As a Scrivener devotee since October 2010-Windows beta version was my first foray using the app-I’m always delighted when I discover I can eliminate a redundant piece of software in my stockpile of applications.
Case in point, I can record an interview using Scrivener and take notes at the same time. No, that’s not a circus trick but it’s a great feature to include in a writing application that does almost everything except walk my dogs and make dinner. As a sneak peek of what my classes are like, I’ll show you how you can record an interview from another application and import it into Scrivener or use its dedicated recording feature in the Mac platform.
Method One (Non-Scrivener Feature):
I use SuperNote, a recording app for the iPhone. SuperNote has the capability to upload an audio file directly into Dropbox and from there I can download it into iTunes. From my iTunes song library, I simply drag the recording into Scrivener’s research section of that particular project.
In the research section, you’ll see a file with a musical note.
Click on it, and it will open to a black page in the editor. At the bottom, you’ll see the play, pause, rewind and forward controls along with the volume control to the left, and to the right a tiny rewind control for when you pause it and want to hear what was said a few seconds earlier.
Method Two: (Scrivener’s New Audio Note Feature-Mac only for now)
Scrivener also provides its own internal recording application. You can find it under Project->New Media File->New Audio Note.
A few things to note, and this is important! Before you click New Audio Note, you need to be in the research folder. This is the only place where you’ll be able to save it. If you’re conducting an interview and you’re in the draft section of the binder, you will lose the entire recording! I suggest you create a recordings folder in the research section, label it as Recordings or Interviews. Hit the expansion button to open it.
Now go back to New Audio Note and the note will open.
If you’re recording from text you’ve written, you can move the window to another part of the screen so as not block it. To record, hit the red button and start speaking. Once you’re done, hit save. The interview will go directly into the recording file in the research section. Next label the file with the person’s name or the topic and date it.
I know Window users might be groaning and thinking, “When will we get this feature?” All I can say is I don’t know, but here’s a nifty discovery in the Windows platform (yes, Mac has it too). Do you repeatedly type the name of a setting often? I use TextExpander on the Mac and I was contemplating to buy one for Windows but and I’ll be honest-I rarely use my Asus laptop unless I write a Scrivener lesson or if I need it as a back-up to the Mac so I watch my pennies when duplicating software. However, one day while I was writing one of my Windows lessons on the ASUS laptop, I happened to notice that Scrivener allows you to create an Auto-Complete List. To create one, go to Project->Auto-Complete List (shortcut Ctrl+Shift+4). A window will open:
To add names, places, words you use often hit the plus sign and when you’re done, hit OK. So now when you’re typing your word from your list, it appears in your editor:
Double-click on the word and it appears in your text!
I hope these two sneak-peeks sparked interest to learn how to use Scrivener. If you want to learn more, sign up for the class. I’ll be showing you lots of neat tricks that will help you manage all your writing projects!
Rebeca Schiller is a freelance writer and the online editor of HAND/EYE Magazine. She discovered the magic of Scrivener via a friend’s Facebook update and photo of the Corkboard. Since October 2010, she’s been using both versions of Scrivener and avoids writing anything in MS Word (like this bio). Rebeca is currently working on a novel.
Rebeca will be teaching Scrivener A to Z for OCC/RWA. This 4-week online course begins June 13, 2016 and uses email and Yahoo Groups. The class is open to anyone wishing to participate. The cost is $30.00 per person or, if you are a member of OCCRWA, $20.00 per person