Scrivener For Mac Os

  1. Note: To work cross-platform, you will need a separate Scrivener licence for each platform. Important note on using Scrivener 3 for macOS with Scrivener 1 for Windows: Scrivener 3 for Windows is currently in development and we expect to release it sometime in 2020.Scrivener 3 has an updated file format which cannot be opened in earlier versions of Scrivener.
  2. In Mac OS X, Scrivener works natively with Finder and Preview, so you get all the functionality of these built into Scrivener, including the use of Quickview, which can be contextually invoked by pressing the spacebar, and an array of other floating HUDs (Head-up displays).

Scrivener for MAC: Made for OS X Bigots. First off, I'm going to be right up front with you—I'm a Scrivener for MAC bigot, I'm an affiliate for their software, and even if you don't buy MAC Scrivener via this site, if you're a serious author, go buy it please.You'll thank yourself later, trust me.

Original author(s)Keith Blount
Developer(s)Literature & Latte
Initial release20 January 2007
Stable release
macOS 3.1.5 / 12 December 2019; 10 months ago[1]

iOS 1.2.1 / 14 December 2019; 10 months ago[2]

Windows 1.9.16 / 14 November 2019; 11 months ago[3]

Preview release
Windows - RC 9/ 15 August 2020; 2 months ago[4]

Linux (abandoned)[5]

Operating system
LicenseProprietary (shareware)

Scrivener (/ˈskrɪvənər/) is a word-processing program and outliner designed for authors.[6] Scrivener provides a management system for documents, notes and metadata. This allows the user to organize notes, concepts, research, and whole documents for easy access and reference (documents including rich text, images, PDF, audio, video, web pages, etc.). Scrivener offers templates for screenplays, fiction, and non-fictionmanuscripts. After writing a text, the user may export it for final formatting to a standard word processor, screenwriting software, desktop publishing software, or TeX.


Features include a corkboard, the ability to rearrange files by dragging-and-dropping virtual index cards on the corkboard, an outliner, a split screen mode that enables users to edit several documents at once, a full-screen mode, the ability to export text into multiple document formats (including popular e-book formats like EPUB and Mobipocket for Kindle, and markup languages such as Fountain, HTML, and MultiMarkdown), the ability to assign multiple keywords (and other metadata) to parts of a text and to sort the parts by keyword (such as characters, locations, themes, narrative lines, etc.), hyperlinks between parts of a text, and 'snapshots' (the ability to save a copy of a particular document prior to any drastic changes).

Scrivener allows photos, URLs, and multiple other file formats, to be dragged into its interface as well. Because of its breadth of interfaces and features, it has positioned itself not only as a word processor, but as a project management tool for writers, and includes many user-interface features that resemble Xcode, Apple's integrated development environment (IDE). One computer programmer has called Scrivener 'an IDE for writing'.[7]


Icon of Scrivener 2

Keith Blount created, and continues to maintain, the program as a tool to help him write the 'big novel', allowing him to keep track of ideas and research.[8][9] It is built mostly on libraries and features of Mac OS X from version 10.4 onward. In 2011, a Windows version of the software was released, written and maintained by Lee Powell.[10]


Scrivener for iOS was launched for iOS July 20, 2016.[11]



There is no official release for Linux, but there is a public beta version[5] which has been abandoned[12] but still is available to use.[13]


The latest version of Scrivener for Mac is version 3.1.5, and requires macOS Sierra or newer.[1] Scrivener can be obtained from the Mac App Store, but since the Mac App Store application is only usable on OS X 10.6.6 and later, users of earlier versions of OS X must buy it directly from the developer's website instead of the Mac App Store.[14]

The company also makes Scrivener 2.5 available for earlier version of Mac OS X, but claims it is the final version of the software that was built to run on both PowerPC and Intel systems running Mac OS X 10.4 through 10.8. This version is available on the direct sale page in the sidebar titled 'Mac OS X 10.4–8 and PowerPC'.[14]

In addition to the Scrivener version 2 releases, the direct download page provides access to the obsolete version 1.54, but licenses are no longer available for purchase. The 1.54 release is compatible with Mac OS X versions 10.4 through 10.6.[14]


The latest stable version of Scrivener for Windows is 1.9.16.[3] It is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. Windows versions (1.xx) were released after Mac OS X version 2.xx, and are priced the same as the Mac version despite the Windows version having fewer features. The developers have stated version numbers will be aligned when version 3.0 for Windows is released, currently in beta[15] and expected during 2020.[16] Windows version 1.0 users who buy now will receive a free upgrade to version 3 upon its release. Previous Windows version 1.0 owners will be able to upgrade to version 3 for $25.

