Scrivener
Scrivener
3.1.5

4.7

Scrivener free download for Mac

Scrivener

13 December 2019

Project management and word processing tool for writers.

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 Scrivener

Version 3.1.5:
Changes:
  • Updated the built-in Courier Prime font to a version that supports Cyrillic variants
  • Improved the position of headers and footers in the page layout preview in Compile
Fixes:
  • Worked around a Catalina issue whereby using the navigation options to scroll to the top of documents in scrivenings mode would not take into account ruler visibility
  • The MAS version - the built-in (non-enhanced) .docx converter would not work correctly under sandboxing
  • The Compiled character count would be zero if the option to exclude whitespace from the count was ticked
  • An edge-case situation overtyping text that has just had a comment removed could restore the comment
  • The Project Settings backup folder would not be used in the Mac App Store version
  • It was not possible to toggle character styles
  • Fixed bugs in the "Ebook
  • Compile format
  • Adding a new style in Compile while the title of a newly-added style was still being edited could cause the wrong style to be selected
  • Bold and italics did not work for non-English languages
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142 Reviews of Scrivener

5
Hydester
12 October 2019
Version: 3.1.4

Most helpful

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!
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lonewrite
15 March 2020
Version: 3.1.5
Perfect software. Much better than Word. Great for books.
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5
1920 Riverside
19 December 2019
Version: 3.1.5
Scrivener is the best writing software for writers and all human being.
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5
DragonMaster
28 October 2019
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!!!
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5
Hydester
12 October 2019
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!
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5
purchasing-10
07 October 2019
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
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5
Johninsapporo
02 September 2019
Version: 3.1.3
Brilliant. Utterly brilliant.
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4.5
kingjj
27 June 2019
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.
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5
bobembry
20 February 2019
Version: 3.1.2
Very useful ★★★★★
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Derekcurrie
09 November 2018
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.
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5
sbenitezb
11 April 2018
Version: 3.0.2
Great experience and a very complete application.
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5
Bento de Espinosa
20 March 2018
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.
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4
Guirou
16 March 2018
Version: 3.0.2
parfait pour mener à bien un essai, un roman ou d’une manière générale une œuvre littéraire.
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5
frank-007
07 March 2018
Version: 3.0.2
Amazing App ! keep up the good work. Still expecting some improvements on formatting which is sometimes buggy
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5
williamreis8
09 February 2018
Version: 3.0.1
best
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5
cremebrulee
09 January 2018
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.
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5
Nontroppo
21 November 2017
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).
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5
bobembry
16 December 2016
Version: 2.8.1.2
I've been using Scrivener for a long time. It is great ★★★★★. A trial copy can be downloaded from their website. Also there is lots of helpful info on their site.
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Raro
18 July 2016
Version: 2.80.3
The download file provided is not version 2.80.3 but version 2.8 (26295), created: 15.07.2016. Checking updates within Scrivener results in the following message: Scrivener 2.8 is currently the newest version available.
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Baerele
18 July 2016
Version: 2.70
Sadly the update is not working on Mac OS 10.11.5. The tech support does not answer to emails with crash logs. I would really like to sort out this problem.
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Macbookpro
16 July 2016
Version: 2.70
2.8 Is Out...
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5
raodabing
01 May 2016
Version: 2.70
good app
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ezgoing1004
22 March 2016
Version: 2.70
I bought during the ongoing promotion. I got an email. But I followed the instruction but can`t find serial number on the receipt. someone helps me~~
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adrianwilliams
19 March 2016
Version: 2.70
Scrivener takes to getting used to. What made me give it a 3star review is due to having used it for 9 months on and off, I'm still not comfortable with the layout options and yesterday I spent 2 hours on creating a video storyboard using a table with 4 columns. I resized the columns and scrivener decided to mess the whole layout up and lose most of my work. Luckily I'd saved a pdf. I'll be copying and pasting the content into another product other than scrivener.
