Scrivener iOS Review


Scrivener iOS Review In this video we’re taking a look at Scrivener
iOS. This app was a long time coming for Scrivener
users and is now available on iPhone and iPad. How does it hold up? Stay tuned to find out. What’s up, guys? This is Michael La Ronn with Author Level
Up, giving you the best tools and strategies for writing faster and reaching readers with
your stories. One of the best ways to write faster is to
write on the go. [holds up phone] I do most, if not all of
my writing these days on my phone. This is a growing trend among writers, and
the team at Literature & Latte, the makers of Scrivener, realized this. The Scrivener iOS app had a long, difficult
journey to completion. Users had been asking for it for a long time. At one point Literature & Latte had such a
difficult time keeping the developers that they had to scrap the app, and the founder
had to step in and rebuild the app himself. The app finally launched in 2016, with iOS
users able to download it on iPhone and iPad. Let’s talk first about the basics. Scrivener iOS was d esigned to work seamlessly
with the desktop version, and it was built to be compatible with Scrivener 3 ahead of
Scrivener 3’s release. Design-wise, the app could not look or feel
more different from the desktop version. Quite frankly, that’s a good thing. The mobile app, while streamlined, still has
the core functionality of the desktop version—you can write your stories. The binder and inspector are still there. You can compile, though the feature is somewhat
limited. I think the app looks great. It supports white and dark mode. The dark mode is a bit too blue for my tastes,
but it looks good. There’s also support for compact and large
fonts, and label and status support. So while the app may look different, you can
rest assured that the core components of the Scrivener experience are there. When it’s time to write, the app also shines. You can use the on-screen, standard iOS keyboard,
which comes with all the pros and cons of the iOS keyboard. You can turn autocorrect off if you want. You can also use a Bluetooth keyboard from
3rd parties if you want. iPad users may find this valuable, as typing
by hand on an iPad can be a little unwieldy depending on what version you have. To write your story, you can create documents,
folders, move documents between folders. The app makes this easy. As for the actual writing mechanics, Scrivener
offers a quick step bar above the keyboard that gives you convenient access to some precision
tools, like adding quotations, bold, italics, indentations, and lists. There’s even a marker tool that will let
you highlight text with arrows instead of having to it with your thumbs which is helpful. Overall, the features in this top bar are
extremely helpful and make the iOS version nearly identical to the desktop version in
terms of word processing functionality. When you’re ready to write on your desktop,
fortunately you can sync your manuscript between the mobile and the desktop version. A couple things here. Scrivener uses Dropbox for syncing, which
comes with a few major caveats. The first is that in order to sync between
versions, you have to store your Scrivener file in a special Dropbox folder. In order to sync, you have to press the sync
button manually on the iOS app. You also have to make sure that no other versions
of Scrivener are open. Otherwise you will create conflicts. You do NOT need to sync on the desktop version. Only on the mobile. The desktop version is pretty good about letting
you know when you have un-synced documents from the mobile app. Also, the conflict changes aren’t really
an issue. Scrivener does a good job at selecting the
most recently updated document, so rarely do I ever find myself in a conflict situation
where I’m working on an obsolete version of a chapter. The syncing…it’s pretty good. [Holds up phone, looks at it, and nods] I
did notice though that the more documents you have in your app folder, the longer it
takes to sync. You can prevent this by only including the
projects you’re working on in your app folder in Dropbox. While I have not personally experienced issues
with syncing, there are reported issues with this feature. Fortunately, the Literature & Latte Team has
a dedicated thread for this in their forum on this issue, and you can always ask a question
if you can’t find an answer to your specific situation. Some additional things you might find helpful… Scrivener iOS works with both the Mac and
Windows version of Scrivener. The only downside here is that there is no
Android version. In order to use it you have to have an iOS
device. However, that doesn’t worry me as much because
of the development issues Literature & Latte had with Scrivener iOS. My hope is that they will eventually open
the platform up to Android users. So what’s the verdict here? If you’re a Scrivener desktop user, and
you find yourself constantly on the go, Scrivener iOS is worth your time and money. When I adopted writing on the go, I actually
increased my word count by 40%. Writing on your phone or tablet opens up opportunities
to write that you probably didn’t think about before. You can write in the grocery store—I’ve
done that many, many times. You can write in the backseat of an Uber,
while you’re on public transportation, etc. it’s incredibly powerful. For more info on how I learned to write on
the go, check out my video on this topic. Link is in the description. And if you’re wondering whether Scrivener
or Ulysses has a better iOS app, watch my Scrivener vs Ulysses Cage Match video. Scrivener iOS retails for $19.99 US dollars
at the time of this video. It’s $20 well spent. There are some features I’d like to see
in the next go-round of the app, such as more features from the desktop version such as
snapshots, revision mode, the corkboard, and outline mode, but I think it’s fair to say
that those will come with time. You can grab your copy of Scrivener iOS using
the links below. And of course if this is your first time watching,
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16 Replies to “Scrivener iOS Review

  1. I'm of the opinion an Android version of Scrivener is gonna be a long time coming. If ever. And that this sad fact is not at all L&L's fault. Google can't seem to make up their collective mind where they're going with Android (especially for tablets!) and Chrome OS at this point.

    Too bad, because it is something I'd personally consider buying.

    I'm also envious of anyone who can write on their phone. I simply cannot, and I've tried.

  2. I've been thinking about getting this app. I like that it can sync with the Scrivener files in my Dropbox. I've been storing them in Dropbox anyway, so it's convenient that they chose that as the syncing method.

  3. If I only have the app, not the desktop version – do you know if I will be able to import Word or Google Docs or export my work from Scrivener to either?

  4. When I search for the app in the AppStore it says scrivo pro for scrivener . It’s the same app? Can I save my files locally on the iPad without cloud services or synching? It’s subscription based or just buy once ?

  5. Oh my gosh. Your advise is the best for a new author. You're very clear, short, and you cover every detail. Thank you very much. I bought a new iPad to use as my primary writing tool, and I have Scrivener going on my iPhone as well.

  6. Thank you for this really good and easy to understand review. I like you clear voice and that you don't use complicated language, since English is not my native.

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