Scrivener for Mac

Scrivener for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.9
out of 45 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.50
  • Total Downloads:
    16,660
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 01, 2009
  • Price:
    Purchase; $39.95 to buy

Editors' Review

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Scrivener is an excellent, idiosyncratic app for creating and managing complex writing projects, whether you're trying to write a novel, play, TV show, or magazine feature. No simple word processor, Scrivener is a full authoring tool, using a metaphorical "three-ring binder" interface that helps you organize draft text and research documents into a simple system for writing, revising, and rearranging text.

While the basics of Scrivener's interface are intuitive--the system of folders, documents, and index cards on a virtual corkboard--you'll need to invest some time and effort to fully understand all of its features, including flexible output options, "snapshots" for handling revisions, a potent outlining tool, full-screen editing mode, and an exhaustive system for keywords, labels, and the like. Thankfully, Scrivener has a feature-summary video, a built-in tutorial, a responsive developer, and an active and enthusiastic user community. Scrivener also now supports a couple of new formats--Final Draft's FDX and Write Room's WS--so you can easily move files from those applications. The price tag might seem steep given the ubiquity of free and cheap text editors, but Scrivener is an exceptional tool built for a particular task.

 
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5 stars

"If you write, give Scrivener a try"

March 01, 2009  |  By InklingBooks

 |  Version: Scrivener 1.50

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
There are people who switch to Macs just to use Scrivener--it's just that good. The creator is a writer and knows what writers need. Most important of all, he knows how to create an application that meets those needs.

Scrivener is powerful and flexible. Nine times out of ten, when I come up with something that Scrivener ought to do, I find that it already has that feature ready and waiting. It's easy to use, but has the power to grow as your project gets more complex. Whatever your writing style, it will adapt to it. If you like to start with a broad outline and fill in the details later, it will handle that. If you get flashes of inspiration, but are uncertain where they'll end up, it will handle that too. Just create a document for your idea and decide where it goes later.

If you decide to radically alter what you're doing, you can save a snapshot, and revert back to it if you change your mind. And whatever you're doing from novels to technical documents, rearranging content is as easy as drag and drop Try doing that in Microsoft Word. There's also a full-screen mode that lets you eliminate everything from view but the words.

I won't say more. Follow the "Developer's Site" link above for more details, including a "Watch Video" link in the upper right. Note too that you can try it for 30 days before you buy.

--Michael W. Perry, author of Untangling Tolkien





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4 stars

"but we need more features"

June 02, 2014  |  By osamakmd

 |  Version: Scrivener 2.5.0

Pros

Easy to use.
Useful video tutorials.
Brilliant interactions.

Cons

Lacks ability to insert photos. Needed for scientific writings.
No interactive dictionary.

Summary

Lacks essential features especially for scientific writing.

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1 stars

"Awful and impossible"

September 10, 2013  |  By stljone

 |  Version: Scrivener 2.4.1

Pros

The only pro to Scrivener is that it is not a virus. It didn't actually infect my computer, but it did infect my life.

Cons

Scrivener is impossible to use. The company has no support or reliable assistance. They will direct you to "thousands" of websites that offer tutorials... well, no they don't. They tell you that there are thousands of websites with tutorials, but never actually provide any of these marvelous tutorials.
Before you buy, google "Scrivener complaints" and read through some of the thousands of reviews talking about this impossible software.

Then go figure something else out. It's not worth it at all.

Summary

Not recommended by this writer. It's horrible software. Impossible.

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5 stars

"From a graduate student in history: "Life Changing!!""

March 31, 2013  |  By adina_johnson

 |  Version: Scrivener 2.4

Pros

As an academic historian, I am constantly wrangling evidence, pdfs, photos, interviews, you name it. Scrivener is amazing at keeping me organized throughout the writing process--from researching, to writing, to editing, to printing. I love the ability to look at my evidence on one panel while typing in the other. I love being able to rearrange my chapters and sub-points at will. Basically, no words could explain how much I love Scrivener!!

Cons

There are a few formatting quirks, but they are easily fixable once compiled into word. It would also be wonderful if Scrivener and Zotero could work better together. But these small complaints are FAR outweighed by the benefits of Scrivener.

