#52Tech Week 51–All Time Favourite Tech for Writers

Okay, the penultimate post in the yearlong #52Tech series. The final one next week will simply provide an index post for the entire series. And this one contains a rundown of personal favourite Top 2 apps I use for writing.

These will not be a surprise at all. Both of these apps got me through as a winner this NaNoWriMo, and are now taking me into editing and revision.

Scrivener

scrivener

I’m on Scrivener for Windows, and admit that I am often frustrated with lack of customisation for table of contents or some other features the Scrivener Mac version contains. Like any user, I also can think of numerous features which would make life easier for the way I write.

Like, say, the timed from-to system which you can find for scenes in the free and awesome yWriter; or being able to input Markdown and have it configured directly into the editor, or html for that matter – how many times have I wished for simple html headings. Oh and how about being able to create and play audio playlists through there. Or an inapp timer going off. Or having webpage imports that actually work more times than not. Oh, more importantly – more customisable fields for colour coding more than two items across corkboard cards. That’s important. Oh, and that missing Scrivener for iPAD app?

Yep. Most of us have big wishlists, but that’s trying to fit a swiss army environment into what is essentially one of the best writing apps out there.

Scrivener is already pretty wonderful. It’s where I do all my writing. It’s where I do all my organisation, and keep all my relevant project writing notes, character bios etc. It’s where I sweat. And eventually compile.

In November this year, during NaNoWriMo, I took time out to share some more screenshots of Scrivener with Aeon Timeline sync also.

I’m such a fan, I’ve only recently become an affiliate – that’s how much I believe in the product. Click the button or links.

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Evernote

evernote

Evernote has its faults too. Sometimes I think it’s trying to do too much and falling at the coalface level of being the ultimate notetaker and across-platform notes database.  The recent drive towards business and work chat leaves me cold, but could be useful for collaborative writing and editing. I also don’t personally like the two-tiered levels to structuring notes. If I could do multiple folders within folders to organise my notes, I’d be in heaven.

If it could be sped up in synchronisation I’d be in heaven. As sponsors for NaNoWriMo this year, Evernote development came out with a lot of blogs on how writers can variously use the apps, including a new cleaned up beta for the webapp. The new webapp provides a distraction free full-screen for writers (but I found it a little slow currently, possibly indicative of my own bandwidth. Again, if Evernote delivered html and markdown compatibility and conversion from the box, I’d be in major league heaven.

But Evernote has too many features to turn my nose up and look at other notetakers such as OneNote. Top of that feature list is the cross-platform accessibility to all my notes. You can get (free) Evernote apps for any mobile device, desktop and browser; with clipping plugins, and many third party integrated apps.

As I can’t use or synchronise my Scrivener writings on-the-go, you’ll find me with Evernote open on my iPAD all the time – it’s where I keep both graphics, plot maps, and on-the-fly thoughts whilst writing. I don’t use Evernote for writing (other than for small notes), I use it for notetaking, writing organisation and databasing my resources.

It’s also where all my writing (and other) research notes go to – via email, web clippings, images from the inapp cameras, everything.

I am a premium member of Evernote, giving me extra storage space. This link is not an affiliate link as such, and will give you a free months trial of the premium features, and me some reward points towards my own premium subscription. You don’t need premium to work with the full web, client and mobile apps – all features aside from business ones, are free, as are the apps.

If you do not have Evernote yet, click on this button or link – not only will you be able to download Evernote (which remains free forever) but you’ll have access to try out the premium features for a month.


#52Tech: This was Week 51 post in the #52tech goal – to investigate and share one technology post once a week for 2014. You can find all the posts indexed via the #52tech tag, or top menu option at hunterswritings.com

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