Scrivener is (Finally) Coming to iPad

Scrivener is (Finally) Coming to iPad March 20, 2015

Photo Source: Flickr Commons by Mehdi Kabab
Photo Source: Flickr Commons by Mehdi Kabab

One of the most fun things about leaving legislating behind and taking up writing has been the switch from heavy-duty computing to boutique computing.

The reason that’s fun?

Because I like to buy certain things: Shoes, purses and techie stuff.

I actually enjoy trying out software and reading about it and figuring out what will work the best for what I want to do.

So, it’s been a kick, tossing out Microsoft Office and Filemaker Pro and loading up on the likes of Scrivener, a book writing software created by a book writer for book writers.

When I read on the Scrivener blog that the much-delayed, highly-desired Scrivener for iPad might actually be available for purchase by late summer or early fall, it was interesting enough for me to bring it up at dinner with my husband.

Hubby responded by asking What’s Scrivener?

I was stumped for a moment. How do you describe gravity? It just is, and you can not function or live long and prosper without it.

Scrivener, if you’re a writer, is both your left and right hands. It won’t write your books for you, but it will turn your computer into a book writing machine of the first order.

I’d as soon go for a walk in the snow without my shoes and socks as I would to sit down to write my book without Scrivener. I could do both, but Ain’t. Gonna. Happen.

The on line tutorials, which can be found both on the Scrivener website and on YouTube, will get you up and running and teach you how to do anything you want to do with the software. The blog forum is friendly and helpful and the technical support from Scrivener staff is quick, personal and effective.

Scrivener can be had for the paltry sum of $45.

As for Scrivener on the uber portable iPad?




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24 responses to “Scrivener is (Finally) Coming to iPad”

  1. If Scrivener for IPad had come out two years ago, it would have filled a big gap. Now, not so fast. While I will buy it, I’ve already been running Scrivener on a Windows tablet with no difficulty whatsoever. Low cost and highly portable laptops like the HP Stream 13 are much more versatile in the use of Scrivener than an iPad, which is losing market momentum, will ever be. And Scrivener is no longer the sole game in town. Decent competitors have begun to appear and are beating it to the punch.

    L&L’s status as a small software house operating on a shoestring may give it a loyal following for some time, but the company is clearly struggling to adjust to changes in technology. Will L&L ever figure out a way to utilize the Chromebook? Can it leverage cloud computing in its favor? It can’t presently even mobilize sufficient resources to push out a highly demanded product on a platform that just about everyone else has written to.

    As a fan, I’m rooting for them. But as a former corporate executive with pretty good business experience, I would suggest that they consider merging with a larger company that has the developmental resources they so sorely lack. The last 30 years is littered with great software packages that couldn’t keep up, starting with VisiCalc.

    Is Scrivener today’s VisiCalc?

    I fear it might just be.

  2. I’ve got Scrivener, and love it. It is not as flashy as my Adobe products, for instance, but none of the Adobe products is geared toward – or half so fit for purpose and fun to use for – novel writing. Scrivener is great.

  3. Which Adobe products do you use? Apple is discontinuing Aperture, and I’m wondering about switching to Lightroom.

  4. Do it! Definitely.

    I’m a technical writer (and photographer on the side, but a reasonably lucrative side) and use most of the Creative Cloud suite. Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign, and Illustrator are my bread and butter. Premiere and Audition hae gotten some play time, too; and lately I’ve ditched their heavyhanded web editing tool, Dreamweaver, for the their light and lithe newest addition: Brackets.

    Lightroom has lately added a whole host of really fun tools, including perspective distortion correction and circular filters, that work really well. As a cataloging tool, I used to have problems with it, but all my little gripes have been remedied heartily, so that I can now pull up photos by keyword, camera setting, stage in the development process, and more.

    Synching with its mobile app for Android is still glitchy (I don’t know about iOS), but that’s hardly what I bought it for; anyway, I’m sure they’ll have it fixed before too long.

    And for $10/mo, you get Lightroom *and* Photoshop, both upgraded, bugfixed, and improved frequently. If you ever want a walk-through/talk-through of it, let me know. We can screenshare sometime.

  5. That’s pretty much what I’ve been thinking. I’m disappointed in what I’m using already, for a host of reasons. Now that Apple is giving me the old heave-ho, the decision is forced upon me. Thanks for the advice.

  6. Well, maybe. The thing is, “aspiring novelist” is a more niche market than “people who need to use numbers or calculate or track things in a formatted way,” which is, after all, almost everyone.

    But, I’m really curious, because like Rebecca, I really like fiddling with software. Do you have any suggestions for software that improves upon Scrivener? As you mentioned, I can definitely see room for improvement.

    As for some of the things you mention, there are some workarounds. I store my projects in my dropbox, so I can work on them either at my desk or on my laptop. But yeah, you’re right – it’s an application with promise not nearly completely realized.

