Scrivener Basics: Interface

Scrivener Basics: Interface

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.

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Work Area-

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.

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Nav Bar-

The main navigation bar houses the main tools you’ll be using. This consists of the of the following (order from left to right)

  1. Binder View Toggle
  2. Collections View Toggle
  3. Add New Document
  4. Move to Trash
  5. Fullscreen Mode
  6. Keyword Panel
  7. Quick Reference Panel
  8. Comment/Annotate Text
  9. Single Page View
  10. Compile/Export
  11. Scrivenings (Document) view
  12. Corkboard View
  13. Outliner View
  14. Synopsis Finder
  15. Search Box
  16. Inspector View Toggle

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Inspector View-

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.

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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

Happy writing!

Import/Export between Scrivener & Scapple

Import/Export between Scrivener & Scapple

My thanks to Literature & Latte for making this content possible. They’re the makers behind the amazing writing tool that is Scrivener & idea organizational tool Scapple.

Scrivener & Scapple are amazing standalone apps. However using them in tandem is just as easy & beneficial. Scrivener an essential writing tool that I’ve covered multiple times is a great writing studio app for a variety of needs that allows you to gather & produce all your work in one place. While Scapple is an amazing visual tool that allows you to take ideas & organize them in anyway you please.

Importing & exporting data between the two has never been simpler & theres multiple ways to do so.



As showcased in the video above there are multiple ways to import & export content between the app. Let’s break down a few.

Drag & Drop

The simplest of methods is dragging & dropping certain elements to import between the two applications.

You can easily drag Scrapple notes into your Scrivener binder or take scrivener text highlighted & convert them into Scapple notes.

Export as .OPML

If you’ve created a chart via Scapple that’d you like to export into notes into scrivener than simply export the Scapple document as a .OPML file & use the Import files feature via Scrivener to get them all synced into your binder. This allows you add further context & notes to your imported outline.

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Of course you could also export as text formats if thats what you prefer.

Export Entire Chart

If you’d prefer to just export out the whole Scapple chart you’ve created into Scrivener then they’ve made that just as easy. No need to lineup & use a screenshot tool when you can simply export out as .PNG using the same export & import menu.

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Once imported you can easily adjust image size & organize it wherever you please inside your Scrivener project.

These methods of import & export are highly useful in multiple scenarios. Let’s say your workflow revolves around you brainstorming ideas within Scapple. You can takes notes, make charts, and setup a visual aid for your story or whatever you may be aiming to create. From there you can export out elements or the chart entirely into Scrivener for organizational & reference purpose. You can now work in Scrivener with all your research & notes in one place. Making it easy & efficient to work between the apps. At the end of the day what makes these apps so powerful is that you can use them in any way you please. I’ve seen multiple workflows from authors, screen play writers, project management and more.

While Scrivener serves as an all in one writing tool, Scapple is the visual board for getting that idea out of your head & onto your mac or pc.

Looking for some more content around Scrivener or Scapple check out our posts below!

Quickly Record Ideas w/Scapple

Create an E-Book w/Scrivener

[Sponsor] Quickly Record Ideas w/Scapple

[Sponsor] Quickly Record Ideas w/Scapple

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.

Video Overview:


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)

How To: Recover Lost Data on Windows

How To: Recover Lost Data on Windows

Awhile back we featured a tutorial on recovering data on OS X via a tool known as DiskDrill. Not to long ago the makers behind the app Clever Files released a windows equivalent completely free! So I wanted to showcase the app that allows you to easily recover files/lost data on Windows.

Be it accidental deleted data, corrupted partitions, SD-Cards and so on. Disk Drill for windows has you covered & more importantly offers features to help prevent future data loss. Disk Drill also supports all major formats & drive types.

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Video Overview:


The steps to recovering data is literally as simple as 2-steps on the windows app.

1- Scan

Select your drive that you’d like to recover data from be it local or external & choose the scan method of choice.

You have the options of deep, quick, and all scan/recovery methods. Personally I recommend running the default all recovery method scan in the case your looking to recover important data that may have been deleted or corrupted.

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2- Recover

After your scan has either completed or its found the data your trying to recover you can then set the data to recover to a set location. You can easily filter through files that are detected by file type, size, and date to make it easy to recover specific files.

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However thats not all that DiskDrill offers. The app features several other extras which are worth noting such as the ability to setup a recovery vault on your drive. This helps prevent file loss in the future by protecting certain files you specify within the app. Preventing accidental deletion and corruption of data. DiskDrill also packs a full data backup solution allowing you take partitions or drives & create .DMG (Disk Images) for you to save your entire drive.

The best thing about the Windows port of the app is its completely free. No hidden fees or costs just simply download & get recovering. Data like images, videos, audio, documents, and so on are priceless so in the event you lose them most will do anything to recover said files. DiskDrill makes that all possible simple & free.

Find out more information & download DiskDrill for Windows today.

General Internet Safety Tips

General Internet Safety Tips

Thanks to the Curbi team makers of a parental control app for iOS that allows parents to track, block, and set limits to their children’s iPhone,iPad, or iPod for sponsoring the series of content on web safety. We approached them with the idea of publishing a playlist of content on web safety tips for the web 2.0 age & they happily supported our campaign. Check out the video playlist here of the content & download Curbi today!

When it comes to the internet it really is a sense of “anything goes” it can be a well of knowledge or pure distraction depending on where you land. That said we all have devices that are somehow connected to the internet these days. Safety now is more important than ever with much of our lives encapsulated digitally in our social media profiles, computer hard drives, and more. There’s a ton of “bad” out there on internet that can range from explicit content, scams, and of course viruses/malware.