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5
alyssonlago
14 March 2016
Version: 2.70
Best writting tool EVER
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3
LuxLogica
03 November 2015
Version: 2.70
One year after my last review, I'm disappointed to see that Scrivener seems to have received so little love by its developer. The interface has seen minor upgrades, but still looks dated and less intuitive than its competitors. Most importantly, no work has been done towards better integration of Markdown, which is still a second-rate citizen. Working with Markdown in Scrivener is just barely doable, but it's certainly not the way you're supposed to use the program. There is no syntax highlighting or previewing, and you're supposed to work in conjunction with an external processing app, like Marked. Most of Scrivener's nice features - such as word counts, footnotes, editor's marks, etc. - do not function well if you work in Markdown. Cumbersome, to say the least, and in some instances, unusable. Professional writers that target printed media *exclusively* these days are a dying breed. The amount of writing work available for social media posts, blogs, online courses, and digital content far outweighs the offers of printed work. If Scrivener supported Markdown - and CommonMark - appropriately, it would easily become an indispensable tool for digital content writers, as well as paper ones. As is, its utility is increasingly more and more limited.
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ylluminate
21 October 2015
Version: 2.70
Still waiting on realtime multiuser editing on this end before I make a commitment.
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Fotodivr
01 October 2015
Version: 2.70
This has been my go to app for writing since day one since it was published. The developer has always been ahead of the curve in making sure that his development kept up with the iterations of annual publication of a new MacOS. He has done that on the AppStore - version 2.7.1 is there. However, here we are seeing 2.7.0 - same one I have had for a while. It does not work with El Capitan - no matter the storyline above. Constant crashes of Scrivener after upgrading to El Capitan. Won't even start up. Before I upgraded to El Capitan, I checked on the Literature and Latte site to see if there was an update. 2.7 (I should be fine, I thought to myself) Self was fooled. Now to be able to use the 2.7.1 upgrade, do I have to pay $45 and download it from the Apple App store? I hope not. Sure don't see it here. Upset? Yes. I am in the middle of finishing one book and starting another. Scrivener has been my indispensable tool. Until now. It appears that the only way I can get back to work is downgrade from El Capitan back to Yosemite. Not happy.
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5
michael-on-mac
20 July 2015
Version: 2.60.5
I am using Scrivener to write fantasy novels since 2011. I mostly use it for organizing my ideas and keep research within one handy file I can easily backup. Scrivener is so powerful, that I am just using half of its functions, but I am glad I bought it. Some people complain that they are missing an iOS version to work on the go, but I really don’t mind. It looks fine on retina displays and is fully compatible with Yosemite. Since Apple is offering iCloud Drive I am storing all of my project files in the cloud and access it from my Mac Mini at home and my MacBook Retina on the go. Scrivener even picks up on the same exact line I was editing before closing the application on one Mac to open it on the other, which is kinda great.
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3.5
Okeedoak
21 June 2015
Version: 2.60.5
Pro: The more I use it the more I like it (except for the cons). Con: It crashes a lot when importing a web page. The more imports the more likely it is to crash. Sometimes it won't open the file with the imported pages either. This happens on two different machines.
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wringkle
09 June 2015
Version: 2.60.5
How do I purchase a discounted windows version ??
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yojehee
08 June 2015
Version: 2.60.5
I bought Scrivener and recieved receipt for that, But I can't find any activation code in receipt. How can I find that?
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Prophetom
02 June 2015
Version: 2.60.5
Hello There, someone/anyone. I am in about 10 different directions this morning and wasn't prepared for a Scrivener special. My question is this, Is this promo a full version or a trial version in which needs to be upgraded? I am looking for the full version at a great price not just a piece of the pie. I know upgrades always come up and I'm willing to upgrade later at a reasonable time. Can anyone tell me if this is a full version?
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sun008sun
02 June 2015
Version: 2.60.5
I purchased this S/W. but In insatalling this program, I have to enter serial named and serial number. I received serial number. but I don't know serial name. How to know the serial name??
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5
Sjnmu
02 June 2015
Version: 2.60.5
I encourage anyone who is serious about 'writing' anything beyond simple letters to take advantage of this deal. I bought Scrivener a couple of years ago, and it completely changed the way I write almost everything. I've used it for short fiction, long fiction, academic papers, and journals - it's such a huge step beyond 'word processing' that you'll never go back. There are certainly some solid competitors out there - particularly for specialized areas like script writing - but Scrivener is such a versatile tool, that it will probably cover every other need perfectly. And at less than $23, it's a steal. There are some valid grumbles about slow development (UI changes, long-awaited iPad version), but the program as it stands is still excellent - and tech support has always been quick and responsive. It really will change the way you approach writing projects…..
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Ginny1Spencer
03 May 2015
Version: 2.60.5
Ihad bought an older version 2 or 3 years ago at $75.00 and never received a hard copy or any help. I am currently trying out the latest version and will probably buy it for my dear MAC if I can get some help before I go blind. I like the newer version quite a bit but don't really understand where to put things or set up the flow of the Chapters.
