Scrivener App Reviews

Scrivener [Productivity] App Description & Overview

What is scrivener app? “The biggest software advance for writers since the word processor.” —Michael Marshall Smith, bestselling author

Typewriter. Ring-binder. Scrapbook. Scrivener combines all the writing tools you need to craft your first draft, from nascent notion to final full stop.

Tailor-made for creating long manuscripts, Scrivener banishes page fright by allowing you to compose your text in any order, in sections as large or small as you like. Got a great idea but don’t know where it fits? Write when inspiration strikes and find its place later. Grow your manuscript organically, idea by idea.

Whether you plan or plunge, Scrivener works your way: meticulously outline every last detail first, or hammer out a complete draft and restructure later. Or do a bit of both. All text sections in Scrivener are fully integrated with its outlining tools, so working with an overview of your manuscript is only ever a tap away, and turning Chapter Four into Chapter One is as simple as drag and drop.

Need to refer to research? In Scrivener, your background material is always at hand. Write a description based on a photograph. Reference a video or PDF. Check for consistency with an earlier chapter. On the iPad, open two documents side-by-side; on the iPhone, flip between research and writing with just two taps.

Once you’re ready to share your work with the world, simply compile everything into a single document for printing, or export to popular formats such as Word, PDF, Final Draft or plain text. You can even share using different formatting, so that you can write in your favorite font and still keep your editor happy.


FEATURES

Get Started
• Interactive tutorial project
• Keep each manuscript and supporting materials in a self-contained project
• Import Word, RTF, Final Draft and plain text files
• Easily split imported text into separate sections

Get Writing
• Write your manuscript in sections of any size
• View all sections as a single text using the “Draft Navigator” (iPad only)
• Quickly navigate sections using the “binder” sidebar
• Format with fonts and presets
• Comments, footnotes, links and highlights
• Simple bullets and lists
• Insert images
• Pinch-zoom to resize text
• Full-screen mode (iPad only)
• Typewriter scrolling mode keeps typed text center-screen (iPad only)
• Write a screenplay using scriptwriting mode
• Live word and character counts
• Set word and character count targets
• Find and replace
• Customizable keyboard row provides quick-access buttons for formatting, navigation and punctuation
• Comprehensive keyboard shortcuts for external keyboard users
• Dark mode

Find Your Structure
• Write in any order and reorganize later
• Write a synopsis for any text section and see it in the outline
• Expand, collapse and drill down into sections of your project
• Rearrange sections as index cards on the corkboard (iPad only)
• Project-wide search
• Track ideas using labels and status
• Apply custom icons to your sections

Refer to Research
• Import research material such as image, PDF and media files
• View research files or other sections right alongside your writing (iPad only)
• Every section has its own notes area for jotting down ideas
• Supports multi-tasking split screen mode (supported devices only)

Share Your Work
• Compile to a single document for sharing or printing
• Use different formatting in your exported or printed document
• Export to Word, RTF, Final Draft, PDF or plain text
• Convert rich text to Markdown for sharing with Markdown apps
• Create and email zipped backups of your projects

Work Anywhere
• Use Dropbox to sync between devices and with the macOS and Windows versions of Scrivener*
• Copy projects between devices via iTunes

* Requires a Dropbox account (not compatible with iCloud).

SUPPORT
You can contact us at ios.support@literatureandlatte.com, visit our forums at http://www.literatureandlatte.com/forum, or find us @scrivenerapp on Twitter.

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Scrivener Customer Service, Editor Notes:

Scrivener Version 1.2.214 June 2022

ENHANCEMENTS • App icon tweaked to match macOS app. • Dropbox syncing speed improved. • Scrivener now supports fonts installed on iOS from font provider apps such as Adobe Creative Cloud and Font Diner. (The font chooser UI has been updated to use Apple’s standard font picker to allow for this.) • Search bars have been updated to use the most recent iOS UI conventions. • PDF research files are now shown using Apple’s dedicated PDF view rather than a web view, improving the viewing experience. • Updated outline keyboard shortcuts so that left/right arrow keys now expand folders and groups rather than drill down into them. To drill down, now use Cmd-right or hit return; to go back, hit Cmd-return. • Improved styles so that typographic settings such as small caps, medium, semibold and other features added to styles created on macOS or Windows now work in the iOS version. BUG FIXES • Fixed crashes on trying to access project screen help and the Bookmarks and Recents list in some circumstances. • Fixed bug whereby typed text would disappear beneath the visible area on some iPhones. • Fixed bug whereby drafts navigator was blank. • Fixed bugs with some controls appearing light in dark mode. • Fixed issue with scriptwriting mode in non-English languages. • Fixed several keyboard positioning issues. • Fixed issue whereby exporting PDF files using hyphenation could result in truncated files. • Dozens of other minor bug fixes and enhancements. Note: Scrivener now requires iOS 11 and above..

Scrivener Comments & Reviews 2023

- Maddening syncing

I was exuberant to see Scrivener materialize with an ipad version. I have head a lot about it. I am a relatively new scrivener, just learning it, and involved in a lengthy writing project. I write mostly on iPads because I am rarely home and they are easier than laptops to lug around. I have the new ipad, 10.5, 256gb, and was looking forward to using scrivener on it. Unfortunately, the Dropbox syncing is maddening. Today, for instance, it refused to sync and kept shutting down. After the first time, I got it back and backed up everything I was working on, and I was lucky I had the foresight to do that for Scrivener kept crashing. When I returned to the desktop, it wanted to sync with the ipad. This it did, but with the older version of the chapter that I was editing and I thanked the gods for that back-up I had stored elsewhere. I ended up deleting the chapter and starting over with the back-up I had emailed to myself. I do not know what to say here. Not sure if the recent update will solve the infuriating Dropbox problems. I will give it another try and see what comes of that. If it continues, I will just have to use scrivener on the desktop, writing on another program with the ipad and copying it over to scrivener later on. Ultimately, I think Scrivener has to be taken out of Dropbox and put onto the cloud.

- Finally - everything in one app

I love to write. Like a weirdo, I write the most on my phone. I struggled for years with a novel text editor, and all my research notes in another app. It was disorganized and I lost many important notes I needed due to the lack of ability to organize. No more. Now I keep everything in nice sub folders in my “binder” and I can still save photos, notes, lists, and more! Everything is color coded and iconized for quick reference. Really, functionality wise, they have thought of everything. I even reached out to their CS once to request a feature. Low and behold it already existed! I just hadn’t found the setting. And let me tell you, they have a LOT of settings. My one wish would be for a web portal I could access from a computer. Every once in a while I’m sitting at a computer with enough time to work on my writing. So it’d be nice to just pop onto the website and pull up my work. It’s not an option right now, though they do have computer software you can also purchase. That’s not an option for me because I can’t install software onto my work computer, but I could access via a web portal. Not a deal breaker, but a big wish of mine. If you’ve been struggling to find somewhere to write and keep all your notes together, you really can’t go wrong with this app. I know the upfront cost seems like a lot, but compared to any subscription based platform it’s only pennies in comparison.

- Very easy to use, solution to DropBox sync problems

Scrivener is very easy to work with on my iPad. I took it on a trip and worked on a number of new projects created on my iPad. However, on return, I tried to set up the Dropbox sync and it didn't work. Thanks to Jeff at Literature and Latte for working through this with me over several detailed replies. The options are to backup my iPad to iTunes on my iMac and work with files from there or, easier, to sync with Dropbox and work from there. Projects cannot exist in both places. However, when I first (and many subsequent attempts, reinstalls, etc) tried to sync my existing iPad Projects to Dropbox, a folder was created, but it was empty. The Projects and the empty folder showed in my iTunes file browser. So, I understood what was happening, but couldn't fix it. Today I decided to add a new "Test" Project on my iPad with one file in it. Then I synced with Dropbox. For the first time, a Dropbox list appeared in my iPad's Projects list and the Apps/Scivener folder in Dropbox showed my "Test" Project. From there, Jeff told me to tap edit on my iPad and drag the projects from "On My iPad" to "Dropbox". Did that, synced, all is well. Also synced with iTunes and now the file browser shows the folder and it's no longer zero kb. Hope this helps someone with the same issue.

- Synced Seamlessly (Almost)

I was really hesitant to purchase for fear of syncing issues, but I managed to set it up within seconds of installation. I simply created a “Projects” folder in Dropbox first, with my current project from my PC already saved there, and then synced to that folder when setting it up on iOS. So far it is working as intended. I’m looking forward to seeing what all this app can do, but I already know it will help me be more productive and organized and complete more stories. I like to work in sections and hop around so this is really ideal for me. I’m really happy it was so easy to set up and actually works despite some of these reviews. ETA the sync is not quite seamless. Have to make sure it syncs before closing app or changes will not show on PC. I also make sure to save before closing on my PC because that doesn't seem to automatically sync either unless I save before closing. So it is not quite as seamlessly as the automatic updates in Google Docs or even Word (synced/saved in the cloud on my PC and laptop), but it's worth the extra effort to me to be able to better organize my manuscript, since I don't write linearly, and to also be able to work on projects on my phone and ipad.

