By Literature & Latte

  • 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.
  • App Ratings:
    4.5/5 ( 1,380 Reviews)
  • Price:
Scrivener App Ratings: 4.5
Total 1,380 Reviews

Scrivener App 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, visit our forums at, or find us @scrivenerapp on Twitter.

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Scrivener App Reviews

  • About the sync elephant

    By bwintx
    Sync is the elephant in the room where Scrivener is concerned, just as subscriptions constitute that pachyderm where “Brand U” is concerned. So... Short version: Like most other things about Scrivener, its sync has a learning curve but, if you do some upfront learning about best practices, you’ll be rewarded with success. It DOES work, and you end up getting to keep all the stuff that makes Scrivener so good. So, don’t be afraid. Just do some reading (see below for some help in that regard), understand the RIGHT settings and sequences to follow in BOTH the Mac and iOS versions, and then go for it. You’ll love it. Long version: A few weeks ago, having tired of the limitations and inefficiency of my previous process—i.e., write in Scrivener when at home on the iMac, write in Google Docs on the go and copy it back into Scrivener later—I yet again researched the whole Scrivener-vs.-Brand-U conundrum. You know what I found: all over the place, bleats about how difficult and problematic Scrivener for iOS syncing is, how it should work with iCloud but doesn’t, how Brand U does that so well and is oh-so-much-prettier-and-easier, et cetera. Mind you, I didn’t actually TRY Scrivener for iOS; I simply relied on the Internet’s Greater Wisdom™. (Yeah, I know. Bear with me.) So I went with Brand U for a while. Moved my WIP to it and got used to writing it there. Learned enough Markdown to get reasonably comfortable with it. Loved the clean and nearly instantaneous sync with iCloud. Even wrote a glowing App Store review about Brand U’s simplicity and clean interface. Many of you know the drill. I thought I’d found my answer—for a few weeks. But, dang it, there were simply things I missed about Scrivener. I’d figured out some workarounds—e.g., to substitute for the corkboard, I put non-printing comments in the top of each Brand U “sheet” so it would appear in the list of “sheets”—or just told myself I didn’t need those other features; but I kept wondering, what if all this crap I read about Scrivener for iOS is from mainly just people who didn’t do it right? After all, I’d read multiple times the explanation from Literature & Latte of WHY Scrivener syncs the way it does (and doesn’t, and can’t, do it with iCloud or as simply as Brand U and others do), due to its special file format that is a bit complicated BUT enables so many neat things. Besides: clearly, SOME people were getting it to work. So—you guessed it—research time again. After a few days of wondering about this, and seeing one particular online video that reminded me anew what I was missing by not using Scrivener, I said, all right, screw it, let’s spend a whopping 20 bucks and give the iOS version a try. If it’s a mess, well, that’s 20 bucks’ worth of experience and I’ll know my work has to stay in Brand U. But, holy cow, if I CAN get Scrivener’s sync to work—? HOWEVER, please note that, BEFORE I bought the IOS version, I spent one final night’s worth of research on learning best practices—especially the best SEQUENCE—for syncing. Once I had all that up on-screen on the Mac and read it two or three times to make sure I’d “gotten” it, I bought Scrivener for iOS and METICULOUSLY followed the instructions I’d found, including one particularly helpful article that even explained the best settings for sync in both the Mac and iOS versions. (I’d include that link here, but apparently that’s a no-no for App Store reviews. Search specifically for an article called “Best Scrivener iOS Settings,” by Steve Shipley. Excellent, excellent stuff. Thank you, Steve, wherever you are, man.) And... yes, friends, it worked. Oh, man, did it work. And, just like that, I’m back happily using Scrivener again, only now on both Mac and iOS. It’s like coming home. Caveats: Is it as instantaneous as Brand U’s sync with iCloud? No. And it can’t be. Again: there are reasons, and good ones. But you’re talking about a few seconds at the start of the process if you’re on a modern, high-bandwidth connection. If you’re trying to use it with your Mac on DSL and your iOS device on a G3-level connection: oof, and I feel for you. (To be fair, that setup would tend to be problematic with most apps’ sync processes.) If you’re a Dropbox hater, you’re out of luck. A lot of the complaints about Scrivener sync do seem to have a theme about not liking Dropbox; so, yeah, that would be a show-stopper. The usual response is: “But iCloud!” And I agree, having seen how it works on Brand U: that unquestionably would be cool and slick and wonderful. BUT it’s apples vs. oranges to compare Brand U to Scrivener on this one point, because their file structures are—and must be—totally different. The Literature & Latte forum has numerous posts from their team that explain, repeatedly, why iCloud isn’t suitable for the unique file structure that Scrivener requires, and occasionally also why it’s not likely that will change because of Apple’s position on this. Let’s face it: the current and potential audiences for Scrivener just aren’t large enough to motivate Apple to execute the dev work that this change would require, especially when it might well break how iCloud works for the jillions of other apps that use it the way it exists currently. Imagine what a PR nightmare THAT would be for Apple. Nope; ain't happening. Postscript: I amended my aforementioned glowing review of Brand U to say that, yes, it’s great for what it does and especially for short- and medium-length writing; but I also added that, contrary to what one reads out there, Scrivener can sync just fine, too, thanks very much.
  • Why does scrivener need to access my whole Dropbox account