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lemon-kun
20 April 2015
Version: 2.60.5
As others commented, Scrivener is still a good tool but development has become very slow. This is what I feared when I heard there will be a Windows version of Scrivener… We have to wait with new features until the Windows-version has caught up…
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5
anonymous-chameleon-5381
03 April 2015
Version: 2.60.5
Incredible good tool! Make doing though work a pleasure, that deserves 5 starts.
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5
Bento de Espinosa
18 October 2014
Version: 2.60.5
It's very useful also for making ebooks for my own Kindle from texts I copy from the internet. It exports them beautifully!
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LuxLogica
08 October 2014
Version: 2.5
Scrivener is a powerhouse, but I must agree with the reviewer below, that the interface is now outdated, and proper support for Markdown is urgently needed. I use Scrivener mostly for writing programming tutorials, and therefore have to include a lot of code blocks in different programming languages. Although I tried using Scrivener+Marked, it turned out to be simply too cumbersome - specially when I often have to use laptops with small screens, and keeping multiple windows and apps open simultaneously is a chore. This forced me to start using Markdown, and alternative Markdown editors, with their built-in previews and automatic syntax highlighting. Now that I'm used to them, going back to Scrivener would be absolutely impossible - as much as I dearly miss its project management and research features.
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2.5
Teksestro
05 October 2014
Version: 2.5
PROS: Scrivener has many project-management features not found in many other writing tools. Cards on a corkboard - as old-school as it may sound - are still incredibly useful. So is being able to work in Outline mode, set word-writing targets, and keep a wide variety of searchable metadata on every piece you write. Being able to keep all your research snippets - per files, web links, photos, etc. - and your notes together with your writing in a single project file, is absolutely invaluable. Finally, the multitude and flexibility of export options means that it is a truly adaptable tool that can be used for many different types of writing projects, from technical specifications, through legal reports, to the next international best-seller. CONS: Scrivener's interface is outdated, visually polluted, and unintuitive, so you should expect to spend many hours trying to view all the tutorial videos on their website, before attempting to be productive. Many modern features that are standard in even freeware packages are sorely missing, such as: - proper support for Markdown and MultiMarkdown either with inline auto-formatting (such as in Ulysses, Writer Pro, ByWord) or with a built-in preview pane (such as Mou or LightPaper) - Easy-to-use Tags (as in Ulysses), instead of an archaic and difficult-to-use keyword system - Smart Lists (like in the Finder) for,automatically searching your notes and research based on content and metadata - Smarter focused writing modes: a 'focus on sentence' mode (like Writer Pro), and 'focus on paragraph' - Smart text and grammar analysis tools - ie, auto-highlighting of nouns/adjectives/adverbs/etc (like in Writer Pro) rather than a mere word-counter. - proper built-in Maths and equation parser (automatically included with most MultiMarkdown writing tools) - proper built-In automatic syntax highlighter (for auto formatting code written in programming languages), included in most tools that can handle MultiMarkdown and output to HTML. CONCLUSION: while Scrivener is still a very feature-full and capable tool - specially for complex and long projects - its outdated interface and lack of more helpful writing features means that it is now a less compelling tool for serious writers. Newer Markdown editors, like Write, Ulysses or even Writer Pro, offer a writing experience that is friendlier, more helpful and with features that are more compelling to the casual writer. Professional authors, and those constantly working on multiple complex projects, will still find Scrivener's project-management features invaluable. However, unless the developers dedicate some substantial effort to update and modernize its interface, I fear it will be just a matter of time before these other tools start offering file and project-management features that will render Scrivener obsolete.
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2.5
Rothmans
28 September 2014
Version: 2.5
Purchased this as part of the MacUpdate Bundle. Provided SN does not work. Email to MacUpdate has not produced a response
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4.5
Johninsapporo
09 May 2014
Version: 2.5
Scrivener truly is amazing. It's obviously created by someone who knows what it is to brainstorm ideas and gather them into a coherent whole. It's well worth $45. And a steal at half price.
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5
Mknphotos
08 May 2014
Version: 2.5
I've published 3 books that I've written with Scrivener. If you do any long form writing at all, you owe it to yourself to check it out. And it this price, it's a real deal. I can't say a bad thing about it. You won't be disappointed.
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5
Sjnmu
08 May 2014
Version: 2.5
Scrivener is an amazing app - I have tried many writing apps, and it stands out as by far the most flexible and powerful. Support is great too - both direct support and an active forum. I think it's a bargain even at full price - and I would encourage anyone who writes anything longer than a Tweet to try it!