Here’s a roundup of some general web safety tips that you can utilize & of course pass on to those you care about.

Blocking Content:

Let’s face it if your a parent your kid may experience or come into contact with explicit content whatever you may consider that. Adult material, profane language, etc. While this exposure can’t be 100% eliminated it can be filtered significantly to reduce or block all together.

Using a browser like Google Chrome you can easily install a plugin like WebFilter Pro to block out specific content from pornography, gambling, and more.

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This can also be done at a browser level by enabling “Safe Search” on Google so that anyone who is searching via Google on your computer or family computer is provided safer results. By simply googling “Google Safe Search” you’ll be provided a simple set of instructions to turn it on/off

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Achieving this on the mobile end can be done with in-app solutions depending on the device operating system. Curbi for iOS provides a great solution, SecureTeen is one of the many solutions available on Android, and so on.

Always DOUBLE check:

This is more of a common sense tip however one that needs to be reiterated. Remember if it looks to good to be true on the internet it probably is!

You most likely haven’t

  • Won $1,000,000 from someone in Africa or a past family member
  • Companies will NEVER ask you for your password or security details
  • Get rich quick schemes for a limited offer of insert amount here
  • Random girl/guy has confessed their love for you via e-mail, app, etc

Scammers and so on are all over nowadays and will prey upon your e-mail, social network accounts, etc.

This also goes in line with anything sign up for nowadays. You’ll be surprised to see what it is we’re actually agreeing to when we scroll all the way to the bottom to check that “I agree” button.

A site like TOSDR (Terms of Service Didn’t Read) aims to make it all simple and provide in laymen terms what we’re agreeing to when signing up and using a site. What the site has access and rights to do with our content/information.

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The Unavoidable:

Anonymity is simply apart of the web nowadays. Users can post without having any profile/name attached or for that matter hide behind usernames. This is one of the unavoidable parts of the internet. Comment boards/sections are filled with people who while have great and contributing things to say also have those who are just for the lack of a better term “internet trolls”. The best way to tackle said situations when on the web and your own social media accounts is to report the user on the platform the abuse is being dealt on.  As a parents its also important to explain and be aware this is apart of the internet as its so vast you can’t quite filter or protect your kids from everything.

Protecting against Malware, Viruses, etc:

A big part of the safety term relates to that of the viruses and so on that can be picked up on the web. There are many ways users get their devices infected nowadays. But most commonly this is a result of a direct download. So while your browser & OS has a layer of built in protection/scanning it can’t protect itself from direct human interaction.

Downloading any of the following exposes you highly to viruses/malware

  • Pirating Software/Serial Keys/Illegal Copies or Movies are all a big target for viruses
  • Clicking on Suspicious Links via social network

Keep in mind protection doesn’t just mean to be weary of what your downloading but all forms of scams. This can range from identity crisis or credit card theft. Be cautious of what your placing your important data into & always try to verify the source.

Using the following resources/tips can help keep you safe on the web-

  1. Scan sites for safety & verification with Norton’s safety tool or Web of Trust plugin
  2. Download a free or paid virus protection service such as AVG, ClamWin, or any that you prefer for your OS to scan any files or act as another level of defense. Run regular scans with said software to ensure your computer hasn’t been compromised.
  3. If you are using P2P services such as uTorrent or Bitorrent be aware of what your downloading and the source. Read a wiki post such as this one on torrent safety (NOTE: We do not promote piracy) however P2P can be used in multiple ways.

Be Mindful:

Being on the internet try to remember that it’s written in pen not pencil. So be cautious of what you choose to reveal as well as what you post on your social media profiles be it Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. This can be achieved by using identities or screen names for young children who may be signing up for a service such as a game or website.

Other tips include:

  • Setting your social media profiles to “Private” to only allow those who you admit to see your information
  • Legal transactions when it comes to buying any music, apps, games, etc are the safest way to ensure you aren’t exposed to any malware/scams.This means networks such as iTunes, Steam, etc.
  • A Simple Google Search of your name can reveal whats available out there on the web about you. Doing this reminds you to keep in mind that the internet is public. This can be useful to do in the case of when applying for a job that may involve background checks.
  • Do your best to simply ignore unwanted contact or altercations with people online. Remember it’s easy for people to talk from behind their computer screens so do your best to either ignore or block people who are explicit/rude all together.

When a good thing becomes too much:

You can of course choose to limit the internet usage all together which in some cases is smart not just for productivity sake but your health. If you or someone you know is using the internet obsessively over things like games or what have you to a point where it interferes with everyday life. Then considering a program that limits usage to the network of tubes that is the internet. This can be achieved in a multitude of ways across many platforms.

Here’s a list of methods you can use to block/manage internet usage-

For Windows users

For OS X users

Curbi for iOS

Overall the internet is a vast place. I can’t truly cover everything you’ll encounter along your browsing experience. However using the tips outlined above it’ll provide a safer and better experience for you and your family. Protecting you against general scams/viruses and as always you are the gatekeeper when it comes to all of this. Your knowledge & choices are the first line of defense when it comes to anything on the net. As parents its worth taking time to explain the vastness of the internet and things your kids may run into along the way. Explaining the importance of privacy, security, and what they post out there on the net as they grow older and are introduced to thing such as social media. Nowadays the internet is accessible across almost all of our device be it phones, computer or tablet. So understanding the different platforms and practices we can use on each to be safe is investing in a more secure & stable future.

Again my personal thanks goes out to Curbi for sponsoring the series of content we’ve created on internet safety & the importance of it. Be sure to check out the posts down below & of course feel free to submit your own tips/resources in the comments down below!

Curbi Overview- Parental Control for iOS

Parental Control Tips for iOS (iPhone, iPod, iPad)