See also[edit]

  • Wavemaker Novel Writing Software


  1. ^ ab'Scrivener Release Notes'. Literature & Latte. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  2. ^'Scrivener Release Notes'. Literature & Latte. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  3. ^ ab'Scrivener Release Notes'. literatureandlatte.com. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  4. ^'Scrivener 3.0 Release Candidate 9'. Literature & Latte. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  5. ^ ab'Scrivener Linux beta released 21 October 2015'. literatureandlatte.com. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  6. ^Heffernan, Virginia (6 January 2008). 'An interface of one's own'. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 10 December 2008. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  7. ^Bailey, Dan (24 January 2013). 'Writing as programming'. danbailey.net. Archived from the original on 2 October 2015. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  8. ^Watt, Justin (2012). 'Keith Blount, founder and lead developer at Literature & Latte'. objectivesee.com. Archived from the original on 2 February 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  9. ^Cordella, Francesco (May 2013). 'Scrivener and me: an interview with Keith Blount'. avventuretestuali.com. Archived from the original on 27 April 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  10. ^'About - Clever Dictionary'. cleverdictionary.com. Archived from the original on 26 November 2014. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  11. ^'Scrivener just got a whole lot smaller'. Literature and Latte (official Scrivener site). 27 June 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  12. ^Laden, Greg (29 August 2014). 'Scrivener on Linux: Try it, you'll like it'. scienceblogs.com. Archived from the original on 8 September 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2017. Updated as: Laden, Greg (2 January 2016). 'Scrivener on Linux: Oh Well..'scienceblogs.com. Archived from the original on 14 May 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  13. ^https://www.wayoflinux.com/blog/scrivener-returns
  14. ^ abc'Scrivener for Mac OS X Download'. literatureandlatte.com. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  15. ^'Scrivener 3.0 Beta 44'. Literature and Latte. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  16. ^'Introducing Scrivener 3'. Literature & Latte. Retrieved 29 March 2020.

External links[edit]

  • Official website
  • 'Developer Spotlight: Literature and Latte'. Applegeeks. February 2007. Archived from the original on 11 January 2008. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  • Hernandez, Gwen (2012). Scrivener for dummies. Chichester, UK; Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN9781118312476. OCLC773671868.
  • Turnball, Giles (February 2007). 'Keith Blount's Scrivener'. MacUser. Archived from the original on 24 May 2007. Retrieved 2 October 2007.
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Wow. It’s been a long time since I added a post. Apologies. Since that last one, I moved to Vermont and I’ve been busy writing, teaching Scrivener classes, more writing, and learning to draw. But this post should, I hope, be useful to those of you who have long hankered for an iPad version of Scrivener.

After many trials and tribulations, Scrivener for iOS (iPad and iPhone) debuted at the Mac Store on July 20, 2016. In all honesty, when Keith at Literature and Latte first announced he was working on a iOS version, my reaction was “meh.” I recently had acquired the MacBook Pro and had downloaded Scrivener for Mac so I was as happy as my Jack Russell terrier is in a pile of warm laundry.

When the beta-testing was announced for SiOS, again, the reaction was “meh” because I had no intention of purchasing an iPad. However, my “meh” changed to a “hmm” when I started reading the SiOS tutorials posted on Facebook. When a friend told me how much she loved it that “hmm” became a yearning.

Later, I was approached by a few people about teaching SiOS tutorials and I had to tell them that at that moment I couldn’t afford an iPad. It would have to wait because I had more pressing bills to pay. But after a few days, I thought that if I teach a couple of classes that would pay for the iPad and perhaps it was worth the investment. So I looked online et voila! I discovered on eBay a refurbished fourth-generation iPad reasonably priced. I went ahead and purchased it.

