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People want Scrivener for Windows

Posted in: Book writing software by Edwin on October 22, 2009

Background: What’s Scrivener?

Scrivener is a Mac writing software developed by keith. Scrivener is an all-in-one book writing software that helps you to manage your writing projects, outline your book-length documents, view and search research files, take notes and so on.

Note, I am mentioning Scrivener here is to tell how Writing Outliner Word addin is going to look like, I have nothing to do with Scrivener which is owned by Keith.

People want ‘Scrivener for Windows’

It seems that there are a lot of people who use PC is wanting a Scrivener-like writing software for Windows,  for example, take a look at the outliner software forum,  Scrivener has been mentioned many times here and there.

The Goal of Writing Outliner Word addin is a versatile writing software like Scrivener, and more

I’m now developing Writing Outliner Word addin which will turn Microsoft Word™ onto an  all-in-one writing software, Like Scrivener, you’ll be able to manage your drafts and research materials in one place, on a task pane inside Word, you’ll be able to drag-and-drop to organize your drafts and research files, full-text search through your Word documents, view PDF’s, images, webapges, etc, in one place…

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  1. MuppetGate

    Are you going to store the project as one big document or smaller files that can be retrieved if/when Word decides to corrupt them?

    Comment by MuppetGate on October 23, 2009 at 6:33 pm

  2. Hi MuppetGate,

    From the user’s perspective the project is a single file in the disk, but internally each pieces of the project is stored as separated chunks of data in the project file, in case of a Word corruption only the unsaved modification will be lost, and the rest of the project data will be kept intact, this is guaranteed because Word will not save content directly into the project file but only save to a cache.

    Hope it helps.

    Comment by Edwin on October 23, 2009 at 9:02 pm

  3. MuppetGate

    Okay, then you probably should think about an autosave so that stuff doesn’t get lost. Authors will get really annoyed if they lose their stuff!

    Comment by MuppetGate on October 24, 2009 at 7:41 pm

  4. Edwin

    It’s a good idea MuppetGate, I’ll add this to the ‘to do list’.

    Comment by Edwin on October 24, 2009 at 8:10 pm

  5. FS

    Hi Edwin,

    I just found your website and project. Scrivener for Windows? Yessss! This could be the answer to my prayers.

    Actually it looks like Word 2010 will have some of the functionality we book writers are after, but I want that corkboard function! Your add-in will have that, right? It is crucial to be able to get that “bird’s eye view” of the whole project.

    I hope you’ve settled comfortably into your new home! Keep up the good work!

    Comment by FS on January 14, 2010 at 10:45 pm

  6. Hi FS,

    I’m glad that you like the idea, let’s thank Keith for this great idea. Yes, the corkboard feature that will give you big picture of the whole writing project will be added to Writing Outliner for Word, but at a later stage.

    Comment by Edwin Yip on January 15, 2010 at 3:25 pm

  7. Orkhan

    Hi Edwin,

    It migth be a sign of impatience, but what if you give us whatever you have already? :)))
    Promise not to blame even if the whole Windows system crashes (which is doubtful).

    Comment by Orkhan on January 16, 2010 at 2:33 pm

  8. Hi Orkhan,

    Thank you for asking and this is really one of the motivations of this project 😉

    While there is no way the current development version will cause whole system crash (Word crash, maybe), it’s not ready for a public beta test yet. Please understand that such a version will cause more additional work than a ready version do, so in the long run I’m afraid it will slow down the whole development, so, I’ll try my best 😉

    Comment by Edwin Yip on January 16, 2010 at 6:58 pm

  9. Maria

    Any progress?

    Comment by Maria on August 13, 2010 at 12:50 am

  10. Hi Maria,

    Thanks for asking, the first version of Writing Outliner has been released, and are ready for download, please head to

    Comment by Edwin Yip on August 13, 2010 at 3:45 pm