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Scrivener for Mac

$45
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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.8.0
  • Total Downloads:
    19,642
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 28, 2016
  • Price:
    Free to try; $45.00 to buy

Editors' Review

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Scrivener is a powerful tool to help you keep all of your thoughts organized while you're writing anything from a novel to a legal brief. It's packed full of features designed by writers for writers, and while that can make it a bit overwhelming at first, the payoff in the end is excellent.

Pros

Research oriented: This app is appropriate for all kinds of writing, and it includes different features geared toward each one. But one of its main benefits is the split-screen working mode that lets you view your notes and research on one side while you write on the other. You can enter all of your notes and research into this program, and then bring it up at will, greatly streamlining the organization process.

Tutorials: Because this app does do so much, it can be a bit overwhelming at first. But the developers do make it as easy as possible to find your way around by including various types of tutorials and references. There is an interactive tutorial that thoroughly walks you through each aspect of the program, and there are also dozens of videos describing different features and how to access them. While you may have to go back and reference these resources from time to time, they're clearly accessible and well organized, so you'll know where to find what you need quickly.

Cons

Formatting and photos: This app was not designed to allow you to polish finished drafts, and so its formatting features are limited. The developers suggest that you move your document to a more conventional word processing program like Word when you're ready for the final edit, but this may be an inconvenience for some people. That's true especially if you'd like to insert images into your document as you go, an operation that Scrivener does not support.

Bottom Line

This app delivers on just about every level. It's packed with features, and each of them really is designed to solve a common problem for writers of various kinds. No matter what type of writing you do, this program is worth testing out to see if it's a good fit. You can try it for free for 30 days, and the full purchase price is $45.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Scrivener for Mac 2.5.0.

 
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4 stars

"but we need more features"

June 02, 2014  |  By osamakmd

2014-06-02 07:38:20  |  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

2013-09-10 16:36:59  |  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

2013-03-31 21:55:15  |  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

2012-01-07 13:07:10  |  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

2011-12-19 16:09:28  |  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

2011-08-26 02:47:14  |  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

2011-04-02 11:48:15  |  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

2011-04-01 12:57:17  |  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

2011-02-12 11:57:42  |  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

2010-12-10 12:56:06  |  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 2.8.0
  • Fixed bug whereby .svg files would not be output for MultiMarkdown → HTML, only for other MultiMarkdown outputs.
  • Fixed bug whereby certain images could cause a hang when loading text (if the images were embedded in an \object inside the RTF).
  • Fixed bug whereby images at the top of a section could cause page breaks not to be inserted properly during Compile.
  • Worked around Apple bug exacerbated by El Capitan whereby certain fonts would cause the line spacing in comments and footnotes to change when edited, which meant that in some circumstances the last line of a comment wasn't visible unless being edited.
  • Scrivener no longer tries to restore full screen mode on relaunching, to avoid a crashing issue that was introduced in an El Capitan update and is affecting some users.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes.
General
Publisher Literature & Latte
Publisher web site http://www.literatureandlatte.com
Release Date July 28, 2016
Date Added July 28, 2016
Version 2.8.0
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, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel/10.7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 80.06MB
File Name Scrivener.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 19,642
Downloads Last Week 2
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License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $45

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