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5
burkanov
14 April 2014
Version: 2.5
Scrivener is very cool and mighty app. I used it for research and writing UX-related stuff (user interviews, personas, user stories, e.t.c.) It has lot of features and therefore a relativ complicated interface - but it's logical, predictable and self-explainable (unlike Devonthink). This software has a good spirit. I wish it long and successful life and all the best to dev team. The only thing I was really missing was a good clipping extension for Safari.
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5
Bento de Espinosa
20 February 2014
Version: 2.5
I just can't live without this application!
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5
jemib
15 November 2013
Version: 2.5
I like it, the only problem I've had is importing a huge Openoffice document. Can't get that to work, but must be a problem with the huge document itself. I also like the company, they seem to be a bunch of nice people.
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Radus
13 November 2013
Version: 2.5
Version 2.5 ; Mavericks is unusable there is a terrible slowdown in scrolling pdf's inside scrivener ("laggy") - we can not work with it ! please correct this bug, it is not on the apple side - preview under mavericks is very fast
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Aargl
02 May 2013
Version: 2.4.1
Scrivener is also very useful as an organization tool, classifying documents in folders or using the documents as you can use styles in Word to classify bits of information. It's not its primary use, but it's doing great at that too. The only reproach I can make is the dev's promise to make localizations, years ago! It has become a kind of Loch Ness Monster... (except that someone pretend they have seen Nessie ;-)
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Gazman
09 March 2013
Version: 2.4.1
Just wondering why MacUpdate doesn't list Scrivener as one of the highlighted (red) applications? Every single writer I know uses it.
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Exegete77
09 March 2013
Version: 2.4.1
Scrivener has become my default writing program. I edit a magazine, and have one project for that. Another project handles all my blog posts (4 blogs). Another one handles all my seminary curriculum. And a 4th project handles all staff meetings. The export capabilities have vastly improved. Now my word processors are only used for small project, those with Hebrew, or finalizing the Scrivener export. I have been using for 3 years but extensively in the past five months. Nothing compares for my needs.
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star-affinity
01 March 2013
Version: 2.4
Wow, that's a long list of changes/fixes. I'm not usong this software, but I've been following it since it's early days and it seems to be really well made suff.
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Macbookpro
01 March 2013
Version: 2.3.1
2.4 is out... But, look out for potential error after you update. This is how to fix the e-Sellerate problem if it happens to you when updating. https://scrivener.tenderapp.com/help/kb/mac-os-x-troubleshooting/esellerate-error-2003
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Notimetoulouse
06 August 2012
Version: 2.3.1
Just a heads up for anyone sitting on the fence here. I bought into Scrivener 1.54 some years ago, and the product support was always super efficient. Now this has upgraded to version 2.3x I dropped them a line asking if they offered a Legacy edition for PPC macs. The support team replied in the affirmative within 9 minutes of me hitting the send button! I've just upgraded and have to say that Scrivener has now moved up into a different league with the latest version. This should be part of every freelancers toolkit. Great interface, loads of tutorials, brilliant functionality and stellar support. Don't even think about it, it's well worth the money.
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Bill-Clinton
24 July 2012
Version: 2.3.1
Too bad it can't handle technical writing. Otherwise, I would be all over this thing.
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Phaleron
24 July 2012
Version: 2.3.1
Version 2.3.1 will not fire up in Leopard.
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5
Lord-Lightning
28 June 2012
Version: 2.3
Version 2.3 is a perfectly seamless download and install and gives a crisp, beautiful inspiring interface for writing. I have three novels up on it at the moment, each with its own story arc and then the three together have another binding arc. Can Scrivener do that? No sweat. Every note, every smidgen of research, every word is safely in place in perfect chapter order (in the Binder). This app hypnotises you into writing. Try it. Watch the videos and take a good look at the forum - oh, yes, read some of the endorsements by published authors. There is nothing even close to compare it with feature for feature. When I look at some outlining apps for writers for around $150 and realise that Scrivener can do outlines without even raising a sweat, and SO much more, for around $50. Well, how smart do you have to be to buy Scrivener and build your own outline - or how-to book - or PhD - or scholarly research - or film script or... or ... and so on.
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Komtom
09 March 2012
Version: 2.2
This is the very best software I ever bought. I wish I had discovered this wonderful program earlier! Just download the trial version and find out yourself. I bet, you will buy it!
