I’ve tried both versions and they are both very nice. The Beta 3 is very polished and looks great and is simpler to use; however, I think I’ll stick with Scrivener Gold for now because it’ll always be free and has everything I need. 🙂 Plus, I can always upgrade later to the full version.
So, if you’re into writing or just forced to in class, try Scrivener to save your sanity when writing your next work.