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Scrivener
Scrivener
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Project management and word processing tool for writers.

4.6
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Scrivener overview

Scrivener is a project management and writing tool for writers of all kinds that stays with you from that first unformed idea all the way through to the first - or even final - draft. Outline and structure your ideas; take notes; storyboard your masterpiece using a powerful virtual corkboard; view research while you write; track themes using keywords; dynamically combine multiple scenes into a single text. Scrivener has already been enthusiastically adopted by best-selling novelists and novices alike.

Outline... Edit... Storyboard... Write.

What’s new in version 3.3.6

Updated on Oct 18 2023

  • Fixed a bug in 3.3.5 whereby only the first footnote on each page was included when printing or exporting to PDF, which was a side effect of some of the page view fixes for Sonoma.
  • Reinstated the Auto-Completion settings from 3.3.3 and earlier. These had been temporarily removed to work around a crasher on Sonoma.
  • Fixed a bug whereby “Style to” in the script settings may not work correctly when tabbing after typing was set to insert only a tab.
  • Restored the PDF/X-1a option for PDF export. This had been temporarily removed because of a bug in the development tools that resulted in a crash on Intel machines running Big Sur.
  • Removed the “Reduce file size” options for PDF files from Compile. These options rely on Quartz filters, which no longer seem to work in recent versions of macOS.
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Information

License

Shareware

Size

64.7 MB

Downloads

119767

App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • Apple Silicon
  • macOS 10.13 or later
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What needs improvements

