Scrivener for iPad and iPhone in Development

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:

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.

PlainText for the iPad and Scrivener 2.0…

Jesse from Hog Bay Software (who created WriteRoom and TaskPaper) informs me that PlainText for the iPad and iPhone is now available (for free) from the app store:

It’s a beautiful-looking text editor, but the really cool thing is that it syncs with Dropbox. This means that it can be used with the upcoming Scrivener 2.0’s “Sync with External Folder” feature, which is an alternative to the Simplenote syncing. So you will be able to sync documents from a Scrivener project with your iPad or iPhone, edit them (or create new ones) in PlainText, and then bring your changes back into Scrivener when you return to your computer. (There are other text editors coming out for the iPad that use Dropbox sync, too, many of which will also work with this Scrivener 2.0 feature.)

Anyway, congratulations to Jesse on getting PlainText out – it looks and feels great, and I think a good number of Scrivener users with an iPad will find it an invaluable way of editing documents on the go.