Summary

Love it! Get the 30-day trial, do the tutorial, and fall in love!

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5 stars

"From a professional writer: EXCELLENT!"

January 07, 2012  |  By bigbang

 |  Version: Scrivener 2.2

Pros

Feel, stability, predictability, organization and workflow integration.

Cons

Not cheap, but for me, it's been very well worth it. Especially with how quickly I've received technical support when I've needed it.

Summary

I'm the author of a 992-page book that's used in a lot of college courses. I'm now working on the 7th edition. I read several journal articles a day and do countless browser searchers, and need a program to organize my research. I also do a daily 90-second radio broadcast that is research intensive. So I spend several hours each day collecting and organizing information.

I've tried just about everything including MacJournal, Circus Ponies Notebook, Devonnote, Evernote and Together, SOHO Notes, and more. I found each of these to be excellent in its own way, and I well understand if one suits your style and needs better than Scrivener. If fact, if you do a lot of writing, I'd strongly encourage you to try each one and find the one or two that you are most comfortable with.

For me, Scrivener has provided the most intuitive and best feeling environment. Maybe that's because I started writing back in the old days, when one used 3x5 cards and a typewriter. Perhaps that's why I've done better with Scrivener than the others.

I've honestly had no loyalty over the years to one of these programs or the other. Shamelessly, I'd consider switching tomorrow if an organizer came along that felt even better, so the fact that Scrivener has kept me happy for the past 18 months says a lot.

(I'd especially switch to a new app if I could find software that helped me feel less resistance to the process of writing in general--but I've found no apps with this kind of miraculousness attached. Writing remains a challenge for me, even though I'm successful at it and make my living from it. I still dread having to do each new project. I've also found that no program can do the hard work of entering the information I need to enter in a way that's most useful. That's ultimately up to me. Damn.)

The two times I've needed to get technical support with Scrivener, I've heard back within 6 hours. Both times, they were able to solve the problem.

Another thing to consider is the stability--each note in Scrivener is kept as a separate text file in the project folder. This means that there's no database corruption to worry about. No question, databases have their advantages, especially for easy back up, searches, and perhaps for cloud storage. But as long as my hard drive is working, there is no way I'll ever lose the notes I've put into Scrivener. I just make sure I do daily backups to jump drives that I swap out and store in another location.

On the other hand, I don't need to download directly to a blog or other media from Scrivener. I have no idea how well Scrivener works for that, nor am I syncing between laptop/smartphone and desktop. All I can tell you is for my particular purposes as a writer--which might be different from yours--Scrivener is the program that I've settled on to collect, collate and process my work.

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5 stars

"Not Your Ordinary Word Processor"

December 19, 2011  |  By straittalker77

 |  Version: Scrivener 2.2

Pros

Useful app for any writer, novelist, or screenwriter. Does everything that word does and then some. Has an incredible variety of useful features. Easy-to-use interface. Comes with easy-to-understand manual that is in depth.

Cons

Some small output bugs, but stable for the most part.

Summary

Scrivener is an amazingly powerful writing tool that will help organize and manage your writing project from beginning to end. The app is unlike any other word processor. It helps to break down your work into tiny pieces so the writer can create a larger, more complex project. It has a bunch of useful features like the snapshot feature, split-window view, the powerful inspector panel, and the corkboard views, which all help organize your scrivenings. It's easy to use for the most part, but you may want to keep the manual handy just in case. Definitely recommend this app for anyone who is serious in writing.

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5 stars

"This product just keeps getting better and better."

August 26, 2011  |  By avro105

 |  Version: Scrivener 2.1.0

Pros

Great new features in this version. Well worth the upgrade price.

Cons

None I can think of.

Summary

If you are a student or write content for work. Scrivener is a must. I reckon it gave me another 10% on my degree.

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5 stars

"Not a word processor - Instead a flexible author's tool"

April 02, 2011  |  By MiguelD--2008

 |  Version: Scrivener 2.0.5

Pros

A wide number of features - but you can easily adapt it to working the way you do. It uses a programmer's approach to writing - because it was concieved by a programmer who is also an author. But, in the end, it is a wise approach.

