The popular writing software Scrivener is now available in app form for iOS. Find out what makes Scrivener such a hit with writers and hatch some ideas of your own for how to create your own writer-oriented app on AppMakr.
Scrivener, the popular writing software for Mac and Windows, is newly available for iOS systems. The software is widely celebrated by professional writers, and scribblers can now take their manuscripts on the move and work on them via the app on iPad or iPhone.
What Sets Scrivener Apart
As opposed to other forms of word-processing software, Scrivener (produced by Literature and Latte Ltd.) was designed with lengthier manuscripts in mind. One of the key features of both the desktop software and the app iteration is the ability to easily move sections of the text around, restructuring your evolving final product as you go.
The app also contains a research component that lets you reference and import videos, images, and PDFs and also check for consistency with earlier sections of the work. On the iPad you can view documents side-by-side, and on the iPhone you can toggle back and forth between views by tapping.
Once your draft is complete, you can easily compile and combine all your manuscript’s moving parts into a single document and export it into Word doc, a PDF, a Final Draft file, or plain text formats. The app also enables writers to import files from these applications and formats and divide up the imported text into different sections. Users can also use Dropbox to sync between devices and ensure that they can continue to work on their novel or screenplay wherever they are.
Writers Love Scrivener’s Flexibility
Jordan Novet, writing for Venturebeat, celebrates app features like a running word count at the top of the page and the ability to easily toggle back and forth between different documents and projects. Writers of shows, films, and plays can switch into the app’s screenwriter mode. “With a tap, you can switch between typing in information for a scene heading, action, character, a parenthetical, dialogue, a transition, or a shot,” Novet writes.
Scrivener was originally created by Keith Blount, who developed the software as he was procrastinating while writing his own novel, according to WIRED. The software was developed with his personal writing process in mind, which featured writing ideas down on index cards, in Microsoft Word, and in Excel.
He wanted a writing software that would allow him to keep all his research and separate sections of the manuscript all in one location and then shift them around as needed. On the app, everything is divided into projects, each containing drafts, snippets, research, and other elements relevant to the manuscript.
It’s this very flexibility that many writers praise about the app. As Veronica Roth tells WIRED, “...one thing I like about Scrivener is that it’s flexible. A simple word processor sort of implies by its very design that you will begin at the beginning and end at the end, and that’s not how I work. I am always jumping around in my timeline, deleting whole pages and reusing them later, or changing the order of events, or merging two scenes into one.”
Similarly, the app makes it easy for writers to manipulate the manuscript and make changes in structure or chronology when feedback comes back from the editor. The fact that writers can now work on their manuscripts on the subway or at a cafe via their phones and then sync it with their Mac or PC is another exciting aspect of the mobile app. The Scrivener app is now available for $19.99 from iTunes.
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