    By 333M333
    I don’t understand why using Scrivener with Dropbox requires me to grant Scrivener full access to all my Dropbox files and folders. Why not have an option to grant access only to a Scrivener folder and its subfolders? Lots of apps do that. I already have security concerns about both Dropbox and about Scrivener, so granting the latter full access to the former without any restriction isn’t something I can reasonably do... so I can’t sync. Also, please figure out a way to make projects password-protected. Otherwise it’s an amazing app, so if you don’t care about the above issues, then I highly recommend it. I have a 1 star rating because the above issues make it totally unusable for me on iOS, though I use it a ton on my Mac - just not with syncing.
  • Must sync with iCloud

    By TLJ
    Can’t fathom why DropBox is the only sync option. I tried it, it doesn’t work well at all plus DropBox is an additional cost. Frankly, the big tools of Scrivener aren’t worth having to use DropBox to move between my iPad and my MacBook. I’ll copy and paste into something else. It is particularly annoying when you consider the cost of Scrivener plus Scrivener for your laptop.....
  • Love It

    By rustyhinges
    I've been writing in Scrivener for a long time and I love its endless flexibility. The latest Mac update and iOS release are very, very good. It is the perfect tool for long-form writing and organization. I used it extensively to write my dissertation. I write in it nearly every day.
  • Not bad, scriv. Still waiting for pc 3.0 though...

    By Moon Highking
  • Love this

    By loverofALLliterature
    I absolutely love being able to go from one place to another so easily. I my connects to my Dropbox, which is connected to my computer at home and my phone. I can work on a project, and then turn around seconds later and work on it from my computer. It’s absolutely amazing! The only thing I would like to have on the app is a place where you can pick the font style when you open a new text. I have one saved on the computer version, but it doesn’t translate over.
  • Needs Modern Cloud Sync

    By platpwnist
    A wonderful writing and organizational app in nearly every way, with the big exception of syncing. Background cloud sync is a standard feature in 2018, and has been for the better part of a decade, but Scrivener lacks it to this day. The best it can offer is a semi-manual Dropbox sync that requires closing a project, sitting through a 5-10 second foreground popup window, then reopening the project and finding your place again. No iCloud saves, no Google Drive sync, and – worst of all – no automated background backup. De-highlighting the app during the sync will also cause it to fail without notice. Scrivener will be a 5-star app once they modernize this feature. A browser-based version of the app would also be wonderful, but this is the feature really holding me back from recommending it to folks.
  • Not all features easily discoverable

    By Cashdollar
    I want to like Scrivener for iOS. It’s great on the Mac, but even printing feels like a work-around: Under share sheet you select “Send a copy”/PDF/share sheet again and then print. It’s ridiculous. If there’s an easier way it’s not obvious. Saving research in the iOS IPad app, also feels like a workaround at best. Scrivener is supposed to be available in the share sheet but turns out it’s one layer down /Create PDF/Scrivener. It should be more discoverable and if possible it should have a direct top level share link as saving and organizing research is a tent pole feature. And the file system is all the way from the last decade. Each open and close requires a sync on each device before opening. On the up side it’s elegant to type in and it’s nice to have formatting preserved across platforms. Feature request. It would be nice to be able to open research side by side with the draft pane.
  • Table of Contents

    By Rooog
    Love your app Like to see in speak icon, annotation, footnote n comments a new box — a language box: where you can copy any language in the language box. In English you write, a sentence, a paragraph highlighted. You highlighted area, a sentence, a paragraph and the language box opens up and it speaks that language with a moving highlighter. That would be cool. Right now I have both languages in my document. If I ask it to speak it speak English n say gibberish in another language.
  • Pleasantly surprised

    By JimRac2
    I had happily been writing fiction using Scrivener for a couple of years on the PC. When the iOS version was released, on a lark I purchased it, curious whether my iPad Air 2 could be used for more than just consuming web pages or checking the weather, but frankly not expecting very much. Rarely have my expectations been proven so wrong! Scrivener for iOS is a robust app with a small footprint on my devices but a big impact to my workflow. It contains the core functionality of the desktop app, giving me a comfortable alternative for writing on the go. But there are times at home when I choose to work in the iOS Scrivener over the desktop version: sometimes the iOS' stripped down interface is just the ticket when I am having trouble focusing and need to minimize distractions. While Scrivener runs well on my iPad Air 2, one of the biggest surprises was how productive writing is on my 5s. I never imagined a device with such a small screen would be useful for writing, but paired with a bluetooth keyboard it works really well for writing first drafts. In fact I am writing this review on my 5s! Integration with Dropbox has been seamless for me. (Unfortunately other cloud services like iCloud currently can't handle Scrivener's multiple file structure.) To sum up, Scrivener is my go to app for writing novels and short stories, on the PC and now on iOS.