Windows/Mac: Scrivener, the word processing app with advanced outlining, corkboard notes, and other stuff writers like, is celebrating National Novel Writing Month with extended previews of its upcoming 2.0 Mac version, and a brand new Windows version. They're both great text-focused tools.
Once you've used Scrivener, it seems, it's hard to go back, or just imagine turning back, to traditional word processors. At least that's the impression we get from many of our readers, along with outspoken fans like Merlin Mann. They've recently added Simplenote sync to the product, which certainly wins over our backup-minded hearts, and the product get regular attention from its developers.
To give newcomers a chance to try out Scrivener in a real trial, its maker is releasing a 1.0 beta for Windows, and a 2.0 beta for Macs, as free downloads that will expire soon after NaNoWriMo is up (Dec. 7 for Mac, and Dec. 12 for Windows, though another beta will come along, and betas will be available up until the release in early 2011).
Scrivener has a catalog of very helpful tutorial videos for newcomers, including this look at the new Windows beta:
Scrivener's Windows and Mac betas are free downloads for the time being that expire in early December. The full product is $US45 for Mac, with a Windows price to arrive soon.