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Scrivener qualities

Value
3.5
Ease of use
3.0
Features
4.5
Reliability
4.0
Customer support
3.0

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Tulipa Armena
Tulipa Armena
Feb 1 2024
3.3.6
5.0
Feb 1 2024
5.0
Version: 3.3.6
Scrivener is one of the very, very few writing apps that does exactly what it says it will do, and does it well. There's a host of features you will likely be discovering throughout the weeks during use, and none of them are forced upon you. If you would like, you can use it as a simple place to write, and hide a lot of the U/I, take some buttons off of the menu, etc. Or, you can use this to outline your novel and make a cordboard for it, track keywords, and so much more! The app still receives stability updates and the company has been around for awhile now.
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Mar 30 2022
3.2.3
5.0
Mar 30 2022
5.0
Version: 3.2.3
[v3.2.3 is from October 25, 2021. IOW: You probably have the update already.]
chestmeto
chestmeto
May 31 2021
3.2.2
2.0
May 31 2021
2.0
Version: 3.2.2
I used to like how it works, but stopped working after updating. I just can't open any projects. Reinstalled many times to no avail. Very disappointing
limies
limies
Dec 6 2020
3.2.1
4.0
Dec 6 2020
4.0
Version: 3.2.1
Excellent software. Better than Word!
lonewrite
lonewrite
Mar 15 2020
3.1.5
1.0
Mar 15 2020
1.0
Version: 3.1.5
Perfect software. Much better than Word. Great for books.
1920 Riverside
1920 Riverside
Dec 19 2019
3.1.5
5.0
Dec 19 2019
5.0
Version: 3.1.5
Scrivener is the best writing software for writers and all human being.
DragonMaster
DragonMaster
Oct 28 2019
3.1.4
5.0
Oct 28 2019
5.0
Version: 3.1.4
Once upon a time there was no Scrivener and the world was cold and void. Then Scrivener 3.1.4 arose and the World is full of light and the void has vanished! I just completed a 2,500 page 5 volume work with 1,1000 notes and references all linked. When complied to both eBook and PDF format the Gods of Scrivener created a perfect collection with perfectly functional html links a ton and index with ZERO errors. AND, no change of my layout, fonts...this is a HELL YES purchase!!!
Hydester
Hydester
Oct 12 2019
3.1.4
5.0
Oct 12 2019
5.0
Version: 3.1.4
The most perfect piece of software. Quite outstanding. If you are considering writing seriously, this program is the answer to you needs. You can collate all your research, see the structure of your work and take snapshots so you can easily revert to earlier versions. In fact the number of features are too many to put in a review. To understand Scrivener's full potential watch their support videos. Amazing. Thanks L&L!
purchasing-10
purchasing-10
Oct 7 2019
3.1.3
5.0
Oct 7 2019
5.0
Version: 3.1.3
I have been using this app for five years, and I am still finding more to love. It is a one stop shop for collating and organising data for a book project and wonderful for gathering and rearranging data in new ways. I have been living inside the program for the last three and a half month as I work on a new book. Feels like home. Thank you L&L
Johninsapporo
Johninsapporo
Sep 2 2019
3.1.3
5.0
Sep 2 2019
5.0
Version: 3.1.3
Brilliant. Utterly brilliant.
kingjj
kingjj
Jun 27 2019
3.1.3
4.5
Jun 27 2019
4.5
Version: 3.1.3
Up until about a year ago, the only writing app I used was BBEdit. The combination of the glossary and hot-keys meant I could make it do whatever I needed it to, quickly. I really felt it was all that I needed. Still, a friend urged me to try out Scrivener, the seemingly ubiquitous writer's app. Be it playwrights, novelists, scriptwriters, or technical writers, it seemed that everybody used it. The lesson here is, if something seems to be ubiquitous, there's probably a very good reason. Unlike BBEdit, I didn't have to lift the hood to make Scrivener do anything because it did it all already, In fact, it does so much that the $50 price tag that seemed a little steep, now seems like an incredible bargain,. And unlike many programs that do a lot, Scrivener manages to keep a clean, intuitive interface (even though it comes with a tutorial, I managed to figure out everything I wanted out of it with little to no fuss, and no tutorial). Thus far, I've only mentioned things that were possible with BBEdit, just easier with Scrivener. but we deviate from that with one very important aspect; organization. Basically, if you write out-of-order like myself, Scrivener is your new best friend. You can chop your manuscript into chapters, scenes, paragraphs, sentences, LETTERS and arrange. re-arrange, and re-re-arrange to your hearts content all via drag and drop. Getting my manuscript in order used to be a nightmare. Now, I kid you not, it's actually kind of fun. In fact, there's your review: Scrivener makes an aspect of writing kind of fun. I can't think of anything that glows more than that. PS If it ever crashed, I don't remember it happening. It certainly never had a crash that lost work, those things I don't forget.
bobembry
bobembry
Feb 20 2019
3.1.2
5.0
Feb 20 2019
5.0
Version: 3.1.2
Very useful ★★★★★
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Nov 9 2018
3.1
5.0
Nov 9 2018
5.0
Version: 3.1
