Scrivener

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Description of App

“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

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. Scrivener is not compatible with iCloud.

SUPPORT
If you have questions, feedback or need help, please contact us at ios.support@literatureandlatte.com, visit our support forums at http://www.literatureandlatte.com/forum, or find us @scrivenerapp on Twitter.

Version

1.0

Free or Paid

Paid

Apple Watch Support

No

Device(s) App Was Tested On

iPhone

Accessibility Comments

As nearly as I can tell, the app is completely accessible with VoiceOver

iOS Version

9.3.3

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Developer's Twitter Username

@ScrivenerApp

Recommendations

4 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by Sasha Stride 1 year ago

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Comments

Submitted by Anna Beige on Sunday, July 24, 2016

Don't let the first screen discourage you if you purchase this app. It's one of those "page one of four" screens, and it didn't tell me when I was turning the page at first.
Once you get through those four pages and hit the get started with Scrivener button, everything is very well-labeled.
The tutorial is extremely helpful, so don't skip it, especially if you're a first-time Scrivener user, like I was.
Syncing with Dropbox is straightforward.
Once you're in a text file, the word count is easy to find.
I've only done a bit with projects so far, I don't know if I'll end up using *all* of Scrivener's features, but they're definitely nice to have, nevertheless.
I'll ad more comments if I find something inaccessible. So far, though, I'm very happy with the Scrivener app.

Submitted by Orinks on Tuesday, November 15, 2016

I never saw the point for getting this app for iOS. The Mac version is pretty good for Novelists and whatnot.

Submitted by Jim Homme on Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Hi,
Is this app good if someone does not own a Mac?

Submitted by Tangela on Friday, December 9, 2016

I believe it is. Currently, I only own the IOS version, and love using it there. You can import and export from a variety of file types, if you should want to work on your computer.

Be aware, though, that if you do this, you will often lose the folder and document structure of a scrivener project, since it will then just be one file to work with.

That is, however, the purpose of compiling, especially when you have a bunch of different draft documents.

I do a lot of writing directly on my phone, though, so it works for me. YMMV.

Submitted by Zoe Victoria on Saturday, May 25, 2019

That's all there is to it really, it's awesome and I love it! Perfect for writing all my fanfiction-err I mean that totally original novel that I'm going to publish soon ... hehe ...

Submitted by Sasha Stride on Wednesday, July 31, 2019

I am currently writing a fantasy book in bthis app and I love the way the documents are indexed in something that works as a table of content. An index. Accessibility is perfect. It kicks both Pages and Word in it’s awesome style. Couldn’t get the hang of ANY other app I have tried. I was unsure of this app but decided to give it a try and I am glad I did.

Submitted by Remy on Wednesday, July 31, 2019

I've had my eye on this app for a while, but I really want something I can use to write on my Ipad (Or even Iphone), and then move easily to my PC, then back again. So far I've found nothing whatsoever that makes this sort of seamless transitioning possible. Based on the app description it sounds like this should be easy enough to do, but if I move my Scrivner document into a word file, will it keep my book ofganized with at least headings for each section? And if I move from a word file into Scrivner, do my headings get preserved as sections? Keeping my formatting is very important to me for navigational purposes.

Submitted by Zoe Victoria on Tuesday, November 5, 2019

I can't open projects with voiceover anymore. I've already contacted the dev about this problem but haven't gotten a reply yet. This is very bad because my iPhone is currently all I have to write with. Is anybody else having this problem?

Submitted by Tangela on Tuesday, November 5, 2019

In reply to by Zoe Victoria

I briefly had this problem a few days ago. If you uninstall and reinstall scrivener, it fixes it. Its unclear why this happens. I know that any projects saved in dropbox will be there upon reinstallation but not sure about those saved exclusively to your phone.

Submitted by Sasha Stride on Tuesday, November 5, 2019

I do not have this issue at all. My projects open when I want them to and sync the corredct way. I haven’t tried it on the phone and I have a stupid question how do you write a book on the phone?

Submitted by OldBear on Tuesday, November 5, 2019

I'm not having this issue either, but it's good to know it might happen.
As far as writing a book on the phone, I use a bluetooth keyboard. It's not as comfortable as on a computer, but I can work anywhere.

Submitted by Zoe Victoria on Saturday, November 9, 2019

The problem I was having is fixed now, reinstalling the app worked. There's something else I'd like to point out, though.

When text is bold/italic and you're scrolling through it by swiping, VO will separate it as though it's another paragraph like this. But when I compile a Scrivener document and flick through it that doesn't happen. It's the only app or anywhere it doesn't happen. I don't think voiceover announces a heading when you make one either, although I'm not sure.

Has anybody else noticed this? If so, any idea of what's going on? And is there anyway to fix it?

Submitted by Voracious P. Brain on Saturday, November 9, 2019

When I used the app on Mac, I couldn't create and edit tables or add notes, which as I recall were a link that was supposed to open text in another frame on the screen. Also, are the storyboarding tools accessible? There was some sort of view that was supposed to allow you to write cards and move them around, and that view didn't seem accessible, either.
Just the basics of text editing and the project tree view worked. I'd like to hear if it's better now, since I didn't upgrade.

Submitted by OldBear on Sunday, November 10, 2019

I haven't found any way to get VO to announce any of the formatting, like bold, before or after compiling. It's very frustrating.

Submitted by OmniverseAgent on Monday, March 30, 2020

In reply to by Zoe Victoria

I’m curious, how did you manage to add headings? I’ve been really playing around with writing recently and I figured out how to highlight words, sentences, even paragraphs. And how to bold and italicized things.
Just haven’t figured out headings yet

Submitted by Zoe Victoria on Sunday, April 12, 2020

If you set the file to compile in markdown (select plain text for the format and it’ll allow you to do so) and export it to any old markdown editor and preview it, VO will read the formatting. This solution obviously isn’t for everyone and any fancy formatting (such as for a novel) will be lost, but something I thought you all should know.

Submitted by Sasha Stride on Thursday, April 16, 2020

Is there a way to delete an entire project, because my list starts to get really full.

Submitted by OmniverseAgent on Thursday, April 23, 2020

In reply to by Sasha Stride

Here’s the step by step instructions on how to delete and do other things with your projects on the iOS app.

Open Scrivener
Swipe right three times and you will hear, “edit button“
Double tap to enter editing mode
double tap the projects you’d like to select
At the bottom of the screen there are four buttons
Delete, archive/share, duplicate, and syncing options

While in this edit mode you can also choose how you want your projects arranged, Alphabetically, date created, or last edited
There is one problem though, it does not currently tell you if a project is selected or not. I’ve already sent an email to the developers about this and also about a few neat accessibility hacks that could be implemented to make it a little quicker to access some options.
Hope this helps!

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