Scrivener is an amazing all in one writing tool that can be used in a multitude of ways. The great thing about the app is its designed to work the way you work not the other way around. I wanted to put together a series of basic tutorials going over the application in-depth. Starting off with the much requested interface overview, a look at the basics of scrivener & how to navigate around the app.
Scrivener is available for both OS X & Windows, you can try out a fully featured free trial today!
Scrivener can be overwhelming at first the interface is packed with multiple buttons & can be used in all sorts of methods. Navigating it requires getting a grasp of the basic buttons & how to navigate around. From there the rest is up to you. Think of it as canvas to do your writing work be it for a book, e-book, script and so on. Write, organize, revise all in Scriveners powerful interface.
Here’s a further look at what lies in Scriveners interface.
Think of the binder as you would a physical one. The digital binder houses all your work for your current project. This means drafts, folders, and other material.
The center consists of your main work area. Where all your work will lie. This can be adjusted in multiple views depending on your preference. Single, split, outline, or cork board view. This also includes the text tool bar where you can adjust font, text size, alignment, etc.
The main navigation bar houses the main tools you’ll be using. This consists of the of the following (order from left to right)
- Binder View Toggle
- Collections View Toggle
- Add New Document
- Move to Trash
- Fullscreen Mode
- Keyword Panel
- Quick Reference Panel
- Comment/Annotate Text
- Single Page View
- Scrivenings (Document) view
- Corkboard View
- Outliner View
- Synopsis Finder
- Search Box
- Inspector View Toggle
The inspector view allows you toggle a right hand window that gives you access to certain elements of your project. Here you can view comments/annotations or footnotes, document references, keywords, meta-data, and snapshots. These are highly useful tools some of which go into the advance workflows of Scrivener but definitely useful to toggle if you’ll be referencing any of the above tools while you work.
All in all Scrivener is an amazing writing tool thats flexible to be used in a variety of situations. There’s a reason it’s favorited by writers, authors, etc. You can write in the app how you please & organize on the go or after the fact. Be it for big or small projects Scrivener has you covered. This is a series of tutorials we’ve ran on Scrivener with plans to examine more features of the app in detail.
Check out our previous content below:
How To: Create & Publish an E-book
Import/Export Content between Scivener & Scapple
How To: Improve your writing workflow
Apple updated various mac based accessories for the first time since their release. Bringing new versions of their Magic Trackpad, Magic Mouse, and Apple Wireless Keyboard. The big focus across all magic devices is that they’re redesigned & rechargeable. Moving from the classic AA batteries & to a charging solution based off Apple’s lightning connector.
Let’s breakdown the new hardware:
Magic Trackpad 2
The multi-touch trackpad brings the famous multi-touch trackpad from Macbook’s to the desktop. An accessory that can be bought separately or together with a new mac. The 2nd gen version sports an all new design thats sleek & in line with the other accessories. Redesigned in a complete metal enclosure with a white top to provide a sleek look. The surface itself features a sloped design but rids itself of the gap the former model had. A much more sturdier & responsive trackpad. Adopting Apple’s Force Touch technology we’re seeing across their iOS device & Macbook lineup.
The tracking surface itself is much more wider & provides an all encompassing surface for you to track/click. Housed with a lightning connector & switch to toggle power on the back of the device. The Magic Trackpad 2 will connect to your devices via Bluetooth.
However the all new trackpad will come at a steep price.
Price: $129 USD
Magic Mouse 2
The mouse received the slightest of changes. It adopted a modified design making the mouse a bit longer for easier tracking & ridded itself of the battery housing on the bottom of the mouse. While it still sports its odd ergonomic design it will now charge also via a lightning connector.
While its nothing drastic it’s nice to see the unification across the accessories & rechargeable feature.
Price: $79 USD
Seeing as the Apple Wireless Keyboard wasn’t named with the “Magic” tag this new updated keyboard won’t be receiving the “2” addition. The all new keyboard features a much more compact design while keeping the classic aluminum build & receiving the rechargeable update. The new keyboard rids itself of the unused space in order to make the function keys bigger. On top of that the keyboard will follow the design of the trackpad in order to fill the gap the former keyboard had. This makes the sloped design line up across both accessories & surely will provide a solid base for the keyboard.
