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Developer offers enticing look at Scrivener 2.0


Developer KB made a series of blog posts about what will and will not be featured in the upcoming Scrivener 2.0. What I like is that he's not so focused on introducing new features, but improving on what's already there. The initial release came out back in 2007, but this is a case where slow and steady development is definitely worth it.

Some of the highlighted features of Scrivener 2.0 include:

  • Corkboard improvements such as a freehand form, with the corkboard being fully integrated into the product. The outliner moder allows you to add text columns and sort them.
  • Changes to the text editor including a page layout view, a Pages-style format bar and allowing footnotes to appear in the inspector.
  • Multiple project notes
  • QuickReference panels, which are similar to OS X's QuickLook, but can be edited
  • Document collections, which can temporairly replace the binder in the sidebar. This replaces the "saved search" feature.
  • Custom templates and icons
  • An advanced compile feature depending on the type of product
  • Epub export, allowing you to read documents from Scrivener on the iPad. You can also view documents from Scrivener through Simplenote or external folder sync on the iPad and iPhone.
Due to the additional features, the price of Scrivener will rise to US$45 for a regular license and $38.25 for an academic license starting Sept. 17. A registered owner of Scrivener 1 will be able to update for $25. Those who bought Scrivener on or since August 1, 2010 will be entitled to a free update.

Scrivener 2.0 requires OS X 10.4 or higher and remains a Universal application, but there is some extra functionality with Snow Leopard. It will be released in late October, just in time for NaNoWriMo.

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