When the first version of Scrivener for Windows came out in 2011, I put off following up on it because I was busy, and because it was the first version, but last fall I decided to take the plunge. Even though I’ve only scratched the surface, I’m glad I did. I have always been a very linear writer, and I think that’s largely because of the structure imposed by a novel-length file in any word processing program. Scrivener breaks a project into manageable pieces, and lets you work on them in any order without losing control of the whole. The option of jumping easily from one section (or scene) to another is one of the features I am fast coming to love in Scrivener.
Today’s post has to do with Split Screen Mode. It’s a feature I use on an almost daily basis. Prior to making the discovery, I was going about it the old-fashioned way of resizing a window in another program and resizing Scrivener so I could view two different documents at the same time.
With Split Screen mode you can divide the Editor screen into two different panes. It’s easy and painless (no pun intended). Each pane works independently of each other. If you need to change settings on one pane, no need to worry that it will switch the settings in the other one. For example, let’s say that you’ve imported a document (NOTE: this only works with text documents, not PDFs or web pages—at least that’s what I noticed) and you discover the print is a tad too small to read, you can change the text scale in one pane and it doesn’t affect the second one. Split Screen mode also remembers the settings of each pane and you don’t have to fiddle with them the next time you use this option.
Today I’m writing about Scrivener, an enhanced word processor from the folks at Literature and Latte. If Things is an important part of my daily workflow, Scrivener is essential. In fact, more than any other program Scrivener ensures my loyalty to the Mac platform and helps me quash my desire for a netbook (I’ve yet to find a comparable composition tool for Windows or Linux, but please let me know in the comments if I’ve missed one). I don’t remember how I wrote before discovering it, and I can’t imagine writing without it.