Scrivener for iOS – First Impressions

I’ve used Scrivener on my Mac since 2008, I think, and I love it. I’m not sure I could write a book without it at this point. I know it’s not for everyone, but it fits me and the way I approach and organize a story.

When I bought my first ipad (I waited until version 2) I was hoping that it would be useful enough that I could use it to replace lugging my laptop around when traveling. And when I saw that Literature and Latte had plans to release an iOS version of Scrivener, I firmly believed I was going to be all set. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen — then. Turns out there were more issues to be overcome than a simple port of the software, and to their credit, they refused to put out a product that would be less than what they wanted it to be. Continue reading

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Tech Talk –ish

It’s been one of those weeks. If you use a computer or gadgets of any kind, you know what I’m talking about. The kind of week where things suddenly work differently or they just die — networks, batteries, external hard disks, you name it.

I ended up having to reconfigure our wireless network, reformat one hard drive, and buy and partition/format/make ready a new hard drive. I’m still moving terabytes of data around (yes, I said terabytes — you really don’t want to know how many). At least I’d had the foresight to make sure we had backups in place before the problems started.

Aside from being annoying, in a weird way it was kind of fun. Or at least, familiar. Writing scripts and running UNIX commands (we have Macs). Guess that old saw about riding a bike is true. Nice to know I hadn’t forgotten anything.

And on a different tech note, can I say just how much I love the Reader View in Firefox? Having the ability to strip away all the crap on certain websites, or to focus in on just the article on other (dare I say better designed?) websites, is pure heaven. This is design with what real people (forget the term users) want in mind. Thank you Firefox team!

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