Scrivener is a powerful tool for writers that allows you to write a novel, a research paper, a film-script or any long-form text.
Until now Scrivener has only be available for the Mac, but that’s going to change, since Literature and Latte, the makers of Scrivener, are working on a version for windows.
Of course there are also other writer tools out there, like CeltX. CeltX is free and even portable – which is a good thing! And it has some interesting features. But, CeltX is not entirely free, trying to make money by selling “add-ons” and their Studio.
CeltX is only for creative writing, like writing a novel, a film script or even a comic book – and they claim to be the “#1 choice for media pre-production”. Scrivener can also help you organizing your research and writing your paper.
Scrivener lets you create a series of “index cards” – which is still a good way to organize your data – with a title and a short synopsis. You can view and edit these cards on a “cork board” (rather ugly IMHO) but you can also edit these cards in the outline view. Each card is associated with a section of the paper or book you’re writing.
When Scrivener for Windows goes on sale it will cost $40 for a regular licence. I’m working now with the beta, and I can’t wait until it will be released.