Syncing a project was not as intuitive for me as it was for other users. I watched three videos: Scrivener’s, Elaine Giles, and Author Strong and Publishing Tools and I was still confused about the process. What I needed was someone like me who could spell it out and show pictures of the process for each step. So I went and asked a friend to show me what the hell I was doing wrong.

It turns out I wasn’t that far off-base and I’m happy to announce that Simply Scrivener will have SiOS posts. Also, I’ll offer 1:1 private and group tutorials (email for rates).For now, I’ll explain –as simply as possible–how to get your projects up, running, and syncing between your Mac and your iPad and vice-versa.

The first step is to download SiOS from the Mac store. Once it’s downloaded onto your iPad, open Scrivener. Your screen will look like this:

Second, to link to DropBox tap the circular arrows on the top right-hand of the screen. You’ll have two options: Update from iTunes and Link to Dropbox.Choose the latter.

If by chance you don’t have Dropbox on your iPad, you will be asked to sign in using your username and password. If you have Dropbox installed, it will ask whether you allow Scrivener to access Dropbox files and folders. Tap “Allow”.

Scrivener will create a folder in Dropbox called Apps/Scrivener and include another one called Other Folders. We’re interested in Apps/Scrivener, which is the recommended option, this is where all your projects will be placed. Tap “Done”.

A couple of asides…if you have the Dropbox desktop app installed on your Mac, you’ll see the icon on the top toolbar. Open it and you’ll see that Scrivener automatically created an App/Scrivener Folder in Dropbox [DISCLOSURE: It didn’t create this folder for me. I had to manually create one after several tries. I don’t know why and I intend to ask on the forums].

Next, go to your Mac and find the Scrivener project you want to sync onto your iPad. If you don’t know you whereyou saved it, open Scrivener and go to the project. At the top of the Project, clickCtrl+Project Name and that will show you the path of where it’s located.

After you found the project on your hard drive, close the project in Scrivener and drag it over to the App/Scrivener folder in Dropbox. Let it sync and when it’s finished—you’ll see a green tick mark indicating that syncing is finito—open SiOS. Tap the circular sync button. You’ll see a window open that says, “Syncing with Dropbox”.

Once it has finished syncing, you will see the project(s) in the Binder under Dropbox.

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If you have linked a project between the iPad and your Mac, but you’re currently working on your computer or laptop, you’ll see the Dropbox icon on your toolbar periodically syncing. Now go to your iPad and you’ll see a small orange triangular icon on your project indicating the project needs syncing to update it.

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Remember, always close the project on your laptop/computer and then sync it on the iPad or you will corrupt your files. Open the project in SiOS and you’ll see your updates.

When you’re on the go and want to use SiOS, keep in mind that the only time you can sync is when you have a wi-fi connection. Thus, sync before you leave your house so that you’re able to work on your most updated project. When you’re finished writing in SiOS, tap “Done” on the top right of the screen and close the project by tapping the back arrow icon next to “Project” on the left-hand side. Once you’re back to the screen listing all your projects in Dropbox, you’ll see a blue triangular icon on the project. When you’re back within wifi reach, tap the sync key.

Next, when you open your project in Scrivener on your computer/laptop, you’ll see that the new data you’ve written is backing up on Dropbox and on your Mac. When you open the project,your binder has been replaced with a section similar to the Collections Binder that shows your synced document(s). Hit the X on the bottom right to close it out and return to the project’s binder.

A couple of things to note: SiOS has some handy features on the back end that you can access on the iPad’s settings like Auto-Detect Changes and Sync Projects on Close. I have those set as ON and for the latter as Always.

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How to find data analysis in excel for mac. I’ve seen some question about whether you can open your Scrivener project directly from your Dropfolder app or whether you access your project via the Scrivener icon on your dock. You can access your project in either manner. Just remember that if you are moving back and forth and syncing from your iPad and Computer to always close the project on either the computer or the iPad.