Scrivener
4.5

Scrivener

  • Category: Productivity
  • Release Date: 2016-07-20
  • Current Version: 1.1.5
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 26.96 MB
  • Developer: Literature & Latte
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
  • Rating Count: 1 871

Description

*** Featured in App Store Best of 2016 *** “The biggest software advance for writers since the word processor.” —Michael Marshall Smith, bestselling author Typewriter. Ring-binder. Scrapbook. Scrivener combines all the writing tools you need to craft your first draft, from nascent notion to final full stop. Tailor-made for creating long manuscripts, Scrivener banishes page fright by allowing you to compose your text in any order, in sections as large or small as you like. Got a great idea but don’t know where it fits? Write when inspiration strikes and find its place later. Grow your manuscript organically, idea by idea. Whether you plan or plunge, Scrivener works your way: meticulously outline every last detail first, or hammer out a complete draft and restructure later. Or do a bit of both. All text sections in Scrivener are fully integrated with its outlining tools, so working with an overview of your manuscript is only ever a tap away, and turning Chapter Four into Chapter One is as simple as drag and drop. Need to refer to research? In Scrivener, your background material is always at hand. Write a description based on a photograph. Reference a video or PDF. Check for consistency with an earlier chapter. On the iPad, open two documents side-by-side; on the iPhone, flip between research and writing with just two taps. Once you’re ready to share your work with the world, simply compile everything into a single document for printing, or export to popular formats such as Word, PDF, Final Draft or plain text. You can even share using different formatting, so that you can write in your favorite font and still keep your editor happy. FEATURES Get Started • Interactive tutorial project • Keep each manuscript and supporting materials in a self-contained project • Import Word, RTF, Final Draft and plain text files • Easily split imported text into separate sections Get Writing • Write your manuscript in sections of any size • View all sections as a single text using the “Draft Navigator” (iPad only) • Quickly navigate sections using the “binder” sidebar • Format with fonts and presets • Comments, footnotes, links and highlights • Simple bullets and lists • Insert images • Pinch-zoom to resize text • Full-screen mode (iPad only) • Typewriter scrolling mode keeps typed text center-screen (iPad only) • Write a screenplay using scriptwriting mode • Live word and character counts • Set word and character count targets • Find and replace • Customizable keyboard row provides quick-access buttons for formatting, navigation and punctuation • Comprehensive keyboard shortcuts for external keyboard users • Dark mode Find Your Structure • Write in any order and reorganize later • Write a synopsis for any text section and see it in the outline • Expand, collapse and drill down into sections of your project • Rearrange sections as index cards on the corkboard (iPad only) • Project-wide search • Track ideas using labels and status • Apply custom icons to your sections Refer to Research • Import research material such as image, PDF and media flies • View research files or other sections right alongside your writing (iPad only) • Every section has its own notes area for jotting down ideas • Supports multi-tasking split screen mode (supported devices only) Share Your Work • Compile to a single document for sharing or printing • Use different formatting in your exported or printed document • Export to Word, RTF, Final Draft, PDF or plain text • Convert rich text to Markdown for sharing with Markdown apps • Create and email zipped backups of your projects Work Anywhere • Use Dropbox to sync between devices and with the macOS and Windows versions of Scrivener* • Copy projects between devices via iTunes * Requires a Dropbox account (not compatible with iCloud). SUPPORT You can contact us at ios.support@literatureandlatte.com, visit our forums at http://www.literatureandlatte.com/forum, or find us @scrivenerapp on Twitter.

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Reviews

  • Amazing except sync

    3
    By 11ewe11yn
    For what it is, a word processor, this app is 5/5. Very neat, and extremely functional, I really like the layout and this app takes some familiarizing but doesn’t take long and is super super rewarding. My problem with the app is the entire concept of syncing and sending anything anywhere is horrible. They only sync with iTunes or Dropbox which right off the bat that few of options for a 20$ app? And I don’t use Dropbox so that’s pretty inconvenient. Well no matter I paid 20$ it can’t hurt to make a drop box account just for this one thing to sync even though that’s pretty impractical. Well now that I’m linked to drop box, I can’t even believe how bad this works. You can’t take a project or even a single, page/document and move it to or from the cloud. Not simply like that anyways, the process for any syncing or sharing is so unpolished I can’t believe this app is 20$. Developers now that you have my money, what the heck. Please add more support to this app and the ability to move docs and projects around more freely. If you could add support for iCloud or google drive, or even OneDrive, just something other than JUST Dropbox. So much limitation is reason for me to possibly find a new text editor and not even bother with getting the Mac app
  • The best tool for writing and keeping your work on the go

