Scrivener Scrivenings Part III: Index Cards App

These last weeks, I’ve mostly been blogging at my writing/copyright/etc. blog, and so alas, though my voracious love of all things useful in the app world has remained unabated, I haven’t blogged about it as much. Today’s post is inspired by three things:

  1. About five weeks ago, I downloaded the Index Card App for my ipad, which interfaces with Scrivener in a different way than does Plain Text, allowing for an extension of a different facet of Scrivener’s functionality into the mobile context.
  2. I notice that there have been a lot of referring searches to this site using the terms “Scrivener Index Cards”. Now, while this might be because people wanted to know about the index card function within the program, I suspect at least a few people who did the search might have been wondering how well Index Cards the *app* works with Scrivener.
  3. This pertains to a significant set of functionalities associated with the program, and so in the interests of at least touching on some of the major facets of Scrivener’s usability, it seemed worthwhile to do the post.

A quick bottom line: the Index Card app export/import function is useful for those needing to do planning on the fly, but it isn’t as well integrated as the Plain Text functionality. This meant that I had to keep referring to the instructions the first several times I wanted to make the transition. Not fatal, but definitely clunky and cumbersome. Still, it’s worth noting that I did it all the same, because I didn’t want to have to retype or re-order the index cards on my ipad, having already done it Scrivener. That’s still a lot more work. Finally, I’m not convinced that pulling the Index Card App collection back into Scrivener has any functional advantage (aside from consolidation of the project) over just typing in your changes by referring to the ipad, as Scrivener keeps the index card imports and exports segregated, as a separate “collection” from the main draft file.
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Scrivener scrivenings Part I

An Effective Writing Tool for Novelists and Short Story Writers

If you are a writer in possession of a Mac and you haven’t yet tried scrivener, I strongly suggest you get thee to thy computer and download the free trial–though it is probably best to hold off on giving it a try until you’re about to start a long project, such that you have a chance to work with it from the early stages. That way, you can get a taste of some of the real advantages Scrivener has over regular word processing apps. This includes the fabulously useful the index card feature, which can be recruited for planning your scenes and laying out different storylines, while seeing how the subplots can be interspersed to best effect, and so on. Continue reading