Sorry – I would normally put this on my twitter feed, but I thought that it might be of wider interest. Last week I ran across a program called Scrivener that's sort of a writer's binder or project management tool with a corkboard and word processor built in. Documents are built from snippets of text, which can be arbitrarily moved around and and re-arranged. Each snippet can have a corresponding "note card" that can have various meta-data regarding the snippet to which it is attached.
The product is available for Mac and Windows. It's inexpensive on those platforms and there is also a beta for Linux that's currently free. Anyway, this was the first new sort of writing tool that I had run across in a while, so I thought that I would share: http://www.literatureandlatte.com/. This is from the blurb on the site: "Writing a novel, research paper, script or any long-form text involves more than hammering away at the keys until you’re done. Collecting research, ordering fragmented ideas, shuffling index cards in search of that elusive structure—most writing software is fired up only after much of the hard work is done." This seems completely true to me. One of its interesting features is the ability to output to PDF and to epub in addition to docx and rtf.
It seems to me that this sort of thing would be very useful to legal writing classes, etc. Is anyone aware of other tools like this? Is anyone using them?
Ben Chapman, J.D.
Asst Dean for IT, Emory University School of Law
T: 404-727-6948 F: 404-727-2202
gtalk, skype: benjamin.chapman
This e-mail message (including any attachments) is for the sole use of
the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential and privileged
information. If the reader of this message is not the intended
recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution
or copying of this message (including any attachments) is strictly
If you have received this message in error, please contact
the sender by reply e-mail message and destroy all copies of the
original message (including attachments).