It’s been a while coming but a major update of Scrivener is now available for Windows with a modernised interface and many improvements that the company has been working on for years.
Literature and Latte, the firm behind Scrivener, says some of the improvements to Scrivener 3 for Windows include:
- A fresh and modern user interface.
- A true styles system, making it easier to format headings, block quotes and more — all fully integrated with Compile.
- Compile has been redesigned to be easier for novices while providing even more power for those who want to dig deeper.
- ePub 3 and improved Kindle export for beautiful ebooks.
- View more documents at the same time, and even navigate your writing on one side of the UI and your research on the other.
- Writing history which can keep track of how much you write every day.
- Track threads on the corkboard using the new “Arrange by Label” mode.
- Create custom pop-up lists, checkboxes and date fields using the improved Custom Metadata feature.
Scrivener for Windows has skipped straight from being Scrivener 1 to being Scrivener 3 in order to keep version numbers aligned across Windows and Mac as the Mac version of Scrivener 3 has been out for some years ahead of the Windows version.
The new version of Scrivener 3 for Windows is a paid update but if you already own Scrivener 1 for Windows, then you can get a 49% discount on Scrivener 3, which normally costs $49 in the US or £47 in the UK. If you bought Scrivener 1 for Windows on or after November 20, 2017, the update is free. You can try before you buy by visiting the Downloads page and you will get a full 30-day trial of Scrivener 3 even if you’ve tried an earlier version.
Scrivener is a terrific program for writers but it’s always required some sort of learning curve to get to grips with it as it organises things in a different way to a lot of word processors and Literature and Latte points out that the new version has some substantial changes, especially to the way Compile works. The company recommends users to brush up on the updated Tutorial, especially the sections in the What’s New in Scrivener 3 Collection. There’s also a guide for updaters in the user manual.
There is a special transition guide available on the Literature and Latte website.