Welcome to our new team member - our iOS developer

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Fri Dec 16, 2011 2:52 pm Post

Hello all,

We've been dropping none-too-subtle hints for a while, but at last we can stop being so cloak-and-dagger and make a formal announcement: an iOS version of Scrivener is in development. We yesterday signed a contract with Jen Yates (who has been around the forums for some time as jen_Y8S) to develop an iPad and iPhone version of Scrivener for us. She's been secretly working on some of the code already:

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I have said all along that I wouldn't develop the iPad version myself, seeing as it would take my time too much away from the Mac version and I think it's important that all versions have developers dedicated to them so that customers can rely on us keeping Scrivener up-to-date. Jen is a keen user of Scrivener and an enthusiastic iPad user, and seems to be a bit of a whizz with the code, too - so she is the perfect person to take Scrivener to the iPad and iPhone. Ioa and I - and possibly others from the team - will be heavily involved in the design process with Jen over the next couple of months, and I'm really looking forward to seeing how this shapes up (especially considering I have discovered a love for my new iPhone). Be sure to check out the iOS subforum if you have any suggestions about what you'd like to see in an iOS version - now's your chance!

I know the first question we'll get is: When?! All we can say at the moment, I'm afraid, is that we will be releasing iOS versions sometime in 2012. We are still in the very early stages.

So, welcome to the team, Jen!

All the best,
Keith
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Fri Dec 16, 2011 3:52 pm Post

I am so happy right now!! since I replaced my laptop with an iPad and Bluetooth Mac keyboard I have missed only one thing, Scrivener for Windows. This is great news and I can't wait for the product to become live. if you need a tester... Right here!!!

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Fri Dec 16, 2011 3:57 pm Post

Congratulations to Jen and the rest of Lit & Lat for taking a step closer to world domination! Speaking of which... Based on the geographical dispersion of current team members, I can only assume that you live somewhere in Central or South America, China, Africa, or one of the poles.* Unless you live next door to Keith or David, that is.

*North or South... not Poland. It would be too "provincial" to have you that close.

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Fri Dec 16, 2011 4:07 pm Post

Heh, Jen lives in Surrey, so we have another UK person on board!
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Fri Dec 16, 2011 8:00 pm Post

I can't quite express just how much love I'm oozing for you all right now.. Mac scrivener I love to death.. IOS scrivener... Life is just about complete...!

To be honest I'd only really want an iPhone version for scratching ideas and rough bits out for later inclusion in the main project.. iPad would be where it's at for main mobile work..

The interface (already) looks nice!

Big love for Jen !!!

When can we start paying you the cash for it ;)

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Fri Dec 16, 2011 9:01 pm Post

Hi everyone

It's good to see so much excitement being shown about the announcement.

I genuinely feel excited to be the one bringing iOS into the Scrivener family... or Scrivener to the iOS family if it sounds better that way...

It doesn't matter which way you say it. Scrivener is getting iOS and iOS is getting Scrivener. It's a ying-yang kinda thing... a bit like the Scrivener logo we all know and love :)

You've already seen a sneak-peek of our cork-board, and over the next couple of months as we flesh out the detail of exactly what features will make the initial release and how they'll work on the platform, I'll be jumping in and out of the forums to digest everyone's input and contribute when I can.

So watch this space. It's real, it's happening and rest assured that myself and the longer standing L&L team members are working tirelessly at making this THE go-to app for writing and editing on iOS.

Jen

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Fri Dec 16, 2011 9:10 pm Post

[quote="KB"]...I'm really looking forward to seeing how this shapes up (especially considering I have discovered a love for my new iPhone).[/quote]

Aha! That's a gateway drug to the iPad, Keith. Soon you will be writing your novel on that "toy"... ;-)

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Fri Dec 16, 2011 9:16 pm Post

That avatar, with its reference to my favourite sf show, is surely a guarantee of quality as far as I'm concerned. :)
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Fri Dec 16, 2011 9:46 pm Post

I did a little cheer when I saw the DRD. Just don't let Jen get lost through a worm hole; that could add years to the development cycle.

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Sat Dec 17, 2011 12:46 am Post

What splendid news! A big thank you.

Now the hard part begins... the waiting!

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Sat Dec 17, 2011 10:41 am Post

robertdguthrie wrote:I did a little cheer when I saw the DRD. Just don't let Jen get lost through a worm hole; that could add years to the development cycle.


Not necessarily - they operate in time and space (and can lead to some embarrassing Season 4 Back to the Future-style fading away), so she could end up getting it finished before I announced this. Or something...
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Sat Dec 17, 2011 10:34 pm Post

Lovely! Also lovely to see all the excitement. It's always a good thing. It'll be great. When you say an iPad and iPhone version you mean a universal Scrivener for iOS, right?

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Sat Dec 17, 2011 11:16 pm Post

THAT'S THE BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT!
Welcome!!!!!!!!! Scrivener Rules!

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Sun Dec 18, 2011 5:44 am Post

Jen, if washing your car or walking your dog is distracting you from releasing this bad boy, just say the word and I will be over ASAP to help you with whatever.

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Mon Dec 19, 2011 4:56 pm Post

This is good news indeed. This fall I took a leap of faith and sold my MacBook, replacing it with an iPad. With months of experimentation, and (finally) the right keyboard/case, I have created a workflow for writing that focuses on the iPad. I have a MacMini running as a desktop/server giving me access to years worth of writing files from the iPad. Now, accessing these files, I write notes and first drafts and edit on the iPad. Over the last few weeks I've come to think of the iPad as the very best initial draft typing/writing environment I've every used. Throughout this experiment, and now permanent transition, one missing piece has been a better way to integrate drafting on the iPad with large project files in Scrivener. Now that may be coming, though I hope for even more than that, I hope for completing the transition to the iPad as my main writing environment for all phases of projects, large and small. Possible? Here's hoping...thanks again for the very good news. See you in the iOS sub forum.