Scrivener for Windows Update

Although I use Scrivener’s Mac version, I’ve had several people ask me questions about the Window’s version. I do have it installed in my Asus notebook, but truth be told it takes a long time to boot and every program I open causes it to freeze and crash. However, I just saw on Scrivener’s Facebook page that it has a new beta Window’s version. For all of you who have the Window’s version, you’ll be very happy to see quite a bunch of new features and improvements. Here is the latest for Scrivener for Windows 1.7.0.1 Beta:

Formatting
– You can now create and apply formatting presets to document text via the Format > Formatting menu or from the format bar.
– Ranges of text can now be marked with Preserve Formatting to prevent their formatting being overwritten during compile when the rest of the text is standardised.
– Text can now be converted to small caps appearance via Format > Options.

Compile
– You can select a folder or document from anywhere outside the Draft folder to include as front matter in the compile contents.
– Compiled ebooks include only one copy of each unique image in the epub or mobi package, reducing file size.
– New project properties in the Meta-Data Settings allow you to use placeholder tags throughout the project and compile settings to be replaced with the project title and author name during compile. <$projecttitle> and <$fullname> are used by default for title and author meta-data when compiling to ebook formats.

Collections 
– Standard collections now have a “Remove from Collection” button in the header, which will remove the selected documents from the collection without impacting their placement in the binder. The Delete key alone will do the same.
– “Move to Trash” (Shift-Delete) now acts consistently in the binder and collections, always moving the selected item to the project trash rather than simply removing it from the collection (use the new Remove from Collection button or Delete alone to cut the item from the collection without altering it in the binder). In standard collections, Move to Trash will also remove the item from the collection. In search collections, Move to Trash will move the item but may leave it in the search results, depending on the search criteria.
– Updated the “Save Search…” text from the search menu to more explicitly state “Save Search as Collection…”

Scrivener Links
– Scrivener Link > New Link… (Ctrl+G, Ctrl+D) opens a dialog to easily create Scrivener links to new or existing documents.
– Holding the Alt key while dragging and dropping items from the binder to document text or notes inserts a Scrivener link. Dragging and dropping images or text documents without the modifier key will insert the image or text.
– New options in Edit > Copy Special let you copy a selection of binder documents as a list of Scrivener links or as a Table of Contents.

PDF Viewer
– PDF import and display has been completely re-written and offers many new options including text extraction via the context menu, finer zoom control and rendering crispness and clarity, single-page view, find, rotation, print support, link support, password protected PDF support, keyboard and outline navigation support. Right click on a PDF to see all available options. This new code is now cross platform, so our Linux users will finally be able to preview PDF within Scrivener.

Webpage Import
– Webpage import has also been overhauled to use the open standard MHT format, better preserving the complete webpage in a single file. MHT files can be opened externally or converted on import to PDF for viewing in Scrivener.

Custom Icons in Binder
– You can now assign documents a custom icon through the Documents > Change Icon menu (also available in the binder, outliner, and corkboard context menus). Hold the Alt key while right-clicking the item to go directly to the icon submenu.

Templates
– Project > Set Selection as Templates Folder lets you use subdocuments of the selected binder item as templates for new documents via Project > New from Template. The top item in the folder is assigned a shortcut for quick access.

Full Screen Backdrop
– View > Full Screen Backdrop lets you select an image from the project or hard drive to use as a project-specific backdrop in Full Screen mode.