- Doesn’t work with Mac app

So surprised, once downloaded, to find that the iOS version doesn’t sync with the Mac Scrivener app. I can’t sign in to my account and access my Mac projects with iOS devices, which is such the norm for other apps (Final Draft …) that it never occurred to me to check for this. Very disappointed. It looks like everything I create in iOS will stay in iOS, attached to my Apple ID. And everything I create on the Mac app will stay there, linked to my Scrivener account. How does this even make sense in 2022? I understand that complexity may be an issue for cross platform interactivity, but to not even link the two for backup/filling purposes …. Makes no sense … On a positive, the iOS app looks clean, easy to use. Since I’ve spent the money, will probably use it for short writing projects, butnot sure about that as it’s important to me to save all of my writing projects in one place in the Apple ecosystem (can’t stand Dropbox or Box). If Apple can create a whole cross platform functionality for its apps, and Final Draft can create useable cross platform functionality for its apps, why is Scrivener not even offering us the chance to link the content created on two platforms to one account? I hope I’m wrong, have missed something, and Scrivener will answer and set me straight :)

- Amazing except sync

For what it is, a word processor, this app is 5/5. Very neat, and extremely functional, I really like the layout and this app takes some familiarizing but doesn’t take long and is super super rewarding. My problem with the app is the entire concept of syncing and sending anything anywhere is horrible. They only sync with iTunes or Dropbox which right off the bat that few of options for a 20$ app? And I don’t use Dropbox so that’s pretty inconvenient. Well no matter I paid 20$ it can’t hurt to make a drop box account just for this one thing to sync even though that’s pretty impractical. Well now that I’m linked to drop box, I can’t even believe how bad this works. You can’t take a project or even a single, page/document and move it to or from the cloud. Not simply like that anyways, the process for any syncing or sharing is so unpolished I can’t believe this app is 20$. Developers now that you have my money, what the heck. Please add more support to this app and the ability to move docs and projects around more freely. If you could add support for iCloud or google drive, or even OneDrive, just something other than JUST Dropbox. So much limitation is reason for me to possibly find a new text editor and not even bother with getting the Mac app

- Great App — But Sync is Not Truly Automatic

When I first purchased the iOS version, I became very frustrated with the sync process— mainly because I did not understand how it works. All of the iOS apps I use sync in near realtime. For example, if I make a change in Bear, Ulysses, or even Notes, I can pickup the other device and see that the changes were synchronized almost immediately. What helps for me is making sure my Scrivener Project is closed on the device I am not working on (e.g., my Mac)— before I open it on the other device (e.g., my iPad). Yes, when the Project is closed on my Mac, Scrivener “automatically” syncs (assuming you have set the app to “Sync Projects on Close”). But the point is, the sync process needs a “click start” to make it happen. It does not work like the other apps I’ve used. Perhaps this is because the developer elected to rely on DropBox rather than iCloud (I believe they addressed this on their website— certain features need to be omitted if they relied on iCloud). That said, I’m new to Scrivener and can’t imagine using anything else. Scrivener 3 is the app I’ve been waiting for.

- Can’t import templates

Not having this function available is a major drawback of the IOS version. I only use an IPad Pro and an IPhone 7 because I can easily dictate or type everything I write and conveniently carry either device with me wherever I go. I did not purchase the Windows version of Scrivener because I don’t want to drag a laptop around with me. I would now like to import templates designed by others to speed up my output on certain projects, but the IOS app apparently has no way to do this versus the Windows and MacOS versions which do. I have been told there may be a way of starting my project with an imported template on either of those platforms, then syncing it with my IOS devices. But to do so, I would have to purchase another license and what do I do if my laptop is in New Jersey and I need to start a new project thousands of miles away? Bottom line: I really do LOVE Scrivener. It streamlines research, and using the cork board to pull it all together is a powerful tool. I would like to give it 5 stars, but having to reinvent the wheel on the different formats I want to use is annoying and makes this app a lot less functional than I hoped it would be.

- Update. This. App.

If it weren’t for the ever-increasingly buggy and erratic behavior of this app, plus the syncing issues (yes, perhaps it was even worse 1+ years ago before I began using it, but it’s still not without potentially grave, data-losing issues...), I might be inclined to give this app 5 stars. And in fact I’ll gladly change my 1 star rating to 5 stars once this app is updated and it’s issues resolved. Hopefully this poor review and rating, along with a mounting number of similar user’s feedback, will motivate the Scrivener team to get their buttocks in gear and fix their unnecessarily subpar product. Fortunately, I’ve developed a 3-level backup method (using a local Scrivener copy, as well as a separate writing app) that has saved me numerous times from losing either recent additions to, or the entirety of my currently 395 page manuscript. In closing, I’ll echo what is undoubtedly the sentiments of many a longtime Scrivener user: For a company who charges a premium for both the desktop and mobile versions of their app, and touts itself as being (and wants to be considered) the pinnacle of modern writing software, you should be ashamed of yourselves. Whatever your reputation once was, it is certainly slipping in recent years, and this should be deeply concerning to you and your business...

- Ipad version function very limited

I intended to use my ipad to replace my laptop. I thought Scrivener can be my app for word processing. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of like about the app. It lets you neatly organizing all the research and different parts of your project together in an organized fashion. BUT the functionality of the ipad version of the app is very restricted (I expected it to be limited somehow but not that much). For example, I cannot create tables in my writings. When inserting photos, you cannot adjust the size of the photo in your writing. And the footnote system is kind of a mess. For the life of me, I cannot figure out how to make them compiled as footnotes instead of endnotes. Even though the button says “add footnotes” — in the end they just all become endnotes. So, what I am trying to say is, it’s not that this is a bad app but one should keep ones expectation realistic. And I do think they should be advertising the very significant differences between the laptop and tablet version more explicitly. I bought it thinking that I would more or less get everything advertised. Feels I little bit cheated.

- I. NEED. CUSTOMIZATION!!!

i love this app for the most part (except for the fact that it crashes every time i try to save my manuscript as a word file but whatever) but i have one complaint and one complaint only. MORE CUSTOMIZATION PLZ!!!! i knew that when i got the ipad edition of scrivener it wouldn’t have as many features as the mac version. and that’s fine—there are wayyy too many features on there, and i like to keep things as simple as possible thankyouverymuch. but the one thing i liked most about computer scrivener is the themes! you can set photos as background on there, change the page color, make things more aesthetic, etc etc. i need to use themes and colors i like on it to set a mood while writing so i can focus. i can survive with this basic version of scrivener for now, but it would be soooooo so so sooooooooooooo helpful if there were more features customization-wise. no, it doesn’t have to be exactly like mac. but as long as i can have a choice of page colors, and i can add photos as backgrounds and such, and maaaaaybe change the fonts of things like folder names, i’ll be satisfied.

- Bewildering App to use for first time on iPad

Its literally taken me DAYS to figure out how to buy this . My Mac crashed and I purchased a version again only to discover I need a different version for IPAds/. Paid AGAIN, finally loaded it, opened it, and have spent the last few hours trying to understand how on earth to write a screenplay with it. How to write ANYTHING on it. Even after reading the tutorial and finding about what sounds like the very useful outliner, Corkboard, I really am bewildered about how to go forward. It says somewhere that it may be difficult for those who haven’t used the full Laptop version, but this is like landing on Mars. I am, as I type, downloading Final Draft which I suspect I will have better luck with. I’m sure its fantastic as I hear it is from friends, but the developers have made little effort to make first users intuitively find their way around it. It assumes we all have and use the full versions of it elsewhere. And don’t get me started on the tutorial which is definitely written by an aspiring Novelist... it goes on, and on, and on and on, more like a manual to assemble a car than a guide on how to use a writing app.

- Cork board only missing feature

Scrivener is the best writing app I’ve used. It beats Ulysses, Storyist, Bear, Celtx and IA writer in features, versatility and function. The only issue I have with the mobile is the lack of a Cork Board. Storyist does have this feature but the Scrivener app is still cleaner and easier to use and write in. However the addition of the cork board would put Scrivener for IPhone out of the reach of the competition completely. The IPad and Desktop Apps are already untouchable as far as I’m concerned. Storyist is great too but for my money, Scrivener is the king and could strengthen that position with a cork board on IPhone. Also, iCloud sync would be another amazing feature although the Dropbox sync does work well and allows for Windows compatibility. A better import system for articles from third party apps would be amazing too. Something like a Pocket or Instapaper. This is a feature dream request not a complaint because no writing app I’m aware of has even the import capability that Scrivener currently boasts. Having nit picked aplenty, Scrivener is a true joy to use. The amount of research capabilities and the ease of outlining and restructuring capacity make writing even shorter items easy and organized. I use it for business, pleasure and social media. I also use to structure my podcasts. It can do anything you need it to. The best writing app ever, in my humble opinion.

- Syncing not that bad after you set it up...

I’m writing my first novel and I absolutely fell in love with the desktop version. There is nothing out there that can compare to the flexibility and organization that this software provides for writers of any type. That said, I had some apprehension on purchasing the app. I read over and over how it had syncing issues. At first I had the same issue but through trial and error I figured out the problem was. In order to sync your desktop version to the app you need to create a blank manuscript in the app first. This creates the necessary files in order for the app to access your designated scrivener folder in Dropbox. Once that happens just move the manuscript you’re working on to your scrivener folder and you will be able to work on it with no problems. Don’t delete the blank manuscript. I repeat, don’t delete the mobile manuscript. Deleting it will delete the apps ability to access Dropbox. That’s it... I wish someone else would have told me this.

- Stuff you didn’t even know you needed.

I am in love with Scrivener. It has amazing features - stuff I never would have even thought of and now really appreciate: 1. Pinch-to-zoom actually increases the text size, which I’ve never seen in another app. Once you start using it, it’s incredibly intuitive. 2. Links - you can easily highlight text to create a link to any other part of your project, like a different chapter. This makes it easy to follow your thoughts from one event /character/ plot point to another. 3. Feature that keeps your cursor at center of page -I don’t remember what this feature is called, but if you’re in the “zone”, it’s annoying when your cursor moves because the page is being advanced. Instead, with this feature (it’s a T with a circle around it), you’re always typing on the same line and the page moves instead. It’s easier to understand when you try it out, but I love this feature. 4. Syncing is very good. It’s an extra step on iOS devices that you come out of the project to make it sync, but it’s a very good solution. And entirely the right decision to use Dropbox instead of hosting the data themselves (I assume they can’t use Apple iCloud because Scrivener also on other platforms.) If you’re writing a few pages of a short story, you might be fine with Google Docs or Word. But if you’re banging out a novel, spend a few bucks and get the best software out there. This is it.

- Scrivener for iPhone & iPad ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Words cannot express my regret. The other was young, sleek, and provocative. My first love for you had become cold and I lost my focus in our routine. The other caught my eye as I drifted from our special time together every day. I was unfaithful. I am sorry. Please, forgive me. I was bored and I hoped to stir the passion of our first love, even if it was with another. The lure was shiny and I swallowed the baited hook. It was delicious for a time, until the hook’s barb pierced my deceived heart. My pleasure was momentary and melted faster than a triple scoop ice cream cone on a hot summer afternoon. I missed you. Then I learned about your iPhone and iPad child. Its images reminded me of the memories we made, the stories we wrote, and the time we enjoyed together along the way. Can you ever excuse me and absolve my guilt? Will you always hold a grudge? Will you forever remind me of my mistakes? I am back. I understand your skepticism. You know my nature, and there will always be another dangling its lure in my face. In the meantime, let us write stories together again, research the unsearchable, and enjoy one another’s company again. Fill my phone and complete my pad. Maybe, one day, you will again trust me to be loyal. If you must, although I hope you will not, I will understand your decision to look for subscribers and their prepaid promise of loyalty and wealth. The other did. There are many, but none like you. Thank you.

