Literature & Latte

Your Infinite Desk. The main interface features everything you need to organise, write, edit and locate the different parts of your text. On the left, the “binder” provides the main navigation tool, displaying everything in the project in an easy-to-organise hierarchy. You can also maintain and view separate lists of documents here by creating Collections, which appear as tabs at the top of the binder. Search results can be saved as Collections, too, giving you quick access to your most frequent searches. To the right of the binder, the outliner presents selected portions of your structure in more detail, showing a synopsis of each document. The rows can be assigned label colours, helping you see related documents at a glance. The standard editor interface occupies the right side of the split. This rich text editor features many tools for writing, formatting, and annotating your work. The inspector on the right shows the selected document’s notes, along with its meta-data and synopsis index card. The inspector also houses a document’s keywords, reference links, and snapshots.

Find Your Zen—Without Compromise. Like many modern writing programs, you can block out the rest of your screen and edit your text against a black background in full-screen mode. Scrivener wasn’t the first to provide full-screen writing, but it did pioneer a distraction-free environment that doesn’t sacrifice accessibility. In the screenshot above, the document's text appears on a virtual sheet of paper. The full-screen inspector HUD to the left provides access to the current document's extended meta-data, and the project keywords HUD on the right is open. Using Scrivener’s Go To button, you can navigate between documents, all without leaving full-screen.

Pin it Down Who said writing is always about order? Corkboards in Scrivener can finally mirror the chaos in your mind before helping you wrestle it into reality. This screenshot also demonstrates the flexibility of Scrivener’s interface in that nearly all aspects of it can be tucked away when not required. Devote your entire screen to plotting and then snap back to a more standard view with a single command. A floating window in the middle shows a progress bar toward the project’s current total word target, and beside that the scratch pad is being used to jot down ideas that come to mind while organising. The scratch pad is a floating window that, when enabled, will appear everywhere you go, making it easy to capture research and ideas even while working in other programs.