Other
– Scrivener now supports multiple project notes, which can be viewed in the inspector or opened in a floating window from Project > Project Notes…
– The Tools menu now offers the option to Save and Rebuild Search Indexes to restore an out-of-date index and improve search results.
– In addition to sorting documents in the binder, you can now sort selected paragraphs within a document in ascending or descending alphabetical order.
– Resetting the default Options no longer clears custom substitutions.
– Updated the Scratch Pad “Send File to Scrivener” menu to use the Scrivener project icon beside the project titles.
– When right-clicking on an inserted image, the context menu now offers “Save as Picture…” to save a copy of the image outside the project.
– Inserted images can be resized by clicking and dragging the lower right corner (press Shift before clicking to constrain ratio).
– You can now drag a synopsis image to the editor to copy it into a document’s text.
– The context menu in the editor has been reordered slightly and now includes options to insert an image or to create and insert a screen capture. Right-clicking on Scrivener Links adds a menu option to open in the current or other editor.
– Cleaned up the Documents > Move menu to make it easier to navigate.
– Adjusted some of the icons in title bars and throughout the interface that did not appear crisp.
– The highlight and text colour format bar buttons now use a popover style for colour selection; right-click or click and hold the button to bring up the colour options.
– The colour selection dialog now shows the current colour when applicable.
– Renamed the “Manage Layouts” menu item and dialog to “Layout Manager” for better consistency with the Windows design.
– Updated the instructions for importing files into the name generator.
– Updated a few cases of the warning that displays when opening a project that may already be open to provide more specific information.
– The border and gradient of the label colour in the binder uses softer shading.
– The tooltip for the options button in the corkboard footer now uses “Corkboard Options” rather than “Layout Options”.
– More customisable keyboard shortcuts have been added, including shortcuts for the outline Expand All, Collapse All, and Collapse to Current Level commands, for the alternate editor’s history, and for switching to the previous or next collection in the binder.
– The Insert key now toggles overwrite mode in the editor and in document and project notes.
– Pressing the RightArrow or LeftArrow key now moves the insertion point to the beginning or end of the text selection within the editor.
– Saved layouts are now alphabetised (ignoring case) in the Layout Manager and the All Layouts menu.
– Added “Back Up Now” and “Project Notes” to the available options for the main toolbar icons and added “Copy” to the format bar options.
– Closing the project does not visibly clear the editor display, which could appear in the closing sequence as though text had gone missing.
– The installer and uninstaller now include the Scrivener version number for easy identification.
– Various interface elements have been slightly resized to optimise space.
– “Choose Texture” has been removed from Appearance options where unavailable.
– The version information in the About dialog can be selected and copied for easier inclusion with feedback.
– OPML and mindmap files are now included in the standard File > Import > Files… command, with preferences set in the Import/Export Options, rather than having a separate menu item.
– You can import external files from the project and document references by dragging and dropping from the inspector to the binder.
– Added an option to automatically launch Scrivener at the end of the installer.
– Hovering over items in the format bar spacing menu displays the associated indentation settings.

 

The Editor Dissected

Apologies for the delay, but it’s been a busy and crazy month with a slew of writing projects. I hope to be back on a regular schedule starting next week.

Today’s tutorial focuses on the basic parts of the Editor–the area where you’ll be writing, editing and revising your draft.

Like any word processing program, the Editor has a format bar, which you can hide by going to Format->Hide Format Bar. The format bar consists of the following tools: presets, font family, typface, font size, text attributes, text alignment, text color, highlight color, line spacing, and list style. If you’ve used a word processor you know how to fiddle around with each of these tools.

Format Toolbar

Format Toolbar

Below the toolbar is the Header. This area has four functions.

Header

Header

On the extreme left the two side by side triangles indicate last document viewed (the triangle pointing left) and next document viewed (triangle pointing to the right). Click and hold and you can see your entire history.

Documents Viewed

Documents Viewed

The item icon next to your title has several functions. Click on it and you’ll see that it displays a shortcuts menu.

Item Shortcut Menu

Item Shortcut Menu

These items include:

  • Reveal in Binder: Shows the location of the currently edited file in the binder. This is useful when the method you used to get to the current document didn’t involve clicking inthe binder (such as using the history navigation buttons or a such result).
  • Path: Reveals the location of the current document in descending order. The top entry will always be the current document; the entry below that its immediate parent; and so on until the top of the project binder is reached.
  • Go To: Prvides another way to jump to a specific binder file or folder without using the binder.
  • Bookmarks: Displays any text bookmarks (to be discussed down the road) that have been added to the current document in a handy menu.
  • Take Snapshot: This command will take a snapshot of the current text and store it for later use.
  • Lock Group View Mode: When viewing a container or collection group, this command will be activated. It will lock the currently used view mode for this container, so that no matter what you change it to at a later time, clicking on it will always return to the selected view mode (much more later on about this).
  • Match Split Documents: Open the currently viewed item in the inactive split. The command is greyed out if no splits are open.
  • Lock in Place: Locks the editor (or one of the split screens) so that no Binder clicks affect it. When an editor is locked, the header bar turns a shade of red

To the right, the two up and down arrows will take you to the previous and next documents. The double box on the extreme right is the split screen tool. Click on that and you can have two screens of the same document, or a different one, sided by side or hit option and click to change the split (top to bottom).

Split Screen

Split Screen

Beneath the Header bar is the ruler.

Ruler

Ruler

You can hide the ruler by going to Format->Hide Ruler. In the next lesson, I’ll go into detail about setting margins and tabs.

At the footer of the editor, you can change the text scale. It goes as low as 50% and as high as 800%. I like to keep it at !25%.

Scale Text Size

In the center, you’ll see the word and character count, click or hover your more over those to view the statistics for document.

Statistics

Statistics

Finally, the small circle that looks like a bullseye on the extreme right sets the word or the character count for the document.

Word Target

Word Target

And that’s the Editor dissected. Next time, I’ll get more in detail about formatting the Editor and setting margins and tabs.

 

Happy Holidays from Simply Scrivener

I’ll be taking a short break and will return on January 2, 2014. May you all have a happy holiday filled with cheer, joy, and love!

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