Literature & Latte

Scrivener for iPad and iPhone in Development

By KB, posted 16 December 2011

We’ve been dropping hints for a while, but can finally make an official announcement: Scrivener for iOS is now in development.

I’ve said all along that I wouldn’t develop an iOS version myself, any more than I would have tried to code the Windows version myself – with such a small team, I think it’s in the customers’ interests to have a dedicated developer for each platform to ensure that each version is always kept up-to-date, and my hands are full with the Mac version. To that end, I’m very pleased to announce that we have just signed contracts with a developer, Jen Yates, to develop the iOS versions for us. Jen has been beavering away in secret for two or three months now, putting together some proof-of-concepts:

Scrivener for iPad's corkboard

I have to say that moving index cards around on a touch screen is a lot of fun, and the corkboard implementation she has come up with is, I think, one of the nicest I’ve seen on a touch screen device in terms of selection and dragging.

It’s still early days, though – we are about to embark on the design process proper, and all we can say in terms of a release date is that our iPad and iPhone versions will be out some time in 2012. If you would like to share your own ideas about what you see as essential in an iPad or iPhone version, please feel free to drop by our special sub-forum for iOS suggestions here:

http://www.literatureandlatte.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=36

Thanks to everyone who has contacted us to show their enthusiasm for an iOS version of some kind – we hope you’ll like what we come up with – and welcome to Team L&L, Jen!

EDIT 17/12/11: Thanks for all the enthusiastic responses to this post, much appreciated. To those asking about an Android version, this is on our radar too, don’t worry. We have to take it one step at a time, though. Our design process for iOS will take Android into consideration (although our iOS version will be Cocoa and native), and we hope to investigate Android in more detail later in 2012.

94 Comments

  1. Chrissie Shaw
    Posted 16 December 2011 at 15:47 | Permalink

    Do you need a beta tester??? Happy to help if I can!! I’ve been waiting for this so long since I rely totally on my iPad now.

    Thank you for great news!

  2. Dorothea Deppe
    Posted 16 December 2011 at 15:50 | Permalink

    Yay! I’ve been using the simplenote sync so far, but it does get tedious, especially since I am often only with my iPad, away from the computer. This announcement is the best Christmas present ever.

    ::queues for beta position too::

  3. Gabriel Rumbaut
    Posted 16 December 2011 at 16:00 | Permalink

    This is awesome! I’ve been waiting for a Scrivener iPad app.

    I’d love to sign up for beta testing, too! :-D

  4. Posted 16 December 2011 at 16:04 | Permalink

    Great news! I am looking forward. Thanks.

  5. Posted 16 December 2011 at 16:11 | Permalink

    Yes. Yes. Yes. Looks like I’ll be making the full switch to Scrievner. iOS will be compatable with Windows and Mac versions, I assume.

  6. Posted 16 December 2011 at 16:12 | Permalink

    Yeah! Que me up for a beta test position! Using an iPad 2 (3G) and is use it everywhere! Been using simplenote, and it’s ok, but still feels like a hacked together system. This is great! remember: K.I.S.S keep it simple. Sync, project creation, editing, and organization. Get it into the hands of the public and slowly add stable features. Can’t wait! -Ezra

  7. Mark Dalrymple
    Posted 16 December 2011 at 16:29 | Permalink

    This is like an early Christmas present. Can’t wait to get my hands on it when it’s done.

  8. Lisa Gordis
    Posted 16 December 2011 at 16:51 | Permalink

    Wonderful! I’m with Chrissie–I would be happy to be a beta tester for this.

  9. Posted 16 December 2011 at 16:52 | Permalink

    YAY! I can’t wait to try it!

  10. Ross
    Posted 16 December 2011 at 17:27 | Permalink

    Android implementation should be a breeze once the iPhone app is done.

    Price the mobile application at $10. This is not a value-added feature.

  11. Augusto Pinaud
    Posted 16 December 2011 at 17:32 | Permalink

    As a writer of 2 published novels on scrivener (and working on the third one right now) I will be more than happy to send a check in advance for my released version tomorrow while beta testing.

    Just let me know!

    This is one of the coolest Xmas gift I am getting!

  12. Posted 16 December 2011 at 17:39 | Permalink

    YES! YES! YES!

