- 出版社: For Dummies; 1 (2012年8月13日)
- 丛书名: For Dummies
- 平装: 402页
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 1118312473
- 条形码: 9781118312476
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Scrivener For Dummies (英语) 平装 – 2012年8月13日
Gwen Hernandez conducts online training courses in Scrivener. An aspiring romance author, she has worked as a programmer, a business school instructor, and a manufacturing engineer.
Part I: Getting to Know Scrivener 7
Chapter 1: Getting Started in Scrivener 9
Chapter 2: Organizing Your Work with the Binder 21
Part II: Meeting the Inspector 43
Chapter 3: Working with the Synopsis 45
Chapter 4: Tracking Scene Elements with Metadata 51
Chapter 5: Working with Document Support Panes 67
Part III: Starting to Write 93
Chapter 6: Introducing the Editor: Where the Magic Happens95
Chapter 7: Getting Rid of Distractions with Composition Mode119
Chapter 8: Planning Your Project with the Corkboard 129
Chapter 9: Getting a High-Level View of Your Project with theOutliner 145
Chapter 10: Marking Up Your Text with Inline Annotations andComments 159
Chapter 11: Citing Your Sources with Footnotes 171
Part IV: Getting Your Manuscript Out There 183
Chapter 12: Setting Up the Compile Options 185
Chapter 13: Exporting Your Project with Compile 227
Part V: Customizing Your Scrivener Experience 245
Chapter 14: Setting Word Count Goals and Checking Progress247
Chapter 15: Saving Time with Custom Layouts and ProjectTemplates 261
Chapter 16: Creating Useful Forms with Document Templates277
Part VI: Getting the Most Out of Scrivener 285
Chapter 17: Searching High and Low 287
Chapter 18: Creating Collections for Quick Access to RelatedFiles 305
Chapter 19: Saving Versions of Your Files with Snapshots 319
Chapter 20: Tracking Your Revisions 333
Chapter 21: Protecting Your Work with Automatic and ManualBackups 341
Part VII: The Part of Tens 349
Chapter 22: Ten Awesome Features That Didn’t Fit AnywhereElse 351
Chapter 23: Ten Ways to Get More Help 359
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So I read some books on laying out a book. Then I found some references to Scrivener saying they had solved those problems. So I ordered downloaded the free trial offer, and went through the tutorial covering the basic points. I moved my book to Scrivener (not a trivial task with a whole book with several chapters, and several sections in each chapter). So I decided I needed a book to give me an overall view of the package, but which one?
I reached the point where I had a question on how to do something. I joined the Google Scrivener Group and asked a question. Almost immediately I got a response from Gwen Hernandez, the author of this book. If she was willing to take her time to answer my question, that's enough to justify my ordering her book. So I did.
As I read the book I found that there were point after point that showed me how to do something that I had needed to do. Some of them I had done using brute force methods. But now I could fix them with a few mouse clicks and maybe a few words of typing. Other points I had been putting off, now they were easy to do. Yes, the book is more Apple oriented than PC. But I had no trouble with her approach of "Here's how you do this in an Apple. If you have a PC, do this instead to accomplish the same thing.
I'd say I'm a medium level user, beyond the complete beginner, not up to expert. I found this book to be exactly the level I needed. The tutorial is enough to get you started. The Scrivener Manual (click on the HELP button) has everything you could possibly want, but is a little obtuse for someone at my level (Sometimes I read the manual and wonder just what the hell I had read). I find this book to be well laid out with a good table of contents and index so when I need a refresh on something I can usually find it quickly.
If I have to complain about anything, I would say that another ten pages of general information;"This is the concept behind Scrivener and what it will do for you" at the beginning would be nice.
In this review, I suggest an order for reading these materials, pros and cons of each document, and how you might save money if you are a casual or serious Scrivener user.
Read the documents in the order listed above. How far you go depends on how deep you want to go. Of course, the costs of study are your time and the money for the "Scriveners for Dummies" book. (I am assuming that you are buying the Scrivener software in this review.)
