By Literature & Latte

  • Category: Productivity
  • Release Date: 2016-07-20
  • Current Version: 1.1.5
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 26.96 MB
  • Developer: Literature & Latte
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
  • App Ratings:
    4.5/5 ( 2,121 Reviews)
  • Price:
Scrivener App Ratings: 4.5
From 2,121 Reviews

Scrivener App Description

*** Featured in App Store Best of 2016 *** “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 flies • 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, visit our forums at, or find us @scrivenerapp on Twitter.

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App Reviews

  • Not updated frequently

    By Jim_Keen
    It’s a great app, the best out there for writers ... that still hasn’t been updated to work with the “new” (7 month old) iPad Pro’s screen size which is a real shame. It has black bars top and bottom. It’s the last app I use that hasn’t been updated :( Also, as has been noted, the Dropbox sync is poor, why there isn’t an iCloud sync I’m not sure - maybe connected to its lack of updates?
  • *sigh*

    By Clockwork Cat
    5/15/19: Not a single update in over a year? Really? Well, just noting here that the Scrivener app does not work well with the iPhone X and I’m tired of having to fight with it to change the formatting options at the bottom of the screen, because of “home” button interference and “swiping” it to change formatting options swipes me away from the app most times. Infuriating! Have you folks decided not to update this app anymore? No more support? As someone who paid for it, I find that also infuriating. Damned shame, since Scrivener on the whole is the Best. Thing. Ever. for a writer. I’ve been using it over ten years and would never go back to that piece of Microsoft crap called Word. 12/11/17: Updating the rating, since the update to the app has (my fingers are crossed) solved the problems. Since updating, everything is working perfectly, and with everything talking together, it is a stellar writing suite (combined with Scrivener on the laptop). Thanks for working out the problems, folks! 12/4/17 update: The sync issues continue to be insane and infuriating. Other problems resolved, no longer using Simplenote (because, well, it’s no longer supported), but now the Scriv/Dropbox linking is not playing nice. It has become unusable on the iPad because of this. I just deleted the app from the iPad and will reinstall AND repopulate it with 15 projects and 10000+ damned files. AGAIN. Second time today. Come on, FIX THIS! I’m tired of the “do this, it should resolve your problems” coming from tech support. It’s NOT fixing ANYTHING. The same problems continue, and as I said in the original review: I regret paying for this app. Honestly, if the sync issues are resolved it will be a fine app. It is not now. — I truly love Scrivener. Have used it for years. However, I deeply regret paying for this app. It's been glitchy from the start, requires too much navigation too often (stop taking me back to the project list! Resume where I left off!), syncs like crap. Okay, fine. I'll always have Simplenote, which annoys me far less and which I use more. Now Scrivener is crashing EVERY TIME I TRY TO OPEN A PROJECT. I am done with this. Wasted money. I'll stick with Simplenote and do all the formatting on the laptop where Scrivener is perfection instead of this dysfunctional app.
  • infuriating syncing

    By Walkersrq
    While this program does have many features, it is beyond infuriating to try to sync with Dropbox or other apps. I upgraded to Scrivener Pro to see if it would help and even after several hours of reading through instructions, forums, and videos, still cant sync, and cant move my projects from Scrivener to Scrivener Pro. Also, you cant move between an IOS (Ipad) device and MacOS. These are serious flaws in todays world this not worth the price in its current stage of development. I do not recommend it.
  • Syncing not that bad after you set it up...

    By JedWagner
    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.
  • All my writing, right here on my phone.

    By afkland
    I held out for years praying for an Android version of this ap. When it was time to upgrade my Galaxy S7, I bit the bullet and switched to iPhone. Just for this ap. This ap was worth buying an iPhone for.
  • It’s ok

    By gtdqueen
    Need to add support for google drive. Dropbox sync is very slow and it crashes often causing you to have to close the app and reopen. Very frustrating.
  • With no hyperbole or sarcasm...

    By BeatMiser
    ...this is by far the best app on the App Store if you are a writer who is serious about their craft and it is not even close. It is worth every dime. I can not recommend Scrivener any higher. If you do not already have it, get it. Without hesitation, get it. You will not regret it. It is a worthy investment.
  • Update. This. App.

    By MonsieurObscure
    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...
  • Beware

    By Benny Badman
    Firstly, I get that devs gotta eat too. I'm just ticked that the Mac version has already been deprecated and replaced with a new version you'll have to repurchase at full price, whether a new or existing customer. The iOS version is bound to be next. Wish I'd at least known this was coming when I bought it--I'd have just waited for v3 before buying. Edit: Looks like they've abandoned the iOS version.
  • Great Mobile App

    By ProJedi1234
    I really like using this app because it’s simple and has almost all the features of the desktop version. However, the few missing features does cause some issues from time to time. I would love to see more of the desktop features come into the iPad version.