    5
    By Asshjcsycs
    With this app I can instantly make updates to my work when away from laptop, without the need of cluttering up Notes and then getting lost in them and losing your train of thought altogether. Highly recommended as a back-up device for working on the go. Would not advise on using the mobile version only. Tip: always close your work and sync with Dropbox upon finishing. Not doing so results in conflicting files and possibly loss of some material.
  • Very poor tutorial

    3
    By krissy73064
    I have spoken with many writers who use the desktop version of this software and they all loved it. Imagine my excitement when Scrivener came out with an iPad version, but if you have never used the desktop top version it can be very confusing. I read the tutorial and was still lost. I have a friend who is a technical editor and I actually made an appointment to have him help me and after I know how to use it I am sure I will love it.
  • No iCloud Syncing

    2
    By InvidiousInvention
    I bought this program for the hope of being able to write on any device and having it sync across all devices. I had hoped to use iCloud for this, however it only works with Dropbox. I don’t like Dropbox at all and do not want use it for syncing. Waste of $20.
  • No iCloud support?

    4
    By ChrisYesYesYes
    After saving my desktop project to icloud drive, I assumed the iPad version would open it from there and I could continue my work. Nope. I guess you need dropbox. Doesn’t make sense not to use icloud but I guess the developers have their reasons. Otherwise solid app.
  • Dropbox sync not great

    2
    By PTR M
    You have to do it intentionally. Be sure to close your app, be sure you’re connected to the internet. An interstitial shows the syncing, interrupts what you’re doing. Every other iOS/macOS app combination uses iCloud in the background for this and in most cases it works really well. I don’t think I would mind Dropbox if it felt more automatic, but it doesn’t. Why don’t I have the option of using iCloud?
  • Syncing is Killing Me

    3
    By Abadji
    I love scrivener I use it every day on my laptop, but unfortunately I can’t get it to work properly on my iPad. Sometimes it syncs sometimes it doesn’t and I am always worried I am going to get my data overwritten. I wish it was as seamless as Ulysses but it is not there yet unfortunately. Please make the syncing more intuitive and stable!
  • Gorgeous and Functional

    5
    By Fitzbattleaxe
    This app is phenomenal. I’ve used Scrivener for Windows for 7 years, and adding the iOS app to my arsenal has been a pleasure. The interface is beautiful without sacrificing much if any functionality. It takes a few minutes to figure out where things are now, but once you do, it’s a breeze. The Dropbox syncing is easy to set up, and has been seamless for me. More than worth the $20 to me. I’ll be pumping many words into Scrivener for iOS.
  • Lack of iCloud Sync

    1
    By Indy is Fast
    Lack of iCloud Sync makes the App useless. Google Dropbox is not a solution. I was very disappointed to learn the app does not Sync like an iPhone App.
  • There is no reaction on sync Dropbox

    2
    By Big fun of Tekken
    I’ve tried hundreds of times but scrivener still could get send for rom dropbox. The app folder cannot be found on the project page. Don’t know why. And when I check the old versions I found that there has been 1 yr without a new version. And $19.99??? Come on.
  • Can’t import templates

    3
    By Lewis_Cypher
    Not having this function available is a major drawback of the IOS version. I only use an IPad Pro and an IPhone 7 because I can easily dictate or type everything I write and conveniently carry either device with me wherever I go. I did not purchase the Windows version of Scrivener because I don’t want to drag a laptop around with me. I would now like to import templates designed by others to speed up my output on certain projects, but the IOS app apparently has no way to do this versus the Windows and MacOS versions which do. I have been told there may be a way of starting my project with an imported template on either of those platforms, then syncing it with my IOS devices. But to do so, I would have to purchase another license and what do I do if my laptop is in New Jersey and I need to start a new project thousands of miles away? Bottom line: I really do LOVE Scrivener. It streamlines research, and using the cork board to pull it all together is a powerful tool. I would like to give it 5 stars, but having to reinvent the wheel on the different formats I want to use is annoying and makes this app a lot less functional than I hoped it would be.
  • No icloud sync

