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Scrivener

Typewriter. Ring-binder. Scrapbook. Scrivener combines everything you need to craft your first draft, from nascent notion to final full stop.

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Avg rating of 3.5 (17)| 19 comments
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Grow your manuscript your way
See the forest or the trees
Research within reach
Getting it out there
Export to a wide variety of file formats, including Microsoft Word, RTF and PDF. Create Epub and Kindle e-books.  You can even use MultiMarkdown for LaTeX support and more.
From Blank Page to Book—Your Way
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Full-Screen Writing

Scrivener information

  • Developed byLiterature & Latte Ltd.
  • LicensingProprietary and Commercial product.
  • PricingOne time purchase (perpetual license) ranging between $51 and $52.
  • RatingAverage rating of 3.5 (17 ratings)
  • Alternatives96 alternatives listed

Supported Languages

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Portuguese
  • Chinese
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

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Our users have written 19 comments and reviews about Scrivener, and it has gotten 239 likes

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d20art
  
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Scrivener is a specialized word processing and file management system for writers. It allows you to develop a new work, or import an existing work, and break it up into manageable parts. While designed primarily for fiction writing, I have also used it on a manual that required little advanced formatting.

I could not find a comparable product on Windows, however it should be said that the Mac OS X version is far more advanced than the Windows version - with features unimplemented on Windows. The Windows version is being actively developed but L&L hasn't really made much of an attempt to 'catch up' the Windows version. Despite this negative, I haven't found a better platform for writing fiction on Windows.

Scrivener does not have sophisticated formatting tools - but it does have some. It has everything you'd expect from a word processor, plus a whole lot more. However a major omission is two column formatting, which is necessary for a lot of publishing.

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xlin
  
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Note: it's still possible to find the scrivener.appimage for Linux as of August 2022

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BiosElement
  
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Windows users are third class citizens and never get updates within two years of Mac users. Any criticism of this policy on their forums results in locked threads, never admitting any wrong or responsibility to their customers. It's some of the most anti-consumer practices I've seen, especially for such a dedicated, niche customer base.

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justdisa

This. We're in January of 2020, and they have missed yet another deadline. They don't give one single, solitary firetruck about Windows users.

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shall

Agreed. I'm starting to think Version 3 for Windows will get here around the same time as Version 4 for Mac. The Windows version is already sliding behind features for the Mac version with excuses like "Well, the Mac OS lets us easily hook into this feature, so the Windows version just won't have it at all." Here we are in September and a simple "Find & Replace" operation in the Windows version absolutely explodes ("whole word" replaces even partial words). If you want to spend money on something and be disrespected, choose Scrivener for Windows.

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xlin

If Windows users are 3rd class then what are Linux users?

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LysanderArta
  
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If you are writer it's a good piece of software, it has some sortfalls but - who doesn't.

It certainly focuses on Mac vs Windows.

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robyellow95
  
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When the hell is this going to update for Windows?! It's starting to look its age

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xenmaster
  
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Great software, but only if you are using a mac. As noted by other users, the business prioritizes mac users over everyone else, going so far as to port over to ipad while the Windows version hasn't been updated since Version 1 (mac is currently on version 3).

Also, thanks to their last license management company going under, their software now uses a service that will not allow offline activation. That's a big deal breaker for me.

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AB6hyF0
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You will find a plenty of reviews of Scrivener on how good it is. But this program has its bad side.

  1. Scrivener save files can get corrupted. We don't know when and why. Backups made by Scrivener can fail too.

  2. Scrivener 3 (Mac) save format is not compatible with Scrivener 1 (Windows). Scrivener 3 beta (Windows) is not made for work and has fixed expiry date. Exporting then importing save file back and forth is not that smooth.

  3. So, when will Scrivener 3 for Windows out? It has been like forever.

If you're on Windows, take a look at SmartEdit Writer (free).

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  • Novel Authoring
  • Word Processor
  • Writing tool
  • scrapbook
  • research-writing
  • Audio Transcription
  • Note-taking
  • scriptwriting
  • typewriter
  • Drafting
  • essay-writing
  • writing-environment

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