    Thank you.

    And, as all the others before me, if you need more beta testers, I’ll GLADLY throw in my iPad for the trials.

  13. Tom Sauerlaender
    Posted 16 December 2011 at 18:00 | Permalink

    This is REALLY Good News!!

  14. Posted 16 December 2011 at 18:04 | Permalink

    I’ve been contemplating an iPad. I don’t have one. Without Scrivener on it, there was no point, actually. Maybe in 2012 I’ll get one. There are LOTS of reasons it would be really handy to have such a tool, but I don’t go anywhere without Scrivener.

  15. Mike
    Posted 16 December 2011 at 18:04 | Permalink

    Oh my gosh, this is Great! I am doing all my University stuff with scrivener but on the go i am only have an iPad … Would be Great to be a Beta tester

  16. Michelle
    Posted 16 December 2011 at 18:14 | Permalink

    I have been longing for a Scrivener iOS app so this is VERY exciting news. If you are looking for beta testers, well… chalk me up as someone who would LOVE to be one.

  17. Posted 16 December 2011 at 18:33 | Permalink

    This is excellent, excellent news. I have a 3G iPad 2 and I use it everywhere. I don’t use simple note, but I would definitely get this app and I’m sure it would boost my writing. I’m also happy to be a beta tester. Keep it up!

  18. Posted 16 December 2011 at 18:44 | Permalink

    Thank you for this awesome piece of news, just in time for Christmas:-) Would love to beta-test as well… Take care, qapla’! Olaf

  19. Rick Koelz
    Posted 16 December 2011 at 19:55 | Permalink

    That’s fantastic news! I’ll volunteer to beta test and pay in advance to encourage development.

  20. Michael
    Posted 16 December 2011 at 20:18 | Permalink

    And the heavens opened, casting forth a golden light upon that most marvelous of creations: scrivener. Scrivener smiled slyly. It’s own light blossomed and the brilliance outshone that which had sought it out. Awesome news! Ditto on the beta testing, preordering and pending chaos of glorious creation.

  21. Posted 16 December 2011 at 20:43 | Permalink

    I have to agree with Ross up there. I hope there is at least some consideration of an Android version of Scrivener. Now that we have Windows and Linux versions, and iOS in the works, I’m hoping the fork in the road for Android tablets (and perhaps phones) is not too much to ask.

    Keep up all of the great work!

  22. Scott Jordan
    Posted 16 December 2011 at 23:04 | Permalink

    Really excellent news. Yo, another beta tester volunteer over here! [waves]

    BUT… I hope that a password-protected option is in the works. It is the sole omission from past and present Scrivener releases that causes me anxiety. I address it by storing my work in an encrypted sparse bundle disk image, but those are not supported in iOS. It would be far cleaner to have Scrivener support its own protected format anyway.

  23. Bill
    Posted 17 December 2011 at 02:09 | Permalink

    I am not an actual Scrivener user yet. And I’m not even a writer, which is obviously your target market. But I saw mention today of Scrivener for iDevices, and checked it out. I really like the Corkboard feature – I’ve been looking for something like that for my role of Project Manager. I’m still evaluating it but it’s intriguing so far. And support for iDevices (especially the Corkboard) would be a big factor in my decision of whether or not to use this. (I currently use OneNote, which is fine for note taking, but doesn’t meet my needs for organizing/visually displaying, etc).

  24. Posted 17 December 2011 at 06:32 | Permalink

    Wow! Oh wow! I’m with everyone else. This is a long awaited app, and I’m really looking forward to seeing this completed. I love Scrivener and have lamented not being able to use it outside of my computer. Having an app available for the iPad, which long ago replaced my laptop … would be divine.

    And please add me to the list of beta testers if there are any spaces available!

    Keep up the good work. I’m enjoying seein how the company grows.

  25. Posted 17 December 2011 at 08:02 | Permalink

    Wow, Keith. I had made up my mind not to bother with an iPad (k=just bought an iMac 21.5″ Thanksgiving. But now with this possibility, I may have to reconsider. Do you get a portion of the iPad sale if this happens?

