By Literature & Latte

  • Category: Productivity
  • Release Date: 2016-07-20
  • Current Version: 1.1.5
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 26.96 MB
  • Developer: Literature & Latte
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
Score: 4.5
From 2,170 Ratings


*** Featured in App Store Best of 2016 *** “The biggest software advance for writers since the word processor.” —Michael Marshall Smith, bestselling author Typewriter. Ring-binder. Scrapbook. Scrivener combines all the writing tools you need to craft your first draft, from nascent notion to final full stop. Tailor-made for creating long manuscripts, Scrivener banishes page fright by allowing you to compose your text in any order, in sections as large or small as you like. Got a great idea but don’t know where it fits? Write when inspiration strikes and find its place later. Grow your manuscript organically, idea by idea. Whether you plan or plunge, Scrivener works your way: meticulously outline every last detail first, or hammer out a complete draft and restructure later. Or do a bit of both. All text sections in Scrivener are fully integrated with its outlining tools, so working with an overview of your manuscript is only ever a tap away, and turning Chapter Four into Chapter One is as simple as drag and drop. Need to refer to research? In Scrivener, your background material is always at hand. Write a description based on a photograph. Reference a video or PDF. Check for consistency with an earlier chapter. On the iPad, open two documents side-by-side; on the iPhone, flip between research and writing with just two taps. Once you’re ready to share your work with the world, simply compile everything into a single document for printing, or export to popular formats such as Word, PDF, Final Draft or plain text. You can even share using different formatting, so that you can write in your favorite font and still keep your editor happy. FEATURES Get Started • Interactive tutorial project • Keep each manuscript and supporting materials in a self-contained project • Import Word, RTF, Final Draft and plain text files • Easily split imported text into separate sections Get Writing • Write your manuscript in sections of any size • View all sections as a single text using the “Draft Navigator” (iPad only) • Quickly navigate sections using the “binder” sidebar • Format with fonts and presets • Comments, footnotes, links and highlights • Simple bullets and lists • Insert images • Pinch-zoom to resize text • Full-screen mode (iPad only) • Typewriter scrolling mode keeps typed text center-screen (iPad only) • Write a screenplay using scriptwriting mode • Live word and character counts • Set word and character count targets • Find and replace • Customizable keyboard row provides quick-access buttons for formatting, navigation and punctuation • Comprehensive keyboard shortcuts for external keyboard users • Dark mode Find Your Structure • Write in any order and reorganize later • Write a synopsis for any text section and see it in the outline • Expand, collapse and drill down into sections of your project • Rearrange sections as index cards on the corkboard (iPad only) • Project-wide search • Track ideas using labels and status • Apply custom icons to your sections Refer to Research • Import research material such as image, PDF and media flies • View research files or other sections right alongside your writing (iPad only) • Every section has its own notes area for jotting down ideas • Supports multi-tasking split screen mode (supported devices only) Share Your Work • Compile to a single document for sharing or printing • Use different formatting in your exported or printed document • Export to Word, RTF, Final Draft, PDF or plain text • Convert rich text to Markdown for sharing with Markdown apps • Create and email zipped backups of your projects Work Anywhere • Use Dropbox to sync between devices and with the macOS and Windows versions of Scrivener* • Copy projects between devices via iTunes * Requires a Dropbox account (not compatible with iCloud). SUPPORT You can contact us at, visit our forums at, or find us @scrivenerapp on Twitter.



  • Lack of iCloud Breaks Experience

    By Secryt
    Update years later: Gave it another go and I still stand by my statement that this needs iCloud support. I KNOW the developer says limitations in Apple’s API prevent them from doing this but unstable Dropbox support is just awful. I believe this application is among the most powerful organizational productivity tool I’ve ever used. It just needs better syncing especially now when iPads can be a full replacement for people ~original review~ It may seem like a small gripe to have with an otherwise extensively and lovingly designed app, but lack of support for iCloud is a deal breaker for me. I got a Dropbox account just for this and continually have issues with conflict documents being made. Ulysses supports iCloud, along with thousands of other apps. While I appreciate the difficulty of creating apps and integrating cloud support, at this point I've streamlined my life's workflow to iCloud and have no issues with its backend. I tried Dropbox and it just didn't work. Unfortunately I will be supporting Ulysses until/if iCloud support is fully integrated.
  • Just missing a password

    By shadoboxer
    I love this app. I’ve never had any problems syncing with my computer, never lost any writing, and I use it a lot. I don’t know why so many people seem to have problems with syncing. The only problem I have with the app is that there’s no way to password protect it as far as I can tell. If I let someone use my phone, they can access all of my writing, and I’m not in love with that idea. So a password would be much appreciated.
  • Premium Price for an Outdated & Limited Experience