    1
    By AvalonTears
    What else is there to say? I seriously regret purchasing this. If you intended to use it with the desktop version then I hope you like Dropbox. Wait, you use iCloud because it’s easy, private, secure, and built into all you apple products? Too bad
  • Amazing app

    5
    By Timinater
    This is an amazing writing app for iOS - it has so many tools, wonderful organization capabilities, and it syncs flawlessly with Dropbox so I have all my files on all my iOS devices. Fantastic job! Only one issue right now - sometimes when I go into a folder on my phone, the files within don’t appear, and I have to repeatedly open the folder for them to appear. Otherwise, the app is amazing — thank you so much and keep up the great work!!
  • ADD ICLOUD SUPPORT

    1
    By a guy who reviews stuff
    It is absolutely absurd that I am forced to use Dropbox in order to sync my stories across devices in this day and age. Really?? There is only ONE cloud service I’m able to use? Clearly, Scrivener has received money from Dropbox to make Dropbox the exclusive cloud carrier. That was a mistake on Scrivener’s part. The second someone makes an app similar to yours and adds icloud support, I am forgetting about this app.
  • Not opening a dropbox file

    1
    By gothic ghosting
    Help...Just bought the $45 Mac version and love it so I bought this app just now and it will not open the Scrivners files Dropbox! Can anyone of you awesome writers help me out? I am writing a ghost story 😀...and this will be phenomenal al when it works!
  • Great app, but dark mode is problematic

    3
    By cmyknate
    Overall, this app is a great port to iOS. The only real issue I have with it is dark mode. The contrast is so low that I have a hard time seeing it without cranking up the brightness—and I have really good vision. I couldn’t imagine how it must be for people who have visual contrast problems. Having pure white text against a dark(er) gray background would fix this problem, and it wouldn’t look worse. In fact, it would look better because I could actually see what I am writing.
  • Ridiculously great

    5
    By Champion.#2
    Love this app. Organizing larger projects used to intimidate me and therefore tamped down my enthusiasm. But Scrivener takes pretty much whatever you throw at it in terms of research, random thoughts and so on. Organize as you wish (or not). And all the while the same project holds your precious draft, clean and separate from the frenetic research whirlwind. And I’m amazed at the feature set in the iOS App. I’d expected a watered down version compared to the OSX App but it’s very thorough (I generally use iPad Pro as my iOS tool of choice).
  • Disappointed: No iCloud Sync

    3
    By I create therefore I am.
    Wow I really wish I hadn’t assumed iCloud sync was included.
  • Limits where you can save files

    2
    By RayHanania
    Most of my files are on iCloud but the iPad system only recognizes Dropbox which is the worst storage cloud because it eats up space on your hard drive .... the MacBook Pro version is good but the inability to connect the two creates real problems
  • Bewildering App to use for first time on iPad

    3
    By judynini
    Its literally taken me DAYS to figure out how to buy this . My Mac crashed and I purchased a version again only to discover I need a different version for IPAds/. Paid AGAIN, finally loaded it, opened it, and have spent the last few hours trying to understand how on earth to write a screenplay with it. How to write ANYTHING on it. Even after reading the tutorial and finding about what sounds like the very useful outliner, Corkboard, I really am bewildered about how to go forward. It says somewhere that it may be difficult for those who haven’t used the full Laptop version, but this is like landing on Mars. I am, as I type, downloading Final Draft which I suspect I will have better luck with. I’m sure its fantastic as I hear it is from friends, but the developers have made little effort to make first users intuitively find their way around it. It assumes we all have and use the full versions of it elsewhere. And don’t get me started on the tutorial which is definitely written by an aspiring Novelist... it goes on, and on, and on and on, more like a manual to assemble a car than a guide on how to use a writing app.
  • Scrivener Does It All

    5
    By Astrophysics Junkie
    Scrivener is often billed as a drafting tool, but that’s not at all accurate. Scrivener does it all. You can use it to lay out a story or academic piece scene by scene, thought by thought, and go into each item and build on them working in any order. Scrivener makes it easy, and it doesn’t stop there. You can use it to polish too and come to a final draft. If you are passionate about writing then you must own this app. It’s undervalued, not overpriced.
  • Awesome software!

