Writers small and big from all around the world have been waiting for this for years. And now it’s finally here. Literature and Latte have confirmed the Scrivener for iOS release date, and it’s July 20th. So close! Hooray!
In this article, I gathered all information we have about the upcoming app. Read on to prepare yourself for your dream come true.
Scrivener for iOS basics
- New Scrivener mobile app for your iPad or iPhone will cost you $19.99.
- It will be available for any device that runs iOS 9.0 or above.
- It will work on iPad Pro, too.
- As already been said, Scrivener for iOS will work on iPhone (with limited functionality due to limited screen space).
- Scrivener for iOS will be on sale in all the same territories where the desktop Scrivener version is present.
- Scrivener for iOS version 1.0 will have only the English interface, but other languages will be added in future updates for free.
- The mobile version of Scrivener will be automatically syncing with both desktop versions (for Windows and for macOS) via Dropbox or manually via iTunes file sharing.
In future updates for desktop versions of Scrivener for macOS and for Windows, Literature and Latte promise “some fantastic things” for us. But to me, it’s pretty fantastic if we could have the similar Scrivener functionality and workflow on our iPads. And boy, do we have it!
Scrivener for iOS first video
Some time ago I shared first screenshot of a long-awaited app working on an iPad Pro. Today I’m excited to share the first video showcasing some neat features of a shiny new Scrivener for iOS recorded on an iPad:
While we’re still waiting for mobile app release, beta-testers already took a taste of it and shared a remarkable feedback:
Now, let’s dig deeper into what we already know about new Scrivener for iOS features.
Scrivener for iPad Draft navigator replaced Scrivenings mode
One of the features writers love about desktop Scrivener app is the ability for us to write however we want. We can write in large pieces, like the whole chapters in one document, or we can create folders for chapters, separate files inside the folders for scenes, and then work only with the scenes we want at the time or select the whole chapter with one click of a mouse.
This Scrivener mode is known as Scrivenings. It makes the work of writing a novel (or even series of novels in one project, like in my case) so lot more easier and manageable. But as you well know, that’s only one of three modes Scrivener provides.
Due to iOS limitations and design, Literature and Latte decided not to move the complete functionality of Scrivenings to the mobile app and instead came up with something new and more suitable for a mobile experience.
Meet the Draft navigator:
The Draft navigator compiles every piece of text in your Draft folder into a single scrollable page. You will be able to launch it right from the main editor (there’s a button on the bottom).
How to control Draft navigator
- Use back and forward buttons or a slider to move between different pieces of text in your Draft folder.
- If you want to put a document in the main editor, just tap on it.
- Do a double-tap on a piece of text you want to edit to put a document in the main editor at the position you tapped.
Working with Draft navigator sounds simple and minimalistic enough – in the very spirit of iOS. We’ll see how helpful it is in a few days.
Scrivener for iOS pinch zoom
If your eyes tired of typing your novel away and you want to just slightly increase the font size, with this useful feature of Scrivener for iOS you don’t have to go through several menus and taps.
You need just pinch to zoom in or out anywhere in the main editor. This simple gesture will help you make the text smaller or larger and work comfortably any time.
Scrivener for iPad: Whole corkboard in your pocket
Another amazing mode desktop Scrivener provides is a corkboard. It’s invaluable for outlining your novel and planning chapters and scenes. And it comes in handy when you want to see a larger picture of your novel, with all the structure before your eyes represented as cards.
Good news is, Literature and Latte have apparently decided there’s no need to compromise on the limitations of the mobile app. Because with Scrivener for iOS on your iPad, you can use your favorite Corkboard mode too!
How the corkboard works in the mobile app
- You can move around cards to change the order of your chapters or scenes.
- You can even scale up or down the cards’ size with a pinch.
- As with good old desktop Scrivener, you can create new documents right here on your corkboard or delete, move and merge the documents.
- To open a document in the main editor, simply tap it.
- To load a document in a Quick Reference pane, swipe left on the selected card.
- To open the inspector in a floating pane, you can double-tap a card. In the inspector, you can change card’s title, synopsis, other meta-data (label, status) and add some notes.
- You can also open the inspector as a side pane. To do so, tap ‘i’ button. That way, you can see you corkboard and edit the card’s data at the same time.
- To eliminate distractions, you can also activate the full-screen mode and focus on your cards.
Scrivener for iOS: binder and outliner
We all love Scrivener’s binder. It’s an essential tool for organizing our manuscripts with all the freedom we, creative minds, need.
Scrivener for iOS implements nested documents for outline. You go down through multiple levels of your outline and view each level as a separate list of documents. That way, you can use the binder to easily navigate to the part of your manuscript you want to work with, all other parts hidden from view. Just like you do in a desktop version of Scrivener.
How to use Scrivener for iOS binder
- Tap Draft folder to see its contents.
- Tap your chosen part folder or chapter folder to go even deeper into your manuscript and see the contents of that folder.
- Repeat until you found the part of the manuscript you want to work on.
- If you want to change the structure of your manuscript, tap “Edit” button on the navigation bar. In the editing mode, you will be able to move the documents by simply dragging and dropping them to the places you want. You can put them inside other folders, make a duplicate, merge them together or send them to the trash.
How to use Scrivener for iOS outline functionality
If you don’t like that you have to go down each level of your manuscript and can’t see the multiple levels at once, don’t worry, Literature and Latte got you covered with their fully-featured outline functionality.
You remember how this works in a desktop version, right? You click on the triangle next to a folder and see its contents. In the mobile version of the app, it works very much alike.
- Use a left swipe gesture on a bunch of documents in the binder.
- You will see the “Expand” or “Collapse” button.
- Tap on the button to hide the subdocuments of the chosen section or show them instead.
That said, when working on your book in Scrivener for iOS, you can see your complete outline and work on it as a whole or select just the part you need to focus on right now and write or edit it without distractions of the big picture.
Scrivener for iOS supports keyboard shortcuts
And that means that you won’t have to touch your iPad or iPhone screen as many times. Keyboard shortcuts support in mobile Scrivener is extensive, especially considering the app is just debuting on the App Store.
Here’s a screenshot of just a short list of keyboard shortcuts available to you:
If you’re familiar with the Scrivener shortcuts on Mac, you will be at home writing your book on your iPad or iPhone.
Writing a script in Scrivener for iOS
It’s not a secret that many successful scriptwriters had been using Scrivener for years. And in a few days, they will be able to take their work on the go with a scriptwriting features in Scrivener for iOS.
Here’s a screenshot of how a script in mobile version of Scrivener looks:
It’s a long shot to overview all of the Scrivener for iOS featured in one post, but I did my best to give you a big picture of what is coming to your favorite mobile device July 20th.
While you’re waiting for this truly historical day, don’t forget to update your Scrivener for macOS or Windows as Literature and Latte have rolled out a special version that introduced a new file format to support syncing with your mobile Scrivener app.
And to be fully prepared, make sure to read my post on how to setup Scrivener syncing step by step (and prepare for NaNoWriMo in the process).
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