A while back I mentioned using Scrivener for writing a thesis. Thought I’d share a few more thoughts on what I’ve enjoyed about it this week:
- Organizing various docs for my thesis all in one .scriv file. Very powerful organization features. For example, I can attach pdf files of scholarly articles, nest various files on X under a certain category, add labels/tags to each file, etc.
- Displaying two docs side by side. I’ve using the vertical split display to have a translation doc open on the left (I was combing through Luke 1 in Greek the past couple of days) with a doc on the right where I keep verse-specific exegetical notes. Very handy. You could potentially use this to have, say, your thesis on the left with a research doc on the right.
- The auto-save feature. If I recall correctly, Scrivener autosaves virtually all the time and after any change you make to the doc. Today my laptop randomly shutdown and restarted right in the middle of my work. When I opened my file back up, it had saved everything.
So needless to say, I’m loving it. [Update: Scrivener 3 is now out and only better!] If you’re interested:
I’ve written more on software for thesis writing here.