    5
    By tommyg777
    I enjoy the ease of using the app. It simplifies the process of collecting thoughts into a usable outline. I also enjoy the ability to transfer the project to multiple devices.
  • Great app!

    5
    By carlyhavok
    Great app that lets me stay super organized while writing. I'm still getting used to it but it has a lot to offer. I've never used the desktop version, so now I'm curious!
  • I am drawing on it completely!

    4
    By Safaa Schwann
    I just wish if there were a feature of adding a recording voice inside each page, just like PDF Expert. Other than that, I do not have much to complain about.
  • Beautiful writing app, no security.

    3
    By Unity357
    So far Scrivener is one of the more useful and functional writing apps I’ve used. I could see giving it a 5 star review, but it doesn’t provide even the least degree of app security. Surprising to me when you consider the importance and sensitive nature of documents you work on in such an app. Use case: ever hand your iPad or Mac off to a child or grandchild for the afternoon? At the very least, Scrivener should offer a passcode function at the app level. It could be even stronger with document-level security. Again, this would be a 5 star app with added security.
  • Best thing ever. I’m actually writing a lot more now! Thank you!

    5
    By Sunshine672
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  • Perfect Writing App, no syncing issues

    5
    By Benjamin Stocksdale
    I love Scrivener. Simple as that. The amount of customization that can be done while writing is excellent but the interface is still clean and intuitive. I’ve had no issues syncing with Dropbox and using Scrivener on my PC, Mac, and iPad. Well worth the money.
  • I love this app

    5
    By BigDaddyCatan
    I love that I can write on my iPad, MacBook and phone, and sync them all up. It's a great way to organize lots of small pieces of related writing.
  • iOS version alters image and formatting data, cannot use

    1
    By dh1021x
    It’s too risky to open a project on the iOS version because it deletes images and alters formatting when you switch back to OSX. It is not worth $20. It should be given out for free with OSX, but even if it were it would be unusable because of the damage it does to your existing documents. I can’t risk opening my documents in the app anymore.
  • It’s missing one thing.

    5
    By Nico_Wolf
    This app has been a godsend for my work, but there is one part that is infuriating and needs to be addressed, either as a default or setting. At the bottom of the text you are working on, it shows the number of words and characters; can we get either an option or something to show the number of pages? That would be VERY helpful for me.
  • Didn’t fix Dropbox sync crash for me

    1
    By KrisMcKenna
    I didn’t even know this was a thing until I went back to an iPhone. Went to sync with Dropbox, did all the sign in stuff. And crash. Says the fix was 10 months ago o.O maybe it popped up again on iOS12 and/or iPhone XS
  • Great App until you write too large of a story.

    3
    By Trevbat
    So I’ve been using this app for a couple years now, it’s great that I can work on my stories whenever I think of an idea instead of having to lug my laptop around. But lately, my main story I’ve been writing is getting larger and now whenever I’m on that document, it lags uncontrollably, I watch it type the letters. Took like 5-10 seconds to write one word depending on how long it is. And it’s very frustrating, I can’t find any fix online for it and I’m hoping that maybe they update it soon to try and fix that issue. I love this app, but I hate what’s happening. I don’t want to switch to something like google docs but at this point I may have to soon.
  • All the stars!

    5
    By That_1_Chick
    The Scrivener app gets all the stars. I’ve been writing like crazy since I downloaded this app. I didn’t want to lug my laptop around, but it was the only way to use Scrivener. I tried using Evernote to write in and then copy to Scrivener, but all the extra work killed my organization and productivity. With this app I’m able to write on the fly and it syncs to Dropbox, so all of my devices have the same information. It’s been amazing.
  • Upset and let down.

