Scrivener 4.5/5

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By Literature & Latte (Literature & Latte Ltd)

“The biggest software advance for writers since the word processor.”
- Best-selling novelist Michael Marshall Smith

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 click 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, and you can open it right alongside what you’re working on. Write a description based on a photograph. Transcribe an interview. Check for consistency with an earlier chapter.

Once you’re ready to share your work with the world, compile everything into a single document for printing, create an e-book, 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.

Scrivener’s users include best-selling novelists, screenwriters, students, academics, lawyers, journalists and translators. It won’t tell you how to write - it just provides everything you need to start writing and keep writing.


Get Started
• Interactive tutorial project
• Project templates for novels, scripts, essays and more
• Import common text files such as RTF, DOCX, FDX, ODT and TXT
• Easily split imported text into separate sections

Get Writing
• Write your manuscript in sections of any size
• View sections individually or combined
• Distraction-free full-screen mode
• Scriptwriting mode for screenplays, stage plays, comic scripts and more
• Familiar text formatting tools
• Live word and character counts
• Mark up your text with comments
• Make notes in the sidebar which become footnotes or endnotes upon print or export
• Keep snapshots of earlier text versions and revert to them at any time
• Name generator
• MathType support
• Set goals using project and document targets
• Automatic backups

Find Your Structure
• Write in any order and reorganize later
• Write a synopsis for any text section and see it in the fully-featured outliner
• Rearrange sections as index cards on the corkboard
• Project-wide search
• Track ideas using labels and keywords
• Apply custom icons to your sections

Refer to Research
• Import research such as image, PDF and media files
• Import web pages
• View research files or other sections right alongside your writing
• Transcribe audio files

Get It Out There
• Compile to a single document for sharing or printing
• Export to popular formats such as DOC, RTF and plain text
• Print or generate PDF files
• Export ePub or Kindle files
• Export to Final Draft
• Supports MultiMarkdown for LaTeX export

Write Anywhere
• Sync with our iOS version (available separately)

Demonstration videos are available on our website.


We have a whole heap of testimonials from published authors - see our testimonials page at to read what they have to say.


If you have questions, feedback or need help, please contact us at, visit our support forums at, or find us @scrivenerapp on Twitter.

Release Notes

1/19/2017 | Version : 2.8.1 | Size : 74.0 MB
• Miscellaneous bug-fixes.
• Improved macOS Sierra support.

7/19/2016 | Version : 2.8 | Size : 73.8 MB
- Adds support for working with Scrivener for iOS projects.

- Miscellaneous bug fixes.

11/12/2015 | Version : 2.7.1 | Size : 73.5 MB
• El Capitan-ready: minor updates and fixes for 10.11 compatibility.
• Icons and UI updated for a more modern look consistent with El Capitan and Yosemite.
• Note - please visit our following support page if you experience crashes on El Capitan:
• File format updated for compatibility with future mobile versions. Upon opening existing projects, you will be prompted to update them. (Please note that you will not be able to open 2.7 projects in earlier versions of Scrivener.)
• The tutorial project has been updated, and now includes a new "Quick Start" collection.
• Scrivener now uses Courier Prime as its default screenplay font. For existing screenplay projects, you can change back to your old font via the Script Settings panel (in the Format > Scriptwriting menu).
• Updated the built-in MultiMarkdown components to version 4.
• Epub files now have the "of:file-as" and "opf:event" attributes added to the creator and date elements, so that they will pass Lulu B&N validation.
• You can now insert .svg images files into MultiMarkdown by internally linking to an .svg image document.
• Many other bug fixes - for the full list, please see

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Education , Productivity

Supported Devices : Mac OS

Comments and Ratings for Scrivener

$45 wasted on a program that won’t do technical documents (2.8.1)
6/12/2017 11:46:26 PM 1/5 By PhotogIt
The good part of this app seems to be to organize a novel by using a number of smaller files. Unfortunately it was completely useless fo my purpose of doing technical writing using equations. I did a fair amount of research before buying and found technical writing was one of their featured strengths, and Mathtype was compatible with Scrivener. Unfortunately this was misleading. When I imported documents into Scriv, all of the equations were erased, and would have to be recreated ome by one. Diagrams are difficult or impossible. Even something as simple as a table, won’t allow one to change the width of the columns without affectoing all of them. It turns out this was completely a waste of money. And I found out later that if I bought it directly from them, would get a refund, but not when you buy on Apple’s store. So ripped off again - which is mostly Apple’s policies.

mostly love. but could change up some things (2.8.1)
6/4/2017 5:44:18 PM 4/5 By Innergoddessapproved
I love this app. And it’s good for the most part. But it would be easier to see things I delete instead of exporting it into another doc to see what I delete along with adding things in revision mode. Also, i’d like the ability to colaborate with other people in scrivener and not have to export into a word doc in order to do that other than that, this app is good

What??? (2.8.1)
6/4/2017 2:07:04 PM 3/5 By Owlsworthy
It can be distracting.

