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Scrivener Alternatives for iPad

There are many alternatives to Scrivener for iPad if you are looking for a replacement. The best iPad alternative is yWriter, which is free. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Scrivener and 13 are available for iPad so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting iPad alternatives to Scrivener are Microsoft Word, Ulysses, Final Draft and Story Planner for Writers.

Scrivener alternatives are mainly Novel Authoring Tools but may also be Note-taking Tools or Word Processors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Scrivener.
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  1. yWriter icon

    yWriter

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad

    yWriter is a writing tool that uses "scenes" as a unit of text and allows you to associate that text with all manner of story elements (characters, locations, items) as well as place it and rearrange it within the context of chapters.

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    yWriter vs Scrivener opinions
    Most users think yWriter is a great alternative to Scrivener.
    isahbellah

    it's free, it's easy to use and intuitive. The only thing that would make ywriter better is if it had an option to sync to other devices or such. Seriously, this is so much better than scrivener!

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    robyellow95

    For some reason, this reminds me of my high school notebooks: Flipping through pages trying to find crap.

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    I hated it. It kept trying to force me to follow its workflow (invented by the author, I think), and I use a different one. Scrivener suits my workflow, and yWriter does not. It is still on my hard drive, however, just in case.

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    Written and maintained by a novellist/software developer, yWriter is free to use, has a no-frills UI, supports cloud saving/device sync via Dropbox and Google Drive, takes automatic backups, and has an Android app (my main dealbreaker with Scrivener).

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    Free, reliable, logical layout. It also has a phone app that can sync with the desktop app if you use a cloud drive. Lots of other great features.

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    In my traipsing about the world of effective writing applications, like many, I blindly downloaded and attempted to utilize Scrivener. As noted, this was an attempt and, to better, expound, it was a failed attempt as Scrivener lacks a WYSIWYG approach. yWriter, however, is an absolute gem providing all of the necessary development tools broken down in a logical format that follows the lifecycle of story development from inception to completion.

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    have not the same versatility

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  2. Microsoft Word, part of the Microsoft Office Suite but also sold as a standalone application, is Microsoft's word processor.

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    This alternative is disputed. Microsoft Word is still a legitimate alternative to Scrivener, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    MS Word is a nice text editor, but it really doesn't have the ability to make ebooks that stand out like Scrivener does. Scrivener is a complete author's workshop.

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    Scrivener is not a word processor. Microsoft Word is nothing but.

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    Word has none of the benefits Scrivener brings for organisation, research, collecting and so forth. They couldn't be much more different really.

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    MS Word is a word processor, not an authoring tool. It has no knowledge of scenes, let alone characters or locations or items. It has very limited ability to handle text that is about the document but not part of the document and attaches to no specific point, or multiple specific points, in the document.

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  3. Ulysses is a text editor for creative writers. Used by bloggers, poets, students and published novelists all over the world, it offers an integrated environment to brainstorm, draft, revise and even submit text on a professional level.

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    Ulysses vs Scrivener opinions
    Some users think Ulysses is a great alternative to Scrivener, some don't.
    ndas1

    Primarily oriented towards "scripts" for film, play, etc. Might be useful for (non)fiction writing but does not share the wider array of tools found in Scrivener.

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    Final Draft

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • iPhone
    • iPad

    Use your creative energy to focus on the content; let Final Draft take care of the style. Final Draft is the number-one selling word processor specifically designed for writing movie scripts, television episodics and stage plays.

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  5. Writing planner software that helps writers build and outline their stories from scratch, boosting the writing workflow.

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    Allegory

    • Mac
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Apple Watch

    Allegory is a powerful notes app with a beautiful iOS-centric UI. The minimal and focused writing experience, combined with an impressive set of powerful features, makes this the ideal choice for everyone.

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    Storyist

    • Mac
    • iPhone
    • iPad

    A powerful writing environment for novelists and screenwriters.

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  8. A minimal, distraction-free environment for screenwriting.

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    Mellel

    • Mac
    • iPad

    Mellel is a sophisticated, time-tested and reliable word processor, especially designed to handle long and complicated documents, books, manuscripts, dissertations, and more.

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    Effie: Write, Mindmap & Note

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • iPhone
    • iPad

    Effie is a light, clean, yet powerful markup-based writing and mind-mapping software that works on Windows, Mac and iOS. And it's flexible for many occasions: note-taking, brainstorming, list-making, committed, long-time writing, and many more.

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