- So Close, and yet So Far

The MacOS version is fantastic. While iPads were previously quite limited in their capabilities, they have come a long way and can now be used as an effective laptop replacement. Unfortunately, this app sells an iPad and any writer who uses their iPad in lieu of a laptop or desktop short. The capabilities and the layout are extremely limited. Perhaps one of the most frustrating limitations, after having used this for well over a decade, is that there is STILL no iCloud sync support. I long for an improvement in this area, but with the most recent release over six months ago, I am not holding my breath. Dropbox is a maddening solution for interoperability between mobile and desktop. I would gladly pay a reasonable monthly subscription to continue to support L&L if it would enable them to more rapidly iterate and create some modernization in this. To not have iCloud integration and to still be treating an iPad version as a “desktop lite” edition in 2022 is a big mistake and missed opportunity.

- Love hate relationship

Know what you get before you expect more. The app is amazing whether it is used on the MacBook or the iPad. I have it in all my devices. Two iPads two MacBooks and my iPhone. However if you don’t buy them the same from APPLE under same version or update one they dont link between Devices but you do get the free upgrades if you buy from scrivener which is probably why the versions don’t sync. I didn’t realize Apple isn’t linking the upgrades. Mac version is better if you like features but I just want to write across devices so a bit annoyed that no longer is an option. Best writing app for writing organizing etc but to link documents I could go back to word save money and use multiple devices. Depends what you want and how serious you are about writing. Self publishing this is great formats your story for kindle and readers. It is great just a faulty connection between devices when you upgrade.

- A Powerful all in one App

This app has all the needs for a writer and even features for screenwriting, which I haven’t tried yet. I usually write everything down then go back and type, which leads for exhausting work. However, with Scrivener it has helped me get out of that habit and write as I type. I’ve had this app for a while now and didn’t follow the tutorial…Use the tutorial, it’s extremely helpful because it can and will get overwhelming trying to figure things out. One amazing feature is the inspector where you can type in your outlines for chapters or scenes in the note section and while you are typing, the outline will appear in the drop menu to the left. This works so much better to have the outline right at your fingertips as opposed to carrying around paper and having to use multiple apps to serve different purposes. I haven’t used the research feature yet because each project doesn’t requires it. It has a lot of folders that can go within another folder then another and another and so on. Also, you can convert text into folders and vice versa. If you are looking for a writing app that does it all, then you’ve found it. Link it to your Dropbox to get the best out of it and synch it across all your devices which is another plus. They also have a computer software as well. Happy writing.

- Pleasantly surprised

I had happily been writing fiction using Scrivener for a couple of years on the PC. When the iOS version was released, on a lark I purchased it, curious whether my iPad Air 2 could be used for more than just consuming web pages or checking the weather, but frankly not expecting very much. Rarely have my expectations been proven so wrong! Scrivener for iOS is a robust app with a small footprint on my devices but a big impact to my workflow. It contains the core functionality of the desktop app, giving me a comfortable alternative for writing on the go. But there are times at home when I choose to work in the iOS Scrivener over the desktop version: sometimes the iOS' stripped down interface is just the ticket when I am having trouble focusing and need to minimize distractions. While Scrivener runs well on my iPad Air 2, one of the biggest surprises was how productive writing is on my 5s. I never imagined a device with such a small screen would be useful for writing, but paired with a bluetooth keyboard it works really well for writing first drafts. In fact I am writing this review on my 5s! Integration with Dropbox has been seamless for me. (Unfortunately other cloud services like iCloud currently can't handle Scrivener's multiple file structure.) To sum up, Scrivener is my go to app for writing novels and short stories, on the PC and now on iOS.

- It’s a hobby kit not a writing tool.

Poorly designed, the antithesis of the reason for using a Mac or iOS over other platforms. Feature rife but not feature rich. If you want to play around with frameworks for writing projects it’s great. But it gets in the way of the actual research and writing. “Compiling” the final document is byzantine and obtuse. The user community is active but starstruck. Support for the desktop product is weak and actively rude. About a paid update of all things. I was trying to spend more money with them just to keep my software current. I’d not toss any more money into the sink now, though. Apparently this is a company that takes a 15% restocking fee for a digitally distributed product. At least that’ll give you a good laugh if they ever demand it of you. But if anything goes awry they’d likely tell you to drop dead. I recommend Mellel on the desktop/laptop and iPad, and Bear on both. The drag-and-drop content organization in Scrivener would be nice if it weren’t so freighted with insalubrious side effects. But you can do the very same thing in Bear and other apps if you don’t cling to the attractive but superfluous cork board visual model.

- Unbelievably good for an iOS app

The level of detail and polish in this app is just staggering. Virtually everything from the desktop version of Scrivener is included, except for collections. (The corkboard is also restricted to the iPad for obvious reasons.) According to the developer, it even already has support for the newer, more powerful styles feature of Scrivener 3, although we won’t be able to use the new goodies until they’re also released on the desktop. But beyond the raw feature list, it’s obviously a labor of love. Interactions are well thought-out and natural, there’s better keyboard support than almost anything else on my iPad, dark mode is actually restful on the eyes rather than being excessively high contrast, there are little niceties like the ability to directly add your own fonts from within the program, etc. Just overall a pleasure to use, and hard to criticize.

- Missing Features

Doesn’t have opml import/export, drag-and-drop reorganization, nor changing views to view all documents in a folder as one like the desktop version. This right off makes it less intuitive and useful. It’s better than just an outlining app, but a scriptwriting app that can import/export opml can replace Scrivener entirely. Plottr or Story Planner have more specific tools for fiction and if they could do that and export to Word or Final Draft, again Scrivener, at least the iOS version, wouldn’t be necessary. Add those features, add something like tags to replace labels and keywords (including coloring), and you have a perfect tool. A timeline feature to organize notecards linearly on multiple planes would also be killer seeing as how the strength of Plottr is mostly in templates. Make an iPadOS version of Scrapple ASAP. It’s predestined for tablets as they say. Nesting in what Scrapple already offers also makes it perfect along with opml import. iCloud sync is also needed. Windows has iCloud.

- Worst app ever

I got a hook up to my iPad so I could pull scrivner files from computer over to the app only to find out you cannot upload a scrivner file format to the app (I know how stupid!). Nor does it an anyway sync to anyplace I would care about like my portable hard drive that I could switch between the two devices just...drop box which I never use nor does this app cross platforms so it could update whether I am on my iPad or laptop and not have to worry that I am missing stuff between the two when writing. Rendering this app completely useless to me. Any writer wants flexibility when an idea strikes to write and this app gives you the opposite of that boxing you in to either write purely on your iPad or purely on a desktop. Apps are suppose to make a program mobile and easily assessable anywhere so why these two different formats of the same program on the desktop and app don’t mesh blows my mind. Office products apps do. Had to submit a refund within a half an hour after realizing it didn’t do anything it promised it could prior to installing and buying it. So fingers crossed I get my money back.

- Vital but the syncing is terrible

I switched from Google docs, which is free, to scrivener, which is not, almost entirely for the organizational features. The text editor on iPad is passable, but the sync issues are really hard to get past. It doesn’t happen automatically, and if you work across multiple devices you’re almost guaranteed to end up with multiple versions of the same document and no indication about precisely where the differences are. In fact, conflicts even happen sometimes when working on the same device. I suspect it has something to do with dropbox limitations, but the fact remains that saving documents and editing across devices works worse on Scrivener than it did on Google Docs more than a decade ago, and losing/conflicting changes is a fact of life with this app. Please fix this. It would make the whole platform so much better

- But for background

For drafting a novel, there really isn't a comparable program that I'm aware of that performs nearly as well as Scrivener. In terms of design, Scrivener is simply the best for writing a book. I'm withholding a fifth star for one reason only, and that is the inability to customize the background color of the screen in the iOS version. Dark Mode is a major step forward, however; finally, a setting that allows for hours of writing without so much of the visual fatigue. But... you still can't get to black screen/green text, or to a darker background color as you can with many other other text editors that offer the ability to customize the color of both the screen (i.e. "paper") and text. It makes a real difference on the eyes for long stretches of writing, and I hope the ability to customize the background color in iOS will be forthcoming. This is a remarkable app, otherwise.

- Worth the Wait!

I have been writing with Scrivener for Windows for over six years. I loved the way the program consolidated in one place research, writing, character lists, and about everything else a writer needed for his craft. The program was obviously written by an end user which is something sadly missing from so many programs. As such, I waited for years for the Scrivener iPad app. During my wait I found other programs that were close, but not what I wanted. When Scrivener for iOS came out, I was one of the first purchasers. It did not disappoint. It is a well thought out app that just works. It is feature rich and the sync across my iPad, iPhone, and Windows PC through Dropbox is almost flawless. About the only feature I would add is one from Scrivo Pro when I was using it during my wait, the ability to passcode the app to keep prying eyes out. Maybe someday.

- Great for organization

Scrivener is very unique in how it lets you create and organize pretty much any way you want. I love the other features it has as well, like creating and setting your own templates, and making a goal that can be set to words, characters, or time. There is definitely room to improve, however. The first and foremost necessity, is to fix dark mode. What’s wrong with it? Contrast. The contrast in regular viewing is fantastic, but for some reason the text is too dark and the background is too light in dark mode. This is a much-needed accessibility feature. The aesthetic doesn’t matter if it’s unusable. The whole point of dark mode is to reduce eye strain, but the contrast is so low that I feel like I’m straining my eyes more than if I was just staring at the white background. Please make the background darker and the text lighter. Aside from that, I absolutely love using Scrivener.

- Fantastic writing experience, and no more Dropbox

I have been using Scrivener on Mac since 2019 and it is hands-down my favorite writing tool. Even when comparing to Final Draft. I’m happy to say that all the features that makes Scrivener a fantastic word processor are all perfectly replicated here in the app, and in some cases work better then the Mac/desktop version. Highly recommend for new and experience writers looking for a new writing experience. An even better note for veteran Scrivener users, with the new version of iPadOS and the updated iOS app you no longer need to sync your projects though dropbox. You can now sync through Airdrop, just airdrop your project from files to your MacBook and Scrivener will offer to sync it up with the existing document on your computer when you open it up.

