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

Patrick Wiseman pwiseman at gsu.edu
Thu May 10 17:24:41 EDT 2012

Hi, Ben (et al.):

On your recommendation, I took a look at this. As it happens, I have a
new Debian 64-bit testing installation, and the developers have had
trouble compiling Scrivener in 64 bit. So, I force-installed the
32-bit version, and installed all the ia32 packages so as to be able
to run 32-bit binaries. Unfortunately, I was still missing a bunch of
libraries (gstreamer related). Using ldd to figure out what was
missing, I manually installed all the necessary libraries and files,
and now have what appears to be a fully functional Scrivener. It comes
with an excellent tutorial, itself a Scrivener document, which
demonstrates most of its functionality. It looks pretty amazing, and I
can imagine it being very useful for drafting legal memoranda, briefs,
transactional documents, etc. And writing novels, which is what its
developer apparently wrote it for.

Thanks for the pointer.

(An aside: I only very recently joined teknoids, having some questions
about ebook formats which I may eventually raise here. I really should
have been here a long time ago.)


On Mon, May 7, 2012 at 2:02 PM, Chapman, Ben <ben.chapman at emory.edu> wrote:
> Colleagues,
> 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

Patrick Wiseman
Professor of Law
GSU College of Law
Secretary, CALI Board of Directors

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