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Scrivener: A great research, writing, academic, teaching (and a thousand other descriptives) resource for academics and writing creatives

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There are tons of Apps in the Apple, Android, and Microsoft ecosystem.  Every now and then, a great app is developed, and it simply changes the way I work. Scrivener is an example of one such app. I've been familiar with the mac and windows version of Scrivener, but I never took the app serious. My loss. Over the past semester, I decided to go all-in with Scrivener.  Let...me...tell...you - it was one of the best decisions I could have made with my MacBook, Iphone, and Ipad Pro.  There are several reasons for this:

  1. As a faculty member at the beginning stages of  'professorship', I am always making new exams, spreadsheets, manuscripts, etc. on a pretty regular basis (In laymen's terms, I'm developing my tenure package)! When I'm in the process of developing exams and lectures especially, it helps to be able to see (and search) all the documents I've created on a specific topic.  Scrivener allows me to develop a test document in one view of my 'Binder', while viewing all related materials in another - all in one piece of software.
  2. I'm in the process of writing a manuscript and two books (boy, oh boy...).  Scrivener is a great outlining and drafting tool, especially since it was made for writers.  Chapters, sections, characters, etc. can all be sectioned off in Scrivener and given their own space.  This is especially helpful for capturing buckets of text that might not yet have a defined place in a story, chapter, or manuscript. 
  3. Almost any type of file can be thrown into Scrivener.  I've got formatted power points, spreadsheets, text, audio clips, PDFs, Evernotes, and internet webpages in on of my Scirvener projects.  As I'm developing a new power point for a lecture I've given before, I might want to grab some inspiration from a past slide deck I used. Needless to say, I'd love to do this without having to open Keynote, PowerPoint, and Preview all at the same time.  With scrivener, I can do that, while working on my newly developed power point at the same time - All in one location! Just lovely!

 

There are just a few of the features of scrivener.  The newest feature is the ability to sync data across mac and ios, which means you've got it on your iphone, ipad, and mac. Yipee!