Version 3.1.1 is now available as a patch for v3.1. Here are the release notes: "Hotfix 3.1.0.1: fixed bug causing a crash when loading Scrivener with certain older appearance preferences." NOTE: For reasons incomprehensible, version 3.1.1 (as it is identified by the Scrivener application itself) has also been confusingly listed as "3.1.0.1", as seen in the release notes above, and as "3.1.01" on their website. Someone's a bit hungover at Literature and Latte, apparently. I've never seen chaotic mis-numbering like this before. Just know that they are all the same thing, that being v3.1.1.
sbenitezb
sbenitezb
Apr 11 2018
3.0.2
5.0
Apr 11 2018
5.0
Version: 3.0.2
Great experience and a very complete application.
Bento de Espinosa
Bento de Espinosa
Mar 20 2018
3.0.2
5.0
Mar 20 2018
5.0
Version: 3.0.2
For what it does and what you can do with it, it is cheap! It is a wonderful program, and I cannot live without it.
Guirou
Guirou
Mar 16 2018
3.0.2
4.0
Mar 16 2018
4.0
Version: 3.0.2
parfait pour mener à bien un essai, un roman ou d’une manière générale une œuvre littéraire.
frank-007
frank-007
Mar 7 2018
3.0.2
5.0
Mar 7 2018
5.0
Version: 3.0.2
Amazing App ! keep up the good work. Still expecting some improvements on formatting which is sometimes buggy
williamreis8
williamreis8
Feb 9 2018
3.0.1
5.0
Feb 9 2018
5.0
Version: 3.0.1
best
CrèmeBrulée
CrèmeBrulée
Jan 9 2018
3.0.1
5.0
Jan 9 2018
5.0
Version: 3.0.1
I'm convinced there's a book inside me somewhere and by God, Scrivener is going to help me find it. First class software.
Nontroppo
Nontroppo
Nov 21 2017
3.0
5.0
Nov 21 2017
5.0
Version: 3.0
I've been a long-time user of Scrivener, and what can I say — V3.0 is an amazing amazing update. The underlying philosophy of Scrivener is to help you organise your material while writing (Binder stores everything in one place, easy to search through), and separating how the work will "look" to a final phase called compiling. V3.0 has a powerful new styles system, and many many changes to compiling. For example you can now use styles to semantically/visually identify "blocks of text" (e.g. a quotation). During compile you can transform this into many different styles — even using plain text markdown transformations. There is a new Section Type, and each section type can have a specific format (page breaks, font etc). So you can customise from the same project specialised outputs optimised for EPub / HTML5 / DOCX / LaTeX and many others. There are many more changes, including custom metadata types (like dates), unified bookmarking, a cool new copyholder UI, snapshots manager and everything is faster and "flatter". For existing users of Scrivener, many things have changed and you should really have a look at Appendix E of the new user manual and the L&L blog posts about V3.0 (the user manual is made in Scrivener>MMD>LaTeX and it gives you an idea of how flexible Scrivener compiling can be).
ozkb
ozkb
Mar 30 2024
3.3.6
1.0
Mar 30 2024
1.0
Version: 3.3.6
Tulipa Armena
Tulipa Armena
Feb 1 2024
3.3.6
5.0
Feb 1 2024
5.0
Version: 3.3.6
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Oct 25 2021
3.2.3
5.0
Oct 25 2021
5.0
Version: 3.2.3
chestmeto
chestmeto
May 31 2021
3.2.2
2.0
May 31 2021
2.0
Version: 3.2.2
limies
limies
Dec 6 2020
4.0
Dec 6 2020
4.0
Version: null
lonewrite
lonewrite
Mar 15 2020
1.0
Mar 15 2020
1.0
Version: null
1920 Riverside
1920 Riverside
Dec 19 2019
5.0
Dec 19 2019
5.0
Version: null
DragonMaster
DragonMaster
Oct 28 2019
5.0
Oct 28 2019
5.0
Version: null
Hydester
Hydester
Oct 12 2019
5.0
Oct 12 2019
5.0
Version: null
purchasing-10
purchasing-10
Oct 7 2019
5.0
Oct 7 2019
5.0
Version: null
Johninsapporo
Johninsapporo
Sep 2 2019
5.0
Sep 2 2019
5.0
Version: null
kingjj
kingjj
Jun 27 2019
4.5
Jun 27 2019
4.5
Version: null
bobembry
bobembry
Feb 20 2019
5.0
Feb 20 2019
5.0
Version: null
sup3rny4nb0y2
sup3rny4nb0y2
Jan 12 2019
4.5
Jan 12 2019
4.5
Version: null
sbenitezb
sbenitezb
Apr 11 2018
5.0
Apr 11 2018
5.0
Version: null
Bento de Espinosa
Bento de Espinosa
Mar 20 2018
5.0
Mar 20 2018
5.0
Version: null
Guirou
Guirou
Mar 16 2018
4.0
Mar 16 2018
4.0
Version: null
Valdimar-Thor-H
Valdimar-Thor-H
Mar 7 2018
5.0
Mar 7 2018
5.0
Version: null
frank-007
frank-007
Mar 7 2018
5.0
Mar 7 2018
5.0
Version: null
williamreis8
williamreis8
Feb 9 2018
5.0
Feb 9 2018
5.0
Version: null
thosbsamsgom
thosbsamsgom
Feb 6 2018
5.0
Feb 6 2018
5.0
Version: null
CrèmeBrulée
CrèmeBrulée
Jan 9 2018
5.0
Jan 9 2018
5.0
Version: null
isdn
isdn
Nov 30 2017
5.0
Nov 30 2017
5.0
Version: null
nikolalek
nikolalek
Nov 27 2017
5.0
Nov 27 2017
5.0
Version: null
Petty-Evil
Petty-Evil
Nov 26 2017
5.0
Nov 26 2017
5.0
Version: null
Nontroppo
Nontroppo
Nov 21 2017
5.0
Nov 21 2017
5.0
Version: null
wuyangchenhf
wuyangchenhf
Mar 27 2017
5.0
Mar 27 2017
5.0
Version: null
Beto-Boton
Beto-Boton
Mar 5 2017
5.0
Mar 5 2017
5.0
Version: null
rmbg
rmbg
Nov 20 2016
2.5
Nov 20 2016
2.5
Version: null
Baerele
Baerele
Jul 18 2016
1.0
Jul 18 2016
1.0
Version: null
raodabing
raodabing
May 1 2016
5.0
May 1 2016
5.0
Version: null
sky2v
sky2v
Mar 29 2016
5.0
Mar 29 2016
5.0
Version: null
brsma
brsma
Mar 28 2016
5.0
Mar 28 2016
5.0
Version: null
JDMilstead
JDMilstead
Mar 25 2016
4.0
Mar 25 2016
4.0
Version: null
Leo127
Leo127
Mar 20 2016
5.0
Mar 20 2016
5.0
Version: null
adrianwilliams
adrianwilliams
Mar 19 2016
3.0
Mar 19 2016
3.0
Version: null
alyssonlago
alyssonlago
Mar 14 2016
5.0
Mar 14 2016
5.0
Version: null
MartaTessy
MartaTessy
Mar 14 2016
5.0
Mar 14 2016
5.0
Version: null
countzaroff
countzaroff
Feb 19 2016
5.0
Feb 19 2016
5.0
Version: null
LFKirsh
LFKirsh
Feb 13 2016
5.0
Feb 13 2016
5.0
Version: null
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