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TomasA
29 January 2012
Version: 2.2
Today 29 January I downoaded Scrivener, and so far it seems to be really good. However, when I try to reach the forum, or other web-based services including the Scrivener homepage the server is down. Is the company still in action, or will Scrivener be obsolete in the future? Just good to know before purchase.
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5
leelancaster
26 January 2012
Version: 2.2
I didn't buy Scrivener through MacUpdate but I couldn't resist saying a few words about it here. I have nothing negative to say about this app, my favorite writing app of all the many I have tried over the years. I use it for writing essays, blog posts, stories, and even novels. Scrivener is the reason I switched to Mac. Well, it's the reason I switched when I did. On Oct 26 2010 I bought a MacBook Air, immediately downloaded Scrivener and installed it, and learned to use both before NaNoWriMo started on Nov 1. (It was the first thing I put on my MacBook Pro when I got it too.) Macs revolutionized the way I create and Scrivener revolutionized the way I write. Dropbox syncing frees me to work on either machine and Scrivener itself frees me to work the way I want to. I jump all over the place when I write and Scrivener lets me do that without losing sight of my overall goal. I used to write in Notepad with several files open at once and lost work often enough for it to be a problem. It was not impossible but was difficult to keep in mind where I was headed with different ideas. Scrivener lets me focus on what I need to work on at any given moment while letting me step back to see the big picture with speed and ease. All my work in all its versions are on both laptops, my Dropbox account, and external drives. Writing is sheer joy now and I often open up Scrivener for the sheer pleasure of writing with it. The process has become its own reward.
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5
jackiejay
11 January 2012
Version: 2.2
This program has improved my writing and organization tremendously. Folder hierarchies and scraps and research notes and easily re-ordering chapters, etc, it's incredibly good. Write in fullscreen mode for distraction-free writing!
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5
Johninsapporo
10 January 2012
Version: 2.2
This app makes it so easy to marshall your thoughts and plan out projects, add notes. make corrections, etc. It's superb.
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5
Nontroppo
01 December 2011
Version: 2.2
Amazing update as usual. I have to mention that the developer is super responsive to input from users, I suspect many of the changes and additions in each update are directly driven by these interactions. He also has a strong idea of where Scrivener is going, and if he disagrees with a suggestion will give a clear explanation why.
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4.5
Joeschisa
24 November 2011
Version: 2.2
I bought this recently to work on essays I've got from the past that weren't finished. I like it a lot (for reasons which others below have already expressed). Only wish it allowed wrap around graphics, hence the half star off (maybe I should have given it full 5 stars): yes, I realize it isn't everything (or maybe it will evolve), and this limitation is why one chooses different programs for different purposes. As others have mentioned, the online tutorials get you up and running with its organizational features quickly. Not sure on stability yet, but ...
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4.5
Hkim
19 November 2011
Version: 2.2
I really like how Scrivener can be configured to fit different work styles, which suits me fine. Other than using Bean, Scrivener is a useful application for me.
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Noivad
03 October 2011
Version: 2.1
I had been looking for a good writing app that could also store URLs and allow me to write chunks of articles freeform and then reorganize them and polish them. It even allows you to "trash" pieces but still saves them in its own trash so you can go back to them later for reference or to salvage them. I tried Mellel, which is good, but Scrivener uses a slightly different approach which is more in line with the way I would like to work. Not only that Scrivener is much more polished visually and includes a built in tutorial teaching you how to quickly ramp up to really use the application much faster than anything else with its feature set that I have seen. At the current price of $45, I think it's a steal. I am very impressed by it and intend on buying it ASAP. In a word, "Wow!" Usually I also have criticisms for applications, but in this case I have none, which is truly rare for me. I can't think of any more features to pack into this application. It is obvious the developer of this application built it so he would have a great writing tool at his disposal. I say this because it is often those that want to use the application to get their work done that not only include all the features they'd like, but also take the time to make them easy to use and continually polish the application. Bottom Line: Scrivener puts practically everything else out there to shame.
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Sweetblue
02 August 2011
Version: 2.1
An already wonderful program soars to new heights with Lion's fullscreen option.
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Mazcartotti
22 July 2011
Version: 2.1
Amazing writing app - the best I've ever used (and I've used a few). I'm using it for writing a dissertation; structuring a whole writing project becomes a pleasure on Scrivener. It really tunes in on the fact that writing is a process, with unforeseen associations cropping up, and that you never write a full perfect text from scratch. I'd be lost without it! Furthermore, the templates allow you to write in a host of different styles and organizational formats. Version 2.1 works very smooth with Lion.
