Alternatives to Scrivener for Mac with any license

  • bibisco

    bibisco is a free and open source software for writing novels. With bibisco you can organize chapters and scenes, manage revisions, export novel in pdf or rtf, and...

    • Too strict in his structure and the same time not thorough enough so that the boxing in would by uselful LapoMelzi10 days ago Disagree   Agree
    • I used bibisco briefly a few years ago, and I remember it being packed to the brim with useful features. It's great for fiction writers because it gives them a variety of fields for defining their character. I felt the software was a bit too bulky for what I wanted, though. The best thing about bibisco is that it's 100% free, which is nice if your funds are limited, or if you aren't making a profit from your writing. thatmasquedgirlDec 2018 • 2 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Laughably bad. Scrivener has the good sense to stay out of your way when you know what you're doing bibisco not only got in the way constantly (no, follow OUR tutorial!) it also insisted on doing it in, I kid you not, two inch caps. Is this some kind of joke? Guest • Nov 2017 • 29 agrees and 22 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is actually a better alternative to Scrivener because of its clear, organisation features. I wish I would have discovered this before I purchased Scrivener. Bibisco is much easier to use: You don't need lengthy tutorials to read just to get started. Hands down this is better. callywDec 2016 • 14 agrees and 10 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • simple and very useful to know your characters! laurafeccoNov 2016 • 5 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Bibisco is free, has a very good design and structure that help to create a fiction book outline . The text editor is quite simple and working is quite intuitive. Guest • Dec 2016 • 0 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Microsoft Office Word

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

    • Word has none of the benefits Scrivener brings for organisation, research, collecting and so forth. They couldn't be much more different really. Guest • Aug 2019 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Scrivener is not a word processor. Microsoft Word is nothing but. Guest • Jul 2019 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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. Guest • Oct 2018 • 8 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • yWriter

    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...

    • 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. Guest • Oct 2018 • 2 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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! isahbellahMar 2017 • 4 agrees and 8 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Wine Mono

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  • Manuskript

    Open-source tool for writers. With outliner, character management, plot development, distraction-free editor, etc.

    • Mostly because it's opensource but also because the interface and features are very similar ! DarkRedmanJul 2019 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Manuskript organizes a project essentially the same way Scrivener does: Project, Chapters, Scenes. It has all the essentials for a good writing workflow. In fact, it offers a few more tools than does Scrivener. redbeardgreyAug 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Even if it is in the early stages, it is smarter than Scrivener. The way it handles revisions is simple and amazing; the Timeline is rough yet great -- and something Scrivener doesn't have; the tracking of characters, locations, plots and every other item in the story is easy and effective. Plus, it is still in development and hasn't reached its full potential. I have been using Scrivener for year, but I am enjoy this opensource baby much more. LapoMelzi10 days ago Disagree   Agree
    • There are many similar layout features compared to Scrivener. It also has a few features Scrivener seems to be missing or doesn't define clearly such as an outline process. However, it is very early development and has many bugs to work out. Guest • Jan 2017 • 10 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • Ulysses

    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...

    • 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. ndas1Oct 2017 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Organon

    Organon is a plugin for LibreOffice and OpenOffice. Organon allows to split up large texts into parts, allows tagging and opening parts of the project in new tabs. ...

    • Essentially an advanced tree structure for an ongoing manuscript project. Possibly glance-base assistance to find sections but does nothing to contribute to the creative process. ndas1Oct 2017 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux LibreOffice Apache OpenOffice

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  • Amazon Storywriter

    Write your screenplay and focus on the story with features like auto-formatting, offline writing, and import/export.

    • It's a very basic text editor, doesn't do much more than auto-format your text after you hit enter. No sections, no corkboard, just one document. Guest • Aug 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • Cloud based, simple, and the power of Amazon behind it. Guest • Mar 2017 • 0 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web Chrome OS ... Chrome

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  • KIT Scenarist

    KIT Scenarist is a free and open source application for creating screenplays on desktops and commercial on mobiles. KIT Scenarist is a fully-featured studio for...

    • This is for screenwriting only, not all writing. Not a good alternative. Guest • Jul 2018 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • KIT Scenarist is for screenwriters, not novelists. Guest • Aug 2016 • 3 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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