  26. Posted 17 December 2011 at 10:11 | Permalink

    Hi Rich – yes, absolutely, we’re not that generous. :) Jen is joining the team and we’ll share the profits, just as we do with Lee and the Windows version. That way we’re all well-motivated!

  27. Posted 17 December 2011 at 10:13 | Permalink

    Hi Scott, the reason that there is no password-protection in Scrivener is that it would be pointless because of Scrivener’s file format. .scriv files are essentially folders (they are file “packages” on OS X, but they only appear as a single file on Mac machines with Scrivener installed – if you open a .scriv file on Windows, or on a Mac without Scrivener installed, they just look like regular folders). This means that it would be really easy to access your files anyway. The best thing to do on a Mac is to use a password-protected disk image created by Disk Utility if you need password protection. We may look at this again in the future, though.

  28. Posted 17 December 2011 at 10:16 | Permalink

    It’s already being discussed, don’t worry! It’s just that we have to take it one step at a time, and we get far more requests for an iOS version at the moment. The UI design work we do for iOS should translate over to Android, though – we’ll be bearing that in mind throughout – and then we hope to start looking at what’s involved in Android later next year. We can’t say anything for sure on that score, of course, but it is most definitely on the radar.

  29. Posted 17 December 2011 at 10:16 | Permalink

    I wouldn’t say it would be a “breeze” since the iOS version will be written in Cocoa and be native, but any design work we do on iOS will translate over – and Android is on the radar for the future.

  30. Bill Marcy
    Posted 17 December 2011 at 12:12 | Permalink

    Why not make this like a kickstarter project? I would be happy to send in $35.00 (usd) to fund the project.

    Think about it.

  31. Posted 17 December 2011 at 13:10 | Permalink

    Wonderful news! This announcement made me very happy indeed.

    I already use iPad apps such as iThoughtsHD and plain text files synced via Dropbox to do a lot of initial writing projects and import them into Scrivener on my iMac later.

    Very happy to join the beta tester crew too!

  32. Christopher
    Posted 17 December 2011 at 17:33 | Permalink

    You just saved me $1000. I don’t need to buy that MacBookAir anymore!

  33. Meagan T
    Posted 18 December 2011 at 02:56 | Permalink

    This is so exciting! As a long-time Scrivener user (Keith, you were kind enough to help me out five years ago or so), I am very excited to hear that you’re working on a mobile app. It would be fabulous to be able to sync my projects and write on the go without having to drag my laptop along!!

  34. Posted 18 December 2011 at 09:47 | Permalink

    Great news – I will certainly be buying this app when it’s available.

  35. Posted 19 December 2011 at 16:55 | Permalink

    Yes!! And double yes!! I was just dreaming about this and would love to throw my hat to be a beta tester as i finish my new screenplay & play. Woohoo!

  36. Posted 20 December 2011 at 04:10 | Permalink

    You have just made my Christmas! I use my iPad for almost everything now and have really been missing Scrivener. It’s on my desktop and, unlike apparently most users, I sync with Plaintext for mobile writing. If there’s a line for beta testers, sign me up. I’d also love to preorder and help fund the development process. Thanks for making such an indispensable program!

  37. Posted 20 December 2011 at 05:24 | Permalink

    Excellent. Glad to hear that Android is on the radar. I also agree with Bill. Kickstarter would probably work well for you all to gauge interest and fundage towards making the iOS version a reality. I know I would pledge some Kickstarter funds towards an Android version.

  38. Ali Durrani
    Posted 20 December 2011 at 13:40 | Permalink

    Great News! Really looking forward to the iPad version! Onwards and Upwards!

  39. Rory Hunter
    Posted 20 December 2011 at 14:09 | Permalink

    Awesome! I would also be happy to help with beta-testing, and as I have an iOS developer licence (sadly without ever having done anything with it past playing with the tutorials), I might be in a better position to help.

  40. John Strong
    Posted 20 December 2011 at 14:13 | Permalink

    Thank you for the new development! I just got an ipad for Christmas and am eager to use it to write with. Thanks for a fantastic product!

    Happy Holidays! :)

  41. Anja
    Posted 20 December 2011 at 14:41 | Permalink

    This has to be the BEST Christmas present E-V-E-R! I can’t wait!