- I love how Scrivener works for me

I have used Scrivener on Mac, but have since moved to iPad. With the move, I have lost a few of the functionalities that I had grown accustomed to, but I understand why they aren’t available in IOS as compared to MacOS (limitations in the structure of IOS). I’m still learning about how to use some of the great features available in Scrivener. One thing I’d like to see available in Scrivener, which seems to not be there now is: The main screen, where all my projects are listed, is sortable based on three criteria but none of those criteria allows me to sort the way I’d like it sorted. I’d like to have an “open” sort functionality to allow me to group my projects in my own way. I know there may be a limitation in IOS that prevents this functionality, but if not... I’d love to have a “free sort” functionality. Thanks for a great product.

- A joy to use

I turned on “Sync project upon close or rename” to always in the iOS setting app and my projects sync almost instantly. Though I wish the setting is in Scrivener app as I took a while to find it. Overall the app is phenomenon! I’ve never used Scrivener desktop before and quite nervous about shelling out 20 bucks but I bought it in the end and I’m glad I did. I translated a 55 chapters book in there solely on my iphone 6s plus; storing 220 chapters(draft, edited versions and original script) in total and the app never crushed or lost data. Plus the sanity I lost from tinkering around with Google Docs finally returned. I enjoyed using the app so much this January when I can finally buy a laptop, Scrivener is my first software purchase! A small suggestion though... the S on Scrivener app icon doesn’t center and it’s bugging me a lot.😕

- Mediocre, poor maintenance, not full featured

This app, without comparison to its Mac sibling, is mediocre. 1) Awful syncing: requires you to remember to close project so that it will sync before you try to open elsewhere. 2) Clunky interface: lots of unnecessary extra swipes and taps. Doesn’t take advantage of the intuitive interface possibilities of iPad. 3) The last time it was updated was over a year ago! (I’m writing this on March 3, 2018) In comparison to its macOS counterpart, the iOS app is utterly incapable. I’m not looking to copy all the bells and whistles, which would make the iOS version bloated. But, this is so ameliorated, it doesn’t deserve the same namesake as its macOS brother. It feels like this development person (or team?) is overwhelmed. Needs more competent and creative people to scale up the development across as many platforms as they’re trying develop for. (I think they’re adding a PC version... which is a scary proposition for the future of its iOS development).

- Needs Modern Cloud Sync

(Updating this review a year later to say the same issue persists) A wonderful writing and organizational app in nearly every way, with the big exception of syncing. Background cloud sync is a standard feature in 2018, and has been for the better part of a decade, but Scrivener lacks it to this day. The best it can offer is a semi-manual Dropbox sync that requires closing a project, sitting through a 5-10 second foreground popup window, then reopening the project and finding your place again. No iCloud saves, no Google Drive sync, and – worst of all – no automated background backup. De-highlighting the app during the sync will also cause it to fail without notice. Scrivener will be a 5-star app once they modernize this feature. A browser-based version of the app would also be wonderful, but this is the feature really holding me back from recommending it to folks.

- Better than I expected

I have been using the desktop version of Scrivener for a few months now and it’s great. I had been debating for a while about getting the app because of the reviews about sync issues. I finally decided to get it in January so I could reach my word count goals easier and it has definitely helped with that. Syncing with Dropbox really isn’t that bad as long as you do it regularly on the app. In some ways it’s actually better than when I was using Pages because it would take a while for Pages to sync on its own with no way to know when it’ll be ready, but with this app, you control when to sync and then it’s immediately ready on the desktop version. I’d love to see them come out with a widget! Thank you!

- Nice app; could be great if sync was better

I absolutely love Scrivener. I have it on my MacBook, my iPad, and my iphone and I use it in different ways on all three. However, I agree with others that sync is clunky. I do think the app should allow background sync rather than syncing on open/close. Even when I have synced everything on all three of my devices and closed out of Scrivener on all of them, when I reopen and sync on my iPad I invariably get a conflict. How is that possible? There’s only one app making changes and the others were all synced. iPad, is where I use Scrivener most, so I’ll tolerate this silliness because most of the rest of the iPad app is beautifully designed. But I just can’t give it five stars without seeing improvement on that one major issue. I use Dropbox with no issues on other apps, so I’m sure the problem is fixable.

- One of my go-to writing tools

I’ve written a number of bestselling and award-winning novels in Scrivener, since I bought my first copy of the Mac software several years ago. I waited (impatiently) for the iOS version, hoping it would at least come close to the same incredible writing experience as it’s big brother. The reality is that the iOS app may actually be a better tool than the desktop version. Having the ability to write and edit from anywhere, to sync my documents to Dropbox, even to export to Word format for sharing with editors and beta readers—all from my iPhone—is an incredible boon to my production. I’m a fan. I love the ecosystem of this software. I even believe, strongly, that Scrivener was the pivotal tool I needed to become a full-yeah me author in the first place. Very well done. Five stars may not be enough.

- LITERALLY AMAZING!

I’m a teenage writer and before scrivener I was using pages which honestly isn’t bad but it lacked A LOT in the organization department and overall some features that I would love to have. Even though pages is a great option still if you don’t have the money to buy scrivener I would recommend it if you do. Scrivener is a game changer and if I ever publish any of my novels (which is a lot) I would gladly tell people about it. It’s changed the game for me I mean come on everything is at my finger tips. Even research so I don’t have to be switching back and forth from tabs it’s all just in one place! The organization is a masterpiece honestly this app really helped a writer out! I enjoy it. So to the creators of scrivener thank you for helping me get one step closer to my dream! I would recommend everyone buys this!

- Excellent companion to the desktop version

I've been using the iOS Scrivener for many months now, and I can definitely state that it delivers on what it promises. Most importantly, the app gets out of my way and lets me write. There is a lot of depth to it, but you don't really need to make use of it. The core functionality gives me the tools to organize my book, keep it safe on the cloud, and export into multiple formats. The deeper features were not intuitive to use at first, and I did not find good documentation within the app on how to use them. I think the app just offers so much that it takes a lot of effort to get up to speed on what everything does. I'd love a series of tutorials within the app, but generally speaking a quick googling is enough to show me how to do whatever I want.

- Great Program!

This is a great program. It is designed to put everything you need to write in one place, research, the document, etc. There are a few things that keep me from rating the app with 5 stars. 1) The app occasionally has a hard time syncing with Dropbox, and the result is wasted (and a frustrating) time trying to get your computer copy and your iPad copy to display the things. 2) Some of the export (called “Compile”) features you need are not available. For example, I needed to print out some papers that I was writing, and I was not able to format the page numbers. While the rest of my paper was using Times New Roman, naturally, the page numbers seemed to be in Palatino or Cambria. In sum, the program is great, but the app has a hard time connecting to Dropbox and has some limitations in formatting the output.

- Happy at last!

I was ready to be ornery and nitpicky after the years of waiting and the high price, but the app quickly won me over. For the most part, it's actually an improvement over the original. Many features that seemed clunky in the desktop version translate beautifully to iOS. The extended keyboard is a brilliant solution to easy access of oft-used features. My one issue is that selecting text is ferociously difficult to control. The mechanism is so overly sensitive it will slip and slide over dozens of lines back and forth until I'm finally able to grab the handful of words or lines I want to highlight or edit. This can waste considerable time, aside from being tedious in the extreme. Other writing apps I use don't have this problem. Update: love the app, but the revised logo is an OCD nightmare.

- STILL haven’t fixed sync issues?

First off: I LOVE LOVE LOVE the desktop app. This review is about the mobile app, which is essentially useless because of how bad the syncing is. I took this down to a 2 star because this problem has persisted ever since I first got the app almost a year and a half ago. Like, it’s actually dangerous to use the mobile app because it’s likely you will corrupt your organizing structure or files on yr desktop if you’re not super duper careful. Even if you are super careful (closing desktop app every time you possibly can), seems unpredictable. Other than that the app & design is superb! Sometimes I use it to just look at/ refresh myself on what i was writing while out. But it’s still scary knowing I could be messing with my doc when doing even just that. I don’t have time to reconstruct from my backups and wonder what I missed all the time. Backups should be for when the computer or app crashes; not because the mobile app is deranged.

- Missing a 'KEY' Component

FIVE MONTHS since any update on this product. Unbelievable. This app isn't cheap, but based on the wealth of functions made available to me on the desktop version, I was more than willing to set aside the funds to add this software to my creative arsenal. It was well worth it, or so I thought. For me to gain what I truly needed from this app, there's one feature that I had to get my hands on, which is the one feature missing: KEYWORDS. Yes, the only thing separating this app from a free note writing app or a simple free word processor (such as google docs or even pages), is the use of keywords. It's the only reason I purchased the desktop version in the first place and it's missing in this IOS version. Now I can't pull up my scenes based on the keywords that I painstakingly logged on the desktop version. Another unfortunate oversight (maybe) is the fact that I can't hone in my search results. I've created various folders and I'd like to able to search specific folders (like manuscripts, Character, Scene and Locations..etc). As it stands, when I chose to search, it runs through every single folder in my project thus producing results I'm not looking for. I will say though, that beyond these two issues, the app seems to be perfect. Design is clean and it's not buggy (at least to me). To summarize, I'd really appreciate an update with 'keyword' support in the near future. Until then, I'll be working on my laptop.

