Mac authors' tool jumps to iOS
After being announced in 2011, beloved Mac writing program Scrivener arriving on iOS feels less like a product release than a sign of the apocalypse. The good news is that it’s not only everything that users have been waiting for, but powerful enough to be a standalone package for writing novels, scripts, or any other long-form project.
Scrivener handles every step of the creative process, including importing images for reference, organising chapters and notes in a binder that makes it easy to move scenes around, drop them from the project, label them and see the whole project, complete with images, via a corkboard display. A few advanced features from Scrivener proper are missing, like version control, but are the exception.
There’s no shortage of other writing programs out there, though none handle big projects as smoothly as Scrivener. The interface is a masterpiece of minimalism that lets you bring as much information to the fore as you need, while still full of features that writers badly need and coders often overlook. Typewriter mode for instance. Outlining. Sideby-side documents. The only part where it really falls down is in the exporting, which lacks Mac Scrivener’s detailed tools.
It’s not just writing, but structure and reference materials that make it so useful.