Cons

To really see what it can do and understand some of the assumptions behind the way it is set up - you do need to invest time and review the training videos. If you want a word processor for writing - this is not a replacement for document formatting.

Summary

Best approach I've found for helping me organize and write articles and that long considered but never started fiction piece in the back of my mind. Well worth $45 dollars if you spend the time to try it and understand the purpose and process behind it.

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5 stars

"Jack of all trades"

April 01, 2011  |  By UVMoose

 |  Version: Scrivener 2.0.5

Pros

A word processor, note collector, research archive and more. Ability to split screen and have notes in one document and current work in the other is invaluable.

Cons

Doubtful anyone beside the author of the program can use all the tools it offers. Can be a little overwhelming.

Summary

I'm a journalist/author and I do ALL of my writing on Scrivener. I would be lost without it and can't imagine going back to a standard word processor. I do occasionally have to check the terrific manual to recall how to do something but that's OK. You can use as little of the program as you need or as much as you want. Either way, it's worth every penny.

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5 stars

"works well with so many options"

February 12, 2011  |  By jmichaeli

 |  Version: Scrivener 2.0.4

Pros

keeping track of different sections; able to easily find things/sections;

Cons

have not really found any...

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5 stars

"It's my favourite app for Mac"

December 10, 2010  |  By emmeeffe

 |  Version: Scrivener 2.0.2

Pros

A great piece of software, well coded and very well supported by a large community and a great developer, Keith Blunt

Cons

Not (still!) available in all main languages (italian missing!)

