UPDATE: Here’s Scrivener for iOS release date and upcoming features. I share all details I know, including some shiny new screenshots and a video showcasing Scrivener for iOS on an iPad!
Great news for every writer who uses something other than pen and paper and their vintage but still efficient typewriter. Scrivener for iOS is finally coming this year!
Literature and Latte has officially opened beta testing of the app. As usual, we have no release date and almost zero information on how Scrivener for iOS looks and what features it provides (we know a few things about features, though – read along). But we have been waiting for this for years, right? Surely we can wait a little longer. I think after a couple months we will have an app eventually.
Wanna do something right? Do it yourself
Developers at Literature and Latte recently made some really impressive progress after months of silence and seeming standstill. They looked for an additional iOS developer to accelerate the process but then realized they don’t need one because they already actually had one. Funny as it is, Keith Blount, Scrivener designer and main developer, made a fateful decision to take over the development of iOS version himself. Previously he was in charge of Mac version and didn’t want to tear himself apart between the two. But thanks to his decision, we have Scrivener for iOS in beta now and not later.
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.Keith Blount, Scrivener designer
Yay, first screenshot of Scrivener for iOS!
We don’t know much about the upcoming iOS app, but have some details and one screenshot of Scrivener on Keith’s iPad Pro:
It looks very minimalistic and iOS-ish – and that’s a good sign! Scrivener for desktop (at least for Mac, because I didn’t have a chance to check the Windows version out) has always been simple but very effective. I believe Scrivener for iOS will bring us struggling writers the perfect means to fight our distractions and capture the muse as we will be writing on the go (ah, at last!).
Scrivener for iOS features confirmed
We still don’t know much (because Literature and Latte is a conspiracy junkie, that is), but from sparse blog posts and comments we managed to dig the truth. The rest is rumors, but what we know for sure is:
- Scrivener for iOS will include a full-featured writing environment we used to embrace in desktop version: Binder, Outliner, Corkboard, Inspector, full rich text editing (with comments, footnotes, etc).
- Scrivener for iOS will not use iCloud syncing (at least in the initial version). We will sync our projects via Dropbox or standard (cumbersome) iTunes file sharing.
- Scrivener for iOS will have a full-featured compile and export options.
- Scrivener app will run on any iOS 9 device and above.
- Scrivener for iOS will be available not only for iPad but for iPhone as well. As you can expect, certain features that demand a bigger screen (like the Corkboard) will be iPad-only.
- Scrivener will support the handy multitasking features on the latest iPad Pro (and I believe the multitasking on iPad Air 2?).
I’m so excited to know that in the nearest future I will be able to finally work on my book without having to lug my heavy MacBook Pro around. Oh, Literature and Latte, my back will so appreciate it!
So what do you say fellow writers, are you following Scrivener for iOS news or you’re just fine with a desktop version? Let me know in comments.
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