Monthly Archives: October 2015

A New Look

I’m late in the game about Scrivener’s recent update, but as you can see the Mac version (Scrivener 2.7) has a new look. The icons reflect Apple’s design and this new look makes it compatible with Yosemite and El Capitan.

What’s my opinion? Overall, I don’t dislike it. I tend to like a minimal design and it’s cleaner looking.

The one question I’ve been getting, though, is the corkboard background has changed to a whiteboard. Personally, I love it. To give it that more whiteboard effect, I’ve changed the font style of my index cards.

As you can guess, today’s tutorial focuses on the look of the corkboard and how to customize it to suit your aesthetics. For the illustrated examples, I’m using The World-Building Leviathan template, which you can find on Belinda Crawford’s website to download. Let me add that if you’re participating in NANOWRIMO in the next two days, this is a terrific template to use because it’s very comprehensive. I’ll be participating this year with the intention to finish draft 853 and I’ve borrowed several elements from it.

So, here’s what the corkboard looks like when I selected the Story Bible container (click the image to get a larger view):

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Notice that my background is white, I’ve selected the cards that “stick” to the whiteboard and I’ve changed the font. The icons are part of the template. I didn’t touch those at all. What if I want the more conventional corkboard look AND I want to use the new San Francisco font that is now Apple’s new system font? Let’s first change the corkboard’s background. Go to Scrivener at the menu bar, Select Preferences->Corkboard. A window will open:

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Go to Corkboard background and click on the expansion arrow. Select Corkboard pattern and voila, you know have the classic corkboard.Screen Shot 2015-10-30 at 10.09.26 AM

If you want to change the “sticky” index cards into pinned ones, go back into Preferences->Corkboard and change the Index card theme from rounded to either red and black or blue and black. You can change the position
of the pin to the right if you don’t like it centered.

Not crazy about the default typeface and you want that clean San Francisco font? Go to GitHub and follow their directions to upload it. Or maybe you want the new Kindle font, Bookerly. To upload that go to Reddit Kindle and follow their instructions.

Once you have your fonts downloaded, go back to Preferences->Corkboard. Go to Fonts and change Index cards title and index cards text.

My new corkboard now looks like this with Bookerly:

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Because I am a fan of the minimal look, I’ll switch it back to the “whiteboard” with sticky notes and use the San Fransico typeface.

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I like this so much I think I’ll stick with it for a while.