    1
    By jessdogg
    I’m sad that I can’t access my files on Dropbox seamlessly. Extremely difficult to transition. I thought it was seamless between all devices. I haven’t experienced a good transition to this app especially since I had to pay an additional $19.99 to download. Very unhappy till you figure out what to do. BEWARE anyone looking to find a suitable iPad writing tool.
  • Love it on iOS & Windows! It could use a spell checker.

    4
    By reiamazing
    I love using this app on my iPad and iPhone. I have MS Word on my iPad and notice that it has a spell checker and Scrivener does not. A spell checker needs to be added to this app! It's a must!
  • A great app that is useless

    1
    By Simon01351
    Scrivener is in some ways a great writing app, but it is terrible at saving your work. I’ve spent 2 hours trying to get it to save files to Dropbox, which it is supposed to do pretty much automatically, and all it does is save an empty folder. Saving your work and being able to access those files reliably is crucial. Without that, it doesn’t matter how good the app is, or how many neat features it has.
  • Wish I had read other reviews first

    3
    By TJ in AK
    I was very excited to see a Scrivener app for my iPad so I could stop traveling w/my laptop AND iPad, but... Big but - the app doesn’t sync with iCloud or Files. This is a major turn off for me. I love Scrivener, but until that issues is fixed I don’t see me using the app for regular writing. Probably only for when inspiration strikes & I need to jot notes down quickly.
  • Good

    5
    By horse mcCall
    Wish it had a cork board. Loving it ! Alexia Donne recommended it in her video. Thank you
  • A productivity engine for authors

    5
    By Richard Lorston
    I used to write books on my computer and play video games on my phone. Except that I don't often have my computer with me, so that novel didn't get very far. Then I got Scrivener on my phone and computer, synched through Dropbox, and I can write anywhere at any time. If that were the only thing Scrivener did, if it didn't also keep my notes and compile my manuscript, it would be the most amazing writing tool I've ever used, but it does those things and more.
  • Just alright

    3
    By Bigperm9
    I find it’s pretty easy to accidentally lose work on my iPad Pro. I really can’t stand the fact that there isn’t cloud syncing on this (and that’s coming from someone who doesn’t use cloud a lot). My biggest issue is that I set up a template folder in one project, but if I need that same folder in another project, I have to manually enter all my templates again. It’s weird that I can’t make a template folder universal, as many writings would use overlapping templates. This app is good, but there’s room for improvement. I’m glad it’s premium, however, as I’m beyond jaded with subscription services.
  • I hate giving this only two stars...

    2
    By jeffisme
    I love Scrivener on my Mac, but i also use an ipad and as a laptop, a Windows machine. I have spent hours trying to sync reliably, especially with my Windows laptop. It doesn’t like icloud drive but the manual says it likes Dropbox. Not from what i can see. The ipad is a bit easier, but after wanting to pull my hair out i just gave up and moved my book to Word. Really, when Word is easier than anything, you know you’re in trouble. Oh, and try getting help. I emailed days ago, got an auto reply and then nothing.
  • Inserting photos is a pain

    2
    By EricP77
    I feel there is something wrong with the app. When typing my great American novel, I insert a less than 200kb image from Google drive and nothing. I do it again and it uploads. Every now and again it loads on the first try. Frustrating!
  • DropBox issue resolve

    4
    By faith4vincera
    Working from an iPad Pro, iOS 11: I, too, had the issue that DropBox was “syncing” from the UI, but showing empty in actual the actual DB folder after I did my initial setup and created my first couple of projects. To resolve this, on the “home” or Project screen, you might notice that the left navigation pane separates projects saved to your iPad vs. projects saved to Dropbox. DropBox syncing seems to only work for project saved to Dropbox! To resolve this, click Edit on the top of the pane, and then drag your project from On iPad up to Dropbox. It’s a little misleading to separate the two, and if you are not connected to data, you get error messages that you are not able to synchronize (obv). They do resolve once you connect, but the way the interface is phrased, one could worry that their work isn’t being saved. Maybe group all the projects together in a different category name (not Dropbox or On iPad), but then have a sync icon for the ones that are synced to Dropbox? Of note, I am only working in iOS, and will not be syncing to update projects on a computer.
  • Sync is as bad as everyone says

