Scrivener 2.2 for Mac - Free download and software reviews - CNET Download.com

Scrivener for Mac

CNET Editors' review

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.

Publisher's Description

More Products to Consider

  • Apache OpenOffice
    Take an open-source approach to office productivity.
    Download Or, Learn More About Apache OpenOffice

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • PDF to Excel
    Transform PDF documents to Excel documents.
    Download Or, Learn More About PDF to Excel

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Free PDF to Word
    Convert PDF files to Microsoft Word format.
    Download Or, Learn More About Free PDF to Word

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Microsoft Office Co...
    Open, edit, and save files using the new file formats in 2007 v...
    Download Or, Learn More About Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint File Formats

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Adobe Reader XI
    View, navigate, and print PDF files.

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Visit Site Or, Learn More About Adobe Reader XI
  • Free JPG to PDF
    Convert JPG, BMP, TIFF, PNG images to PDF files.
    Download Or, Learn More About Free JPG to PDF

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • All-Business-Letter...
    Get a comprehensive library of 4500 sample business letters and...
    Download Or, Learn More About All-Business-Letters

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • All-Business-Docume...
    Prepare any business documents from 6000 professionally written...
    Download Or, Learn More About All-Business-Documents

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Judoom
    Carry out your writing work while having access to multiple doc...
    Download Or, Learn More About Judoom

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • ADaMSoft
    Read and write data in different formats.
    Download Or, Learn More About ADaMSoft

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Microsoft Office Wo...
    Create and share content with the help of a comprehensive set o...

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Visit Site Or, Learn More About Microsoft Office Word 2010
  • Fakturama (32-bit)
    Create invoices and delivery notes for various purposes.
    Download Or, Learn More About Fakturama (32-bit)

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • PDF ReDirect
    Create, encrypt, and merge PDF files.
    Download Or, Learn More About PDF ReDirect

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Fakturama (64-bit)
    Create invoices and delivery notes for various purposes.
    Download Or, Learn More About Fakturama (64-bit)

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • WorkTime
    Keep track of how you use your PC.
    Download Or, Learn More About WorkTime

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • CSV2OFX
    Convert CSV, TXT or Excel files to OFX format and import into M...
    Download Or, Learn More About CSV2OFX

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • PDFCreator
    Render PDF files within applications that support the print fun...
    Download Or, Learn More About PDFCreator

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • CZ Powerpoint to PD...
    Batch convert Powerpoint to PDF, PNG, JPEG, TIFF files without ...
    Download Or, Learn More About CZ Powerpoint to PDF

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • DeskPDF Editor X
    Create, edit, markup, sign & secure PDFs.
    Download Or, Learn More About DeskPDF Editor X

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Microsoft Office Vi...
    Develop your own custom solutions visualizing various data.

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Download Or, Learn More About Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2007

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • JobTabs Job Search ...
    Turn your energy into interviews with a job search tool for job...
    Download Or, Learn More About JobTabs Job Search and Resume Builder

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • AssetManage
    Organize and store records of assets belonging to your company ...
    Download Or, Learn More About AssetManage

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Kingsoft Office Fre...
    Read, create, and save files seamlessly in Office 2007/2010 and...
    Download Or, Learn More About Kingsoft Office Free 2013

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • FreeOCR
    Recognize text from images using the open source Tesseract OCR ...
    Download Or, Learn More About FreeOCR

    Installed

    Smart Install
All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.9 stars

    out of 44 votes

    • 5 star: 43
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
  • Current version:

    5.0 stars

    out of 2 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
  • My rating:

    0 stars

    Write review

Results 1-2 of 2

  • 5.0 stars

    "From a professional writer: EXCELLENT!"

    January 7, 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.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (2) (0)

  • 5.0 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.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (1) (0)

Results 1-2 of 2

Add Your Review

Log in or create an account to post a review.
You are logged in as . Please submit your review for Scrivener 2.2
Add Your Review

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

Submit your reply

Submit

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

cancel

E-mail this review

Submit cancel

Report offensive content

If you believe this comment is offensive or violates the CNET's Site Terms of Use, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the comment). Once reported, our staff will be notified and the comment will be reviewed.

Select type of offense:

Offensive: Sexually explicit or offensive language
Spam: Advertisements or commercial links
Disruptive posting: Flaming or offending other users
Illegal activities: Promote cracked software, or other illegal content
Submit cancel

Previous Versions:

Error

close

ERROR MESSAGE

If you think this is an error, please contact CNET TechTracker Support for further assistance.

Ok

Running Request

close

loading

Smart Install Software

close

CNET TechTracker will now automatically install software without requiring further action by you. (Note: This feature automatically accepts associated EULAs and third party applications on your behalf.)

You have selected the following software to Smart Install:

CNET TechTracker will attempt to install this software without interrupting you again. If an application requires manual installation, CNET TechTracker will download the installer and prompt you to take further action.

Proceed with Smart Install?

Confirm Standard Install Cancel

Submit a problem report for Scrivener

close

Please describe the problem you have with this software. This information will be sent to our editors for review.

Problem:

The CNET Installer isn't working as expected

The download link does not work

The software has a newer version

The software contains malware

Other

Description:

Please select a feedback type.

Please enter a description.

Submit Problem Report

Problem Report submitted

close

Thank you for submitting a problem report! The Download team is committed to providing you with accurate software information.

OK

Or, Learn More About Scrivener

Installed

Smart Install

About CNET Installer

The CNET Download.com Installer is a tiny ad-supported stub installer or "download manager" that helps securely deliver your downloads from Download.com's servers. We also include offers for carefully screened software that complies with Download.com Software Policies as part of our Installer process. Learn more

Scrivener for Mac