I proclaimed my love for the word processor Scrivener in one of my very first posts for ProfHacker. This has remained a popular post, and Scrivener comes up frequently in conversations in our comments about writing and on Twitter. When those conversations turned to the question, “Is there a Windows version?” however, I always had to say, “No, sorry—it’s Mac only.” When folks asked me to recommend a Windows equivalent, I always came up short.
Recently, however, Literature and Latte made a big announcement: Scrivener 2.0 will be released for Mac OS X on November 1 and Scrivener for Windows is also on its way. In fact, on Monday Literature and Latte released special, trial betas of both versions in celebration of National Novel Writing Month. These betas are available now and can be used throughout NaNoWriMo—the betas won’t expire until December 7.
If you’ve been sitting on the fence about Scrivener, you should give it a try this November. As I said in my original post, Scrivener completely changed my relationship to my writing. In the coming weeks ProfHacker will more fully review Scrivener for Windows, as well as the new features of Scrivener 2.0 for OS X. For now, however, I wanted to make sure our community knew these new versions had arrived. If you’re a Windows user who’s been waiting to try out Scrivener, let us know how you like it in the comments.