Summary

This application is what I needed for my writing project. It's a great way to manage my ideas.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.50
  • Got rid of non-contiguous layout used by text view on Leopard, as this may have been responsible for certain text colour drawing problems in full screen.
  • Fixed bug whereby auto-numbering upon Compile Draft in a project containing hundreds of auto-number tags could consume so much memory that there would be none left and Scrivener would hang - and the computer would freeze.
  • Added bold, italic and underline buttons to the ruler for the main editors.
  • Added toolbar icon for tables.
  • You can now apply arbitrary highlight colours by selecting "Arbitrary" from the highlight menu. This will bring up the colour picker panel. You can also select to search for all highlight colours in the Highlight panel. You cannot assign names to arbitrary colours, though - only the five original colours have that ability.
  • Script mode is now saved per-document rather than per-pane.
  • When registering after entering a serial number, any whitespace accidentally copied in around that serial number is now trimmed away automatically. This should prevent confusion for new users who find that their serial numbers have not been recognised because they have inadvertently copied in whitespace with the serial number.
  • Renamed "General Text Attributes" in Text Editing preferences to "Default Main Text Attributes" for clarity.
  • After doing a project search, a normal text find will now search for the project search term afterwards even if you don't call up the find panel (previously, the project search term only got loaded into a normal find if the find panel was displayed).
  • Fixed a bug whereby paste events were not accepted from Bookends if it was the very first time you had opened Scrivener and you had chosen to view the tutorial from the first run panel.
  • When selecting Help > Tutorial, you are now prompted to save a copy of the tutorial to a location of your choosing regardless of whether you have write permissions. This should prevent problems with multiple accounts on the same computer, and also make it easier to reset the tutorial to a "vanilla" copy without having to reinstall Scrivener.
  • Scrivener once more has a start panel, based on the ones in iLife. The panel will only appear if you have no projects open, so it should be unnoticeable until it is needed. Hopefully this will reduce the number of support e-mails I have to answer explaining that Scrivener has not failed to launch, it is just that there is no window until you create a new project...
  • You no longer need to hold down Control or Option whilst clicking on Save to force the search strings and QuickLook data to get saved. Just doing a manual save will now save this data automatically. It is not saved during auto-saves, though, for speed reasons. It is saved when the project is closed regardless, and if the project closed improperly (e.g. because of a crash), the search strings are rebuilt and restored when the project is reopened. This means that manual saves will be a little slower than auto-saves, but that should be fine.
  • Renamed "Take Snapshots of Selection" to "Take Snapshots of Selected Documents" and "Take Snapshots of All" to "Take Snapshots of All Text Documents" for clarity.
  • The .scriv extension no longer appears in the project title bar (above the toolbar).
  • Auto-generate synopsis now accepts multiple selections (that is, if you select several ranges of text and then click on Auto-generate synopsis, the synopsis will be populated with all of the selected text, each range separated by a newline).
  • Version number is now displayed correctly when using Get Info on Scrivener in the Finder.
  • Renamed "Open/Close Primary/Secondary" quotes in Typography preferences to "Open/Close" and "Open Alternative/Close Alternative" - hopefully this should avoid confusion (and pedantry!).
  • Smart copy and paste (Tiger & Leopard) and smart links (Leopard only) are now optional, via the Text Editing pane of the preferences.
  • Fixed bug whereby doing a keyword search from full screen would return to the main window with no results and nothing entered into the search field in the toolbar.
  • Tweak to way licence info is found to aid businesses and academic institutions which require all users of one machine to be registered without having to enter registration details for each user. As a side-effect, this now means that deleting your preferences file will not necessarily delete your registration info.
  • Added toolbar icons for Take Snapshot, Take Snapshot with Title, and Show Snapshots
  • Improved the way QuickLook and CoverFlow preview information is stored (Leopard). A synopsis is now generated for blank items in CoverFlow previews. The contents of the Draft folder only is displayed if possible, but now if there isn't enough in the Draft folder, the first ten items of the whole binder (excepting special folders) are displayed.
  • Move left/right/up/down now works even if the field editor has the focus.
  • Improved start panel logic.
  • Fixed serious bug whereby trying to backup a project over the top of the current, open project would delete the project entirely.
  • The start panel is now optional and can be turned off via General preferences.
  • When the import of a web page fails, Scrivener now gives a (hopefully) more useful message, recommending the user to try saving the web page as a .webarchive from Safari and importing that way.
  • If attempting to merge more than 5 documents, a warning is now displayed informing the user that the action cannot be undone.
  • Fixed bug whereby Scrivener links did not survive copying and pasting. (Scrivener now uses the same custom pasteboard type for copied text containing links as it does for text containing footnotes or annotations - note that this means that pasting text containing links into a table can cause odd results because of certain pasting override limitations with the text system.)
  • Added Persian (modern) to Typography preferences.
  • Added support for compiling draft to .docx or .odt format.
  • Updated registration panel so that the text now matches that received in confirmation e-mails (i.e. "serial number name" and "serial number" instead of "user name" and "registration code", which apparently befuddled some people).
  • You no longer have to hit return after changing the project or session target.
  • Added "space" item to "customize toolbar".
  • Fixed security hole in 1.12 beta 1 licence registration.
  • Fixed bug whereby slashes were not getting replaced with underscores in default date extension to the project title created by Backup To...
  • Snapshots panel now uses text background colour set in Preferences.
  • Preferences no longer allow negative values in fields such as editor width or margins.
  • Added "Unregister" button to registration panel for customers who need to enter corrected details.
  • Improved Backup To... so that the backup project will not try to synchronise search strings when it is launched.
  • Fixed bug whereby synchronising search strings on large projects could eat up so much memory that the Scrivener would hang.
  • Added message explaining why synchronise search strings panel appears and giving the user the chance not to open the project at all in case they are opening a project that is also open on another networked machine.
  • Media background preference can now be set to any colour rather than just a shade of grey - uses Pages background colour by default. Also renamed to "Editor background".
  • Added preference for invisibles colour.
  • Updated "Purchase" menu item (and "Buy" in trial panel) to point towards store with educational licence option.
  • Added ability to import OPML documents (a single OPML document will be imported as several documents, retaining the hierarchical structure of the outliner).
  • Added ability to import and export to Final Draft File Converter format (FCF). This is now by far the best way of getting files in and out of Final Draft, and should make exchanging scripts between the two programs much easier.
  • Added "Total Words" and "Total Characters" columns to outliner - these show the accumulated statistics; that is, the "Total Words" of a folder will show the total word count for the folder and all of its descendants.
General
Publisher Literature & Latte
Publisher web site http://www.literatureandlatte.com
Release Date March 01, 2009
Date Added March 01, 2009
Version 1.50
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Word Processing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.4 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 77.28MB
File Name Scrivener.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 16,660
Downloads Last Week 50
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License Model Purchase
Limitations Not available
Price $39.95

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