  42. Posted 20 December 2011 at 15:00 | Permalink

    I’m curious how you are going to deal with the hardest problem in editing on an IPAD, the selecting with the finger and moving around text.

    I find the PAGES program difficult to work with when I’m really going to do some serious editing and WOULD love it if Scrivener could solve that problem.

    I’ve been writing books for a long time without Scrivener and while I’ve downloaded the sample, and debating whether to buy it or not. This would be the tipping point that would get me to buy – if I could go from computer to laptop to IPAD to IPHONE.

  43. Mechele
    Posted 20 December 2011 at 15:21 | Permalink

    Fantastic! I’m about to embark on a new book… Please hurry!

  44. Posted 20 December 2011 at 15:55 | Permalink

    I would also love to be a beta tester. it is so much easier to take my iPad along with me. I write in the car (I’m not driving :D) on the way to and from work.

    Easy synchronizing with the Mac Scivener is utmost priority. Right now, I use Pages, and have to move documents back and forth with copy/paste, to get it into scrivener. I just lost some because I changed file names, not knowing iCloud would become confused.

    I do a lot of research during the writing process, so having the program run “in the background” so I can still get web pages at least linked, if not into the actual iOS version would be helpful (so that when synchronized, the web page would be in the Mac version).

    Thank you so much for working on this. I am really excited!

  45. Pam L
    Posted 20 December 2011 at 17:20 | Permalink

    The whole reason I want to purchase an iPad is to get away from my computer so I can write. Why? Because I’m self-employed as a marketing writer and it’s nearly impossible to sit down to do my non-work writing without feeling like I’m at work. I spend soooo many hours in front of the computer working. An iPad will let me do escape from “work” wonderfully. But when I first looked into this, no Scrivener for the iPad or iPhone. So I held off. NOW – YES!!! A dream come true!! Suggestion – Is it possible (said the non-tech gal) to sync notes/newly added info from the iPhone over to the iPad, so both on-the-go devices are talking to each other, without need for the computer as a middleman?

    SO EXCITED!!!

  46. Pam L
    Posted 20 December 2011 at 17:22 | Permalink

    @ Bill Marcy – great idea! I would support that too.

  47. Posted 20 December 2011 at 17:39 | Permalink

    That’s great! I’ve been using Simplenote and Sync with External Folder in association witn PlainText and Dropbox, and it works but it’s quite annoying… I’m looking forward to have Scrivener for iOS!

  48. Posted 21 December 2011 at 05:29 | Permalink

    YAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. 4miler
    Posted 21 December 2011 at 06:05 | Permalink

    For Scrivener-Mac, I only use a small percentage of Scrivener’s features. I think the iOS version could be kept simple by focusing on the basic functions. After all, I suspect virtually 100% of users will be using the iOS version for on-the-go writing, but would do most of the final editing on their desktop. Hence, the iOS version could focus on simplicity, rather than depth.

    For me, the most critical feature would have to be Dropbox synching, because I want the writing on the Mac and iPad to be a seamless experience, where I could be working on something, then rush out the door with my iPad, keep writing while outside, and then come back home and pick up on the Mac with all the edits seamlessly synced via Dropbox.

  50. Posted 21 December 2011 at 11:51 | Permalink

    I agree with 4miler that the most important thing is having everything sync seamlessly and fuss-lessly from imac/air to dropbox to ipad. I can’t be bothered with simplenote and its difficult way of doing things.

    Obviously having the prog itself on the ipad will help, but I want to be sure that the main functions (not necessarily all the esoterica!) will work like on the desktop, that the project will sync and open exactly “as is” on the Air next time I get to it (no missing italics or change of font or damaged paragraphing etc) and that I can just continue. Currently this works fine between the iMac and Air and dropbox – I just need more of that and I will be in heaven!

    I’m fabulously excited you’re doing it – thanks, Jen!

  51. Unknown
    Posted 21 December 2011 at 15:48 | Permalink

    Was excited to read this update. I am Looking forward to purchasing and using the app along with my desktop version. Keep up the great work!

  52. Posted 21 December 2011 at 15:48 | Permalink

    Be great if you could include some form of cloud syncing.

    Looking forward to it!

    Cheers.

