Scrivener

Mac au­thors' tool jumps to iOS

Mac Format - - APPLE CHOICE - Richard cob­bett

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.

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