[Scrivener] 1. Introduction of Scrivener

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Introduction to Scribner


ScrivenerLet me introduce you to Scrivener! It may seem like a new product if you introduce it like this, but it is already an incredibly famous writing tool to Mac and iOS users. Of course, there is a Windows version and I know Android version is also being developed. However, the Windows version has a lot of differences in updates compared to the Mac version. Still, it has all the basic functions, and it will be updated to version 3 like Mac version at the end of August this year, so it is worth looking forward to it.


Scribner has its own concept.

I've been using Screener for a long time with the iPad and Windows version, but what I'm still thinking about is the concept of Screener. In other words, 'Why should I use a screener?'를 고민하고 있습니다. 스크리브너는 한글, 워드, 구글 문서, 에버노트, 원노트 등과는 다른 고유의 컨셉이 있습니다. 앞의 소프트웨어들은 문서를 작성하고, 그 문서를 저장하고, 그 저장된 문서를 어느 폴더나 클라우드 등에 모으고 정리하는 식으로 사용을 할 것입니다.

But Scrivener is a little different from those softwares. Scrivener is initially said to create a project , which contains not only writing but also all the references and settings related to writing. It’s not just about attaching an image, but it’s also possible to open PDFs separately within the document. For example, we can document novels such as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd episodes within the project, and the main characters or settings of novels and reference materials included in the project too.

And compilation allows you to combine all the documents and materials above into a single document file . When printing a separate document from the first, second, and third episodes of the novel, you can combine them into one. I think that’s why when I open the Scrivener file in the Windows version, there looks like a folder. and it’s one file in the Mac version. I don’t know well because I didn't use it yet.

This is a very novel concept. However, the part that I kept thinking about is 'why'. Because even if it is not Hancom Office or MS Word, there is no difficulty in managing my own documents, if it is only Evernote or OneNote, and the functions are not inferior at all. And Scrivener is quite a heavy program in Windows, but I don't feel that those are slow at all. In addition, Scrivener can only be synchronized through a Dropbox, but Evernote is best writing tool about synchronizing notes. My novelist friend I know just works in Hancom Office when he authors a novel, and when I ask foreign novelists what kind of program they use, there are many people who don't necessarily need the scrivener. Literally Feeling of using software that suit your tasteis.

I also use Evernote and OneNote as well as Scrivener. To be honest, I don’t feel that Scrivener fits me very much. So, at first, I regretted it a little after purchasing. However, I wanted to understand the concept of Scrivener by looking at foreign blogs and to use it by looking at the usage and guides a lot. Now, let’s write the pros and cons of Scrivener.


Screener is a great software for writing long documents.

One of the advantages of Scrivener is the compile function. If you write a novel in Hancom Office or MS Word, you will naturally have a lot of files for each chapter or episode unless you write one in only one file. Scrivener makes file managing easier in one enormous project, and you can compile them and make them into long writing. In Korea, it is common to write web novels on Naver novel or Kakaopage. so we do not highlight this point. But many people in foreign countries try to make their e-books and publish them on Amazon. And I thought that this compilation function, was a perfect fit for making a book .

Of course, you can’t just do it randomly when you compile. Scrivener makes it easy to organize files in a project. You can specify document descriptions, tags, etc, and make it easy to manage documents by making them like cardboards. I think it is the best advantage of Scrivener compared to other software. It is a good function when writing not only novels but also scenarios and papers. I used novels as examples before, but Scrivener is a great software when you want to write anything long.

Another feature of Scribner is Templateis. When it comes to templates, they are commonly used in Word and PowerPoint, but there is a reason why I dare to emphasize it as a characteristic of Screener. Normally, a template means a kind of standard that would be good to use in any situation, such as a letter template, a template for presentation, etc. However, as described above, the script is a form that combines the writing process itself into a single file, so the template also covers the entire process It was set as a standard. It's a bit difficult to write in words, but you can think of it as standardized to make the work easier.

Foreign bloggerI AuthorThere are many people who use screeners who have heard. When I read their usage, I think they are really professional. Previously described TemplateMake a separate, classify your writings by time, genre, etc., and put the materials you use appropriately. Honestly, you can do it with Evernote, etc. A little more systematicI feel like.

Also, for example, all novel programs these days Equipped with various miscellaneous functionsI'm doing it. It is often convenient to divide the screen and view multiple documents, documents and materials at once. For example, when writing a dissertation or translating. It also supports Markdown grammar, which I don't use, but many people use it secretly. In addition to this, there are many subtle features such as concentrated mode, full screen mode, character count counter, dictionary (I don't know if Korean is supported), spelling function (English), and scenario mode. It is just a pity that Hangul support is relatively poor.


The disadvantage of screeners is that they have many alternatives and are difficult to use.

Since we have talked about the features and advantages of screeners so far, I will now try to write down the disadvantages and regrets of screeners. As I wrote at the beginning of the article There are many alternativesIs the downside. Scribner was about 40,000 won when I bought it, and now About 50,000 won It is a program to The iOS version costs about 20,000 won. Of course, it may be said that it is not bad because it is a program that can use the full function with this amount of money, but Evernote is free, and you can use all of the many functions, and OneNote and Google Docs are just free programs. Recently, there was a paid version of Google Docs, but the basic functions are free. And this program doesn't sell well. I bought it at a discount of 40% for about 24,000 won, but at this time, it was a sale to commemorate the 10th anniversary, so you can assume that there is nothing to do on sale.

The interface is a little difficult to get used toIt is regrettable. Of course, this is because it has a lot of its own functions, so if you can use the screener properly, it will not hurt. But in fact, if you don't watch a tutorial or lecture, it looks a little messy enough to want something to do with it. And of course, tutorials and lectures are very long. In Korea, there is a guide made by someone based on the Mac version, but it is quite long. And if you don't want to see the guide, you'll have to do a little bit of annoyance. Lack of convenienceAnd the default screen is a bit ugly, so it's not really a good first impression software. And I mentioned it for a while at the beginning, but it's a bit unfortunate that it's a rather heavy program. This is based on the Windows version, so it may not be the Mac version.

We recommend that you try and purchase the screener yourself.

It was 2017 when I bought Scribner. Since Screener was 10 years old software at the time, I think it was probably quite innovative when it first came out, but now, as I said earlier, there are many alternatives. Honestly, at first I thought it was worse than I thought. However, as mentioned above, there are people who are making E-books, those who write very long articles such as papers, or those who write articles with a certain project-like character, and so on. There is a demo version of Screener, so if you are interested in Screener, Be sure to try it for a while and buy I recommend.

At this point, I seem to have done all the basic explanations for the screener. Next time I own the screener Windows versionand Review of the iOS versionI want to proceed. And after that, I will review the Windows version of Screener 3, which is supposed to be released on August 31st. Thanks for reading the long article!

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