No! Scrivener flexes to work for your process, whatever that is. I’m not a plotter (at all), and I can’t imagine writing without it. Scrivener helps me visualize the structure of my story as it grows, find exactly the scene I want to work on, easily move things around, store old words, keep track of ideas for future scenes or snippets of scenes, and so much more. Of course, it’s also great for plotters, who can use the Corkboard to build a storyboard, or lay out the structure of their book in advance.
Oh, there are so many. You can find a list of my Top 9 at the bottom of the Scrivener Classes page: https://scrivenerclasses.com.
I’d start with the built-in tutorial, and move through it slowly, only moving on when you’re ready so you don’t get overwhelmed. When you want to add to your knowledge, think about the pain points in your writing process, or what made you want to use Scrivener in the first place, and find the features that meet those needs.
Scrivener is writing software that allows you to keep everything you need for your manuscript in one place, including the actual writing, notes, research, images, PDFs, and links. It allows you to write in small “chunks,” like scenes, sections, stories, or chapters to see the structure of your manuscript in an outline form. This makes it easy to quickly find a section to revise, reorder scenes, color code the different sections, group them into chapter, part, or topic folders, and more. Learn more and get a free 30-use trial at https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener/overview.
I have no idea. While I have a friendly relationship with the folks at Literature & Latte (developers of Scrivener), I don’t get information about new releases any earlier than anyone else.