Scrivener for Mac

Scrivener for Mac

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.6.0
  • Total Downloads:
    17,226
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 15, 2014
  • 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

 |  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 2.6.0
  • Various UI tweaks and fixes for Yosemite compatibility.
  • Clicking the green traffic light full-screen button on Yosemite enters full screen mode; Opt-clicking it uses the pre-10.10 behaviour of fitting the window to its content.
  • Added option to Import/Export Preferences to determine whether Scrivener should use the bundled version of Java or the one installed on the system for converting Word and OpenOffice documents (to work around rare Java-based issues).
  • Root folders (Draft, Research and Trash) are no longer ever returned in search results (which could result in odd behaviour).
  • URLs dragged and dropped into the binder now use the file name for the linked text rather than the file URL.
  • Yosemite: Fixed bug whereby Scrivener would crash if smart quotes or spelling correction were triggered in scrivenings mode.
  • Yosemite: Fixed bug whereby entering a target into the Project Targets panel could cause a crash.
  • Fixed bug that could cause a hang and crash when editing scaled comments.
  • Fixed bug whereby changes triggered by "Append Synopses to Main Text" did not get saved.
  • Fixed bug whereby edits to project notes wouldn't be saved if they were edited in the Composition mode inspector.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when using search RegEx terms if the content being searched was empty.
  • Hopefully fixed a bug that could cause an internal error to be thrown during save if the internal data store of the outliner was called upon while being released from memory.
  • Fixed bug whereby the wrong footer could be used in front matter when exporting to RTF if "No header on first page and pages following page breaks" was ticked in Compile.
  • Hopefully fixed bug whereby spell-checking would not work if the editor was loaded in page view mode when the project was opened.
  • Fixed bug that could cause project word count to be reported wrong in the project targets panel if the project had been open a few days.
  • Fixed bugs affecting "Exclude from Automatic Backups" (the tick mark was never shown in 2.5, and if "Exclude..." had been turned on for a project prior to 2.5, there was no way to turn it off again in 2.5 without manually editing the project's internal ui.plist file).
  • Fixed a bug whereby an inspector comment at the end of a section could cause separating whitespace to be omitted.
  • Fixed bug whereby tables did not get converted to images properly when compiling to e-book formats on Retina displays.
  • Fixed bug whereby .links files would not be deleted from the project package when non-text documents were deleted.
  • Fixed bug whereby the "System Text Preferences..." button in the "Corrections" pane of the Preferences did not open the correct pane of the System Preferences on Mavericks because of changes in 10.9 and above.
  • Fixed bug whereby script formatting CSS could be wrong when exported to e-book formats if two script elements shared the same paragraph formatting when tabs weren't taken into consideration.
  • Fixed bug whereby Move Right could be used to move non-text documents into the Draft.
  • Fixed a bug whereby search results collections wouldn't always filter properly in Compile.
  • Fixed bug whereby resampling images for e-book export would cause the images to lose their alignment and other formatting.
  • Fixed bug whereby monospace fonts wouldn't be output in Kindle files for text using the standard font size of the document.
  • Fixed bug whereby
    wasn't terminated in compiled HTML documents with centred contents.
  • Fixed bug whether delimiters for auto-complete in scriptwriting would cause text to get added to the auto-complete list up to the final delimiter in the line rather than the first one.
  • Fixed bug whereby Go To > Editor Selection wouldn't work with non-text items.
  • Fixed bug whereby Import and Split wouldn't work correctly on FDX files in languages other than English.
  • Changed the way margins are written out in CSS for the .epub format to work around a rendering bug on some recent Nook devices.
  • Fixed bug whereby changing paragraph formatting of the default screenplay settings might not cause text to be updated when asked to convert.
  • When exporting to .epub, if the option to include an Adobe Digital Editions page template is ticked, all span elements containing tab characters are removed from the HTML because these elements cause rendering issues in ADE-based e-readers.
  • Fixed Compile bug whereby comments and footnotes associated with struck-through text would not be deleted when struck-through text was set to be deleted, which could lead to clashes between comments and some appearing in the wrong place in the compiled document.
  • Fixed bug whereby drags from snapshots to the editor header wouldn't work when the inspector was in the full screen slide-in panel.
  • Hopefully fixed a minor bug that could cause scrolling to the top of scrivenings not to work properly when using the binder to navigate a locked editor.
  • Fixed bug in tabs and indents panel whereby the tabs and indents wouldn't get applied to empty paragraphs and would not work in an empty document.
  • Fixed bug whereby increase/decrease indent functions would not work on an empty line at the end of the text.
  • Fixed bug whereby RTF bookmarks would not work if the first item in the section was an image.
  • Fixed bug whereby add comment and footnote buttons in the Inspector were disabled in page view when the selection was not in the first page.
General
Publisher Literature & Latte
Publisher web site http://www.literatureandlatte.com
Release Date October 15, 2014
Date Added October 15, 2014
Version 2.6.0
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Word Processing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.4 Intel, Mac OS X 10.4 PPC, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Mac OS X 10.7, Macintosh
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 77.28MB
File Name Scrivener.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 17,226
Downloads Last Week 44
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $45

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