- DO NOT use if you also use desktop version

My enormous magnum opus which I had been writing on my Windows version of scrivener was completely destroyed when I opened it on my iPad. Thankfully I backed it up. Maybe this app will be useful for some people but I am in need of many of the functions on the desktop version, which this iPad version doesn't have, and I can't work on the same file in both places because syncing destroys the format. This app is not worth paying for, and has maybe 25% the functions that the desktop version has. Yes, I know it's a mobile app! Not an excuse. One of my most important apps is extremely complex and it works exactly the same way on ipad and windows, with the same amount of functions, able to open the file inn both places, so I know it's possible. So this is still not worth paying for. The desktop version is worth paying for, it's SO AMAZING. I love scrivener and the folks who built it but I need to get a refund on this app. :(

- Syncing is the Issue

Something needs to be done about Dropbox. I cannot believe that there’s no way for projects to sync via iCloud or OneDrive. It seems unfathomable since I used OneDrive to synchronize between Windows and Mac for years, and then iCloud to sync between multiple Macs without issue. I would ask the developers what in the API stops you from syncing through iCloud? What features wouldn’t work? The Scrivener Document is made up of multiple documents inside a container. iCloud syncs changes it finds in individual documents, even in other applications that use similar container like documents. And considering that OneDrive isn’t part of Apple, it makes no sense why syncing wouldn’t work with OneDrive either. Three times I nearly lost HOURS of work. I had to turn off my home WiFi before turning on my computer, opening the project, making a minor change, saving it, uploading it, then going back to the iPad. Or vice versa. It’s terrible.

- Fails at its most basic job, needs updating

There is no option to change the scrolling settings for the text as you type, so half the line that’s being written is covered up by the iPhone’s keyboard. I don’t know how many “professional writers” write while only being able to see half of their line at a time, but I’m not one of them. I use Scrivener on my Mac and it works great, you can adjust the “typewriter scrolling “ settings so you always have your lines at the ideal eye-height. It also works great on desktop with my iCloud sharing. This app was clearly designed early in the previous decade when Dropbox was the only name in cloud storage, so for some reason they never thought to add even iCloud support on an iOS app, much less Google Drive. Might’ve been worth $20 when it was released 4 years ago, but now it’s been a year since the last update and it looks like this is abandonware. Prove me wrong, developers!

- Syncing & Digital Nomadism

As if we needed any new reasons to love Scrivener, the mobile app is a breeze to use and syncs perfectly with your desktop work. Follow the super clear tutorial and you’ll be working on an existing project on your phone in moments. Same as you can’t export to Pages, using Dropbox to synchronize means you’ll have to create copies to make sure you have backups on Apple’s cloud as well as Dropbox. Too bad they won’t let the synch work from iCloud directly, but that’s a minor annoyance. For digital nomads, get an external keyboard and your phone basically replaces your computer. You can pack the keyboard easily and set up to write literally anywhere. This app is brilliant in every way, especially since it does just one thing extremely well. You’ll love it.

- 5 star app. 2 star syncing

Yes, it’s that big of a deal. Need to be able to close one device and pick up another and have things appear as I left them. Dropbox sync does work IF you always remember to sync before you close your device, and then sync again upon opening another device. For me, that’s not always possible. At least half the time, I cease working due to an interruption (a phone call, urgent email, etc.) and don’t get to sync. It’s a professional writing app with non-pro sync features. The app itself is a game changer; a major upgrade for me, having migrated from Pages. I believe the whole concept was to set writers free, allowing one’s creativity to flow. In many respects the app does just that. Until you sync and are left with a pile of conflicts to sort out. That drenches the creative fires in a hurry. Please fix this so I can give it the 5 star rating it deserves.

- HORRIBLE > SO COMPLICATED TO USE * DO NOT BUY

Huge mistake trying this and we committed to buying the IOS and the iPad version. THIS IS NOT EASY TO USE… How to sync? Good luck. If you must buy this, pick which version to use either the IOS or the iPad and stick with one and hope it works. This does NOT sync… and it evidently has to be done through Dropbox, but this does not work either. I have now wasted days writing in this app and now I am going to try to figure out how to export it to another app that makes sense. APPLE works hard to make this make sense and this app does not. This app makes everything so difficult. None of how it works is just what you would think, it is all necessary to be learned and re-learned and then having to try to read about it and then going to videos. The learning curve is NOT WORTH THIS PURCHASE. Everything has to be looked up how to use, and I mean everything. I wish I had listened to whatever everyone was saying.

- What I wish I knew before wasting time & money on Scrivener for iphone

I purchased Scrivener for Macbook thinking it would be a one-time purchase, as advertised. No, it's an additional pricetag for an iPhone/iPad app. Also annoying (& it was not mentioned BEFORE I paid for it) quite a few features are lacking on the iPhone version of the app, including missing corkboards and poorer organization, which is already driving me crazy since my novel is already properly organized on my Mac. Why do they charge the same fee for iPhone & iPad when the iPhone version is missing features is beyond me. Also required to have a Dropbox account for syncing, I guess (an overpriced monthly fee for more than 2gb of storage & to be used offline, which is sometimes necessary for me). Also, the discounts & promo codes can't be used to purchased the iPhone/ipad app! I haven't even discovered all of it's downfalls yet, sadly. I got this thinking it would help with my nanowrimo project but it's only making my life more difficult & I feel like I just tossed $20 down the drain & turned on the garbage disposal. Other writing apps/programs that have a monthly fee would be more affordable than Scrivener & have the same features. I do not recommend this app unless you have money & efficiency to waste, & you already have an iPad that you plan to use. Hopefully, Scrivener will continue to improve in the near future, regardless.

- Syncing Issues

This used to be a fantastic app, and I had n concerns over things syncing up between my phone, my iPad, and my laptop. In the past few months, however, while syncing between my laptop and phone continues without any problems, my iPad continues to have sync issues. I will start to sync a project that I've spent an hour or so working on, taking time to make sure everything is just right, only for the app to crash not even halfway through. It is at the point where I work exclusively on my phone or laptop, and anytime I need to use the iPad instead I send a copy of the work to my email because I KNOW it's going to crash and lose all my work. Something needs to be done about this, as even updating the app does nothing to resolve the problem. If I didn't already have so much of my project n Scrivner, I'd probably uninstall the damned thing and find another program to use instead. Not cool, not cool at all.

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- Great companion on the move

I have both Scrivener for iOS and MacOS (v3) and find the two work very well together using Dropbox sync. I’ve only been using the iOS app for about 4 months and understand that - compared to its big sister - it has a lot less ‘development time under the bridge’ There are a few important features that I’ve noticed are missing, which will hopefully come soon in updates: 1. Global search Currently it’s only possible to search within an individual document in a project. Given that a project typically consists of many such documents this is frustrating when trying to find a particular word/idea 2. Formatting Styles The format inspector has a bunch of pre-defined styles but it’s impossible to edit them to effect project-wide format changes 3. Select All Maybe it’s an iOS issue but the usual ability within iOS to tap & hold to bring up the Select All contextual menu option is missing. This would be super helpful when editing or moving large chunks of text (see ‘Move’ function below) 4. Move (or copy) documents/folders between projects I have a couple of templates that I use for different parts of my writing process but I’m unable to use them without first creating a new document in the destination, naming it via copy paste, then copy paste the template content. Getting other data such as keywords etc. is near impossible as this all needs to be recreated in the destination

- A Life Changer!

This program has completely changed the way I write, and has given my computer and phone the organisation I was looking for. Before I had it, I could only organise my files in folders and paper, even then it wasn’t too easy. Now I can do everything I need, with all the planning in one place. I will admit when I saw the price of this program, I wasn’t sure straight away. It’s so, so worth it for all that you get, once you get used to how it works and the way it’s all set out. Think about all the money saved from not buying notebooks/pens/paper/folders, etc. If you’re an organiser like I am, it’s an essential! I was shocked at how easy it made everything. If you write in-depth pieces, like fantasy novels I couldn’t recommend it more. You can create pages for each character, for settings, and then you can create notes or research pages that are quick and easy to access and file away. No need for word or pages doc’s crowding as separate files or risking them getting lost, it’s all in one place! You can even compile it all as a novel and publish it in the file type you want. I also highly recommend getting it for both iPhone/iPad and buying it separately for Mac too. Then through Dropbox you can access all your files and write on the go, or get those ideas down wherever you are! Great job guys, you’ve done an outstanding job.

- I have come to love it

With my initial resistance of splitting my filing across OneDrive and DropBox, I got over it and yielded to being told to use that service. With over a year using it, I sometimes compose on the iPad version but predominantly use the iOS tool for editing and proof reading. To that regard it would be great to have a continuously scrolling reading view, aggregating all chapters and scenes so that you could do spot edits and fix typos without having to return to the binder to load new content. Keep up the good work L&L.

- Disappointed IOS version

So I bought Scrivener iOS for nearly $60 Australian dollars. I wanted to simply put my apple Pages writing project into somewhere where I could access notes, plans and create chapter folders etc. Wow what a mistake. The written and video tutorials by scrivener and third parties do not even show how to create chapters correctly in the default ‘untitled document’ , I created two chapters and it placed chapter 2 above chapter 1 in the time line and when I tried to drag them into correct order it wouldn’t let me? I’m sure there’s a way but come on, I should ebe able to drag them for the money they are charging. The filing of chapters and notes is the primary reason people would buy this app yet they do an average job of explaining it on iOS. The full desktop version apparently has a ‘novel’ template that saves technophobes like me having to set up their own project but for $60 I get nothing? I tried watching the desk top videos but the interface is too different. I have heard great things about Scrivener but if they can’t design an IOS version that is intuitive and easy to use than they shouldn’t be charging so much for it. just one simple video made by someone who knows how to teach for writers wishing to create a novel template on iOS would solve this. TIP: To teach someone something new your need to start from the beginning.......DISAPOINTED.

- Spend more time in Dropbox than writing

The lack of syncing is not only frustrating, it is broken. You have to constantly manually sync with Dropbox, because if you ever have a hiccup with your internet and it doesn’t sync, your work creates conflicted documents and you will spend your time solving that problem and doing your work again. Syncing can also take a long time, and takes over the entire screen, so when you want to jot something down quick, it is impossible. After a year of working with it, I find myself avoiding the app because of the errors, pasting in from my notes, and afraid of clicking on the icon from my phone.

- Some issues

Having issues when typing. I’m using the iPad for my work with scrivener. At times while writing, I will change lines and the font will change.... as well as this the writing cursor doesn’t always stay where I’m writing but goes a line down as my writing continues on the line above. Very annoying and distracting. I usually have this problem when trying to use bullet points, but it occurs frequently. I want to continue using this app, and will gladly give it 5 stars if these small issues could be addressed.

