One of the greatest benefits of Scrivener is the ability differentiate text the author sees from text the reader sees. In programs like Word and Pages, this can only be done by using the "comments" mechanism. Comments, however, can only naturally handle a subset of the kinds of texts an author may wish to hide, as discussed here. Scrivener is more sophisticated, without being more complicated.
There are several ways to distinguish Author's Text from Reader's Text in Scrivener. I'll begin with the least fine-grained way.
Scrivener --> Compile Action and Options.
In Scrivener, what the reader ultimately sees is the result of Compile command. This command filters the author's text in a variety of ways and set the output format.
Here is a sample Scrivener document (in zip format) which I'll build on in the future, as well as some Presets. Loading them will make my posts easier to follow. The document consists of several sub-document. You see these in the "Binder" on the lefthand side. The text is shown in the middle pane. The righthand "Inspector" pane is currently showing footnotes.
Notice there are two versions of the second half of the first paragraph. Let's say I've decided to keep version 2, because it is suited for a general philosophy audience and I want to submit the paper to a general philosophy journal. However, I don't want to get rid of version 1. It is better suited for a history of science audience, and I may need to resubmit the paper to a history of science journal. I definitely don't want to move version 1 to another document (like I would need to do in Word), and then need to keep track of where I put it, where it went in the original document, etc.
When I select "Compile" from the "File" menu, I get a range of options. They looks like this:
The first option is the "Format As" option. For now, I'll just select "Times 12pt with Bold Folder Titles." It's a preset. We'll discuss it later. Right below, I can select which sub-documents to include. Notice that I've de-selected version 1, so when I press "Compile", I'll get a document without that version! Only items that are checked show up in the final text.
I can also filter what subdocuments are included in the compiled document automatically. You can play with this yourself. Select the "Filter" button, and then play with the "Label" and "Status" options. I've already set the status of some subdocuments to "First Draft" and the label of some subdocument to "Notes."
We'll go over more fine-grained ways of concealing text next time.