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5
Lord-Lightning
21 July 2011
Version: 2.1
2.1 is as smooth as silk on Lion. BEEEYOOTIFUL!
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5
Poikkeus
15 June 2011
Version: 2.0.5
The market is thick with WP applications of every type and variety. MS Word is probably going to be your choice if you want a full palate of features, while Pages is clearly a bargain. You'll find a half dozen free WP applications. But for $45, Scrivener has won wide approval as a writer's word processor, including an array of tools that will help you write novels, screenplays, or anything else in between. I strongly recommend using the trial, since Scrivener works best supporting the entire process of writing.
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5
Peterholzer
30 May 2011
Version: 2.0.5
Best writing app for any type of computer!
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5
Rdyornot
13 May 2011
Version: 2.0.5
Excellent writing software - all the tools i want and flexible enough to handle many different organizational styles.
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5
Celio-Vibenna
28 April 2011
Version: 2.0.5
Scrivener is the definitive writing tool for me. It's a great piece of software, a totally new way to deploy your writing project. Support on its forum is simply fantastic: the code writer IS the help desk. :-)
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5
Larissac
18 April 2011
Version: 2.0.5
Alpha-Omega. Scrivener IS the Mac experience. Just don't look at the Windows beta version as it's sure to spoil your appetite.
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bobembry
31 March 2011
Version: 2.0.5
I use it several hours per day, every day for breaking down and harvesting conceptual resources. Very useful. Love it. Lots of flexibility. Try it. Check out the tutorial videos. There's a learning curve.
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Yoshinatsu
26 March 2011
Version: 2.0.4
Scrivener 2.0.5 it out.
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BHarris
20 March 2011
Version: 2.0.4
Wow, this is good. It's very good. Well made, you can tell that a lot of time and effort went into it. But: Well its just so darned complicated. Maybe Im not technically minded enough or have not spent enough time playing around with it but it does not work the way I would expect it to. Im a firm believer that if you don't *get it* right away then it's not for me. I just didn't *get it*.
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Travelmaster
17 March 2011
Version: 2.0.4
I have used Scrivener for about 4 months now after watching Don's video of it on ScreenCastsOnline. I just wish I had started using Scrivener years ago. I write technical documents, strategy reports and such - not novels. I wondered it it would help, but at $36 on the discount it was worth a try. I have since found that my thoughts flow better, it's easier to focus in the full screen mode when needed or string sections together in scrivenings mode. The meta data on the note cards is one of the most useful helps for coordinating key bits of thought and reason (I used to use "hidden text" for the purpose. And most importantly, I can write EVERYTHING I am thinking, then leave it out of the final "build" that goes into Word. I just can't praise the product highly enough. Very well thought out, and a huge booster for clarity and productivity. Much Thanks!
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5
The Philosofox
04 February 2011
Version: 2.0.2
I'm using this app on a daily basis to manage my research projects, and to write academic papers (including my PhD). * Its powerful abilities to structure and restructure large projects the easy way help me a lot. * Once I started to adapt its settings to fit my needs, I faced a whole army of customizable option. * I also like its distraction free writing space that helps me to focus on actual writing. * Stability-wise, it never let me down (no crashes in 3 years of heavy usage so far). * Its exporting and formatting capabilities are also huge and I'm still exploring the new possibilities of the recent version 2 upgrade. Although I have to admit that I wasn't able to convince at least one of my six Mac-colleagues to join the club of scrivener users (all of them heavy MS Word users with no patience to adapt to something different) I simply love it and would not want to miss it.
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Robotank
26 November 2010
Version: 2.0
Scrivener 2.0.1 was released on Thursday Nov. 25. It's got lots of fixes and minor changes, as one would expect shortly after a major upgrade release. Scrivener rules!
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Stevehops
18 November 2010
Version: 2.0
Finally novel-writing software done right! 2.0 is simply awesome. Can't say enough about how this software can help write a novel. Haven't tried using it to write a screenplay yet, but I will.
