[teknoids] Interesting software to look at over the summer: Scrivener

Chapman, Ben ben.chapman at emory.edu
Mon May 7 16:33:45 EDT 2012

Joseph - I can see why it would be popular – it seems to work the way that a lot of lawyers think. Also, I like the idea that you can repurpose chunks of text and put them into different projects/case files, what have you.

Doug – I was poking around on their site and it looks like they offer very attractive pricing >250 seats – approximately $15 per license. I've sent off a note to our legal writing faculty to see if they would be interested in the software. We'll see if there is interest.

It's funny how knowledge is transmitted these days. The only reason I became aware of Scrivener was because of an article that Zite somehow picked out for me that mentioned that the Scrivener folks were finally at work on an iOS version of the package, but that they were proceding cautiously to make sure that they got it right. That piqued my interest. I've only played with it on the Linux side so far. They appear to be using QT to develop on both Windows and Linux. It looks polished, even on Linux.


Ben Chapman, J.D.
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From: Joseph Bazan <jbazan at msbcollege.edu<mailto:jbazan at msbcollege.edu>>
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Date: Monday, May 7, 2012 4:05 PM
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Subject: RE: [teknoids] Interesting software to look at over the summer: Scrivener

Scrivener has been very popular for some time in the legal world for lawyers using Macs, especially litigators and trial lawyers.

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From: teknoids-bounces at ruckus.law.cornell.edu<mailto:teknoids-bounces at ruckus.law.cornell.edu> [mailto:teknoids-bounces at ruckus.law.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Edmunds, Doug
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Subject: Re: [teknoids] Interesting software to look at over the summer: Scrivener

So funny you just posted this, Ben. One of our faculty members here had asked me whether UNC-Chapel Hill might have site license for Scrivener. I found out that no one else had ever so much as inquired about it with our main campus software acquisitions group, not even the English or comm studies departments nor the journalism school.

It does appear to be a cool piece of software, like Evernote on steroids, with a nice built-in word processor. It was developed natively for Mac OS X by an Apple developer, but as you mention has been ported to Windows and is in beta for Linux.

My professor friend says she's loving it so far, FWIW.


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On May 7, 2012, at 2:03 PM, "Chapman, Ben" <ben.chapman at emory.edu<mailto:ben.chapman at emory.edu>> wrote:

Sorry – I would normally put this on my twitter feed, but I thought that it might be of wider interest. Last week I ran across a program called Scrivener that's sort of a writer's binder or project management tool with a corkboard and word processor built in. Documents are built from snippets of text, which can be arbitrarily moved around and and re-arranged. Each snippet can have a corresponding "note card" that can have various meta-data regarding the snippet to which it is attached.

The product is available for Mac and Windows. It's inexpensive on those platforms and there is also a beta for Linux that's currently free. Anyway, this was the first new sort of writing tool that I had run across in a while, so I thought that I would share: http://www.literatureandlatte.com/. This is from the blurb on the site: "Writing a novel, research paper, script or any long-form text involves more than hammering away at the keys until you’re done. Collecting research, ordering fragmented ideas, shuffling index cards in search of that elusive structure—most writing software is fired up only after much of the hard work is done." This seems completely true to me. One of its interesting features is the ability to output to PDF and to epub in addition to docx  and rtf.

It seems to me that this sort of thing would be very useful to legal writing classes, etc. Is anyone aware of other tools like this? Is anyone using them?


Ben Chapman, J.D.
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