Huw: What do you think is the most useful feature of Scrivener?
Cathy: I really began to use Scrivener because of the ability to create a mobi format for kindle. I teach kindle publishing and I’d been testing about a dozen different ways to do this. I wanted a solution that was (relatively) easy to use and also gave the best outcome - without having to know html. Hands down scrivener met both of those criteria. And of course as a bonus it does so much more!
I also love the ability to drag and drop sections around, add images through drag and drop and see the "whole book" or just parts. I really feel like I have a lot still to learn about the features but what I know so far I love.
Huw: What would you like to see improved?
Cathy: I still feel a little uncertain about some of the formatting options. I’m coming to Scrivener from Word and I know it’s a learning curve but the ability to use styles is one thing I am still struggling with.
Huw: For what sort of writing project is Scrivener more suitable than other word processors?
Cathy: Well, books of course! One of my friends just told me he is using it to create his speeches – he’s writing out short pieces of content and then moving them around. I also have a client who is creating an anthology - with up to 100 chapters and it is so perfect for him to see sections, move them around, add content as it comes in from the contributors.
Huw: Do you also use another word processor and, if so, why?
Cathy: Yes, I use Word - you know, I think it’s because I am used to it! When my friend told me he was using Scrivener for his speeches I paused and thought maybe I should try it as my default word processor. I love the programme. If anyone doesn’t yet have it I strongly recommend giving it a try - they have the absolute best trial period of any software I have ever come across.
Scrivener is available for Windows or Mac OS X. http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php