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Poking Around in Scrivener 3’s Inspector

Scrivener’s Inspector has always been one of my favorite features. I usually keep it open because I often use Document Notes when I’m working on an article or scene. In version three, Literature and Latte decided to make some design and functionality changes for the Inspector. They’ve streamlined it and made it less clunky.

Let’s take a tour of the new Inspector and look at some before and after images so my sloppy explanation is clearer. NOTE: To see the images larger, click on them.

Previously, the Inspector’s header in Scrivener 2 looked like this:

Scrivener 2


From left to right you have: notes, references, keywords, metadata, snapshots, footnotes and comments, and the padlock.

In Scrivener 3, the header’s icons have a cleaner minimalist look:

Scrivener 3


From left to right you have: notes, references is now bookmarks, metadata, snapshots, and comments and footnotes. Keyword and the padlock icons have been ditched.

The footer in Scrivener 3 is where you can now find Label and Status.

When you clicked on Notes in Scrivener 2, the Inspector was divided into three panes–Synopsis, General, and Document Notes:

In Scrivener 3, we see a few changes:

First, the center pane is gone. General has been folded into Metadata. Label and Status, as I showed above, are now located at the footer. And here’s the cool part: you can expand Synopsis. It’s no longer fixed. If you’re wordy, like me, simply go to the edge of the index card and drag down the border, or click on the arrow on the notes pane to close it, and you’ll have a larger space to write on the index card.

Click on the bookmark icon and the third pane in Scrivener 2 changes to Document References The top two panes remain the same (Synopsis and General). In this version, you can close the these top two panes to have more room in the third pane.

In Scrivener 3, References has had a name change: Bookmarks. Instead of three panes, you have two. In the top pane, you can drag documents or external files. In the bottom pane, you’ll see the selected item.

In Scrivener 2, Keywords had a dedicated icon in the Inspector. The third pane changes to accommodate keywords.

Whereas in Scrivener 3, Keywords and General Metadata and Custom Metadata are included.

Note the difference in Scrivener 2:

Snapshots in Scrivener 3 has had a tiny facelift. The major difference in Scrivener 3 is that it has the title of the document and the pane below is shaded. See the differences below:

Scrivener 2

Scrivener 3

Comments & Footnotes in Scrivener 3 has a small design change the plus sign to add comment in Scrivener 2 has been replaced with a comment icon and the +fn has been relaced with cf.

Scrivener 3

Scrivener 2

And there you have it! Overall the changes are not that dramatic. I was slightly thrown off with the location change for Status and Label, but I like that it remains static when the Inspector is open.

Adverb Honing with Scrivener 3’s Linguistic Focus

Hello, my name is Simply Scrivener and I use adverbs often that would make Stephen King cringe. Well, that’s a fib. I was trying to come up with a clever way to get your attention and introduce Scrivener 3’s Linguistic Focus.

I don’t agree with Stephen King’s opinion about adverbs. Like most things in life I believe they can be used in moderation. Some writers—mostly novice scribes—tend to sprinkle adverbs like fairy dust throughout their prose.

Sometimes when you’re in deep writing mode and your story has carried you into a different world you tend not to notice when you’ve been generous with adverb usage. And that’s why Linguistic Focus is such a great tool because with a click of your mouse, you can see all your adverbs stand out in the spotlight.

To use Linguistic Focus go to Edit->Writing Tools->Lingusitic Focus. A window will open that allows you to select what part of speech you want to standout. There’s also a slider that fades your unselected text.

Here’s some text from a chapter, highlighting the adverbs I used:

Linguistic focus will never replace a good copyeditor, but it will help you trim your usage of adverbs or any other part of speech. It’s a good tool to use when you’re at the beginning of your revisions.

*H/T to Alan McGrath for catching to two grammatical errors. THANK YOU!