Excellent for writing. OK for ePubs. (2.8.1)
5/15/2017 6:29:12 PM 4/5 By Mel3000
Extremely stable application, because it uses native Mac components. Delightful for writing fiction. Scenes and characters are easily referenced. I deducted one star for ePub generation. Scrivener does not produce ePub3s. Additionally, each chapter has its own stylesheet, requiring extra editing to combine them. But Scrivener is the easiest way to convert a word processing file or PDF to an ePub. Saves lots of time.

5/11/2017 9:27:00 PM 5/5 By Jivory22
I rarely write reviews, but this demands commendation. As a phd student who does tons of writing and note-taking, this is a productivity dream. I lament not discovering it until my foruth year, but, not to worry, I can easily import all my notes, papers, bibliographies from the last 10 years to be organized, searched, and viewed (in split screen!) at a whim. I cannot overstate the power of this. Since we know that the efficiency of your writing can actually effect the efficiency of your THINKING, the organization of my own thoughts has indubidably been improved. That means the $50 includes a free improved brain. My days of toggling a dozen or more documents while writing are over. Now I just toggle Srivener and my reference manager. Everything I want to read or reference is simply right there, making the cogntive recall of all that information also feel like its just right there. Favorite features: multilevel organization means I can fractionate my documents and only ever see what I want to see, BUT still view/search doc at any level at any time; split screen; writing window can be resized without being constrained by page size; footnote system; easily import and split/reorganize old documents; not bogged down by formatting features; perfect for flow-of-conciousness writing; compose view; instant autosave and back up system. Just remember that this is maximized for the writing process, not formatting or polishing a final product. For that you’ll still need a word processer. I’m a frugal spender, but for what I got this was a steal.

A Writer’s Tool... (2.8.1)
5/8/2017 1:09:36 PM 5/5 By DreadPirateAl
When I retired from the IT field and entered my next chapter of life as a writer, I searched for an application that allowed me to logically seperate chapters, organize thoughts, build characters, and compile into multiple formats. Scrivener does all that and more. It took some getting used to (I’ve still not explored every feature it offers); but once I got going, it has been smooth sailing. I don’t think it's perfect, but I’ve found nothing else out there that comes close to its usefulness. I would like to see a more user-friendly approach to various compiling options, but that’s just being picky I suppose. I use it on both my iMac and MacBook. Overall, it’s a fine writing app.

Bloated (2.8.1)
4/21/2017 8:25:47 AM 2/5 By mjtrope
It’s often too much for my needs, and too complicated, but worked well enough for book and screenplays. I recently purchased a used iPad to use with Scrivener and then found I would have to pay for the software again? We all waited over five years for the iPad version and it doesn’t support iCloud? You have to pay for Dropbox? I think an opportunity for existing users of the Deskstop version to purchase at a discount would have been respectiful to the base supporters. There are numerous other open platform writing programs available that do sync with icloud to make purchasing Scrivener twice… a bad story.

Great Until I Upgraded OS (2.8.1)
4/15/2017 8:31:16 PM 2/5 By Raymarcable1
This was a great writing tool for me until I upgraded to the Sierra OS. It constantly crashes and there has been no work around or fix for the problem for almost a year. I hate to say it but I’m DONE!!!

Good until it’s really, really bad (2.8.1)
4/11/2017 1:38:10 PM 2/5 By sjoannas
There are a lot of thing to like about this software in terms of its organizational capabilities but one bug made it hellish for me: if I forgot to exit out of full screen mode when I close a document, it CANNOT reopen that document without crashing the program. Which means — you got it — that I CANNOT ACCEES that document. That document is my dissertation so as you can imagine, this is stressful and horrible and the opposite of what a word processing program is supposed to do! Unfortunately, I’ve realized that I need to stop using this program completely (unless this bug is fixed!). It’s not worth the risk or the stress. I wish I could get my money back.

The best writing and organization program, period. (2.8.1)
3/26/2017 7:27:44 PM 5/5 By CountryMom27
I spent an enormous amount of time figuring out what software to use because my writing was everywhere. Some was in my journal (Day One, another great program), some in random Word docs or Pages, stuff on the cloud, stuff on my hard drive, stuff with my work stuff… it was a mess. My goal with Scrivener was to compile my writing into a format that could support a long document like a novel or research paper. But then I got addicted to it. I created a project called Random Bits, and I put my scenes that don’t fit into a story or a character I love that just doesn’t play, or an idea for a blog article there. I have another project for all of my blog articles, and another for all of my work writings and publications. Everything syncs through the cloud, and with the new Scrivener for iPad, I am one very happy camper. But then something happened. I started using the corkboard, and putting my research into the research section. I started using character cards, and many other features - and my writing became more fluid and yet consistent. An unexpected perk that Scrivener makes extremely easy to do. A few improvements that would be welcome. 1. Simplification of the gazillion different templates (or a better explanation of them). 2. A clipping tool for Safari and Chrome or a tie to Pinterest (better) for a card or section. 3. A built-in timer and more visible word count. 4. Show the index card summary on the writing view. 5. A daily writing prompt. 6. Photos! 7. A side panel that can have free-form pinned Pins, photos, post-its, etc. Incorporating some productivity tools would go a long way toward making an amazing program even more user friendly. Either add the features in, or integrate with apps like 30-30, todoist, Pinterest. You can’t get any better than Scrivener, and the support is terrific. I just want more - for both the iOS and macOS.

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