    By julvel88
    I’ve decided to write this review after some discourse with the Scrivener team. It’s specifically in relation to the iOS app, which I feel is severely limited and in desperate need of an update. The last update occurred over a year ago and the team has expressed no commitment to any sort of update moving forward. For an application that costs $19.99, I find that disheartening and unacceptable. As it stands, the “Editors’ Notes” advise that this version of Scrivener “syncs flawlessly so you’re never tied to just one device,” but you are tied to one service... Dropbox. I personally do not use or have any interest in using Dropbox. I stopped using their service long ago and I prefer something more secure. Other reviews contest the reliability of the syncing as well, stating they’ve lost data. That’s not a risk I’m willing to take with my writing. The Scrivener team advised me that, due to limitations regarding their file types with iCloud, they don’t have the ability to add syncing support via iCloud. A member of their team even stated they were working on something that would allow some type of iCloud integration and that it’d be available in late 2018, but here we are nearly halfway through 2019 with no updates. I was specifically told today that they have no progress to share on that front. Even though it wouldn’t be considered “syncing,” Scrivener has the ability to add export support from their app to iCloud Drive, but they choose not to. With all of their eggs in one basket, and the attitude they have about the iOS application, I regret spending my money. I expected the same passion from the team that my money represented, but it just doesn’t feel like they appreciate that. For a product that is supposed to have revolutionized modern writing, they sure have an old-fashioned way of doing things. Blockbuster, Circuit City, Toys R Us, and all the other companies who thought they could get by without continuing to innovate say hello. If things don’t change, you’ll be joining them in the next few years. Please, Scrivener, get it together. For now, I’ll just accept the fact that I’ve spent $19.99 on something I won’t be using and the Scrivener team doesn’t seem to believe enough in to keep up-to-date.
  • Great Program

    By Ragnark42
    Overall this is probably the only app I’ve ever liked enough to recommend to people. It’s highly functional and it’s adaptability makes it an optimal program for several projects. There’s been a few formatting issues that I’ve had to play with with the YAWL appearance because I can’t find certain options. One thing I’ve been trying to figure out is how to dictate where footnotes go when working with multiple files compiled. How to keep them either on the page they’re marked on or how to set them at the end of the file they’re in. So if you respond to feedback, curious minds would like know.
  • Love this app; wish it had split screen

    By q-quartermaster
    I love using this app; it’s intuitive, easy to use, and helpful in more ways than one. The only thing that really stands out to me is that I wish that there was a way to work on two documents at once using split screen. Apparently this is an option via the desktop app but not on the IOS app.
  • Sync is whack!!

    By Hang 2
    This app doesn’t sync well between Mac and IOS. File download takes forever and by the time it’s done I forgot what I wanted to write. So I’ll just use Apple notes. Unfortunately this is the only reason I bought it for IOS. Disappointing to say the least
  • Very good app... but needs updates!

    By oftheg
    I love Scrivener and it’s an essential tool but, guys, you really need to update this! This version is ONE YEAR old! No professional tool should be updated so rarely.
  • When can support iCloud sync?

    By polasure
    When can support iCloud sync?
  • Not updated frequently

    By Jim_Keen
    It’s a great app, the best out there for writers ... that still hasn’t been updated to work with the “new” (7 month old) iPad Pro’s screen size which is a real shame. It has black bars top and bottom. It’s the last app I use that hasn’t been updated :( Also, as has been noted, the Dropbox sync is poor, why there isn’t an iCloud sync I’m not sure - maybe connected to its lack of updates?
  • *sigh*

    By Clockwork Cat
    5/15/19: Not a single update in over a year? Really? Well, just noting here that the Scrivener app does not work well with the iPhone X and I’m tired of having to fight with it to change the formatting options at the bottom of the screen, because of “home” button interference and “swiping” it to change formatting options swipes me away from the app most times. Infuriating! Have you folks decided not to update this app anymore? No more support? As someone who paid for it, I find that also infuriating. Damned shame, since Scrivener on the whole is the Best. Thing. Ever. for a writer. I’ve been using it over ten years and would never go back to that piece of Microsoft crap called Word. 12/11/17: Updating the rating, since the update to the app has (my fingers are crossed) solved the problems. Since updating, everything is working perfectly, and with everything talking together, it is a stellar writing suite (combined with Scrivener on the laptop). Thanks for working out the problems, folks! 12/4/17 update: The sync issues continue to be insane and infuriating. Other problems resolved, no longer using Simplenote (because, well, it’s no longer supported), but now the Scriv/Dropbox linking is not playing nice. It has become unusable on the iPad because of this. I just deleted the app from the iPad and will reinstall AND repopulate it with 15 projects and 10000+ damned files. AGAIN. Second time today. Come on, FIX THIS! I’m tired of the “do this, it should resolve your problems” coming from tech support. It’s NOT fixing ANYTHING. The same problems continue, and as I said in the original review: I regret paying for this app. Honestly, if the sync issues are resolved it will be a fine app. It is not now. — I truly love Scrivener. Have used it for years. However, I deeply regret paying for this app. It's been glitchy from the start, requires too much navigation too often (stop taking me back to the project list! Resume where I left off!), syncs like crap. Okay, fine. I'll always have Simplenote, which annoys me far less and which I use more. Now Scrivener is crashing EVERY TIME I TRY TO OPEN A PROJECT. I am done with this. Wasted money. I'll stick with Simplenote and do all the formatting on the laptop where Scrivener is perfection instead of this dysfunctional app.