  53. Andy Anders
    Posted 22 December 2011 at 08:18 | Permalink

    Thank you for this development! I look forward to it eagerly, and I’m hoping the iPhone is included. What would benefit me are methods of quickly capturing ideas and organizing them in such a way that I can sync them up with the appropriate folders in my Scrivener projects, rather than an alternative writing program to use on the iPhone. The phone is just too tiny for any meaningful writing; however, it’s really easy to speak into! Even the iPad has limitations, although it’s far easier to actually write on. I currently use three methods to bring ideas into Scrivener (when I’m not at the program itself, of course): 1) I write notes in the Notes app on the iPhone; 2) I record notes to myself using the QuickVoice app, then email them to myself as text (a 30 second limit, unfortunately); 3) whenever I want to capture moments in time, in conversations, in things I see around me, even photos, I use Evernote to this end. Evernote allows one to capture anything on the web, or anything you can “see or hear” with your iPhone, and save it to folders on your computer as well as “in the cloud.” I have to organize everything after the fact, then bring them into Scrivener, which means I often lose the moment of inspiration, or forget why I captured that thought in the first place. The hardest thing about writing to me is capturing and building upon those fleeting moments of inspiration and really putting them to work before they dissolve into empty space like quantum particles. Thank you for this opportunity. Hope I made some kind of sense!

  54. Posted 23 December 2011 at 16:57 | Permalink

    Sign me up for beta testing too, and I agree with one of the early commenters: best Christmas present ever!

  55. Joe M
    Posted 24 December 2011 at 00:02 | Permalink

    This is great news, looking forward to clicking buy now in app store!

  56. Ian
    Posted 27 December 2011 at 14:55 | Permalink

    This will be a huge help when I’m at work. I rarely do much writing on the go, but I often need to jot down an idea or two. I’ve been using paper notebooks and Evernote, but these are clunky solutions. Finally!

    The simple truth is that writers get ideas all the time, and usually in the most inconvenient places. It’s hard to just whip out a notebook and pen sometimes. As clunky as it is writing on my iPhone, it’s often easier than traditional writing in certain places, like on line or in a car.

    -Ian

  57. Posted 01 January 2012 at 11:30 | Permalink

    That’s fantastic news. Great birthday present team!

    I’ll beta test if you need any more help.

    Thanks.

  58. Posted 01 January 2012 at 14:24 | Permalink

    thank you! thank you! thank you! cannot wait!!! only recently become addicted to scrivener (thanks to NaNoWriMo 2011) and love it – can’t wait for iPad version.

  59. Walter
    Posted 01 January 2012 at 21:39 | Permalink

    Best news of 2011 and bigger still for 2012. I’ve been using Scrivener for sometime now, but the ability to use it on both the iPad and desktop will make me a more productive writer. Looking forward to the final release. Best of luck!

  60. Posted 04 January 2012 at 03:53 | Permalink

    My husband asked me again tonight why I don’t get an iPad and I told him it was worthless to me without Scrivener. So I googled it tonight and found this post. I’m so excited! I’ve wanted an iPad for a long time, but it just wasn’t worth the money if I couldn’t do the one thing I do most often on it…write. I can’t wait until this goes live or into beta!

  61. Christopher Burdick
    Posted 06 January 2012 at 04:57 | Permalink

    What’s been accomplished with Storyist for iPad proves you can pack quite a lot of Scrivener’s punch into an app for that platform.

  62. Posted 08 January 2012 at 20:56 | Permalink

    It will be a hard time waiting for the first release of Scrivener for iPad. If you are in need for beta-testers, you can put me on the list too. Thank you :-)

  63. Draenar Dubrovna
    Posted 12 January 2012 at 06:57 | Permalink

    It’s going to be a difficult wait for Scrivener on the Ipad. Please consider me for testing as well!

  64. Posted 13 January 2012 at 17:56 | Permalink

    I will totally beta-test this! I can’t wait for it to come out!

  65. Dan G
    Posted 24 January 2012 at 23:58 | Permalink

    I just did a dance. Literally. So, so, so excited. I will buy it the very instant it is available.