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5
Ravenwolf
18 November 2010
Version: 2.0
I had just purchased a competitor for $59.99 and I wish I hadn't. I picked up Scrivener 2.0 at a 20% discount for like $36 and change, and what a bargain! In the past two years I had written a 240 page self-help "novel". I did it in openoffice and word (openoffice on my netbook and word on my old pc). Formatting and keeping track of layouts and such in very large word document was a bear to say the least. I wish I would have known about Scrivener 2.0 (and Macs for that matter) back when I wrote it. The other software I recently bought wasn't pretty and intuitive like Scrivener 2.0. Scrivener 2.0 just made sense to me from the moment I opened it (granted I did watch the 10 minute video on their website first which probably helped a ton, but still, it just made sense to me). It made me realize that you don't have to use ALL of the writing options within the program, but rather just what makes sense to you personally. I like outlines and not notecards, so I use the outline feature and ignore the notecards options, etc... I gave it a 4 out of 5 on the Ease of Use because while the program itself is cake to write in, the importing and exporting options can get confusing. For example I tried to import my old book into the program and it did not turn out perfectly. But it really wasn't that big of a deal. I just went into my openoffice document and copied Chapter 1 to Chapter 1 in Scrivener 2.0, and then chapter 2, etc... It took me about 10 minutes to copy and paste each section into the program. Now I can edit the old book and make updates I've been wanting to make to then release it as an epub for kindle and such. Overall, I'm VERY happy with the price and features of this program. Even at $45 it would be a steal in my mind. But getting it at $36 really made me happy. The $59.99 program I bought before, it's icon is now removed from my dock and I'm just going to pretend that never happened at this point LOL. If you are a writer, you want this program! Spend 20 minutes or so browsing through the videos on their site to familiarize yourself with the program before opening it and trying it. A picture is worth a thousand words, so how many words is a good tutorial video worth?? ;)
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Zeba
08 November 2010
Version: 2.0
For some time you can get a 20% discount using the coupon code "NANOWRIMO". Unfortunately it doesn't work with educational license. Which kind of defeats its purpose for the time being, because the regular price with coupon is slightly lower than the educational license.
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Zeba
08 November 2010
Version: 2.0
For some time you can get a 20% discount using the coupon code "NANOWRIMO". Unfortunately it doesn't work with educational license. Which kind of defeats its purpose for the time being, because the regular price with coupon is slightly lower than the educational license.
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Szeoli
02 November 2010
Version: 2.0
Even before this impressive upgrade, Scrivener was the best software I've had the good joy to use in 15 years (my all-time favorite is the old DOS application GrandView, but that's another story). Version 1.x was nearly perfect, or so I thought. Now V.2 is here with numerous enhancements. What I appreciate most about Scrivener is that it is designed for any kind of writing, from novels to dissertations. Heck, I'd use it to manage my Haiku -- that is if I wrote Haiku on a regular basis. Seriously excellent work!
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Asian
02 November 2010
Version: 2.0
Good work !!. I do not hesitate to buy the update even before to download the 2.0 . This software is amazing, and it worth each cent. I use this program for everything (papers, teaching, research). It is a great software to keep you productive. Great Job !!
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dmu
02 November 2010
Version: 2.0
Over 40 reviews that are all five stars, a fanatical user base, and rave reviews in nearly every Mac magazine & online site in existence... yet the huge and dramatic 2.0 release of Scrivener (arguably the best Mac software I've ever used) isn't even a bolded, featured app on MacUpdate. Hmmm... what in the world is the criteria then?
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Anon-Bud
02 November 2010
Version: 2.0
The best just keeps getting better. Robust. Flexible. Packed with loads of features. I especially like the wiki feature (linking to documents within Scrivener and beyond). I do not write, but I use Scrivener to do research and to prepare classes I teach and for sermon preparation. I cannot imagine what I would use if Scrivener weren't around. This latest version is a treat! (And the support is fabulous!)
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Yazarim
02 November 2010
Version: 2.0
Sorry but I cannot share the enthusiasm of certain reviews here below. I was trying to write my 17th novel with Scrivener, but I discovered that I was spending much more time studying the manual and the excess of features than writing my book. So I left Scrivener and went back to Pages. And in the forum there is at least one (let us say) not-very-educated-or-intelligent person. Ask for help on a specific problem (very real) and you will most probably receive from this person a completely idiot answer. Too bad, no version 2 for me
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Yoshinatsu
24 April 2010
Version: 1.54
No doubt, Scrivener is THE BEST creative writing software ever. Completely customizable, you can write your novel, your script, you screenplay, your OWN WAY. It has TONS of features, literally THOUSANDS of feature, I don't think one man can be aware of all of them, and that's why they're posting a "Tip of the Day" each and every day on their Facebook fan page. In order for people to be aware of what MORE they can actually do with the piece of software they've bought! Also, many writers have moved from Windows to OS X just to have Scrivener! It's like the Photoshop of creative writing, it's THE standard, it really defined and REDEFINED how things are, and how they should have been from the very beginning. Bravo to the developers, and I really can't wait to see how Scrivener might evolve, because I really do not know how much further it can go!
