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

Chapman, Ben ben.chapman at emory.edu
Thu May 10 22:10:46 EDT 2012


Patrick,

Good to hear from you! Thanks for the post. Perhaps we could discuss Scrivener at some point this summer? I had an idea about distributing materials to a class with partially filled out note cards - perhaps helping them to organize or synthesize materials.

Ben


On May 10, 2012, at 5:24 PM, "Patrick Wiseman" <pwiseman at gsu.edu> wrote:

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