- Waste of time and money

This app is a waste of time and money. You can’t send any work to scrivener from other apps like the apple notes app. You change the default font settings and they don’t stay that way so you need to change them for every new document. When you copy and paste from Apple notes it doesn’t always copy in the same format or font so half of your note will be in one font and the other half in a different font. It’s very time consuming to try and sort out. I wish I didn’t bother wasting my money on this app that has so many glitches in the first 30 minutes of use! Really not happy at all with this app

- Please keep up with the iPadOS features

Adding multiple window support for the iOS version could make it a even more powerful writing app. On the iPad, Quick Reference only allows viewing of two documents from the same project. This of course is not a problem on the desktop version since you can open multiple windows.

- Potentially wonderful - frustrating design flaws

The biggest - almost only - problem with the Scriv app is how it syncs with Dropbox. When it works, it’s wonderful. When it doesn’t, it makes you want to scream. You can be working in one file, go to the next - and it’s nothing but blank pages. Or half the chapters in one file will have content, the other half won’t. About the only predictable factor is that chapters with embedded images seem to load more often than text-only. What makes this a design flaw rather than just a frustration is the fact that, of course, you can’t force the app to re-download from Dropbox. Nope. The sync button means it tells Dropbox to overwrite the files with its flawed empty versions instead. When it works, it’s worth every cent. When stuff like this happens, you wish you’d never bought it.

- Wish they had snapshot feature

I understand that they can’t fit all of the UI into the iOS feature, but at the very least, I wish they can somehow utilise snapshot. It’s honestly the best feature of scrivener and it’d bring the iOS experience to a whole new level.

- Very annoying bug present though

I use the dark mode, but the annoying thing is that they achieve this by changing the actual font colour to white. So when it comes time to compile a draft, I can’t see any text because the text is white and the page is ofc white, And there’s not even an option to change the text to a different colour, I can’t believe this is a thing in an expensive writing app

- Best app for writing academic papers

Hi guys. I love this app for planning, organising, and writing my academic papers. Suggestions: One thing I wish this app could do would be annotation and highlighting on PDFs in the Research pane using the Apple Pencil. Also, if you could make a way to share PDFs from the Research pane in one file to another one in the app would be great. At the moment it’s a lot of messing around to access my literature. I’d keep it all in Scrivener if it wasn’t locked within one file only. Please consider these additions in a future update and keep up the great work!

- Great app

Great app for writing and organising different parts of your project. Only problem is that you have to sync with dropbox. Would like to be able to sync with icloud. I just have to use my ipad only and not on any other device.

- Good

I have to write something here so the review will save.

- Great for all kinds of writing

This is such a great app and I use it for all kinds of writing ... its so easy to merge pieces together and organise your writing once you learn how to use it properly which does not take that long

- Great program

This program is a great program and is very beneficial for writers. It does have a learning curve, but this is not to difficult to pickup, and there are plenty of support videos to assist.

- Terrible Design

Why make it so frustratingly hard to setup templates. The instructions for setting it up are buried under confusing groups and they don’t work. This has been such a let down I am switching to another tool for both iPad and Desktop. You should have put more effort into making this app usable.

- Syncing is troublesome

Can’t figure out how to sync between one drive and iOS, only other option is to continuously copy back and forth from Dropbox, that was a problem solved 10 years ago for most other platforms

- Not Synced With Desktop Scrivener

This doesn’t sync with iCloud from your PC and $80 Scrivener, it syncs with Dropbox. So you can’t take your PC work with you on your phone. I don’t think they should call this the same app, and should disclose this massive flaw at the top not at the bottom of their about info. It’s disingenuous to market these apps as the same or as seemingly intuitive as Apple when you’re not using iCloud, not even as an option, alongside Dropbox. Not what I wanted. Not the same app. Not PC version. Not synced to my desktop work. Not helpful.

- No ICloud Syncing???

Having bought both the Mac version and iPhone version it is disappointing to see that the iPhone version has no iCloud syncing. Dropbox doesn’t really do it for me and iTunes copying is too much fiddle. Please progress to iCloud syncing!

- Avoid

Scrivener is great, the desktop version. I couldn’t write without it. The app is a disaster. It doesn’t always sync correctly and randomly wipes files. The file is still there but all the text is gone. Not worth the risk.

- Crashes when syncing with dropbox each time

Very annoying. Couldn’t use.

- Ugh! Sync! 😫

Please please PLEASE! For the love of all things good in this world, please. I don’t like Dropbox. I don’t trust Dropbox. I don’t want a Dropbox account. I just want a different syncing option. iCloud would be great. But if that’s really not possible, there’s got to be some other non proprietary way to sync between Mac and iOS. Why is Scriv the only app with this problem?

- No updates

The app hasn’t been updated in over a year and the bugs are starting to pile up. Dropbox sync still takes a lot of time an no option to sync using iCloud. App needs some attention.

- Please fix

I spend a decent walk of money on this program and I’m extremely disappointed, I have to return my words in for them to line up. Please fix this

- Brilliant App

I love the Scrivener app. It means I can have all my WIP’s in my pocket wherever I am. Whatever the time.

- Daily Driver

I use this app every day. So handy to have along with the Mac app.

- No iCloud syncing is a big minus for me

Like the app but I am really put off by not being able to import or export from iCloud ... or sync my work there.

- No iCloud sync

I’m incredulous that, in 2018, a professional app with a professional app price is unable to sync with the OS’s own cloud service. Basically a waste of money for me.

- Appearance tab on ipad gives no formatting options

Again, another very limited writing app on Ipad.

- Excellent

Easy to use with all the charm of the indispensable desktop app. The requirement to use Dropbox for syncing is very disappointing - here's hoping for an iCloud solution soon. Back to writing my meisterwerk.....

- Remarkable

Literature and Latte have done something truly remarkable with this application. I didn't have high hopes for an "iPad version" of Scrivener - to be fair iOS applications too date have been pale reflections of their computer counterparts. I was wrong. Scrivener for iOS could be the most significant application for writers ever released. To be able to pick up the threads of my stories wherever I am on iPhone or iPad and have the files sync perfectly with my masters back home is remarkable. The level of functionality they've been able to replicate from the original is incredible. This is the application I have been waiting for for years.

- Finally!!! The ultimate writing app is on iOS!

If you know and use Scrivener, then this review is really unnecessary - you've already bought it. But, just in case you're not sure... I was on the Beta test group and the iOS version is a brilliant implementation of Scrivener. All the core functionality is here and it has sync'd my projects via Dropbox flawlessly. I often choose to use the iOS version over the PC version because of how nice it is. Further, the support from Keith (the developer) has been second to none, with consistent updates and great communication. If you don't know about Scrivener then you might be balking at the price. If you're a writer, do yourself a favour and go and learn about Scrivener. Try the 30 day trial PC / Mac app, then when you see how amazing it is, you'll by it and you won't hesitate to buy the iOS version as well. This is the most expensive iOS app I've ever purchased, yet it's the one I've spent the least amount of time considering whether I should purchase it or not.

- Best writing software finally on iOS

It has been a very long wait for those of us who have been wanting an iOS Scrivener for years, but it's finally here! This is simply the best software purchase you will ever make as a writer or anyone who deals with a lot of written files and documents. So far the app seems rock solid and has synced perfectly with DropBox. My .scriv files are all there, and the key functions are all included in the mobile version. The interface is clean and clear and easy to use. Having access to all my writing projects on-the-go is a dream come true.

- At long last

I hadn't been as vigilant keeping up with Scrivener for iOS news since I had long since assumed it would be another year before it would appear on the App Store... how delightful it was to find my estimation fantastically missed the mark! As an avid user of Scrivener on Mac, I purchased the iPad version immediately. It runs smoothly and looks beautiful. I once said I would delete my entire slew of word processing apps on iPad once Scrivener came out and I am very happy that I am able to do so in complete confidence. Scrivener on iPad is definitely a game changer for me.

- Scrivener is just the best writing software ever

Scrivener is just the best writing software ever. I've been using the Desktop version on my Mac for a while now, and I'm always impressed by it. Now that it's available on iOS I've got it installed on my iPhone and iPad. The syncing feature with the desktop version means I can update my manuscripts anywhere, anytime and be sure that I don't miss a moment when the inspiration to write comes. No hesitation in giving it 5 stars.

- Christmas has come early!

This has been on many people's Christmas wish list for several years and it is finally here. One of the greatest tools a writer can own is Scrivener, and now it is finally available on a device that any writer can keep with him/her at all times. I now own Scrivener on my Mac, my work PC, my iPad and my iPhone6. Happy days. Writers now have no excuse for losing that flash of inspiration due to a lack access to their files.

- A wonderful adaptation to the small screen

I've used Scrivener on my Mac for years - couldn't do my work (book ghostwriting) without it. I knew it was never going to be easy to translate its main features to the iPad, but they have succeeded admirably, and with seamless sync to boot. Most important for me is the ability to have two documents open at once, side by side, and that has been achieved very cleverly. Now I can literally work anywhere!

- Beware, no iCloud support

If you're hoping to use this and access your writing in your mac, you'll need to install Dropbox on both computers. Unfortunately, Dropbox is a very dubious file sharing and syncing service with an enormous amount of controversy widely documented on the internet regarding privacy, snooping, and, to put it kindly, curious attempts to access your computer's security. Personally, I'm disappointed to have bought it and won't compromise my security so will have to ditch it. Expensive mistake. I have written to Scrivener and they seem to have no interest in changing their syncing method.

- Tremendous app for writers

As a long-time Scrivener user on Windows, I have been waiting for the iOS version for quite some time, but had no idea it would be this good. It allows me to do what I do best on my iPad and iPhone (ideate, outline and edit) and work seamlessly with my desktop version on Windows. The app has been flawless! It syncs beautifully and I am now working on my writing projects on iPad, iPhone and desktop as best suits my workflow! Awesome app L&L!

- As good as the desktop version but now for on the Go

Have used this app for five years now and it's productivity heaven for a writer. Love being able to finally store story/character ideas on the go now as opposed to having to merge them from another notes app later on. The apps turned non writing times now into extra writing time. Very grateful to the developer of this wonderful app

- Wonderful, beautiful app

Thank you so much to the devs for bringing Scrivener to iOS. All the features I care about are included, and sync works perfectly. The only thing I really miss is the ability to add more meta data and having a bar rather than a pie chart for session targets-And maybe make the ability to toggle its visibility. ;) But it's not a huge deal and I love all the detail and care added to the app.

