UPDATE: All beta slots have been taken up for now – they went quicker than we expected! Many thanks to everyone who volunteered. We may open up more slots soon, depending on how things go.
Scrivener for iOS has been in closed beta with around 75 people for the past month. We’re now looking to expand the beta group, so are throwing open the doors to volunteers. If you’re interested in helping test Scrivener for iOS, read on!
The word “beta” has been watered down a little in recent years, with Apple and Google making available early “betas” of their software to everyone. As a result, the word has almost become synonymous with “getting it early”, with little expectation on beta testers to do much in return. Ours is a true beta, however, so the most important thing to bear in mind is that you shouldn’t sign up if you’re just after early access to Scrivener for iOS. We’re looking for testers who will be active in helping us track down bugs and find problems, to help us ensure the final product is as stable and great to use as possible.
We only have a limited number of beta testing spots available, and right now we’re looking to add between 200 and 250 new people to the pool. The spots will probably be taken up quickly, and we expect to receive more applications than we can accept, so please don’t be disappointed if you miss out, or if you apply but don’t get asked to participate—we may well scale up the beta further a little later.
You don’t have to be a techie to apply—you just need to be ready to use Scrivener a lot on your iPhone or iPad (iOS 9.0 or above is required). Crucially, you need to be prepared to encounter bugs and to spend time trying to reproduce them so that you can write down the steps we need to take so that we can see them for ourselves and fix them. If you don’t have time to spend repeating the same sequence of actions over and over again in an attempt to trigger a bug you’ve spotted, then beta-testing isn’t for you—you should leave others to act as Guinea pigs and wait to reap the rewards of their frustrations when Scrivener for iOS is officially released instead!
Does this sound overly negative and “Here be dragons?” I hope not. The beta so far has been going great, with beta testers using Scrivener for iOS every day without any real problems. And now you can too—if you’re happy to get stuck in and haven’t been put off by any of the above, follow the link below to sign up. (Please make sure you use this form and do not email us directly; we’ll only be picking beta testers who have submitted the form. Thanks!)