So before you plunk down money, decide where you are on the Scrivener spectrum: casual, serious, or hard-core. Decide on this basis: If you write shorter documents on an intermittent bases (an undergraduate, let's say, or a business-memo writer), you are casual. Yes, your documents are important, but you probably don't need to use every Scrivener tool for handling long documents. If you often write longer or multi-scene, multi-chapter documents or documents with many references (technical manuals or novels), then you may be (now or potentially) a serious user. Finally, if you work on long, multi-chapter documents almost every day, especially documents with many references (e.g., manuals, long research papers or novels), then you would be a hard-core user.
On the other hand, if you will spend most of your time doing layout and page design, then you should concentrate more time and study on design-oriented or word-processing tools -- Apple Pages, Adobe InDesign or HTML for the Web.
Before I get into how to use the Scrivener guides, I will list the pros and cons for each.
1. The Scrivener tutorial
Pros: a) free -- comes with the trial or full version of the software. b) a great place to start. You will get the best overview the fastest. c) highly interactive. The tutorial is in Scrivener, and you edit and compile output while reading, for in-context, deep learning. d) It is well designed and written. The authors have a sense of fun and humor.
Cons: a) You may want a hard copy of the tutorial, but you can compile and print it through Scrivener (since it is in Scrivener). b) It is not as in-depth as the "Dummies" book or the 500+ page Scrivener pdf manual. Regarding complexity and the need for long explanation: Scrivener is not rocket science (or Final Cut Pro, Adobe Photoshop or InDesign). It is a very intuitive program, and you will learn the most whilst (the Scrivener British authors have inspired this scruffy American) trying out features once you know the basics.
Bottom line: Regardless of your level, start with the tutorial. This tutorial is much better than most tutorials supplied with other software.
2. "Scrivener for Dummies"
Pros: a) Like most "Dummies" books, this book is an extended how-to focusing on mechanics rather than an extended example. It can serve as a pretty complete reference manual (if you are scared by the 500+ pages Scrivener "free" user manual). b) It is well written and the design makes it easy to navigate visually. c) The print version is a hard-copy for your (probably overcrowded) bookshelf. d) It covers the same ground as the tutorial (above), but with significantly more information in some areas, e.g. compile options, compiling for e-books, document templates, setting word count goals, tracking revisions, and more.
Cons: a) It costs money -- not crazy like some manuals -- but significant. b) For a small-sized Kindle version, the screen shots are almost too small to read. (They would probably look fine on larger-sized Kindles). Highly formatted books like "Dummies" do not render too well on relative-formatting, small devices. c) It does not follow a single example throughout. (The tutorial, on the other hand, asks you to revise it as a document, so it serves as its own hands-on example throughout.)
Bottom line: Only take this extra step if you have already done the tutorial, are a serious user, and are willing to spend the time and money. If you buy it, use it as an adjunct to the tutorial. If you want to really increase your skill, keep the tutorial open while reading it. Add cross-references to the "Dummies" chapters and pages in the document synopses in your tutorial Scrivener project. You can then go back and forth between the two references later. You will learn a lot going through this exercise. Of course, you better be serious because now we are into serious learning time.
Again, Scrivener is not rocket science. I have found the "Dummies" designation and approach more relevant for tricky software like Final Cut Pro. For more intuitive software like Scrivener, you won't feel like a "Dummy" after going through the tutorial that comes with the software.
3. The 500+ pdf user manual that comes with the Scrivener software
Pros: It is an exhaustive 500+ page reference.
Cons: It is an exhaustive 500+ page reference.
Finally, here is a summary of how to approach your Scrivener learning.
1. Decide where you are on the Scrivener spectrum (casual, serious, or hard-core).
2. No matter what, do the tutorial first.
3. Play around with the Scrivener software. Try lots of things that were unclear after doing the tutorial. Really, this is the best way to learn intuitive software like Scrivener.
4a. If you are serious and are willing to spend the money, buy the "Dummies" book and reference it alongside the tutorial while you work.
4b. If you are serious and not willing to spend the money, cross-reference the 500+ page user manual with the tutorial (through the tutorial project). This will take a lot more time than 4a.
5. If you are hardcore, do at least 2, 3, 4 (a or b) above. Most importantly, take a project that you can play with (meaning fill with junk in the learning process), and try all the things you will want to do in your intensive work. Use the references that help the most.
I am a serious user and really like the combination of the tutorial with the "Dummies" book. I do like having a physical book on my desk that references the software that I use. Call me old-fashioned.