- Only great if you're using an iPad

Bought this thinking it would have most of the same features as the desktop version. Then realized - no corkboard for iphone version. It seems like all the positive reviews are from people using an ipad for which that feature is available. Also, no performance targets either - at least on the iphone. So my two favourite features that puts scrivener above other writing apps are both not available and yet I just spent $30 AUD on it for the pleasure of finding that out. Not happy.

- Sets a new standard

Never been so excited over an app before. Purchased desktop version years ago and have found myself using a fragmented workflow with other apps until an iOS version came. It's here. It works and, take my money!

- Everything I'd hoped for

Scrivener (for iOS) is everything you've come to expect from Literature and Latte. The interface is intuitive, mimicking the desktop version. Syncing is flawless (once I remembered Scrivener for desktop needed to be updated to 2.8). Well worth the wait.

- Superb

The guys at Literature and Latte have outdone themselves with this one. Syncing works a treat. The whole design is thoughtful and intuitive. Much better than its competitors (including that one named after some famous novel or something). Scrivener for iOS finally here, and it's freaking awesome!

- Love it!

Absolutely love it. Couldn't be happier to finally have a portable version of my scrivener projects. I was also pleasantly surprised to see how many of the features made it over from the desktop versions. Great app.

- Totally superb

Three projects underway already and it's stable, fast and syncs perfectly with my Mac. Been a Scrivener for Mac user for several years, now can be truly mobile. Support from this mob is first class.

- Simply marvellous

A perfect partner for Scrivener. Loving the iPad convenience and easy sync with Dropbox. I didn't realise how truly useful this app is until I started using it :) Highly recommended. Fantastic job L&L team.

- Mathtype not supported

The mathtype equations inserted in my project on Scrivener for Mac are not displaying on the iOS version. Both MS Word for iOS and Apple Pages for iOS support MathType display. Please consider implementing this function!

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- Great app, missing a few things

Great app for writing long form. However, it would’ve been a five stars if there was Apple Pencil support for jotting down notes or thoughts for brainstorming . Still lacking in syncing support as it’s still a hassle with Dropbox to sync with desktop.

- It will not open old Scrivener files!

I bought the program for my PC in 2014 or 2015. I’ve been using it without issues until my PC died. Today I bought the app for iPad (my new device). I went through the whole routine of saving to Dropbox and syncing only to get a message that it’s an “older format that cannot be opened on mobile devices”. I cannot afford to buy another computer just to open my 150 000 word fantasy book. Please create a way to open old files, otherwise this app is useless. Note to self, if I manage to open it by seeing if anyone I know has an older program, I will have to remember to constantly export for word so I don’t lose my book in the future.

- Shame It Only Supports Dropbox

Scrivener is a great writing tool and I’ve used it on my laptop for years. The iPad version is a little limited but does offer a good basic writing experience. Too bad it only supports Dropbox for syncing with the desktop program, and even when that works it’s quite awkward as they are in different formats and there is a step to import your changes. Definitely makes me consider using something else with a smoother back-and-forth experience.

- No iCloud support

I LOVE THIS PRODUCT as a writing tool on my Macs, but it’s quite limited on iPad because of how it stores files. I’m constantly moving from computer to computer and cannot access my writing projects easily or practically with Dropbox as they throttle back the number of computers you can use on their free accounts to only three devices. I have no interest in paying for Dropbox storage (because I already have a NAS Drive (and an iCloud account that has no such restrictions). I’m hoping that Scrivener will consider making this product more iPad friendly soon by releasing an update that will support iCloud storage (or that you’ll consider supporting NAS drives) but until then, I can only give this great software one star.

- Oct 2019 App locks me out of writing projects

As of today, this app has locked me out of my projects three times. It goes from the regular screen to one with a white background filled with white boxes that appear to be folders, but when you touch them, they will not open. When in this mode, the app only allows you to start a new project folder (which you cannot open), sync with iTunes (nothing appears to happen) or link with Dropbox (it seems to work, but upon opening Dropbox, the Scrivener folder that was created is empty). I managed to get it working once by restarting my phone, but upon trying it again when Scrivener randomly went into this locked out mode, it stayed that way until I shut down the app twice. Looking for a new mobile word processor, as Scrivener has become unreliable. Not sure if this app is even being supported anymore, as this developer has a habit of abandoning previous incarnations of its apps in favour of creating an entirely new one (with few updates, if any) that you have to re-buy at full price. I used to love this app, but the developer has become unpredictable. Very disappointing. Great app when it works and doesn’t lock you out of your work.

- Risky for syncing

The desktop version of this I find very useful but I dare not share its files with the iOS version. Syncing creates too many errors.

- Francophones, abstenez-vous!!!

Impossible d’utiliser les guillemets français (« ») dans l’app iOs sur iPad. Quelle déception!!!! Et n’essayez pas d’avoir un remboursement, ce n’est tout simplement pas une option. ARGH!!!!

- Dropbox Drops Flushes Functionality Down the Box

Dropbox creates the inability to link Scrivener work across personal platforms.. by itself, Scrivener is a ‘what a great app’.. but try to work on multiple or linked devices.. forget it. One would think that if less expensive apps, can link via browsers, that two Paid Scrivener apps, would be able to play nicely with each other... but, that is not the case.. a third party has to be in the middle. Scrivener: useful only on single devices. And only where internet works, no ‘off grid in residencies’ for you.

- Poor compatibility across devices

I love the desktop Scrivener apps and I use both on PC and Mac. However, there is a deal-breaking bug that erases hyperlinks created on the desktop platforms anytime the Scrivener project is opened in iOS. This means that if I do any editing on an iPad, all of the links I’ve created to files for my manuscript are erased and I need to waste time creating them all over again.

- Stopped working.

Upon opening the app, I’m unable to open any projects at all. I can only start a new one, but then I can’t open that one either. Wonderful. Mobile writing has been brought to a halt. Back to pen and paper. iPhone XR with the latest updates.

- Practically useless

Until the Scrivener iOS app realizes that it’s no longer 2007 and that there are more cloud services than just Dropbox, this utility of this app is questionable. It certainly isn’t useful. I am a OneDrive user.

- No more fonts in iOS 14!!

I’ve enjoyed this app for years and I honestly didn’t foresee myself ever writing a one star review but here we are.... Not one update in over a year?? Serisouly?? Please update to include the new font management in iOS 14 or else I will need to find another app to continue writing with!

- The Stradivarius of Word Processors

What can I say about Scrivener that hasn't already been said? Well, I’ll just say that if word processor apps were violins, then Scrivener would surely be regarded as the Stradivarius of word processors. That pretty much says it all.

- The iOS app isn’t as good as the window version

I have both the iOS and the Window version. Sadly they don’t sync together. On the Window version I can open my files as I please with OneDrive, Google Drive, and DropBox. But with the iOS version, it is only available to sync with DropBox, which is very disappointing. I would like to see the iOS app being able to sync with OneDrive as well in the future. But so far, this app version will only get 2 star from me. As I am very disappointed with it.

- ICloud Integration is essential

I’ve been using Scrivener for years but I was really looking forward to being able to just walk away from the desktop with my iPad Pro. Dropbox is a dud and the integration clunky. Two stars until iCloud functionality is a reality.

- Syncing broken on iPad Pro

I have been a huge fan of this software for years. Unfortunately, after migrating everything to Scrivener project by project, and then buying an iPad Pro specifically to use this product on a bigger screen while on the go, I can no longer use it. Dropbox syncing is totally broken and now results in crashing on iPad Pro, which defeats the purpose because I work on multiple devices, depending where I am and which is most convenient. I have spoken to tech support and they have confirmed that the problem exists, though no solution has materialized for 5 months now. Scrivener + iOS seemed like a real win over the alternatives... but now I’m forced to migrate everything back to the competition because this is an unacceptable delay. Writers need something reliable. I’m not pleased that I had to waste valuable time migrating everything elsewhere when I should have been writing. To be clear, the software still syncs perfectly on Mac and on iOS for iPhone and iPad mini (which I also have), but for how long? Who knows if another update will break compatibility with other devices? Not trustworthy in the slightest and it’s really unfortunate because this WAS the greatest tool I’d ever used.

- A writers tool

There are many ways to put your words on a PC or paper. Lets be straight, all will work, but if you want to be a serious writer or work unencumbered by the tool you are using there are only two real options. Paper or Scrivener. Tools such as Word or Pages are usable but in reality are a diversion to writing, trying to move parts, or chapters of your work around is cumbersome and time consuming, with scrivener all of this becomes easy. I Have used this product for 7 months and love it. Prior to this I used Ulysses, Word and pages and all of them distracted me more than I needed, fonts, styles and margins were my go to place if I wanted to procrastinate. I am not saying that Scrivener will stop all procrastination but this is vastly reduced by the tools simplicity and flexibility. I love this product enough to write a review, if you are a writer then it may well be the best investment you have ever made. Finally, its cheap. Off to write now, have fun people.

- iOs13 crashes in seconds when syncing

New upgrade crashes about 10 seconds into syncing. Older version on iPad works fine. I’ll skip the next upgrade on iPad until this is fixed.

- Adore Scrivener, but...

Drop box is a huge deal breaker for me. I've been using it and trying it for well over a year because I love Scrivener that much. I've been trying to get over the reliance on an app I don't want to use or install--Dropbox. I love how in-depth Scrivener is. I still use Scrivener as my main tool on the Mac. I just can't use it on mobile anymore. I hate Dropbox that much. Please untether the reliance on a third-party app. Drop box always has and most-likely, always will mess up my files. It's the only online storage that has done this to me over and over. I've gone back to Storyist for now. It's okay, but I'd rather use Scrivener without needing DropBox. Is there a way for us to choose which online storage we can use? I will come back in a heartbeat if this option becomes available. For now, I will stick to something that offers less headaches. I just want to write; I don't want to fight.

- Don’t bother

The iPad Scrivener is mostly useful for generating synchronization conflicts and losing your work. Stick with the desktop version and forget about synchronizing between devices. The sync function is figment of the developer’s imagination.

- iOS version not worth a penny

The desktop version is OK and I use it for all my academic writing but I recently got an iPad for school and need a word processor, not an notes app with tabs.

