If you’re conducting research on the Internet and use both a Mac and Scrivener, then here’s a tip.
You can view website content in a format that may be more useful for research purposes by using Safari Reader to ignore extraneous (in this context) page content.
Then, you can save the Reader-ified content directly to your currently open Scrivener project:
“…[P]rint the document from the source application, and when the print dialogue appears, use the PDF drop-down menu to select the target application. When you first ran Scrivener, it installed the necessary mechanism for this to work [for non Mac Store installs]. You should see an option in that list to “Save PDF to Scrivener”. The source application will assemble the print, save it as a PDF file, and then transfer that file to your active project.”
See the Scrivener manual (section 11.6 at the time of writing) for more details, including how to make this work for installs via the Mac Store.
This might sound laborious, but it’s just a few steps; click Reader in Safari, Print, PDF, Scrivener, and bingo!
An alternative to this (which I also use) is Safari’s feature for saving an entire web page (as other browsers no doubt have, though this definitely works like you’d expect inside Scrivener), and import that into your project. However, this runs into the problem of content being split between pages, and if the website doesn’t offer a Printable option, you’re slightly stuck. However, Safari Reader can combine pages together (sometimes—it isn’t perfect), making this a neat solution.
I like automation, so here are some online generators I have bookmarked;
- Serendipity has an unbelievable number of generators. Great stuff!
- Wheel Of Time MUD Name Generator
- Random German Name Generator – with some options relevant to World War 2 names / ranks
- A blog post by Paperback Writer listing several place name generators
My favourite writing tool, Scrivener, also has a built-in name generation function, but only for contemporary names, alas.
Sometimes, just a plain old list of names is useful, such as;
For the adventurous, I even found a list of separately written surname prefixes (e.g. the “von” in “von Munchausen”).