Like the Trackpad the keyboard will connect via bluetooth & recharge over a lightning cable.
Price: $99 (Comes in various languages)
You can already purchase Apple’s new hardware from their site. Surely these will hit retail stores soon & we should be seeing price drops in the remaining old hardware. Overall the keyboard & trackpad designs are great to see & the unified rechargeable system Apple has implemented is a big update. No longer having to use 3rd party accessories to recharge the default hardware or spend money on batteries. On top of that updating the hardware to support Force Touch shows Apple’s push to get customers familiar with such gestures across all hardware desktop & mobile.
Grab you new “magical” hardware today!
If you recently updated to Mac OS X El Capitan you may have noticed that the dashboard feature is no longer enabled by default. If you were like me & actually used the dashboard feature then you’ll want to be re-enabling it right away.
1- Open System Preferences
2-Open “Mission Control”
3-Enable Dashboard by choosing either Overlay or Space
The two options provide you a choice to have Dashboard open as an overlay on top of whatever you have ongoing or slide over to a separate space. This is entirely up to you & how you prefer to view your dashboard. While Dashboard has been around in OS X for quite some time it hasn’t received many updates. Personally I love using it for a quick glance at useful widgets like world clocks, calculator, and weather.
Stay tuned for more El Capitan coverage.
My thanks to Literature & Latte for filling our premier sponsor spot & supporting DigitalDojos. Allowing creators like myself to produce content as independent network.
This sponsored post ran September 28th-October 9th.
Literature & Latte are the makers of two amazing writing tools for both OS X & Windows. Scrivener & Scapple are independently powerful tools to allow you to write & gather ideas quickly. Together however there’s no better combination of writing tools available. Whether it’s a novel, script, or mapping out an idea their tools have you covered.
We previously highlighted Scrivener in a past campaign:
This time however I wanted to highlight another tool from Literature & Latte that I’ve been using in my own personal workflow, Scapple. Scapple is a tool for quickly recording ideas in a freeform way. The aim of the app is to serve as a canvas for you to take ideas & quickly record them whatever they may be & draw connections to them as you go or later on. The best analogy comes from their site itself
If you’ve ever scribbled down ideas all over a piece of paper and drawn lines between related thoughts, then you already know what Scapple does.
What I enjoy about Scapple is it’s ability to start simple but allow you to freely connect things in whatever way the thoughts form. You can write notes anywhere on the canvas, connect them via lines, organize them in columns & so on.
Whether your trying to map out a project or storyboard an idea Scapple for Windows & Mac is for you. Check out my own overview of the application down below.
All in all Scapple provides a blank canvas for you to really layout anything. Be it your family history, charts, or big business project. There’s no wrong way to use Scapple, it’s for the visual & creative mind. Take that idea out of your head & organize it as you go. Unlike a scrabble on a piece of paper this app gives you the power to rearrange your thoughts on the fly or after the fact.
Buy Scapple today for Windows or OS X
Try out the Free Trial (30-day usage time how all trials should be done)
A thanks to Pixelmator for making this video series possible. Pixelmator is a great image editing tool that is available for OS X & iOS. Built with the platforms in mind taking advantage of both hardware in mac such as the force touch trackpad to iOS technologies like cloud support, OpenGL, & handoff. Find out more information here.
Continuing on with the Pixelmator series we’re focusing today on the clone stamp tool. A tool that is commonly known on image editors to clone objects in photos. This tool can be used to clone certain elements in a photo such as a water droplet & multiply it over the image. Optionally cloning can be used to hide portions of images as well.
Pixelmator’s clone stamp tool is super easy to use. Simply define first your clone source point, the object or pattern you want to clone and from there begin to drag along your cursor to paint in your cloned source. This will begin to follow the original point you set as you drag along. This can be used to fill in certain parts of the image you want covered or take something as shown in above like a water droplet & duplicate across the image.
By holding “Control” when clicking you can define your tools hardness & diameter to make it easier to precisely clone over the part you want. This in conjunction with other effects can make for great ways to enhance an image. Cloning objects has never been easier.
It’s worth noting this tool is easier to use cloning rounded objects or flat patterns than lets say a person for example. As the cloning takes into account whats in the background as well it can make a photo look uneven if you copy a source across another portion of the image. However for something with a solid background duplicating various objects is a breeze.