- Sync is not ready - Don’t use for critical work

I just got the iOS scrivener after having the desktop for years. I’m a former software dev so technical experience is not the issue. Basically, sync on Dropbox with Scrivener is flakey. I recently lost (as in gone!) 25 pages of work after a sync. (Luckily I have work backed up elsewhere. I’ll never trust this app on iPad or Mac again.) I had a series of conflicts that were seriously messed up and all of the re-organization I did to my binder has been shot. I’ve read a number of the responses to reviews and the developer here often falls back to “well, this is just a small software shop, we can’t do everything.” Well, that excuse doesn’t cut it when you charge $25+ dollars for your app. You’re making decent money, you need to absolutely ensure that you do no harm to people’s work. Disappointed in the app is an understatement. Don’t bother.

- Appreciate the Sync but iCloud?

I appreciate that you allow third party syncing. But the fact that there’s no support for iCloud sync is a little strange considering the PC version is an obvious after thought. I would love native iCloud support with proper collaboration, side car, etc.

- Mind-bogglingly confusing :(

I used Scrivener on my Mac for years. Loved it. Eventually I started spending more time on my iPad than my desktop so to be able to keep on writing on that device and having everything in sync seems ideal. So I bought Scrivener for iOS. I have absolutely never been able to keep my writing synced up. I find it extremely confusing. Once I get everything working properly it goes along for a while and then I start getting error messages. It’s probably my fault – I’m doing something wrong but why does it have to be so confusing? I am a writer, not a geek.

- Horrible

The windows version of this is amazing but the hoops needed to link it to share files between iOS and windows is just agonizing and a waste of time. Requested a refund on this app. It seems from various videos and research that this app is best with a Mac book.

- Amazing App

The ability to cloud save documents between both an app and the computer software is amazing!!! Very engaging software all in all, would highly recommend. 🙂

- Scrivener Junior, Lite Edition

An application with modest capabilities, sentimentally linked to its namesake found on Mac’s and PC’s. No support for tables, although it will kid you along until it’s finally time to give them a proper wrecking. To be fair, the limited capability is deliberate, based on re-envisioning the mobile app as a fun opportunity to build real code on bring-your-child-to-work day.

- Great for Desktop, not IOS

Syncing between devices using Dropbox is a tedious process and has been for years. I had shelved the app away after seeing how unusable it was more than five years ago. It’s a shame that there is not a better sync feature. Compared to other writing softwares syncing options like Obsidian, Scrivener has fallen way behind in the app world.

- Great App

Have this on an IPAd and my Air but use the IPad exclusively. Easier to navigate. Wish they synced automatically but with the minimal knowledge I have of this app it hasn’t happened. I will have to study it in depth. Nevertheless it’s the only app I use for writing.

- Love it

I use Scrivener for almost 4 years on my desktop computer, iPad and iPhone. Since 4 years ago I got free updates. The most professional app for writers. I have to mention that I’m not a writer, I use this app to store and find my researches and valuable information I have. I still love it. And admire the company and it’s developers.

- Bought by mistake

So my daughter bought this by mistake on my and I’m wondering if I can get a refund for this

- Amazing

The best writing app. Hands down, learn to use it, never look back. But for the developer, please make so that in script mode after a line of dialogue, it defaults to character, not action, this is far more intuitive for screenwriting. Or even better make this customizable. Switching script text types could be improved a bit, quite clunky since it’s all the way at the top of the screen. Nevertheless, the app is life-changingly good.

- Can’t sync with desktop version

Waste of money.

- PERFECT

This app is a must buy for anyone currently struggling with finishing their work. For years I used google docs and was never satisfied with how my novel was progressing. With Scrivener, I already see so much progress in my work. The word count tool is so helpful and being able to switch easily between chapters and scenes is amazing!! Highly recommend!!

- DO NOT BUY!

Bought this crap recently. Worked on editing all morning... then guess what? It crashed and all my work disappeared. How nice. Please don’t give these idiots another cent.

- Navigation is too friction-heavy

TL;DR: It is absolutely unusable for daily use on the iPad if you need to be able to easily navigate between your documents easily while writing. Scrivener had been my go-to app for years but, ever since moving to the iPad as my daily driver, I’m finding it untenable to keep using. If you use the iPad version of Scrivener to just jot down a quick idea while you’re away from your main version on the Mac, this should work just fine for you. If you want to use it as your daily writing tool, though, I’d recommend moving to something else, even if, like me, you’ve been a long-time Scrivener evangelist. The main issue is navigation. It is excruciating to move between the documents inside your project. Instead of having an easy-to-use drop-down-style document browser that opens up each document folder with the documents underneath it, you have to enter that folder, enter the next document in the hierarchy, then the next sub-document in that hierarchy, and so on, until you get down to the one you want to get to and work on. Forget easily popping between two different documents to compare or to look up bits you may have collected or drafted in other parts of the project. It’s essentially like you’ve hidden every small section of your project deep in a series of file folders and are only allowed to see one of those at a time. (Oh, and it’s been many, many months since there’s been an update. Maybe the App’s been abandoned?) Great on the Mac; unusable as a daily writing tool on the iPad.

- Fantastic App!

Though I haven’t tapped into it’s full potential yet, I love the workflow I’m able to approach with this app, and it’s nice to know that everything can be reliably backed up and accessible via multiple devices. The fact that you can have separate sections to a project where you can even put research you’ve done down. It’s simply remarkable! This app is great if you’re just starting out, a novice writer, or someone who just needs a really good app to write with!

- Love this software

Well thought out. Minimalist. Focused on writing and nothing more.

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Would give 5 stars if the bug got fixed where half the bottom line on my iPhone X didn’t hide behind the keyboard 😬Otherwise love the app

- Disappointed - going back to Word

I felt I had done all my research, but I guess not. Was really looking forward to using the cork board but it is only available on the iPad. Feel ripped off and disappointed.

- Cross-platform functions need work

I bought this app and started using the free trial of the PC version, lured by the promise of writing things on my phone and then switching to my PC to keep working on them. Too bad the Dropbox sync is intrusive and prone to having documents suddenly vanish. Also, the formatting is inconsistent between platforms, so things I write on my phone look different from things I write on my PC, leaving the whole thing looking like such a mess that it’s almost a relief when the shoddy Dropbox sync loses the document. At least the problems were obvious enough that I encountered them before my free trial on the PC version ran out!

- I love this app!

I really love how organized this app is and how I can sync it with my drop box! I got a new iPad Pro and I was really impressed with how beautiful and integrated this app is with my new iPad. I can set up multi-tasking really easily (pull up a browser to do my research as I write) which I didn’t think I’d appreciate until I realized how many apps out there don’t support this amazing feature!! I’ve had this app since the first scrivener and I love what this team continues to do. Keep up the amazing work Literature & Latte!!!

- Lack of iCloud is a deal breaker

Great app, but lack of iCloud is a deal breaker. Sad, as Scrivener itself is a great writing and research tool.

- Fantastic on iOS

As a writer, I’ve been using a number of apps on my iPad for quite a few years with some success.. my favourite to date is Bear, and while it’s a wonderful app for notes and journaling and capturing, for writing a structured novel or body of work, it takes a lot of work with the tags. And with the hype of Ulysses, I did try it for a couple of months but it was way too convoluted for me to absorb how to make it work for me. Years and years ago, I used Scrivener on my MacOS, and loved it, I loved the interface and the customer support. I followed along with every upgrade and it was definitely my writing software of choice. NOW, I see the app for Scrivener... lo and behold, many great reviews (and a majority of naysayers cite DropBox as their main complaint). Being an avid user and supporter of Dropbox after researching and realizing it is one of the most secure cloud options on the market, I was willing to give the new Scrivener for iOS a go.... I’m in heaven! Oh, my goodness, I can’t believe my good fortune. Thank you Scrivener. This is exactly what I needed: streamlined app, very easy to use on my iPad, immediate and no-hassle linking to Dropbox, the ability to work with all my writing projects in a systematic way... very well done. Thank you, thank you.

- Just Incredible!

For the part-time writer or writer on the go, the ability to seamlessly work between my computers and mobile devices whenever an idea strikes is very handy. I’m just finishing my second book (both in the 120-150K word range) and they were probably 80% written on my mobile devices.

- Ignore the bad reviews due to Dropbox sync issue

5 stars for companion app to desktop- familiar interface and adds the ability to jot down idea using phone in the middle of the night. 5 stars for Dropbox conflict resolution. If there is a conflict, it generates a conflict folder with conflicting document. No data loss. App developers: add the ability to share any webpage (ReaderView) directly from safari or chrome share menu.

- Très bon compagnon à la version MacOs

Considérant la complexité de fonctions de la version MacOS de cette application, ce compagnon pour iPad est vraiment très bon. J’aimerais qu’il y ait le support pour iCloud, mais Dropbox fonctionne bien. Aussi, on peut très bien faire des « guillemets » français.

- A great product

I rarely write reviews. I just wanted to thank these Scrivener people for this great product. This app, and the way it syncs through Dropbox to the cloud, and then automatically over to my windows desktop Scrivener, has made all the difference. Now, with ease and no aggravating obstructions to deter me from working, I am making great strides on my writing. It seems I’m going to end up write everything using just my iPhone. Anytime I have a thought or a few moments to spare, my phone is right there and I start typing. Writing has now become merely an extension to my thoughts. Thank you, Len

- A Bug ridden mess on iPhone XR

Upon first opening the app with the iPhone XR, I quickly discovered I couldn’t access any project in portrait mode. The links were all unusable except for the “Create New Project” link. However, I eventually found I could access the project via landscape + side swiping to reach the binder. Next, while I was inside a document, I discovered that the line being printed is partially obscured by the keyboard. I have attempted numerous adjustments to no avail. Essentially, I can write, but the bottom 2/3rds of the line of text I’m writing is cut off by the keyboard.

- Typewriter feature

Can you add the typewriter feature for the iPhone app? Or a feature so the screen moves with the text, so I don’t have to keep scrolling.

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Scrivener 1.2.2 Screenshots & Images

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Scrivener (Version 1.2.2) Install & Download

The applications Scrivener was published in the category Productivity on 2016-07-20 and was developed by Literature & Latte [Developer ID: 418889514]. This application file size is 29.26 MB. Scrivener - Productivity app posted on 2022-06-14 current version is 1.2.2 and works well on IOS 11.0 and high versions. Google Play ID: com.literatureandlatte.scrivener.ios