  66. Strangechilde
    Posted 26 January 2012 at 01:04 | Permalink

    I will buy this. I will buy it as soon as it is released without a second thought. Scrivener is one of the most satisfying applications I’ve ever had the pleasure of using and hands down the best writing tool around as far as I can see. Being able to access my stuff on the fly from my phone will be great. Looking forward to it!

  67. Mark Godden
    Posted 27 January 2012 at 08:26 | Permalink

    This is a most welcome development. Thus far, an iPad is something I really wish I needed. Now, thanks to your news, it’s something I absolutely have to have. I spend about six hours a day in Scrivener. Now, I’ll be able to take it everywhere.

    I think you’re going to be astonished at the success of your app. Must haves include the outliner as per the Mac version and Snapshots.

    Good luck with your development and thank you for the best writing application bar none.

  68. Posted 30 January 2012 at 14:39 | Permalink

    I. Can’t. Wait.

    :)

  69. T Baucells
    Posted 03 February 2012 at 15:26 | Permalink

    @Andy Anders You do know that Evernote allows you to record audio notes as well as save photos and text, don’t you? I mean, it would be one less app you have to use for capture. You could also use PlainText for typing your ideas on the iPhone, synching via Dropbox. Although you can synchronise between Scrivener documents and Dropbox folders, I actually avoid a direct / automatic link between project files and writing-on-the-go files so that nothing gets messed up. You can easily export Scrivener docs to Dropbox in plain text format so that you can then pick them up on your iPhone and edit/add. For the return journey, personally, I rely on copy/stick from the Dropbox PlainText file.

    Scrivener on the iPad and/or iPhone will be amazing for a lot of people. I just hope the price won’t be prohibitive.

    Keith, I’m sure you’re overwhelmed with offers, but add my name to the willing guinea pigs for beta testing anyway. Always been glad to help in the past with localisation and bug-spotting (Windows version).

  70. Atropos
    Posted 05 February 2012 at 10:29 | Permalink

    Thank you so much for continuing to develop this wonderful tool – I am a very very happy user of scrivener on mac and windows – so much so that the absence of an android version is the only holding me back from switching to a tablet for all my work.

    I’m willing to wait – and to beta test as and when an android version hoves into view.

  71. JAS
    Posted 06 February 2012 at 17:36 | Permalink

    HoorayHoorayHoorayHoorayHoorayHoorayHoorayHoorayHoorayHoorayHoorayHoorayHooray

    I’ll buy it as soon as you release it.

  72. Posted 07 February 2012 at 19:30 | Permalink

    Fantastic news. I’ve been using Scrivener for a few years now for everything from screenwriting to Long Form and Just bought a copy of Scrivener for my Wife, a TV writer, ( “24″, “Lost”, “Prison Break”) after a couple of years of trying to convince her to give it a go. I WOULD LOVE to Beta Test for you!

  73. Paulo Resende
    Posted 07 February 2012 at 21:15 | Permalink

    This is really fantastic news. I’m itching to put my hands on it and try it out. I’m open to beta test it and buy it as soon as it’s released.

  74. Posted 12 February 2012 at 19:29 | Permalink

    Cannot wait for this! I would ask questions, but they’ve all been answered. Hope to see it in the app store soon!

  75. Justin
    Posted 14 February 2012 at 10:54 | Permalink

    This is amazing news!! can’t wait for its release

  76. Paul Daly
    Posted 15 February 2012 at 23:13 | Permalink

    If you need a beta tester count me in. I’ve tried to use compatible apps to write whilst I’m away but have never been satisfied.

  77. rozm
    Posted 19 February 2012 at 02:12 | Permalink

    The variety of programs available for writing tend to leave me paralyzed instead of being an asset, because I spend more time trying to decide how to import my work from program to program than I do actually writing. Having Scrivener on my iPad will make this a blessed non-issue! Looking forward to the opportunity :)

  78. Shay Drapo
    Posted 16 March 2012 at 12:58 | Permalink

    I just ordered the new iPad. I would love to be a beta tester! I am looking to move away from the laptop all together.

  79. MWT
    Posted 17 March 2012 at 16:40 | Permalink

    Please please please please make this app happen. I cannot wait! Thank you!

