Favorite Features in Scrivener 3

I’ve been playing around with some of the new features in Scrivener 3 and found some lovely surprises that I know I’ll be using often especially when I get to the editing process of the WIP. Below is the breakdown of some of these new features.

Document/Project Bookmarks
You all know how much I love my research and to have it within reach when I write. References has has been renamed to Bookmarks. the concept is similar to Preferences where you can add internal and external links. However, instead of having the link and opening up in another editor, there’s a preview pane below. Here you can see a website, an image, a document. To select it, boookmarks, click on the ribbon icon in the Inspector. To add internal bookmarks, external bookmarks, or an external file bookmarks, click on the gearwheel and make your selection. You still have the option to double-click on the bookmark to have it open in its dedicated application, but the preview pane is a nice touch. Once you begin adding bookmarks, the icon on the toolbar turns red.


Label Colors in the Binder

I like my visuals and color code my scenes according to my character point of views so I can see it in the Binder. Previously, Scrivener allowed for colored icons and a full bar of color, but now you can add dots! To add these, simply go to View->Use Label Color In->Binder.

If you like it very colorful, you can select Full-Width in Binder:

Linguistic Focus

This new feature emitted an “oooh” from me when I first discovered it. It’s part of Scrivene’s new writing tools that allows you to focus on specific parts of speech. Let’s say you tend to use adverbs too extravagantly (see, what I did there?).  Click on the text, and go to Edit->Writing Tools->Linguistic Focus. A window will open with a menu wit the parts of speech. Select the one you want to highlight. Once selected, the rest of the copy will be faded (you can fade it even more with the use of the fade bar).

Emojis for File Icons

I can’t help myself, but I love changing my folders into pretty icons. Instead of fishing around the interwebs for icons, you can select them from Emojis & Symbols. To change a folder, select one you want change and go to Documents->Change Icon->Icon from Text. Click the smiley face emoji and choose your prefered image. Once selected, it will be automatically entered in the text box.


The Copyholder

Copyholder allows you to show the content of another document within the editor. Sort of like Split Screen, but not exactly. Meaning, the copyholder can only hold a single document  to view and doesn’t support Scrivenings, the Corkboard, or the Outliner. To activate Copyholder, select the other document you want to view, hold down Option, and drop the document into the editor’s header.  What you get is the Main Editor pane (Chapter 22)  with the Copyholder (Chapter 23) within that pane. Note the headers for each one. The Main Editor pane has the ruler showing and the Copyholder’s header isn’t aligned with the Main Editor’s header.

I tend to work on several documents at the same time. Split screen was ideal for when I was working on two documents, but sometimes I need to refer to at least four documents. With Copyholder,  I can work with four documents using the same method. In this case, split your screen, hold onto to Option and drop the selected document in either header.  It takes some practice to get it right, but once you mastered it you can you’ll be able to edit four documents at almost the same time.

That’s it for today. As I play around with more of the features, I’ll post more new favorites.


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