    2
    By Scuzzmonkey
    The rest of the app is exactly the high-quality, writer-focused toolset I’ve come to expect from the Scrivener team. I wouldn’t use anything else to write with on my computers and I’m glad they’re making efforts to produce a useable iPad version. Unfortunately, the sync problems are not small problems if you ever intend to write on any other platform... which most of us do. I’d love to give this app a higher rating, but frankly it’s completely unusable with any of my existing projects due to the clunky and poorly designed file storage mechanism. It’s not just that sync is bad, it’s that it’s the only generally accessible file storage option. Because the app doesn’t support Apple’s Files App central store, you’re reduced to Dropbox or only ever working on your iPad. Many of the issues are properly placed at Dropbox’s feet, I believe, but because Scrivener doesn’t allow any other options for accessing your files, it forces those problems onto users who want to work on multiple platforms. And so the app badly fails in its primary purpose. Here’s hoping the many, many complaints about this are heard and resolved with a little flexibility by the development team. I want to love this app!
  • Worth the Wait!

    5
    By Satisfied Professional
    I have been writing with Scrivener for Windows for over six years. I loved the way the program consolidated in one place research, writing, character lists, and about everything else a writer needed for his craft. The program was obviously written by an end user which is something sadly missing from so many programs. As such, I waited for years for the Scrivener iPad app. During my wait I found other programs that were close, but not what I wanted. When Scrivener for iOS came out, I was one of the first purchasers. It did not disappoint. It is a well thought out app that just works. It is feature rich and the sync across my iPad, iPhone, and Windows PC through Dropbox is almost flawless. About the only feature I would add is one from Scrivo Pro when I was using it during my wait, the ability to passcode the app to keep prying eyes out. Maybe someday.
  • Serious syncing issues [warning to users!]

    3
    By Micah6824
    I absolutely love Scrivener and have been using it for seven years, four years in a professional capacity. However, the iPad app leaves a lot to be desired in across-device interoperability and syncing with Dropbox. As a professional book collaborator, I have several working Scrivener files in different client folders. In order to work on any of these files on my iPad, I would have to move all of the various .scriv files from their respective client folders into the iPad’s Apps > Scrivener folder. Instead, I’ve simply made duplicate files for the Apps folder and then after working on my iPad, I have to copy and paste changes into the working .scriv file on my laptop. This practice is frustrating and inefficient, but it doesn’t compare to the other major issue with synching to Dropbox, which is this: Scrivener for iPad is one of those apps you can use offline, unlike Microsoft Word, which requires WiFi to be operable. So, let’s say you’re working offline in Scrivener on iPad, and then you put your iPad away before taking it online. Then you later go to work on your laptop, which is online. As you do so, Dropbox syncs the files in the Apps > Scrivener file according to the old files on the laptop. If you don’t take iPad online and ensure that all files on Dropbox have synced before you open another device, then you will lose all of your most recent changes to those files. The other thing I don’t like about the Scrivener for iPad is that it doesn’t keep any of my fonts from my working files on my computer. I don’t know why that is, but even if my file is entirely in Cambria, it opens them in Helvetica. So, Scrivener folks, we love you. But please make it more efficient and less dangerous to our hard work to use the various apps across platforms and devices without needing so many manual workarounds.
  • Good app. I use it every day.

    5
    By Courage the cowardly dog gal
    Simple to use.
  • Syncing is a nightmare

    1
    By ri_cst
    I’ve spent more time trying to get syncing to work properly between Mac and iOS than getting any writing done. Seriously, this must be a joke. And I’ve lost work in the process. I don’t recommend Scrivener for Mac or iOS. I have them both, and it’s been nothing but frustration. Literature and Latte, please take a lesson from the creators of the Simplenote app. That is true, seamless syncing, and it’s free.
  • Could you please sync with iCloud?

    4
    By alien339
    That is the only thing I want now

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