I'm searching for an app that will fit with my suite of tools to write scientific/engineering documents. On the one hand, think journal articles, funding-agency proposals, and technical reports. On the academic side, think also about writing project assignments and summary readings to screen casts for course lessons at the low end all the way to writing textbooks in a specific science or engineering discipline.
First, I want to find something that helps me write these types of documents "better". I use LaTeX extensively. I have two problems to overcome in this regard.
- I need to start from an outline and fill in rather than write sequentially on one detailed section at a time.
- I need to write outside of LaTeX and then polish up inside of LaTeX rather than doing all of the steps inside of LaTeX.
I've currently bookmarked OmniOutliner, Scrivener, and Ulysses as possibilities to fulfill the above needs.
Secondly, I also want to find something that integrates well with my other tools. I've bookmarked DevonThink Pro and Tinderbox as "package or content" managers, and I appreciate that this is not where Manuscripts belongs. However, I generate content in other apps that could be images, movies, or straight-up PDF files; I would want Manuscripts to be able to embed and manage such content properly. I also make hyper links between document apps (e.g. between something in my mind map tool to a reference on my task manager tool); I would want Manuscripts to have this ability too. Finally, I can run Applescripts to streamline my processing, and I'd look for some level of this support in Manuscripts as well.
I am intrigued by the design philosophy and excited by the potential of Manuscripts. From what I have presented, where would it fit in my toolbox?
I'd greatly appreciate feedback, comments, and suggestions.