  80. Stew Sutton
    Posted 19 March 2012 at 15:00 | Permalink

    An iOS version will be fantastic! Making a great program even better through platform diversity… Moving to the iPad (specifically the iPad vs other iOS devices – based on screen size) is an incredible transition and has much potential for creative use of Scrivener in many settings. Realistically, when successfully executing a transition to the touch interface on the big screen (and that “big screen” got noticeably larger with the “new” iPad) – the transition should happen in steps. Trying to fit too many goodies in the first version is a tremendous burden to the development team (Jen). Approaching the task in steps with incremental releases would be good for the community of users and for L&L. Consider the use case that has been referenced within this comment stream in several different ways. People wish to have a mobile Scrivener experience within the iPad. Not an iPad and keyboard (where that form factor starts to look like a MacBook Air). The wish is for real composition on the glass tablet. Consider how Apple did GarageBand on the iPad and the concept of pad-based composition using a touch interface comes alive. While there may not be a one-for-one analogy to smart instruments, the ability for the interface to easily accommodate different forms of editing, moving, adjusting, re-sequencing, and viewing. As the iPad user transitions between these “modes” – they don’t loose context on the content being modified (this is core to the Scrivener experience). It’s going to be great to experience Scrivener on the iPad! Thank you so very much for moving in this direction.

  81. nares
    Posted 20 March 2012 at 04:56 | Permalink

    Forget about Android. Its tablet will find a hard time to take off and who would want to do any writing on the phone. If you’re interested in another platform you should look at Windows 8.

  82. Posted 23 March 2012 at 10:25 | Permalink

    As a heavy user of Scrivener for my professional work (I’m a journalist) I will buy the iOS version the very second it becomes available.

    One request – that it can load/save files via Dropbox.

  83. KenB
    Posted 01 April 2012 at 20:53 | Permalink

    I would also love to volunteer for beta testing. My ipad arrives Friday.

  84. rachel
    Posted 04 April 2012 at 00:53 | Permalink

    Serious pleading to please please please be a beta tester. Please. Even though I’ve had Scrivener since v1 I migrated my latest novel to Storyist so I could work with it on the iPad. But Storyist isn’t all that great – nowhere near as wonderful as Scrivener.

    I will put up with crashes and messed-up format. But having the ability to work on the iPad will be a wonderful addition, and I cannot wait!

    Thanks for all your work.

  85. Bud Brown
    Posted 04 April 2012 at 03:51 | Permalink

    Are we making any progress on the iPad app? Will you be in need of beta testers at some point?

  86. Kunal
    Posted 04 April 2012 at 12:27 | Permalink

    I am waiting anxiously for the ipad version.

    If there is a list of beta testers, I would love to sign-up.

    Thanks for such a great product.

  87. Posted 05 April 2012 at 14:15 | Permalink

    The single most important thing to me is that the iPad app will sync automatically with the desktop software – and vice versa.

  88. Posted 06 April 2012 at 14:35 | Permalink

    WOW – I like it !

  89. Justin
    Posted 13 April 2012 at 21:13 | Permalink

    Oh man do I want to be a beta tester.

  90. Federico
    Posted 14 April 2012 at 17:01 | Permalink

    Meraviglioso! Non vedo l’ora. Mi propongo anche io come betatester.

    “Oh man do I want to be a beta tester” …. Me too!!

  91. Charmian
    Posted 18 April 2012 at 01:10 | Permalink

    I just got an iPad and the first app I looked for was scrivener. I would be happy to beta test for you!! Thanks so much for working on this.

  92. StephenESC
    Posted 19 April 2012 at 17:50 | Permalink

    Knowing Scrivener is coming to the iPad makes me giddy. GIDDY! And now, impatient. Yes, giddy and impatient.

    Not sure if there is still any opportunity to be one of your beta testers, but I would love the opportunity.

    Looking forward to its release! :)

  93. Steve Thorpe
    Posted 20 May 2012 at 09:51 | Permalink

    Can’t wait!

    If you need beta testers, sign me up.

  94. Kris
    Posted 25 May 2012 at 13:32 | Permalink

    This is amazing, thank you guys!! I have been synchronizing between laptop and iPad with simplenote for quite some time and it is a little exhausting … am dying for a scrivener iPad version. The only requirement would be that it automatically snychronizes so that you always have the latest version on both the laptop and the iPad…

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