    But still, it’s cool.

  7. Ryan, I have another question. I’ve been using Aperture with a group of Topaz plug-ins. The plug-ins are several years old, but that hasn’t been a problem, since Aperture hasn’t been upgraded in so long. Do you know if I can use Fusion to link between the Topaz plug-ins with Lightroom? (That’s how I open Aperture photos in Topaz now.) I don’t want to buy new plug-ins.

    My camera is a Sony a77, which I would guess would download into Lightroom with no problems, since it’s an older model.

    I’d like to avoid Photoshop, if I can. It’s too much software for this hobbyist.

  8. Hey Rebecca,

    I know Topaz works great with Photoshop because I’ve used the two together. I think it integrates with Lightroom, though I can’t say how well, because to my best recollection, I’ve only ever used it with Photoshop.

    The Topaz people seem to think it’s compatible with Lightroom ( I don’t know what the workflow looks like. I think I once saw a youtube video demoing the workflow.

    If Lightroom doesn’t natively support your camera’s raw format, there is almost certainly a free or cheap plugin or app that can be used to convert its raw format into Adobe’s DNG format. As you said, that probably isn’t a problem. You can probably find the list of supported cameras pretty easily.

    I had no idea that you are into photography (how should I? 😀 ) but that makes me very happy to hear. If you go for the Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop $10 monthly subscription, I definitely encourage you to at least dabble in Photoshop. It’s a lot of fun, and especially being already familiar with the Topaz filters/plugins for it, you’ll get gratifying results pretty quickly, and can branch out from there.

    I’m an incessant tinkerer, though.

  9. Thanks.

    I bought a hard copy of Lightroom 5 from B&H Photo last night. I decided to do that because I’m distrustful of subscription software. I don’t want to be pushed into buying a new computer just because the software I use is no longer compatible with it. That’s already happened to me with my iPad. Makes me feel bullied by these companies.

    However, I know that the day is coming when I won’t be able to use LR at all w/o doing the monthly do. Apple’s app store pushes that way pretty hard, too.

    And $10/month for both LR and Photoshop?? That’s a good deal.

    I’ve used Photoshop Elements in the past. It’s a good software and ez pz. My problem with it is mostly that I like to use non-destructive edits. That’s one question I have about Lightroom. Aperture definitely allows non-destructive edits. Does Lightroom?

  10. Totally understood. I am suspicious of subscription software too. It eases my soul to think of it as budgeted upgrades for me, and a steady revenue for them to help then steadily develop. And $10/mo is, in my book, a fantastic deal, especially since I don’t qualify for many discounts in life, and just Photoshop was like $950 the old way.

    Yeah, unless I’m missing something, actually in Lightroom you can *only* do nondestructive editing. All edits are saved in sidecar/meta data type files, so the original source file is never altered.

    In Photoshop, you can edit either way. I used to avoid nondestructive because it intimidated me, but have been transitioning to new processes.

  11. David Hewson says on his blog that he’s switched from Scrivener to Ulysses. He said that part of the reason is that he gets bored, using the same software all the time. Has anyone here used both of them? If so, can you compare them for the rest of us?

  12. Hasn’t the promise of a Scrivener for iPad been around for quite a while ? I hope my cynicism is misplaced.

    I really do like Scrivener, but I also find there’s more freedom in being able to work on my ipad or my chromebook, both are easier to lug around and less traumatising to replace if something bad happens to them.

    There’s a great app Writebox, which you can get for iPad and Chromebook, and this can sync with the files from scrivener easily on dropbox. True it’s just plain writing and nothing like the bells and whistles experience Scrivener provides, but it works.

  13. Index Card 4 – corkboard writer for iPad was released today. It can now export Scrivener .scriv files, in addition to the previous ability to sync .indexcard files with Scrivener. Full disclosure, I’m the developer of Index Card.

  14. I have never allowed this sort of thing before. But I use Index Card and can recommend it. It works very well with Scrivener.

  15. While Ulysses is not as rich in features as Scrivener, the basic idea is similar (Scrivener acknowledges Ulysses as an inspiration) and it released an iPad version a couple of months ago that syncs well with it. Increasingly I find myself using it rather than Scrivener.

  16. Make it for the ipad and I will worship you. Just the idea of replacing my macbook-pro with an ipad mini makes me giddy.

  17. I’ve been using Scrivener for years. I’ve always loved everything except the styling features, especially setting headings, subheads, and lists, which I’ve found difficult to work with.

    I’ve just discovered how well the Mac app “Marked 2” plays with Scrivener, though. It means I can write in Markdown language, using simple inline codes to do all that formatting work for me. It really simplifies the process. (Markdown is easy to learn, by the way.)

    Scrivener’s value was already high, in my eyes. Now it’s about twice as high.

  18. If you want to use Scrivener on a tablet, buy a Windows 2-in-1. That’s almost ironic, isn’t it?

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