Popular Mac Writing App 'Scrivener' Could Finally Be Coming Soon to iOS

In a recent blog post, developer Keith Blount gave an update on the long-awaited iOS version of popular writing app Scrivener. Blount touched on the lengthy road to development the app has had over the years, mentioning that he took over its development and "rewrote it from the ground up" last year.

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A screenshot of Scrivener for Mac
I know we’ve been quiet about the iOS version recently, and some users have been wondering if it’s still in development. After all the problems we’ve had with it, I took over development myself last year and rewrote it from the ground up. I had originally planned not to develop it myself so that I didn’t have to divide my time between the Mac and iOS versions, but in the event, coding our iOS version turned out to be a lot of fun, especially with the introduction of the iPad Pro. Adapting Scrivener for iOS felt like going back to the beginning and remembering why I built Scrivener in the first place.
Blount mentioned that the alpha test is "going well" for the iOS app, and that he's particularly excited for the potential of the writing-centric experience on Apple's new large-screened iPad Pro. The developer believes the beta isn't too far away and that when it happens news and updates on Scrivener for iOS will start at a faster rate.

For anyone unfamiliar with Scrivener's long-gestating iOS app, it was first announced by the team back in 2011, with an early-estimate launch goal of "some time in 2012." When that date slipped, Blount kept fans updated on the troubled development of the app, with the team running into a few coding issues and unexpected health concerns of one of the developer's immediate family.

Continued delayed updates finally spurred Blount into handling the iOS app on his own, leading to today's encouraging news for fans who have been patiently waiting for a mobile version of Scrivener. Speaking directly to Scrivener users, in the most current blog post Blount thanked those who have been patient throughout the intervening years: "Thank you for your patience, your support, and your enthusiasm while Scrivener for iOS has been undergoing its long gestation."

Scrivener is currently available on the Mac App Store for $44.99. [Direct Link]

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12 weeks ago
Scrivener's one of my favorite programs. I'd be delighted to buy an iOS version, even though I don't think the iPad Pro is a particularly good writing platform. However, "A short pencil is better than a long memory," as author Craig Johnson said. The best writing tool is the one closest to hand.
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12 weeks ago
I want to go back to school and do research because Scrivner is so awesome.
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12 weeks ago
Loved Scrivener on Mac but waiting on the iOS app was torture. I found other alternatives and just gave up. This sounds like more of the same "It's coming! Be patient!" news from them. I'll be officially excited when I can buy it on iOS (assuming it's a good port of course) :/

/grumpy
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12 weeks ago

I played around with a Scrivener demo, but landed on Ulysses for OS X. Really beautiful interface, and has a lot of features that stay out of your way until you need them.


Different tools for different purposes... Scrivener is more about managing your writing project and the associated research information, Ulysses is about distraction free writing. They don't exclude each other.
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12 weeks ago
Been waiting for this for around 4 years. Not sure how to feel about another "update" that says "coming soon."

I won't believe it until it's on the App Store available for download lol
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12 weeks ago
M

Not sure of the point of your comment, but I will make an equally pointless reply.

Ulysses lacks too many features for me and after scrivener I felt restricted by the lack of customisation. The sidebar and "sheets" annoyed me, compared to scriveners binder with folders and documents. Scrivener felt much more carefully constructed.

Good for you! Glad you found a tool that works. I was just pointing out a Scrivener alternative I like. No need to get pissy about it.
[doublepost=1456847682][/doublepost]I disagree. Ulysses does have a lot of organizational features one could use to keep a project together. Footnotes, links.

It may well not be quite as feature-rich as scrivener, but it's definitely a beautifully designed environment.

To each their own, though!
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12 weeks ago

I played around with a Scrivener demo, but landed on Ulysses for OS X. Really beautiful interface, and has a lot of features that stay out of your way until you need them.


Not sure of the point of your comment, but I will make an equally pointless reply.

Ulysses lacks too many features for me and after scrivener I felt restricted by the lack of customisation. The sidebar and "sheets" annoyed me, compared to scriveners binder with folders and documents. Scrivener felt much more carefully constructed.
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12 weeks ago
I can see this selling iPads. Especially the likes of a 9.7" pro. One of the reasons I use a Mac over an iPad is this app.
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12 weeks ago
Although I am not in the market for an iOS app, simply because I prefer a Laptop or Desktop for writing, I am exited for it. It shows me that the people behind one of my favorite programs are still developing and looking to improve their customer's experience.

write on
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12 weeks ago

there's some chatter about scrivener here: http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/best-writing-app.1941062/


This article explains a lot . . .

http://briarkitesme.com/2015/09/08/scrivener-vs-word/


Thank you!
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