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Hobojoe
17 January 2010
Version: 1.53
The other reviewers are absolutely correct: Scrivener is just plain amazing! It is one of the most thoughtful applications I've ever used. And to think this app was basically made by a self-taught programmer! There's a v.2 on the horizon, and honestly, I'm not sure what they can improve. The only thing I can think of is better annotations, but even now, it's totally workable. I do wish the developer catered a bit more to the writer who's starting out fresh. I don't mean tutorials on how various parts of the application work (they have a ton of those), but more along the lines of explaining why you'd want note cards and a corkboard, how to organize your writings, etc. In other words, more philosophical than technical.
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Beeing-There
20 November 2009
Version: 1.53
Is there some reason this app does not allow users to type directly on the index cards? It seems a waste - those beautiful index cards lined up on your screen, begging to be filled with text - but you can't type directly on the index cards. Instead, you must move your focus away from the cards, and type into the skimpy side window, or the big klunky window underneath. Only then will your text display on the card. --Why not just let users type directly on to the index cards?-- We tried every option and setting in the user guide to enable the cards for text, to no avail. *You CAN type one title and approx. one line of text on the index card, but if you try to type full sentences or paragraphs, your cursor will jump to the top of the card, and you'll be typing over everything you just typed in.... (changing the preference setting for the 'return' key does not solve this issue). Please....If anyone knows of an app with a superb interface -- like this one -- with index cards that can be typed on (and resized), please post back. My team was all set to agree on Scrivener, until we discovered this text limitation. Thanks....
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Grdloizaga
02 November 2009
Version: 1.53
My favourite writing app BY FAR.
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Whitemere
07 September 2009
Version: 1.53
I've used this product for a while and have tested a number of the other varieties around and found Scrivener by far the most user-friendly and intuitive of the products out there. Not that the others were bad - I tried Story Mill for a long while but just didn't find it as easy to work with as Scrivener. Only reason that I'm prompted to post a review now is that I had the problem with the post Snow Leopard 'esellerate' crash and was impressed with the speed of response from Keith. That kind of excellent, responsive customer service really is worth mentioning.
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Simman
02 September 2009
Version: 1.52
This is really the best app for writers!
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F451
30 April 2009
Version: 1.51
Brilliant!
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Lord-Lightning
01 March 2009
Version: 1.5
Scrivener plays merry hell with a reviewer's superlatives. What do you say after, 'the best just got better'? Scrivener 1.5 sets the benchmark to the aspirational level where all we can say to Keith Blount is, 'I wish for this, or I wish for that?' There simply is no other writer's application for the Mac that comes within coo-ee of Scrivener. If you have any hesitation about trying Scrivener I strongly suggest watching the movie on the product page.
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Londonskater
23 January 2009
Version: 1.5b3
This is a swiss army knife for serious writing. But, this isn't an application to try out for an afternoon and then discard. You'll be doing both the app and yourself a disservice. I use Scrivener for two things: contributing write-ups for a online magazine, and writing academic papers for my MA. The write-ups are short, but require lots of info and shuffling around, while the academic essays are obviously longer, require references and the like. All these papers are output through LaTEX, anyhow, so I require a program that works well with LaTEX. Scrivener does compile the draft out to LaTEX, but I've not found it particularly good, and as I keep my references in Scrivener as actual BibTEX/LaTEX markup, the compile tends to mess these up. Scrivener does open BibDesk up so I copy references straight in, so that's fantastic. If I had any time to spend with the LaTEX templates in Scrivener, I could probably figure out how to make it all work. I'll bet it can be done. The whole process of writing is different to what one might expect from Microsoft Word or the like, and one should follow the tutorial videos to understand how the folder/editor/notes system works, and then how best to make it all work for you. The developer and the community are excellent, the app has never once crashed on me and it's a veritable bargain.
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Leo-Spill
19 January 2009
Version: 1.5b1
This fascinating application has nothing but praise lauded over it. I would like to officially ask the developer, if he would put this app up as a MUPromo. Anyone else agree - please press the little smiley icon on the right...
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Ransky
19 December 2008
Version: 1.12b1
Outstanding for novel writing. I've tried many, and Scrivener's simplicity and ease of are great. Handles chapters and scenes well through project folders and documents. Allows me to focus on writing, not software. Highly recommended.
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